After a long season of "will they or won't they but lol obviously they will," Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally did the deed on the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. (Jon Snow showed his butt, y'all. HBO knows how to give the people what they want.) But, regardless of their strange and complicated relationship on screen, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are good friends IRL, having worked together for years now on Game of Thrones.
Reactions have been mixed about the controversial sex scene since, after all, Dany and Jon are aunt and nephew. And actors Harington and Clarke themselves were grossed out by the union between Jon and Dany. In an HBO behind-the-scenes feature about the finale, "The Dragon And The Wolf," both Clarke and Harington explained they didn't think the sex scene was kosher. "The reality of what they are to each other, I don’t know how that’s going to… I think [gags] might be the reaction," Clarke said. Harington was also weirded out, and said, "I think they both know it's wrong... I think they both know it's going to cause problems." And problems it surely will cause in Westeros!
Back in the real world, rumors that Harington and Clarke are/were dating constantly circulate, but the pair of actors are just very close friends. (Besides, Harington is very much in love with Rose Leslie, who previously played Ygritte on GoT, thank you very much.) But Harington and Clarke platonically love and respect each other a lot.
Talking to Elle in July, Harington said of his first meeting with Clarke before Season 1: "I was sort of bowled over by this absolutely stunning, petite girl with this wicked sense of humor. We became very fast friends quite quickly." And as for the rumors that the pair of them are together, Clarke said in the same Elle profile that the gossip "literally makes me want to cry, it's so far from the truth."
Now that the rumors are out of the way, here are some of their best friend moments that show how close they really are:
When He Cosplayed As Dany's Dragon
Clarke posted this very endearing video on her Instagram of Harington attempting to be a dragon using his IKEA cloak as wings. You can hear her giggles!
When Emilia Caught Kit Snackin' In A Tux
She was very proud. He was very hungry.
When They Took This Amazing On-Set Selfie
The best reaction to this pic came from Mindy Kaling, who said: "Kit Harington looks like her cousin who visited set on summer break. King of the North, or cousin Oliver with astigmatism." He really does look like an Oliver, now that you mention it.
When They Had A Great Time At The TCA Awards
In 2013, Game of Thrones won Best Drama at the Television Critics Association Awards, and Harington and Clarke looked absolutely giddy on stage together. So cute. So well-dressed.
When She Was Thrilled He Came Back From The Dead
And also thrilled about his six pack.
When They Go To Concerts Together
Clarke and Harington went to see the Chemical Brothers with costar Nathalie Emmanuel. Those gals should teach their good friend Kit how to crack a dang smile every once in a while.
When They Did This Very Tender Rolling Stone Photoshoot
Omg they're kissing in a field... but just as friends and just for the photoshoot, really. Photographer Peggy Sirota posted this outtake from the shoot on her Instagram last year saying the moment was "unforgettable:" "I asked them to kiss, and I suppose love was in the air." They are professionals, of course they will kiss, if they must.
When They Were All Smiles In This Promo Shoot
Very strange to see sad Jon Snow and fierce Khaleesi smile so big.
When They Were Baby-Faced
Look at these little baby faces at Comic-Con in 2011.
So there you have it: No matter what is in store for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen come Season 8 of Game Of Thrones (and it probably won't be so good), take comfort in knowing that off set, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are friends for life.