“One of the most interesting things about Elizabeth Turner was her Kiss of Death. Throughout the trilogy, all of the men she locked lips with has died - including Sao Feng in At World’s End, and (if you want to be petty about it) her father, Weatherby Swann. Usually they would die moments after kissing her for the first time. This excludes Will Turner who has kissed her several times before and beat the odds every time. However, even he succumbed to her kiss and died as well minutes after the two were hastily married by Barbossa.
This is most likely a just coincidence and not something that was intentional, but years later it’s still fun to point out to friends and watch a dawn of realization hit their face when they realize that Pirate Queen Elizabeth may have also been the Grim Reaper.”
Okay but consider this- Elizabeth Swann. She’s a pirate nerd from the beginning. She’s fascinated. And by the time the Black Pearl blasts Port Royal she knows enough to defend herself- first with the iron, then with the Code. That nerd studied pirate law enough to quote it.
And not just pirates. Presumably she’s been on a ship once- when she comes over from England. But nope no piracy wasn’t enough for this kid no she did some intense studying of sailing too because why not. So when they’re being chased down who’s coming up with all these nautical maneuvers? Elizabeth fucking Swann, sea nerd extraordinaire.
Fast forward and she’s not just a nerd anymore. And she isn’t a pirate, either. She’s the Pirate King, doing battle with Davy Jones and the entire British navy, with every Pirate Lord and their crews behind her. No more improvised weapons, no more parlay- she commands every black heart that ever set sail. And then her bae becomes ferryman for every soul lost at sea.
So then what? Everyone just goes back to what they were doing? And Elizabeth just goes home to make a quiet life for herself as a single mum? From studious sea nerd to Pirate King and now suddenly she’s happier at home, waiting for Will?
Give me an epilogue where Elizabeth has her father’s estate and enough gold to keep her comfortable for a lifetime, but instead travels the world, her son at her side. Adventuring and exploring, in and out of the law. Tell me she calls up Calypso for tea from time to time and they talk about uncharted lands and the price of sugar. Tell me in some ports she’s recognized as the daughter of Governor Swann and wined and dined. Tell me in some ports she’s recognized as the Pirate King and gets barrels rum on the house.
Tell me even honest sailors whisper stories of the mysterious and elusive Pirate King, who rarely strikes at all but then vanishes for years at a time.
Tell me Elizabeth spends time aboard the Flying Dutchman, so she can be with her husband, and her son can be with his father and grandfather. Imagine young William learns to sail on his father’s journeys to and from the land of the dead. And when he finally captains his own ship, he’s learned to be both a respectable gentleman and a good pirate.
Imagine Elizabeth spending her life on the sea, sometimes with Will and sometimes not, with a wind from Calypso always in her sails, adventuring enough for lifetimes as a part-time well bred lady, part-time Pirate King.
The last time we see Elizabeth Swann (because c’mon she was a Pirate King, no way she was giving up her last name, lets be reasonable now, if anything she was hyphenating her last name) she had a kid.
Now lets imagine pregnant Elizabeth, all alone. She keeps up the pirating, its expected with her now being one of the Brethren. Imagine Elizabeth hiding her pregnancy, because its hard enough getting a crew to sail under a woman, but one whose with child?
Jack figures it out first and freaking panics. Eventually the Pearl’s crew figure it out, and they they vary from freaked out don’t make any sudden movements to freaked out and wondering who the father is (most are sure it’s Will, though there are very hushed whispers that suggest Norrington or Jack).
Imagine the pirates freaking terrified to meet the small Swann-Turner. Because babies are innocent and fragile, things pirates just aren’t. Ragetti and Pintel are surprisingly good with the little one, and when Gibbs shows up he always has a story.
Jack pretends to not care, but its one of the most transparent lies he’s ever told.
Elizabeth insists on using the phrase “Uncle Hector” when referring to Barbossa. He allows it as long as there are no other crews are around to hear.
Imagine sailors and pirates far and wide hearing the whispered warnings of a child born to the captain of the Flying Dutchman and a Pirate King. Of warnings whispered about the terrible fate of anyone who would dare hurt such a child.
Imagine Barbossa slaying his enemies at sea, and whispering into their ears updates on the child’s life to pass along to the father, claiming the messages would grant them faster passage.
Jack doing the same when he is forced to kill.
Imagine Will on the decks of the Dutchman having a freaking panic attack at least once a week for ten years hearing about his child being raised by pirates.