I think I might write a meta on the zooming up/focusing on certain aspects of holding/romantic settings in general despite relation and situation for Jon x Sansa. It would be pretty long- but I just had my cousin over, a major in
cinematography and film, and the first thing he said to me once we started talking GoT was “What I don’t understand is all the romantic shots they got going on for Jon and Sansa. It doesn’t make any sense if they plan for him to get with D*ny?” It made me freeze and I asked him why he thought it came off that way.
The man stares me dead in the eyes and goes “Why the hell would they zoom up on the hand holding? Or his longs stares? I don’t get it. They’re supposed to be brother and sister, but then this shit turns up and confuses the hell out of me.” In fact, it might just be him writing the meta. Because he knows this stuff, I don’t.
He did mention knowing that even if the situation is dire, he explained to me that after the war (aka, atop the battlements) he felt a familial feeling from Sansa, something ordinary and loving. From Jon? Not so brotherly, not with how he holds her. He claimed that immediately holding her hand after she grabs it could mean his need for affection, due to his death. Or it could be a lady Macbeth move, however added that the zooming in was unneeded. Emphasis could have been given by simply agreeing with Sansa, or showing a bit of the hand holding, or implying a such. They didn’t need to zoom in on it, let alone show it from different angles. Then there is the cloak the Sansa made for him. At first he saw no issue, and then he watched it again and noticed how it paralleled Brienne and Tormund in a sense (With how close the scenes are).
Not only that, but they didn’t need to go as far as to show her giving the cloak, nor did he need to act a fool when complimenting her dress. Brother’s don’t stutter, they usually shrug it off- of course he knows this could be simple build up to a familial relationship, but Jon looked her up and down, became bashful, stuttered, and responded. I claimed that it could have just been that, platonic, considering Sansa gave him the same one ‘their’ father wore, and it did look like a bonding situation.
He gave me this look, and said they still didn’t need to show it that way. They could have had him simply accept, look happy that Sansa thought of him, or show him with it on later on and somehow mention it. It would have done just fine. He also rebuked that the way he stared at her constantly wasn’t only of concern, it was infatuation, and I guess with how it was shot was odd too, but I’ll let him get into that. Anywho, the way he would constantly stare at Ygritte is how he gawks as Sansa. He fights with her the way he did with Ygritte, if not a bit worse, and the tent scene furthers his thoughts on the whole romance.
Because it’s romance 101 (apparently? I don’t know), you want a loving yet fitful relationship an audience can get behind, you create large fights and large exits for breathing, and of course sexual tension. He said those were what caught his attention, I suggested the other stuff could be sibling bonding. But this? Nope, apparently not, I guess. We see it in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Outlander’, the two I can think of right now. But both contain great romance, all signified by a large fight and a gasp for breath, a long stare- dealing with a large situation of stress that compromises the characters and the plot. Again, he found this extremely unusual with the spoilers claiming he will end up with a certain Dragon Queen. Actually said he thought it was a bit of a waste. He thinks it could be a red herring, but a horrible one, because it’s horrible film strategy to show one fake romance for an entire season and claim it false later.
He also noticed when he kissed her, it lasted longer than most Stark forehead kisses. Since those are opted for in Stark affection, and we’ve seen Jon do it before- but not with the lingering touch. And he looked at her the way he had with Ygritte, when she had stripped and kissed him- when she followed him about- literally every look her offers Sansa looks a lot like those he gave to Ygritte. It confuses the hell out of him. (He has no clue I ship it). Again, he’s really confused, because it can go both ways, yet he found it leans more towards the romantic side. With how it all leads and takes form.
I just thought it was interesting to know he thought it was weird, extremely so, especially since the directors and cast refuse to talk about the implications it held.
And I think, at this point, we all do. (Kidding…Maybe)
(I suggested he read some meta’s and more information rather than just what he saw, I think we might have a new shipper on our hands).
(Also up for discussion, I need a distraction so I can properly procrastinate).
(Update, the ending scene where she sits beside him as Queen is really weird to him too- could be romantic- he’s getting super frustrated. He doesn’t know what to make of it anymore)
(Important Edit: I asked him what made him think this in the first place, if it didn’t initially worry him, only to grab his attention later on- and then to start looking into it- He said his professor used the two in class as an example not only for multiple tropes (Which I will put into the meta), but for sneaking in a comfortable, well placed romantic suggestion so the general audience gets comfortable…GUYS)