When you have a show like Game of Thrones that is so big, bold, and expensive, the easy assumption to make is that everything is planned. However, that is apparently not the case for some moments that make the show, including the kiss that took place between Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand near the end of this past episode. There was some flirting that was meant to go on with them, but that was apparently before Euron Greyjoy and his ships arrived to kickstart a battle not long after Yara and company got their orders at Dragonstone.
In speaking a little further on this subject, Gemma Whelan explained to Entertainment Weekly just how this entire moment came about:
“It wasn’t directed that we would kiss … It just seemed like something we should do. We led it, very much so. It was meant to be a suggestion [of flirting] and then it became more sexual than we expected because it seemed right. There was only a skeleton crew working because the rig could only take so much weight, so we were left very much on our own. And who wouldn’t want to kiss Indira [Varma]? I mean, come on!”
Apparently, Whelan’s double ended up having to do a good bit of the kissing given an injury that Gemma had coupled with the rigors of the scene, and that added to the crazy experience of it being shot. (The double, per Varma, was nervous over the thought of doing something that she’d never had to do before in a situation where there were such high stakes.)
Alas, this may be only a fleeting moment between these two characters as opposed to anything that has more permanent ramifications, given where Yara is now: Captured by Euron, who doesn’t seem to be a believer in true love or happier endings outside of himself. Theon ran away from the conflict, a sure sign that the torment placed on him by Ramsay Bolton still weighs heavily on his mind.
It’s very likely that she’s not making it out of the season now, which seems about right given that romance on Game of Thrones doesn’t tend to work out altogether well. Just as Daenerys, Robb Stark, Jon Snow, or Tyrion how some of their relationships have gone on the show so far. Sam and Gilly seem to be one of the only consistently-happy couples who doesn’t have any sort of drama or constant fear of death between them. It also helps that at the moment, the two are located pretty far away from the site of a battle. The worst thing that Sam has to do at this point is pick off some of Jorah’s grayscale, which he did by his own choice.
While we don’t know if we’ll ever see any more of Yara and Ellaria, we do certainly know that we’re ‘shipping the heck out of it for the time being.
What did you think about this moment between the two characters, and do you imagine that we’re going to see any more of the two now? Be sure to share in the comments!
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