‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Reveals That Trump’s Election Impacted Jon Snow’s Speech
Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen pleaded with Cersei, her brother Jaime and Euron Greyjoy in the final episode of season season to unite to stop the Night King and his army.
Before the White Walkers were even mentioned, tensions were high because it was the first time several characters from opposing sides met. But Jon Snow (Kit Harington) throws a spanner in the works when he tells Cersei (Lena Headey) that he has already pledged his allegiance to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), causing the Lannister queen to storm off and say all bets are off.
While Dany is a bit smitten at the idea of Jon defending her honour, she's not happy that it's come at the price of failure. But Jon passionately tells Dany and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage): "When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything. Then there are no more answers, only better and better lies.
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"And lies won't help us in this fight."
Tyrion replies: "That is indeed a problem. The more immediate problem is that we're fucked."
While some people might say that it's a stretch for fans to link this a reference to Mr Trump, one GoT actor has confirmed that the US President wasn't far from their minds during filming.
Liam Cunningham plays Ser Davos, and has told Variety: "That speech that Jon Snow gave about the nature of lies and what's been said, and what happens if we don't stick to our word.
"We filmed that on exactly the day that a certain POTUS was elected and it had incredible resonance while we were filming it.
"The results had just been announced the morning we filmed that particular scene - that particular day of that scene with Mr. Kit Harington.
"We may have been rehearsing that scene. But that was the first time that Kit had said those words on that platform in that scene. So it had a certain resonance, I'm sure you'll understand."
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While the show's writers had obviously finished the script before Mr Trump was elected, the rhetoric than Jon uses in the scene can very much be applied to modern-day America or politics in general.
There was another meaning during that scene that was hidden inside Cersei's clothing.
The show's costume designer, Michele Clapton, revealed that she made the queen's dress to look like chainmail to imply that she had her defences up during the meeting and was ready for battle. But the lesser known detail was stitched into the back of her gown, with Michele saying: "Something about the slashing and the twisting told you a lot about her character."
And it most certainly did foreshadow that while Cersei agreed to a truce, she is secretly waiting for everyone to ride north before she strikes.
The next and last season is about 18 months away, so we'll just have to sit and wait to see how that all plays out.
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