Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A Quickie: Why Daenerys Won't Marry Jon for Romance (Game of Thrones)
So when the argument of 'eeew but incest' is used against the pairing of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, I just have to roll my eyes. I am not totally in favor of this ship and even if I was I would be more than ready to accept arguments against. It's just saying 'eeew but incest' as your sole argument without adding anything else is not a good point. Now if you want to add why a character or two would be against incest that's another thing entirely in my mind.
In this post I'll point out why a romantic relationship between Jon and Daenerys isn't likely to happen.
At this point in Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen is seeking to solidify her claim to the Iron Throne. After so many years of waiting she now has an army that she plans to use to conquer Westeros. Her mind is on the Iron Throne more completely than it has been in the past.
The reason she dumped her boy toy Daario Naharis was that he provided no benefit to her ultimate goal. She wanted to go to Westeros without her being attached to anyone. She wanted to be unattached because marriage is a powerful weapon in her quest.
This indicates that even if she likes Jon, she won't have a physical relationship with him. She is only interested in marriage now. And only a marriage that would make her claim to the Iron Throne stronger.
She has never met Jon so he is off that short list to start with.
Jorah Mormont has been with Daenerys since the beginning. They have been through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Missendei is also someone she has formed a deep bond with. Besides being Daenerys' friend, Missendei is also someone the Mother of Dragons turns to for advice. Both pairings have their own set of problems which I won't cover here.
What I'm going to talk about in this segment is assuming Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow know they're related before anything happens. If they don't know they're related when they have sex, anything is on the table as their morals about incest aren't important.
The show could have them have a relationship before they knew. Then later they could find out and go from there.
I agree with this but I don't see the same amount of people bringing up Daenerys' views on incest.
With her need to change, I doubt Daenerys would be okay with incest just because her House was.
It isn't like Daenerys Targaryen needs to marry someone. In the real world queens don't need kings to rule. They do just fine without them.
So if Daenerys can't find someone that she could use to strengthen her claim to the Iron Throne, she can remain unwed.
In the show we don't have any menstrual blood scene. So it's up in the air if she can actually bear children.
Why do I bring this up?
The point of a political marriage is to mix bloodlines. If Daenerys can't bear children there is hardly a point to a political marriage because of this fact.
One piece of evidence is her visions in the House of the Undying. At one point she approaches the throne but eventually leaves it untouched.
So maybe Daenerys' quest to claim the Iron Throne will end up with a different outcome than she expects.