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Game of Thrones: Bleak Jon Snow scene cut from season 8 finale

The Advertiser 2019-10-10 07:41:00

Jon Snow’s decision to kill Daenerys Targaryen was one of the most heartbreaking moments of Game of Thrones’ final season.

The pair were driven apart as Jon’s royal ancestry came to light, implicating them not just in incest but in clashing claims to the Iron Throne, reports The Sun.

Fans of the show will remember the tragic moment Jon (Kit Harington) plunged a dagger into Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) chest during their final embrace.

However, a newly released concept art book has revealed there was originally an entire scene cut from the sequence that documented Jon’s final journey to meet with her.

The Art of Game of Thrones from HBO and Insight Editions features the concept sketches signed off by production designer Deborah Riley.


The axed on-screen moment depicts a conflicted Jon’s last interaction with eunuch army The Unsullied.

“As Jon heads into the Red Keep, struggling with a choice only he can make, he comes upon a huge pile of snow that reveals itself as a sleeping Drogon,” the caption reads.

“Recognising Jon Snow, Drogon allows him to pass through the door that leads to the throne room … Unsullied soldiers guard below.”

The version that made it into the episode simply revealed Jon leaving Tyrion Lannister’s (Peter Dinklage) cell before arriving at Daenerys’ throne room without an armed guard.

While Jon’s first interaction with Drogon was cut, producers kept in the moment he melted down the Iron Throne in fury after Daenerys was stabbed.

The journey through the King’s Landing ruins isn’t the only moment to be edited out during the production process.

In George R.R. Martin’s original pitch, there were all manner of moments that never made the cut.

The author originally planned for Jon and Arya to embark on an incestuous romance, while he envisioned Sansa betraying the Starks to have Joffrey’s baby.

He also planned for Tyrion to have his nose hacked off during the Battle of Blackwater.

The Art of Game of Thrones is available for preorder now.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Bleak Jon Snow scene cut from GoT finale