The Queen's Justice | Another Jonerys rant
I thought I couldn’t be more overwhelmed by this ship after the cave scene, but then 😍😍😍…the epic boat scene came along, and I’m spoiled for life! I literally can’t stop thinking about it, and that’s a pretty big deal for me considering that I only got onto the ship after the ‘The Spoils for War’.
One major reason why I never even considered Jon and Dany coming together, aside from the fact that my sole focus would always be the bigger mysteries and whether or not my favorite characters would survive was, admittedly, the incest. Even after knowing the thing about incest and GoT, the creepy Cersei/Jaime relationship was off putting enough for me to feel physically sick at the thought of any more of it, especially with two of my favorite characters. So yes, even though I was interested in seeing them team up and take on the Night King together, I was not necessarily invested in them being romantically involved, in fact the opposite of invested, I was opposed to them getting romantically involved.
But then boom! I’m on the ship, and I’m on it for life! So since I can’t stop thinking about it anyway, I’m going to endlessly write about them until the next week’s episode, because I gotta do what I gotta do man🤷🏻 Anyway, the Big Meeting, right as they met and the way Jon looked at her the first time, I knew that meant something.
At the same time, it was at that moment that the distance between the two characters truly struck me (and I loved the way their first meeting was shot, laying stress on the distance between them which was slowly covered until they were finally together!).
Not only do these two embody their familial conflicts, they are opposing in so many other ways as well. She’s focused on her enemies aka the South, while Jon Snow is consumed with the Night King aka the North. They are not just strangers, they’re strangers with seemingly no common ground, they’re strangers so distant that they are more likely to be hostile. She hates his father for helping Robert usurp her family’s rightful crown, while he obviously resents her father for killing his own family members.
The distance was just so vast I could barely comprehend it all. And I think it was then that my interest in this ship started building, because where would they go from here? If this is indeed to be canon, how would they get to that point?
And then there were the gradually softening scenes between them, when Dany talks about losing her brothers and allows Jon to mine the much-needed dragon glass. That would have been it. He could have thanked her and gone on his way. But he stops, and he looks back, (while she’s not looking at him! Idk but the whole looking at someone when they’re looking away just gets me too mushy for words 😍💖😂),
and his tone is just so pleading when he says, “So you believe me then, about the Night King and the Army of the Dead?”, like it’s important to him that she believes him. She just handed him the dragonglass along with any needed resources, but our boy Jon wants to know whether she actually trusted him. Why does Jon have to be so earnestly cute at times man! 😂
But apart from Jon’s neverending cuteness, what I took away from that scene was how they were gradually moving closer (not just physically).
Before, during the courtroom scene, Jon looked at her as woman of nobility, who’s laying claim to a kingdom as if it’s a game, uncaring of the people living in it, far above their struggles and simply interested in wearing an undeserved crown. He saw a proud woman, who demanded what she wanted solely because she felt she had a right to it, (and Dany was definitely not being anything less than regal in that scene with the harsh tone and the constant ‘bend the knee’).
It was obvious in his tone, in his words, in the way he looked at her (after that first look!):
that this was a woman barely different from Cersei; he could hope to get nothing from her, which is why he had admitted defeat so easily.
But when she gives him the dragonglass, there’s a shift. You can see it in his eyes. He didn’t expect this. He looks at her as if he’s suddenly seeing her in a new light, like he can’t believe she would give him something without it benefiting her in any way whatsoever. And that’s obvious in this look he gives her.
Dany, for her part, may be beginning to realize she had been unreasonably harsh to him, believing him to be an usurper, just like his father. She had, in fact, been guilty of the very crime she had warned him against. Judging the son by the crimes of his father. She looked at this man, this self-declared King in the North, and what she saw was a man no different than Cersei (ironic! 😂), taking advantage of the war plagued Kingdoms, to take what was rightfully hers simply because there was no one to stop him.
But as Ser Davos spoke, she realized that she had judged him wrongly, and even later, while speaking to Tyrion, she understood that this was not a man hungry for power, this was a man dedicated to a cause, a man who cared for the survival of his people above his own, putting himself at risk for them, and it was this, this that made her give him the dragonglass even though she didn’t believe him.
This scene managed to convey so much to me (especially since I rewatched it!) regarding how two people worlds apart could begin to come closer together, by realizing they had much more in common than they had previously assumed.
And of course, the obvious parallels of:
echoed well in this scene because both of them started off by judging the other by their father’s actions.
And I felt this was important, because once they realized this and disregarded their prejudices, they moved closer to understanding the other, and to me, the gradual journey of realization, is the kind of ship I would die for!
So yes, Jonerys may seem rushed, but I feel the buildup to it has been really interesting to watch. How two strangers span this huge distance between them and come to know, trust and love each other, my God!
The beauty of this ship is going to kill me, I know it!