Daenerys Targaryen Doesn't Care That She and Jon Snow Are Related, Says Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke

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Helen Sloan, HBO

The last time Game of Thrones fans saw the Targaryen lovebirds, their relationship was on the rocks. Toward the end of the latest episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," Jon Snow tells Daenerys Targaryen the shocking news of his true lineage right before they head into the biggest battle they've ever seen. Learning your lover is really your nephew? Not the ideal news you want to hear right before you die. But Game of Thrones characters apparently just love spilling major tea in the crypts.

Being the son of Daenerys's older brother Rhaegar makes Jon the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, something his new lover has been fighting for throughout the entire show (and, as her character notes, her entire life). The news definitely shocked Dany, and her first reaction was to go into full defense mode. She focused on the one thing that has gotten her this far: her fight for the throne. Many viewers were surprised she instantly questioned if Jon's sources were reliable, instead of reacting to the fact that she has been sleeping with her nephew. For fans, this is of a huge no-no—even if we've seen Cersei and Jaime Lannister do the same for the past eight seasons. Yet for Daenerys, it's apparently no big deal.

Actor Emilia Clarke recently defended her character's reaction, reiterating that the throne is the one thing Daenerys has wanted from the very beginning.

"The related thing, to her, is so normal," Clarke told Entertainment Weekly. "She could have easily married her brother. It's not a thing. It's a thing for Jon, but let's just forget about that. The main thing is we're up for the same promotion and I've been working for it for my entire existence."

For Clarke, Dany's reaction to the truth was simply in her nature. She's so close to achieving her goal, and now it's in danger of being ripped away from her.

"This is my whole existence," Clarke continued. "Since birth! Dany literally was brought into this world going: RUN! These f***ers [in Westeros] have f***ed everything up. Now it's, 'You're our only hope.' There's so much she's taken on in her duty in life to rectify. There's so much she's seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt to get here … and Jon doesn't even want it!"

What Daenerys will do with this new knowledge is anyone's guess, but we have a feeling she won't be thinking about it too much as she fights to stay alive in the coming battle against the White Walkers.

Space Force: The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Aren't in Scranton Anymore

Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
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Greg Daniels and Steve Carell helped to make TV history when they collaborated on NBC's The Office. Now they've teamed up again for a brand-new show—and they're clearly not in Scranton anymore.

Daniels, who developed the American adaptation of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation, is back with another workplace comedy—this time for Netflix and taking place in space. Space Force will follow Carell as the protagonist, and also stars big-name actors such as Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and John Malkovich. As the title indicates, it's believed to be a spoof on Donald Trump's military branch of the same name.

This week, the first official images for Space Force were released, showing Carell and his co-stars in action—and it appears the beloved actor will have his hands full as the head of the Space Force.

In addition to starring in the series, Carell is also its co-creator (alongside Daniels) and one of its executive producers. Space Force will arrive on Netflix on May 29, 2020. In the meantime, you can check out some of the early images from the series below.

John Malkovich stars in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Lisa Kudrow in 'Space Force'
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Jimmy O. Yang in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz in 'Space Force'
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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

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