Will Jon Marry Dany ... or Sansa? 'Game of Thrones' Star Reacts to 'Strange' Theory
We know King Jon Snow-Stark-Targaryen likes self-confident women (especially redheads), and Targaryens like to marry their relatives. So who, if anyone, will get the White Wolf's final rose on "Game of Thrones"?
Fans are still deconstructing the Season 6 finale, and speculating about what's ahead in the final two seasons. Part of the speculation involves turning Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) into Westeros versions of The Bachelor and Bachelorette.
Dany talked about maybe needing to make a marriage alliance in the Seven Kingdoms, so will she end up with the new King in the North, despite (or because of?) their status as nephew and aunt? Would it make a difference if they knew the truth? Or will the Mother of Dragons perhaps rule as a solo queen, with Dragon King Jon marrying "Lady of Winterfell" Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), despite the fact that they grew up as half-siblings, and currently have some non-sexual tension between them?
One Reddit user posted a theory about Jon and Sansa eventually getting together:
A common theory about Jon in relation to his parentage is that he will end up marrying Dany in the Targaryen tradition of keeping blood in the family. However, I have not seen many theories concerning Jon and Sansa. With the show bringing them together in the most recent episode, there's a couple of things to note about a potential romantic relationship between the two:
If R+L=J then Jon and Sansa are actually cousins, rather than half-siblings. Cousin marriage is widely common within the story and considered acceptable.
Jon and Sansa were never particularly close siblings growing up. Sansa regarded Jon as her 'bastard half-brother' in the books. She was always courteous with him but never much more. Jon and Arya had the much more traditionally close brother and sister relationship.
This is where a potential relationship between the two gets ironic. Sansa grows up dreaming of marrying a prince and becoming queen. She is ecstatic about her courtship with Joffrey, and believes all the tales about noble knights doing honorable deeds. Sansa of course finds out that the reality of knights and heroes is much different than the stories about them, and Joffrey is actually a monster who abuses and mistreats her. Her fantasy becomes a nightmare. Joffrey is also a bastard, and not a true prince. The ironic twist is that if R+L=J, then Jon is actually in the line of succession for the iron throne. Sansa would then end up with a real prince and heir, rather than the bastard Joffrey. Jon shares many of the same traits as the heroes of her stories, such as bravery and sacrifice.
Jon beheaded Janos Slynt, the man who helped betray Sansa's father Ned. In the books Sansa dreams of a hero chopping off Slynt's head.
Interesting. Commenters then pointed out that Jon has a thing for redheads, possibly born out of his mommy issues with Catelyn Stark.
Variety asked Sophie Turner about the Jon/Sansa theory, and she basically gagged:
Some fans have been speculating that Jon and Sansa might end up marrying, since they're both in a pretty vulnerable position politically right now. What's your take on that?
Oh my god, really? I haven't actually heard that. Stranger things on "Game of Thrones" have happened... Maybe politically, it makes sense, I honestly don't know how I would feel about that, I'd have to speak to the producers about that one. Honestly, what I think is going to happen – and I don't know where the story is going to go, but I think Jon and Daenerys are going to end up together, probably. I feel like Jon and Sansa would be a strange one, especially because isn't it considered not legitimate if you haven't consummated the marriage, and I really don't think either of them would be particularly up for that. It would be very difficult to do that. [Laughs.]
Yeah, it doesn't really matter whether they are cousins or not, they grew up as siblings, and their wedding night would probably be more awkward and icky than Sansa's with Tyrion. (But not worse than Sansa's with Ramsay. Honestly, the bar is so low for her husbands at this point that she'd be doing well to marry her own brother.)
Variety asked Sophie if it would change anything for Sansa to learn that Jon is her cousin:
Yeah, definitely. Sansa always took her mother's side on that. She was always influenced by her mother's resentment towards Jon because of Ned allegedly cheating on her and bringing back an illegitimate child, so finding out that Ned never cheated, that Jon isn't an illegitimate child of Ned's, would probably bring them closer together. I think at this point where there could be a lot of rifts in their relationship, it's good to have something that would probably draw them closer together.
No one should ever blame the kid for the parent cheating, but that's a moot point here anyway.
What about Dany and Jon -- the true "Song of Ice and Fire" heroes? Entertainment Weekly asked Emilia Clarke about that after the finale:
Speaking of men taking off their tops, it seems pretty likely now that Dany will meet Jon Snow at some point, right? Fire and Ice?
Yup, but I just don't know. Those rumors have never been substantiated within the Game of Thrones circle. It's never been said. So I don't know. I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything's possible. All I know is winter is coming ... and I'm bringing the heat!
Nah, we don't believe that Dany or Jon will die anytime soon, but they may not marry either. (Still rooting for Dany to end up with Yara.) Speaking of marriages, though, there's also speculation that Cersei Lannister might make an alliance with Euron Greyjoy, who needs a rebound queen after Dany ran off with the other Greyjoys before Euron could offer his c-ck on a platter.
So we may have multiple marriage alliances in the two seasons ahead, or the showrunners could offer some brand new twists to throw us off. What do you hope to see happen in Season 7 and 8?
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