I don’t care what you ship. We are all entitled to our own opinions and have formed them in our own way. It is not my life’s calling to defend my ship to anyone, nor to sink yours. I will sail my ships, and you will sail yours, and if we happen to be on the same one, I’ll probably kiss your cheeks and write you porn. If we’re not on the same ship I’ll blow you kisses from my deck and wave as you pass by because we’re all in this ocean of feelings together, and if one ship makes waves, we all capsize.
The most frustrating thing about The Love Square is I feel like all my ships are sinking when in reality it’s just two dumb people running circles around each other. You know they’re endgame but for some reason it’s still stressful to see them turn each other down.
Another reading between the lines... This time 7x07, the season finale
season finale is through, and we learned that we shouldn’t believe in
everything the creators want to make us believe. Arya and Sansa weren’t
fighting, but like I was predicting, they were plotting against Littlefinger to make
him pay for his crimes.
everyone who called bullshit on the showmakers trying to make us believe that
the Starks will start to kill one another, here are some hints for why I am
calling bullshit on the Daenerys/Jon romance as well.
mentioned in my earlier post, I think the narrative changed quite a bit. Where
we’ve seen the Stark family pretty much straight forward in a narrative way
before, they are now the unreliable narratives. We have to start questioning
their motives because they finally all join the game.
predict that Sansas: “I am a slow learner, but I learn” is also a foreshadowing
regarding Jon. We all know very well what happens to characters in GOT that won’t
join the game out of good heart and honor. To Jon the best example is the fate
of his “father” Ned Stark. He holds him still dear and tries to be honorable
like he was, but what we also learned in the finale episode was, that even Ned
was able to lie for years on end, to protect the ones he loved.
unrealistic to expect that a character like Jon won’t ever learn from the
experiences he lived through. He witnessed more than once that betrayal also comes through honor. Of course we all love him for being an honorable,
honest person, who values the things his father represented dearly, but that is
what also got Jon killed by the Nightswatch, and I think he knows that by now.
break down “the dragon and the wolf”, to find a bit of proof that dear Jon is
actually playing the game quite for real. I will address the Jonsa part later
all don’t forget what is on stake for him. He just learned that Bran and Arya
are also alive and he was not happy about it. Why ? Because it means he has
even more family to protect, than just Sansa who he’s literally sworn to
protect and fought a war for, to win Winterfell back. It’s additional weight on
don’t forget what he just witnessed. A dragon that was easily killed off by the
Night King. That means additional to the family he thought partly dead to
protect, he is cut short of time and resources to win the war against the Night
he wasn’t thinking about that the Night King might resurrect the dead dragon,
otherwhise Eastwatch would have been not that surprised about the Wight Dragons
appearance at the episodes end. But Jon still knows that he is running out of
time because Bran told him so in the Raven Jon got from Winterfell.
So Jon has
to make sure that the alliance with Dany will hold, and that she won’t go
fighting for the Iron Throne instead. But he has obviously a hard time playing
the game though, unless that he is playing it.
That shows because he told Cersei that he is already pledged to Dany. Still too much of Ned Starks
son to break oaths.
But here in
the conversation is also an interesting hint. Tyrion asked him if he didn’t
learn to lie, even a bit, but Jon doesn’t answer the question directly. He could
have said that he was never a liar, that his father didn’t bring him up to be a
liar. Instead he talks about keeping his oath and keeping promises. Here he
talks about Ned Stark being killed because of keeping oaths, means an oath
still has high value for Jon and he will never swear an oath that he can’t
uphold. Doesn’t mean that he would never lie.
conversation is with Jon and Dany. He seems truly unhappy about his conduct and
you might expect him to say to himself, that he’ll never learns. But I think
more poignant is what Dany says throughout the conversation. She admits that
she doesn’t know how to react if Cersei won’t accept the truce. She can’t
forget what she has seen behind the wall, but she also can’t pretend that as
soon as she will march her forces north Cersei will take the kingdom back. For
her to sit on the iron throne has still the same importance as ever, and what
she is saying, actually means, that Jon can’t be sure that Dany will come and
fight the war on the wall. Not if she is left with the choice between the North and
the iron throne. She could still sacrifice the north, take the throne and then
march against the walkers. For her the north is just a part of her future
kingdom, for him it’s his home. I think Dany has agreed to fight for the North solely based on the feelings she has for Jon, and he knows that.
talks about her family, comparing them to the dragons. They were terrifying.
People looked at them with wonder and awe. But then dragons grew small and we
grew small as well until we were just like everybody else. We weren’t extraordinary
goal was always to fit in, to be part of the Starks for real, to be like
everybody else, not to be a bastard and been seen as one, as something
Then we see
Jon have his first personal talk with Dany, about being not like everybody
else, about the future of her house and about her not be able to have children.
They havN#t really talked like that before, which made not buy the love story
between them from the start. But here we see that he starts caring for her, he
has compassion, he likes her, he makes even a joke. That was the first bonding
moment apart from the fact that he was sorry for the loss of her dragon.
conversation I was having my eye on, was the one Jon had with Theon. Besides of
the obvious foreshadowing that Jon will also have to be conflicted in the next
season about his two parts of family, Stark and Targaryen, Theon tells him that
every step that Jon took was always right and true and in the subtext he wished
he could be like him. Mark what Jon replies to that: It may seem so from the
outside. I promise you it’s not true. Jon says he has done plenty of things that
he regrets. So what would that be dear Jon? Have we seen him doing anything
questionable before? No? anything that was not honorable? No. Anything untrue?
No. So what is he talking about? Maybe about the things he is doing now? The game
he is arranging himself with now?
that appeared weird to me was when Jon said that Ned was more of a father to
Theon than his own father. Theon says yes. And yet you betrayed him. Betrayed
his memory. I did. Jon starts off with anger here but then his look softens and
he nods his head in understanding to Theon. Followed by a blank look and says,
but you never lost him, he’s a part of you, just like he’s a part of me.
like Jon isn’t just angry at Theon but himself here. I think he is dealing with
Neds legacy and is conflicted about what his scheme is, which is also an
betrayal of Neds memory.
important line is also, I am not in the place to forgive all of it, but what I
can I do. Seems like Jon hopes for forgiveness, too, at least when the time
comes to justify his actions.
this the biggest hint what Jon has actually in mind is given us by the late
Littlefinger himself. When he tells Sansa that Jon might marry the beautiful
dragon queen. The alliance makes sense, together they will be difficult to
only difficult to defeat but more than pledged to each other. A bond that will assure
the alliance by marriage. Till now we’ve only seen women being married off
because of political benefits in the GOT verse. But what if the same thought
also crossed Jons mind? What if he is so desperate to secure an alliance with
Dany that he actually came to the same conclusion as Littlefinger ?
and unmarried, both not unattractive and they seem to like each other. It would
make sense and it would also explain the lukewarm romance from Jons side. Dany
is in head over heels, no denying that, but Jon never seemed much excited at
making heart eyes at Dany. Yeah Tyrion mentioned towards Dany that Jon was
looking longingly at her, but I think that remark was mostly dropped because
Tyrion wanted to see her reaction. No heart eyes so far. And this leads me to
the final thing that convinced me that something is really off with Jon
not what I expected at all. I expected it to crush Jonsa, but it didn’t.
no conversation, no builtup, no passion I would say. Jon stood in front of
Danys door, like a man on a mission. He hesitates to long, stares at the door
for an eternity, is uncertain if he shall go through with it. As soon as he
knocks his head jerks aside in a motion that could be also used to shake his
head no at himself. He has the composure of someone who is about to seal a deal
that goes against his believes. Then he stares her down, like he is afraid,
expressionless, no kiss, no touch when she opens the door for him. Then Dany is
on top, both naked, assume she took action first, of course he is also enjoying
because hey it’s sex with a beautiful woman, flips her over and then comes the
most haunted look I’ve ever seen during a sex scene. Dany looks at him in awe
and wonder, she is really into him, and he is just… not ? He sighs with an
heavy heart, he pants like he wants to back off and tell her that he is sorry
for letting it come this far. It appears almost as regret. He looks at her
still, uncertain, almost at the brink of breaking the embrace, places his hands
on her cheek, a mirrored touch he did to Sansa during the forehead kiss and
then…. He shuts his eyes as fast as he can and starts smooching her in earnest
with a touch of forced passion and willing himself to go through with it. I
mean what was that? I was ready to let my ship sink and accept that Jonaerys is
happening, but not like this. This was just the weirdest thing. This is not how
you sleep with someone you are madly in love with, this is the way you are
sleeping with someone you like but not love. No smiles, no connection besides
the obvious parts, too much other stuff in mind, just a performance.
is off, I call bullshit.
So all in
all in this episode there was a huge amount of talk about truth, oaths, lies.
The Winterfell part showed us that we shouldn’t believe in what we see, and I
say we also underestimate Jon Snow. He is capable of playing the game and he
does, sure he is conflicted about it, but you don’t survive with being just
honorable. He bends the truth as far as he can justify it to himself and the
ghost of Ned Stark. He is securing an important alliance with the prospect of
marriage. Well and would all work out well, if she wouldn’t be his aunt.
Jonsa. Of course they are hinting Jonsa. Littlefinger was onto something after
Jon choked him in the crypt. There was
no need to tell Sansa how beautiful the dragon queen is and that Jon is young
and unmarried just like Dany, unless he wanted to see her reaction to the idea
that Jon could get married someday. Also I read that in the original script
that featured the conversation between Theon and Jon, Sansa is also mentioned,
but they cut that out. Again. That happens so frequently that I am actually
convinced that they cut scenes like that to avoid making it to obvious. Next
thing Sansa is always standing in the same spot brooding, she was last seen
standing with Jon also brooding after the battle of the
bastards. Hard to say what she was thinking about, most likely the imminent
kill of Littlefinger, but maybe also about Jon bending the knee, because this
spot has a meaning to her. Then Arya saying they have to protect each other in
winter, Sansa immediately states “Father”, but is was not just Ned that said
that. “We have to trust each other, we can’t fight a war amongst ourselves, We
have so many enemies now”, sounds quite similar, spoken by Jon just on the same
brooding spot Sansa and Arya stood in while having this conversation about Ned.
The face touch, Jon gave Dany during his panic moment in bed, mirrored the face
touch he gave Sansa after the forehead kiss.
seems a lot like an Jonsa endgame to me.
But to be
honest, I would also love to see Tyrion have some happiness. Peter Dinklage
killed the episode with his acting. So if Sansa and Tyrion end up together I am
happy too. But the signs are there for Jonsa, definitely. But in this world of
GOT nothing is really sure ;)
I also think the show and the books are chiefly about character development and learning process. There are lessons to be learned in every aspect of war, love and life. There were lessons in the lovestories of GOT from Rob/Talisa to Brienne/Jamie. It’s a bit odd that Daenerys for example never learned the lesson of rejection so far. She never lost a battle for love, except the death of a lover. But every male she was ever involved with was just enchanted by her from the start. Drogo was, Daario was, and poor Jorah was and always will be. With Daario and Jorah it was one sided or mere sexual. But she never experienced someone not loving her. And since real life teaches all of us this lesson, I believe that Jon will be the lesson for Dany. The betrayal of love. Of love for his family and the north, maybe even Sansa
Plus Tyrion knows. The expression on his face while standing outside of boatbang. He knows the lovestory is fishy and that such an affair would be dangerous.