WHY WOULD HE PLAY HER WHEN HE ALREADY GOT WHAT HE WANTED
Beats me too!! I do not believe he’s playing her simply because of the sheer amount of ‘not-so-clever’ decisions that Jon’s continuing to take in the show. Case in point, the wight hunt. Okay so, the wight hunt itself was not such a bad idea because you see, if he is thinking like a king should, a wight will not just help convince Cersei but all of westeros that the threat is real and really that is Jon’s intention. But the planning and execution of it was so horrible. They rely on the hound’s visions??? And if they know such a large army is marching towards eastwatch won’t they have a contingency plan they can fall back upon if they screw up?? If what Jon really wants to do is fight for his people, how is a dead king in the north really going to help??
Then he gives his sword to Jorah. While I don’t think this was necessarily a stupid decision, more a stupidly honorable one. He didn’t think for a second before handing over Jeor Mormont’s sword back to Jorah. Would a man who has the vile to play a woman only for what she can give him even if he thinks it is for the greater good be this honorable?? Wouldn’t he have rather kept long claw with himself for the greater good? Moreover, he almost died again to get the others safe home or to single-handedly kill the NK, or whatever it is that he thought he was doing when he didn’t get on the dragon?? If he was playing her, I think he would have taken her hand and just got on to that dragon not gone off to die once more.
I think though it is very poorly executed we’re supposed to acknowledge as an audience that the hero of our story though incredibly brave and honorable is not incredibly smart, especially not at playing the game of thrones. He’s more often saved by others because of his hotheadedness and not-so-good decisions that he thinks is for the greater good. SO while I love Jon Snow and will always root for him (even if the bend the knee bs happens which I’m sure will be undone in the next season or outright rejected by the north) I understand that we’re not supposed to see him as having all the qualities meant for a player of the game. At least in the show whatever time he spent acting as a double agent with the wildlings and falling genuinely in love with ygritte helped him understand them better and later on even fight for his cause. He was still seen as honorable in the end because he stayed loyal to the night’s watch and truly fell in love with Ygritte and later on more than two thousand wildlings will thank him for his betrayal because that meant that because of him they got to stay alive on the other side of the wall. He betrayed them yes, but also gave his life for their right to stay alive.
So really though I can’t see him playing her, I don’t see him falling in LOVE with her either.There isnt enough evidence for either. I think once again he’s just rushing into things without thinking this through because he’s just worried about the enemy to the north plus he’s catching some feelings for her based on what HE thinks SHE is. Whichever way you view it, it’s a doomed romance at best.
But I could be wrong about the whole double agent thing.
Thanks for the ask!!