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

Helen Sloan, HBO
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.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home


It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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