John Bradley Defends Character Taking Credit For Plot Reveal On 'Game Of Thrones'

Lynne Versluys 11 Apr 2019

Sam and Gilly are a team.

Confirmation Of A Theory

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There are tons of theories that have to be answered in the final season of Game of Thrones, but one of the biggest was cleared up in the seventh season finale: Jon Snow is indeed a Targaryen, the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

R+L=J is one of the most rabidly obsessed over theories in the A Song Of Ice And Fire fandom, so people lost their minds when the truth finally came to light.

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Who Gets Credit?

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There is some debate over who gets credit for this discovery. While the definitive confirmation comes from a conversation between Samwell Tarly and Bran in the season finale, Gilly actually found the relevant information in a book at the Citadel earlier in the season.

However, she didn't know the importance of the information or what it meant for Jon, so it was passed over at the time and Sam eventually claimed credit for the finding.

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People Were Annoyed

A lot of people were annoyed that Sam was the one who got credit when Gilly was the one who actually uncovered the truth. There was enough of an uproar online that Buzzfeed mentioned the backlash to John Bradley, the actor who plays Sam, in an interview.

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John Bradley's Defense Of Sam

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Bradley was quick to defend his character, pointing out that he did plenty of good work that he wasn't given credit for as well.

"You know what? People are obsessed with this. A lot of people said Sam took a lot of the praise for Gilly finding out about Jon Snow, but I didn’t see Jorah Mormont going back to Daenerys and saying a guy called Samwell Tarly cured me of Greyscale."

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Understanding The Significance

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Bradley pointed out that while Gilly may have come across the relevant information, she didn't understand the significance or pass on enough information for Sam to make the connection either. She was just practicing reading.

"She read that out not knowing what it meant. When she discovered it, she was just saying it because she was happy that she’s able to read. So she wasn't saying it thinking it was significant. It was Sam who knows it was significant."

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Let's Split It 50/50

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While we want to make sure that Gilly gets the credit she deserves, Bradley makes a very relevant point in favor of Sam here. In the end, Bradley agrees that Sam and Gilly work best as a team.

"The best I’m willing to say is it was a 50/50 collaboration."

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