‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ was a pretty amazing end to Game of Thrones Season 7, and quite a lot of things happened in that 80 minute slot. One of the things in focus of the episode, was that Jon Snow is not only the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, but a legitimate one, at that. Now, Bran Stark already knew of Jon’s parentage, but Samwell Tarly helped him out by telling him that Jon is a legitimate Targaryen, and this is something Gilly discovered, earlier in the season, while Sam ignored her. John Bradley, who plays the role of Samwell Tarly on the show, recently talked about this in an interview with IndieWire. Read on!
Talking about whether Sam took credit for Gilly’s discovery, John said :
“I think that’s kind of true. It’s true that Gilly completely by accident planted the seed of that information into Sam’s mind. He can almost subconsciously absorb it because he’s become so efficient at processing information. He can kind of feel even if he’s not aware of it at the time. He’ll store it in the back of his brain when it’s needed most.”
Although he says that Sam should have given Gilly the credit, he also acknowledged how Sam hasn’t been getting the credit himself :
“Jorah isn’t telling Jon Snow and Daenerys that he was cured by somebody called Samwell Tarly at the Citadel. So Sam is owed a debt of gratitude and owed a bit of kudos but he’s not getting it elsewhere. I think in the grand scheme of things, Sam is getting the right amount of credit that he needs, but not necessarily what he deserves the credit for… These work themselves out in the end.”
He also said that Daenerys killing off Sam’s brother and father makes him a part of the bigger story, in a way, especially since he feels excluded for most of it. Speaking about how he thinks Samwell will react to it, John said :
“It’s tempting to say, ‘Oh, he’d be quite happy about it because his father has been a source of a constant kind of psychological abuse and he had a lot of contempt for his son and treated him very badly.’ But Sam isn’t in that world anymore, but you think that Sam has completely changed from that boy he was. His psychological scars have healed. He’s completely over all that. He has a home and a set of priorities now and whole new set of principles.”
He also spoke about Sam’s decision of leaving the Citadel, and travelling to Winterfell :
“He had invested in a complete lie about about the Citadel. He thought it was full of people like him, who would not make comfortable lies with themselves but appreciate the power of knowledge, appreciate what it can do and work hard to earn that place on the battlefield.
Maester Wonkin of Winterfell sent that message that said that Bran Stark has come back to Winterfell and he said that he’s seen the army of the dead beyond The Wall. This is the first time that somebody who they consider to be an equal would even comment on the army of the dead as a real thing. They ignored it, they laughed it off. It was almost as if they were looking for excuses to not act. And that’s when he finally realized that he’s not of the same mindframe as these people. For Sam Tarly, he’s in the business of saving the world. And he knows he’s going to have to leave do do that because they won’t let him. He was tired of not being listened to.”
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