Game of Thrones is at its best when they mix the savagery of war in a fantastical realm with titillating nudity, romance, and sex. And no better example was on display than in Episode 9’s “Battle of The Bastards” that featured a potential couple flirting – and forming – right before our eyes.
As pointed out by the Independent, it looked as if there were serious eyes being made and reciprocated between Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, and Yara of the Ironborn Islands.
— Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) June 20, 2016
“I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands,” Daenerys pondered aloud when Yara and Theon spoke of their Uncle Euron’s plans to wed Khaleesi as part of any partnership.
“I never demand, but I’m up for anything really,” Yara shot back with a smile.
And with that simple line, an immediate call to ship Daenerys and Yara took to the internet.
Even Emilia Clarke, the actress who plays Daenerys, welcomed the notion, as pointed out by Digital Spy.
“When the question of a possible coupling for the two strong female leaders was put to Emilia Clarke, she joked: ‘It’s like, ‘Oh, there’s another badass chick in the place!’ There’s mild flirtation, which is exciting to say the least!'”
Clarke summarized her thoughts – and hopes – of Game of Thrones fans everywhere.
“I mean, get rid of Daario,” she said. “Bring on the ladies! Why not?”
And while Daenerys herself has only favored men up to this point, here’s why it’s highly likely to happen either in the Game of Thrones season finale airing this Sunday night or into next season. The bottom line: Game of Thrones does not waste screen time on anything for mere shock value or without it factoring in some way into the story. There is just not enough precious minutes in a 10-episode season structure for superfluous character moments, especially this late in the game.
Margaery Tyrell’s brother, for example, was a closeted gay who put on a public face of heterosexuality for his family while secretly bedding young male lovers. That behavior has now proven costly for both him, the Tyrell’s, and the Lannisters, as he’s spent the majority of the past two seasons in chains by the High Sparrow and his religious zealots who rose to power in King’s Landing.
Theon Greyjoy was an unabashed womanizer whose tendencies proved to be his undoing when he became the prisoner of the heinous Ramsey Bolton, who has since met his maker, as reported by the Inquisitr. Bolton famously cut off Theon’s manhood in a particularly gruesome display of dominance and, ironically enough, has now fueled Yara’s claim to the throne.
In Episode 8, it was casually revealed that Yara’s sexuality favored women when she took comfort with a prostitute on her way to Meereen. And while it completely made sense that her character is at the very least bi-sexual and most likely lesbian considering the male dominated culture of the Ironborn, Yara’s sexuality was never something addressed prior to this point in the season, even when she was vying to be the first queen of her homeland against her fiendish Uncle Euron. The fact that it was revealed exactly one episode before meeting Daenerys is no coincidence.
Regardless of what is to come, whether Daenerys will indeed take up with Yara, the sexual tension of the moment was clearly not lost on thousand of Twitter followers who were quick to point out and celebrate the obvious attraction.
— King Renly Baratheon (@TheKingRenly) June 22, 2016
i'm not saying that daenerys and yara should share the iron throne as wife and wife but i'm also not saying that they shouldn't you feel me
— domík (@princessdomik) June 20, 2016
— Sheikh Saab (@nazirology) June 20, 2016
I think we can all agreed that the greatest part of GoT last night was the sexual tension between Yara and Daenerys.
— Valerie Tosi (@valerie_tosi) June 20, 2016
daenerys and yara flirting. i'm here for this
— hayleys_hair (@hayleys_hair) June 20, 2016
And while the actual marriage of Yara and Daenerys is probably a stretch (assuming either live that long anyways), a sex scene between the two should not be ruled out.
And isn’t that the Game of Thrones way?
[Image via HBO]