Internet, I have a new favorite "Game of Thrones" ship. Yes, I know, it's only been a week since Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane's furious one-sided flirtation took the Seven Kingdoms by storm, only for them to be tragically parted by fate and a bunch of dumb demanding Starks. But we must move on with our lives, and I have chosen the perfect pairing which which to do so:
It's Yara and Daenerys.
Okay, true, these two have not yet met — but we know that Yara Greyjoy and her fleet of Ironborn's finest ships are on their way to Mereen to curry Daenerys' favor before her uncle, Euron Greyjoy, gets there to do the same. So why shouldn't these two fall madly in love with one another and crush their enemies before them together? Here's why they'd be a perfect match:
Yara clearly enjoys the company of other women.
Only Yara and not the book version of the character, Asha Greyjoy (the name was changed so viewers wouldn't accidentally confuse her with Osha the Wildling). George R.R. Martin confirmed as much in a blog post about the season 6 trailer, saying, "I have a number of lesbian and bisexual women in the novels (and a couple who experiment), but Asha is not one of them. Unless I am forgetting something..."
You know what else George R.R. Martin forgot, though? To finish the "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series before "Game Of Thrones" caught up. So Yara gets to mack on all the hot ladies she wants, because the show's officially doing its own thing and there's nothing anybody can do to stop it.
And Daenerys doesn't seem like she's against it either.
Unlike Yara/Asha, the ASOIF version Daenerys has engaged in some woman-loving, with her handmaiden Irri in a chapter of "Storm Of Swords." However, she feels too guilty about using her handmaiden as a "bedslave" to enjoy it, so it's unclear whether she was simply experimenting with Irri in a moment of loneliness or feeling an actual sexual attraction towards her.
The show version of Daenerys is less explicit, but she does seem pretty game in the first season while Doreah is teaching her how to please her husband — while straddling her. Just saying, if Yara wanted to pull that move I bet she wouldn't object.
Both women came into their own by being more badass than all the men around them.
The world of "Game Of Thrones" isn't exactly pro-equal rights, but if you're lucky enough to be a highborn lady in a family that's kinder to its female members — like the Tyrells, for example — you can make it out reasonably okay. You know, you're still a second-class citizen, but you'll get to wear nice clothing and sometimes people will ask for your opinions on things.
But both Ironborn and Dothraki are especially testosterone-driven, warrior cultures that tend to treat its women the most like objects; after all, both societies encourage men to kidnap and take advantage of women during their raids. Daenerys and Yara had to be just as tough as those warriors in order to get their attention, and even tougher than them to secure their loyalty.
Everybody was kind of chill with Yara, so maybe WLW (women-loving-women) have a place in Westeros.
Yara isn't the first LGBT-confirmed character in "Game of Thrones," of course — that honor technically belongs to Loras Tyrell (and Renly Baratheon by extension, who's very dead now and doesn't matter). His fondness for men was a poorly kept secret that everybody made fun of him for but didn't really care about so long as he produced an heir, right up until Religion got involved and locked him away for being a horrible sinner.
But Yara was literally making out with a naked woman in her lap and everybody was perfectly fine with it. Is it that the Ironborn, like the Dornish (don't forget, Oberyn Martell was bisexual), are more tolerant of sexual experimentation? Is it because feminine-presenting women are so sexually objectified that if a masculine-presenting woman joined in nobody would take much note? Or Is it because it's Yara we're talking about and she's already executed everyone in her crew who would object? Possibly all of the above?Either way, it's clear that Yara doesn't care about what other people think of her, and she's more than willing to come onto women in public. Like maybe Daenerys?
Yara needs to keep Euron from gaining Dany's support
Right now Daenerys needs ships, but she doesn't necessarily need to care where they come from. What she does care about is making sure everybody knows she's in charge. As the king of the Iron Islands, Euron's ego will definitely not allow him to take orders from a woman — heck, his Kingsmoot campaign was based entirely on the premise that a woman could never be fit to rule.
But Yara, who's desperately on the run from her uncle, might be willing to concede some power if it means surviving another day... and she's got all the Iron Islands' best ships. And what better way to convince Daenerys that she's worth having in the squad that than to seduce her, am I right??? After all, if the show's version of Euron is anything like the book version, that's what he's planning to do, too. Why not beat him to it?
It would be the cherry on top of this show's newfound feminist cake.
We were skeptical, but we've got to hand it to you, "Game of Thrones" — so far this season is resembling the woman-empowering spectacle we were promised. Dorne's women murdered all of its men! Sansa's scheming again! Lyanna Mormont is a tiny 10-year-old badass! And if Daenerys and Yara teamed up and Thelma and Louise'd their way across Westeros facing nary a threat of sexual violence between them, that would be pretty killer.