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GAME OF THRONES

S08E05 - "LAST HEARTH"

PART 7 of 9

December 2, 2018

Tyrion and Jon discuss power.

EXT. WINTERFELL COURTYARD - NIGHT
TYRION
I've never seen you lose your temper before.
Tyrion and Jon are walking through the Winterfell courtyards, on their way back to the Broken Tower.
JON
Did I lose my temper?
TYRION
(wry)
You scared that poor man half to death.
JON
That man should have been executed.
Tyrion looks up at him.
JON
He disobeyed my direct orders. He attacked a guest under my roof, my most senior officer. He endangered the entire war effort. Any reasonable commander would have had him hanged in the square.
TYRION
And yet you chose to show mercy.
JON
(snapping)
Do you think I got where I am by showing mercy to people who refuse my orders? I've beheaded men for far less.

29.
Tyrion takes that in. This is a side of Jon that Tyrion hasn't seen before.
TYRION
(prodding)
So, if not mercy...
Jon stops walking and gives Tyrion a look. He casts a glance over his shoulder, checking for eavesdroppers.
JON
(low voice)
What do you think happens to my hold on the North if I kill a man for trying to take justice for Northern dead?
Tyrion narrows his eyes warily.
TYRION
(echoing ominously)
"Your hold on the North."
Jon says nothing, just looks at him. Tyrion's eyes widen a bit in alarm.
TYRION
...Jon?
JON
(low, conspiratorial)
I've been gone from here for months. Now I'm back, and in my first week, I've asked them to kneel for a Targaryen queen. I've asked them to take orders from the Kingslayer. And I've confessed that I'm not Ned Stark's son.
(beat)
These aren't meek southerners, Tyrion. For how much longer can we expect Northmen to follow me -- a Targaryen born in the South -- if I keep asking for things like that? This would've been the last straw.
Jon resumes walking. Tyrion follows.
TYRION
You'd told me they see you as a Northerner. As one of them.

30.
JON
There are whispers.
(beat)
There are some who find it suspicious that I handed the North to a Targaryen, and then the next day I conveniently find out I'm a Targaryen too.
(beat)
Some others think perhaps I'm not a Targaryen at all, and I'm just saying I am because I'm trying to marry the queen. That perhaps I'm just an ambitious bastard, and this is my latest big move. That I purposefully waited for all my trueborn brothers to die before taking Winterfell for myself.
(beat)
That perhaps even the Army of the Dead is just a story that me and the wildlings made up together. And what's really coming now is the rest of the wildling horde, here to conquer the Seven Kingdoms for me.
Tyrion is taking all this in with intense, alarmed interest. He's watching Jon's expression, reading past his stoic exterior.
TYRION
That is quite the story. Sadly for you, your true story is both stranger and more uncomfortable to believe.
Jon says nothing.
TYRION
When I was Hand to Joffrey, the common people blamed me for his crimes. After I saved them all from Stannis, my father took all the credit. Some time later, he publicly sentenced me to death for a crime I didn't commit.
(quiet)
What we do is thankless work, as often as not. It's not your fault. People will always be tempted by falsehoods in the face of frightening truths.

31.
Jon says nothing.
TYRION
(careful)
Jon... how do you know all this?
JON
Sansa.
(beat)
She asked Bran to look.
TYRION
(incredulous)
You're spying on your own bannermen?
JON
You don't approve?
TYRION
I do, actually. I'm just surprised.
JON
We can't lose the North. Not now.
Tyrion is wearing a very interested look, a sort of "do I even know you people anymore?"
TYRION
And what are you doing about these whispers?
JON
Sansa's handling it.
TYRION
How?
JON
I didn't ask.
A beat.
TYRION
I daresay the whispers will cease, once they've all laid eyes on the Night King.
JON
Wish he would hurry.

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