Sansa and Dragonflies: Jonsa meta.
So a huge part of why I enjoy being part of the jonsa fandom is for all of the wonderful metas no matter how tinfoilly it can get because it’s just, fun, y’know? This includes analysing costume design, and I’ve seen metas discussing Sansa’s necklace in season 7 which made me think of what she wore in the earlier seasons: her dragonfly necklace.
She also wears a dress with dragonfly embroidery in 2x04:
Now the more popular connection is that it’s meant to symbolise Petyr(who wears a mockingbird pin) going after Sansa, which of course is valid.
But what I found interesting is that it ties to the historical figure, Jenny of Oldstones. Jenny was a woman who married the heir to the throne, Prince Duncan Targaryen, better known as the Prince of Dragonflies.
Little known fact about Prince Duncan: he gave up his claim and line of succession to marry Jenny, hence no longer being the Prince of Dragons, but of Dragonflies. This then triggered a conflict due to him already being promised, leading to a rebellion.
So how could this possibly link to JonSa? Well, take it with a mountain of salt because as I mentioned, this is just personal tinfoil, but everything about that little bit of history screams JonSa to me. There are arguments that claim they’d decided to include this detail to link to Robb’s demise, i.e. marrying Talisa(in the show) for love. But why would they make Sansa of all people wear this? Why not incorporate dragonflies into Talisa’s costume?
In all the images I could find of Talissa, not once has there been an instance of dragonflies being present, which is odd considering how strongly Robb x Talisa parallel Jenny x Duncan. So apart from them, there must be another reason behind letting Sansa be the one to callback to Jenny through the dragonfly symbolism.
Which is why my mind immediately jumped to Jonsa.
Who do we know is the true heir to the iron throne? Who do we assume is most likely to give up that claim? And who do we believe will not embrace his title as a Prince of Dragons(Targaryen lineage)? That’s right; Jon.
And who do we know believes no one will ever marry her for love - and ironically since this is mentioned - will most likely end up with someone who will end up loving her if married(though let’s face it, Jon already loves Sansa, he just hasn’t allowed himself to see her in that light yet considering he has no idea R+L=J)? Sansa.
So there you have it, another little detail that could actually add to a list of things that support Jonsa!
Also, I’ll fight you on a Jonsa pairing not being equal to marrying for love. Yes, a marriage between them would be a political move and not one of passion, and yes the love between them would most likely be built stone by stone ala Ned x Cat(the only type of solid relationship GRRM likes to portray as long lasting, compared to all the other fast-paced pairings that end up in disaster), but that doesn’t negate the fact that these two already love each other.
They care deeply about each other and Jon clearly wants to protect her. He would never force her into a marriage with anyone, and him lashing out and going all Angry Kitten Jon™ clearly proves how much he wants to protect her. Sansa has proved as well how supportive she is of him, defending his decisions and his rule from the Northern Lords’ bickering.
So although he may be hesitant to accept a marriage alliance with Sansa, she would be protecting him from any backlash regarding his lineage reveal from the Northern Lords while also securing the North, and he would be the best candidate to protect her from any other highborn looking to marry her for only her claim: they would, by that logic, be marrying each other still for love considering it’s in their best interest especially to protect one another.
Of course another bonus to throw in is how inappropriately smitten Jon has been with Sansa…
or how both their first loves/crushes suspiciously resemble each other…
but I digress! Point is, the groundwork is there, and I’m sold on Jonsa.
Also this whole idea of my girl Sansa finally being with someone who will love her for her really makes me happy hehe.