Is the show foreshadowing Sansa as queen in the North?
We all know Sansa is the true Queen in all hearts but there were some very interesting lines the last few episodes that lead me to believe she’s going to became Queen in season 8.
“How many queens are there now?”
This line from Tormunt makes us think about the “ 3 queens” Littlefinger said in the books. But Jon answers “two” not three. And all I could think was “two for now” because this scene was right after we see the Lord Glover talking about how Sansa should be ruling the North. But this is just the beginning:
“My people [the northmen] won’t accept a southerner ruler. Not after everything they’ve suffered”
“The northerners are proud”
We know Sansa is growing each episode as a good ruler and she’s doing great as Lady of Winterfell during Jon’s absence. At 7x6 Sansa told us a very important thing:
“Many of them [20.000 men fighting for Winterfell] will be happy to find a good reason to go home”
And for a proud people, finding out your King is not a true Northerner seems to me a very good reason to go home . When Jon’s true heritage comes out next season, it would be VERY problematic. Not only for Jon, who will face an identity crisis for sure, but also for the North. The northeners are proud. They won’t accept a southener ruler after everything they’ve suffered. Jon was born in Dorne, son of a Targaryen Prince, no matter how much we love and understand his care for the North, the North will not accept it. Sansa knows best about politics she’ll see that as soon as she finds out about Jon’s heritage. Sansa knows the loyalty to Jon is already fragile. This is what she told Littlefinger about the Lords of the North at 7x6:
“Yes, they turned their backs on Jon when was time to retake Winterfell, then they named him their King and now they’re ready to turn their backs on him again.”
And this is the naked truth. The northerners are all pissed off because Jon decided to go south, since they “need the King in the North in the North”. At 7x6 Sansa recieves an invitation to King’s Landing and decides to send Brienne to represent her, not only to put Brienne out of Littlefinger’s reach but also cuz she doesn’t want to go to such a dangerous place again.
“If they want another Stark prisioner they can come and take me. ‘Till then I’ll remain where I belong. I have work to do here. […] I am the Lady of Winterfell and I am home. This is the safest place for me.”
She is doing what the lords think Jon should!
“Rule you have. Wisely. Ably. They see that.They respect you. Some even prefer you”.
And Littlefinger is right. Episode 7x5 Lord Glover and Sir Royce said this to her:
“We didn’t choose you to rule us milady. But perhaps we should have”
“The Knights of the Vale came her for you, Lady Stark”
But the important thing about this scene is that the northerners Lords agreed. They do see her as a good replacement for Jon, but Jon is still their King as she reminds them. She’d not take his throne in order to have one for herself.
But the thing is, when the North faces Jon is not a northerner, he’ll loose his army and support. Sansa will have to do something in order to get people together fighting for Winterfell, to keep the North together and garantee their survival. Taking a crown would be an easy solution. And the TV show always goes for the easiest solution.
I don’t think this is a coincidence. The lines mean a lot this season. We had the War of Five Kings and now it seems to me they are heading to this Clash of Queens route. We know very well the North is different. Hard to conquer, its people are proud. They would not accept a king aside from the King in the North. They wouldn’t accept a queen aside from the Queen in the North.
This storyline would set Jon loose to develop his claim to the Iron Throne. I don’t think either Jon or Sansa would want to be Queen and King but I do think season 8 will force them to do so somehow. “Those who want power do not deserve it. And those who deserve power do not want it”
And for those who say “Jon will bend the knee for Dany and the Northerners will have to accept it” all I have to say is:
And don’t you dare to burn this kid alive, Danielle. I will protect her with my life.
Here’s the second part of the Prince AU. You can find part 1 here and part 3 here; enjoy! (You + Kang Daniel)
School started up again soon after the holidays, and you were all ball of nerves about seeing Daniel again
You weren’t sure how you two would act together at school, if there would be any difference
If you two talked, the entire female population would attack you; and if your friendship had to be kept a secret, you would be disappointed
On the first day back, you could hardly focus in any of your classes before math
When the bell rang for you to leave your previous period, you ran to the bathroom and checked yourself out in the mirror, simultaneously scolding yourself
why am I this shaken up over him Jesus christ (Y/N) get it together
You shook your head in disbelief at yourself as you finally just sucked it up and walked to math
You trudged in the room, sketchily looking around with your head down, before you heard someone call out to you
“Hey (Y/N), we are switching seats this semester, come sit here!! Let’s be seat partners!” Daniel called out to you, a huge smile on his face, patting the seat next to him
He… he really just lives freely, doesn’t he? Take a lesson from him, (Y/N).
You couldn’t hide your happiness as you sat down next to him, right in the front of the class
“You’re good at math, right, (Y/N)? I’m totally going to cheat off you now!!” Daniel exclaimed, relentlessly poking your arm
The class soon started, and you both just played hangman and tictactoe and chatted over a piece of notebook paper, the teacher rolling her eyes at the both of you
You two weren’t disturbing anyone, and the teacher knew that 1. Daniel wouldn’t pay attention either way, and 2. you would do well on your tests/quizzes anyway
Suddenly, school had become a lot more fun
Word spread quickly around the school, that Daniel had a new friend… a new girl friend.
Suddenly you started getting weird looks from people, and sudden requests to become your friend
You were taken aback by the sudden attention, but didn’t do anything about it
You just hung out with a couple of your old friends, who thankfully didn’t even bother questioning you about Daniel at all; they seemed to know you would tell them when you were ready
They had already known about your childhood friendship with Daniel, anyway
Ong and Jaehwan, though, got all the information they needed from Daniel
They learned the entire story, and they had also known that you were Daniel’s old friend
Anyway you didn’t see Daniel really for the rest of the school day, because you two were in different classes/years, so it wasn’t a surprise when you didn’t meet him again
This pattern continued throughout the week: having fun with Daniel in math, only for him to be whisked off to the palace by his bodyguards as soon as school ended every day
But something different happened on the Friday of that week
As you walked out of school ready to bike home, but your bike was nowhere to be found
Instead, you saw two men in black suits standing near the racks
“Please come with us, Miss (Y/L/N). Your bike is in the car,” one said, pointing at a sleek black car parked in front of the school. “The Royal Family requests your presence at the palace.”
“Uhhh what nobody told me about this,” you mumbled, as the men leaded you towards the car
You entered the car, to find Daniel in the seat next to you
“As if I would know, dumbass,” you rolled your eyes, punching his arm
For the car ride to the palace, you and Daniel just theorized about various reasons that the King and Queen would want to talk to you
“Maybe you clogged one of the toilets at the party”
“What the hell, man”
“Or you fell asleep on the couch in that room and drooled on it and now you have to replace it hA”
“jesus fuck Dan just shut up”
When you two finally arrived at the palace, you two got out of the car, Daniel slamming the door behind him as you tried to exit from his side after him
“Prince. Please don’t delay us, we need to meet the Queen and King.” a stern voice called (probably one of the bodyguards), shutting up Daniel’s weird laughter (you know what I’m talking about)
“Ha, take that loser,” you called back at him, exiting the car
“You’re the loser, have fun with whatever my parents want you for,” Daniel said, playfully shoving you, walking away from you and the guards, probably to his own room
“Prince, you also have to come along, the King and Queen also want to see you.” A guard said, confusing the both of you
What matter could concern the both of you? Another party? What is going on
You and Daniel were both sat down in a very fancy looking room, with multiple seats arranged around a round table
You two whispered to each other, before the King and Queen entered, sitting down across from you both
“Daniel! (Y/N)! How are you both? How was your day at school today?” The Queen excitedly asked
You both looked at each other in confusion, before saying what you had “learned” in math today, Daniel revealing that you were now seat mates with one another
“Oh, well that’s just great! Glad to see you two are getting along so well, it looks like you two should be able to settle down together very well in the future,” The King said, bobbing his head in an approving nod
You and Daniel were in complete confusion, staring at Daniel’s parents as they both beamed at you two
“Ah, well I guess we haven’t really explained this properly, but you two get the gist, no?” The Queen said, catching sight of your confused gazes. “Well it’s obvious that (Y/N) here is the most reasonable choice for the Princess; out of all the women we have seen for the past couple of years have not even come close to the bright and genuine aura (Y/N) exudes! You two are perfect together!”
Your mouth had dropped open, blankly staring at the King and Queen, who were just excitedly giggling to themselves
You turned your eyes to Daniel, his eyes narrowed at his parents
“You two can’t be serious. How can you force her to get married at such a young age? Shouldn’t she have input in this matter?”
You blankly nodded. Marriage? What the hell?
You had wanted to get closer to Daniel, but marriage? That was a rest of life thing here, and you were perfectly content with your crush on him; being the Princess would make your life so unbelievably complicated
“Oh, well we don’t want you two to get married now, at least finish your college first, we just thought that you should both just be aware of this arrangement,” The King clarified
“Still! How can you expect to even want to commit to this now?” Daniel stood up, his hands on the table, as you nodded along
You didn’t dare speak out against the King and Queen, so you were thankful at least Daniel was being sane here
“Oh, well (Y/N) technically doesn’t have to commit to the marriage now, we just at least want the both of you to give a shot at a relationship and living together. We aren’t letting (Y/N) pass by, she is the first girl we have approved of in the years we have been looking for someone. Don’t take this as a joke, Daniel. You know the legacy of the family name is very important to the establishment of our rule.” The Queen said
“Yes, and if it happens that after trying with one another that (Y/N) or you do not feel like this is the best arrangement, then we will not have to continue with the marriage. What we are asking is very reasonable in our opinion; we aren’t forcing anything onto you in the long term. We are just kindly requesting that you will both make an attempt. This is a very serious matter.” The King continued
Well, that didn’t sound so bad. You two could just hang out for sometime, and then say that you two just want to remain as friends in the end.
You looked at Daniel and shrugged, signaling that this was fine with you
Daniel sighed, and nodded at his parents, grabbing your hand and leading you out of the room
You forgot sometimes, but Daniel was really a Prince, he really was royalty. For fuck’s sake, he was Prince of the entire country
For how down-to-earth he is, you sometimes forgot that you two really had completely different lives.
Daniel silently dragged you to a flight of stairs, leading you up to the second floor. You hadn’t been up there since you were like five
Happy memories flooded you as you stared down the huge hallways, remembering the old times where you, Daniel and Jisung used to race down the corridors
You were caught up in your own thoughts, not noticing that Daniel had led you into a huge bedroom
Daniel finally said something
Well, it was not really a coherent word
More like a primal scream, as he jumped face first onto a humongous bed that looked really fluffy
He let out really weird sounds into his pillow, slamming his legs repeatedly into the mattress
You walked up to him, poking his shoulder, making Daniel stop and stare at you through half-lidded eyes
“Try it, (Y/N). It’s therapeutic.” Daniel said, turning his face back into the white bedsheets, scooting over to make room for you
You weren’t even skeptical; you plunged onto the bed, both of you acting like deranged demonic toddlers
The both of you, at the moment, had nothing to say to one another – you both were equally taken aback at this sudden news, and for the time being, this was all you two could do
After a couple minutes of this… exorcism or whatever it was, your cries of the both of you just turned into tired sighs, once in a while kicking the bed
And without realizing it, you just fell asleep in Daniel’s super comfortable bed
“Do you want to stay for dinner today? It’s already evening,” Daniel called to you from the other side of the bed, facing away from you
He was met with silence, and crawled over to you in response, pulling your hair
Still receiving no reaction from you, he peered over your motionless body to see your eyes shut, deeply asleep
“That fast? Stupid,” Daniel laughed, about to pinch your nose to stop you from breathing, before his hand stopped in front of your face
He looked at you, unable to stop his concerns from popping into his mind
Wife? Princess? (Y/N)? We just reunited as friends, and now that has to change?
He breathed out, moving his hand back and plopping back on the bed next to you
Not that I would mind (Y/N) as the princess, he thought, staring at the back of your head
Pretty funny that this is even happening, I used to joke about marrying her when we were kids…
Daniel knew that for royal families, marrying someone you truly love is a very rare occurrence, and most marriages are completely arranged
I’m lucky enough Mom and Dad are trying to find someone who is more than a business deal, but that would mean (Y/N) would have to be cooped up in the palace for the rest of her life, and live completely in the public’s eye…
Daniel deeply sighed and smothered his face in his pillow again, pushing all the thoughts that were consuming him out of his mind
Ah whatever, this is so confusing, let’s just forget about all of this now
He forgot all about bugging you for dinner, and fell into sleep next to you
You two slept peacefully for around an hour before a sharp noise blared into Daniel’s room
“Prince? Miss (Y/L/N)? Dinner is ready. Please come to the dining room,” a voice called through an intercom, waking the both of you up
You opened you eyes, and rolled around in the bed, only to come face to face with Daniel
You were about to scream, slapping your hand over your mouth, your heart rapidly picking up pace
jesus christ could I get a warning here?
You stared at Daniel’s face, his teeth gritting together once in a while as he slept – the intercom failed to wake him up
I can’t believe this is happening, getting to spend time with him… but marriage? Isn’t that a bit much…
You were deep in thought, before the voice from the speakers blared again, asking you two to immediately come down
“Daniel, Daniel wake up,” you said, gently shaking him so that he would wake up
“Stopppp ittttt,” Daniel whined, pulling the blanket to cover him face
You couldn’t help but laugh at his sudden burst of cuteness, seeming like a little kid, making you think of similar situations when you two were younger
Jisung and you would always team up and torture Daniel with tickle fights (he was super sensitive) when he was sleeping
Without realizing, your hands had slid under the blanket, grabbing Daniel’s torso and evilly giggling before you started violently tickling him
“(Y/N)!!!!!! YOU BETTER STOP THIS!!!”
“nEVER!!!!” (lmao never) you screamed back at him, before he grabbed you and started tickling you back
“wha- NO NO NO NO NO NO NO STOP NO” you gasped, out of breath, as you writhed under his grasp, unable to fight back
“HA, take THAT” Daniel yelled, tackling you and flipping you over in bed, pinning both your hands with one arm while tickling you with the other
“DANIEL STOP YOU’RE SO FUCKING HEAVY GET OFF ME”
“YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU ATTACKED ME BITCH”
“Looks like you two are getting along quite well.” a different voice called out to you, making both you and Daniel freeze in place, you pinned under him, the both of you realizing just how close to one another you two were
You both looked up in unison, finding a bodyguard dude at the door with his arms crossed, the King and Queen behind him
You and Daniel sprang apart, desperately claiming to all three that it wasn’t what they were thinking, still breathing heavily from the tickling
“I knew something was going on; Daniel’s never late for dinner,” the Queen snickered, dragging the King and the bodyguard out of the room, saying that they should “let you two do what you needed”
There was no point in arguing with the King and Queen, after all they were the ones who wanted you two to get married
You and Daniel stood there in his room, quiet once again, your face heating up in embarrassment
You looked up at Daniel, his own eyes darting shyly around the room to avoid your gaze, his own cheeks tinged with a pink blush
You two just stood there like the awkward people you are, until your stomach growled, the weird atmosphere between the two of you instantly clearing
“Okay, (Y/N), we’ll go eat now, whatever you say,” Daniel said, patting your stomach, making you jerk back in response, still sensitive from the tickle fight but mostly shocked from the sudden contact
“Too soon, man, too soon,” you managed to blurt out, kicking him, running out of his room to the dining room, to escape from Daniel
Daniel… he still acts like the kid he used to be… but it feels so different now…
A/N: Sorry for that kinda sudden ending, lmao. This was getting kinda long and I wanted to post for y’all :) I guess this AU isn’t wrapping up yet, wanted the progression to be ~natural~ so looks like there will be another part of this, at the least.
Thanks for your patience and sorry for not updating in the past few days!