This post was originally published June 23, 2016.
***Spoilers for Game of Thrones through Season 6, Episode 9. Spoilers***
This past Sunday’s penultimate Game of Thrones episode has been heralded for its epic battle scenes and a long-awaited vengeful death, but there was another impactful engagement that not only signified a change of course for the Seven Kingdoms, but perhaps opened the door to yet another couple we fans are shipping. The delightfully overt flirtatiousness between characters this season has provided welcome respite in the midst of endless death and darkness — and more than a little meandering — so fans have responded with great enthusiasm.
“Battle of the Bs” opened with a momentous Thrones occasion, and a new deal brokered between Daenerys Targaryen and Asha Yara Greyjoy. Admittedly, Gemma Whelan’s would-be Iron Islands ruler was a little nervous; if the agreement failed, she didn’t really have an alternate plan. Luckily, though, both women were up for a little negotiating.
Is it just me, or did Yara dress for the occasion?
While Tyrion and Theon didn’t quite kick off the meeting on the best of terms, both boys quickly deferred to their better halves …
… and Yara and Daenerys recognized in each other a natural leadership ability …
… among other admirable qualities (which makes perfect sense to readers, since book Dany is most definitely into both sexes).
When Dany questions whether Yara would make the same sort of demands as her murderous uncle Euron, Yara plays her cards exactly right.
Emilia Clarke is, shall we say, quite enthusiastic about this turn of events.
Gemma Whelan agrees there’s a little magic happening between the ladies:
It’s clear as the scene plays out that Yara quite likes Dany. We share a lot of little looks and there’s some playful language in how we talk to one another ….”
And, after “The Broken Man”, there’s no doubt Yara loves women.
So, all in for a little Greygaryen fling, yes?
Watch Emilia Clarke and Gemma Whelan discuss their flirty scene:
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