Yara Greyjoy is the armored-up fierce commander with a roguish warrior attitude. Not only do fans love her powerful leadership in a universe of dungeons and dragons, but since the most recent episode, they also like how she takes charge in the bedroom.
Having a strong queer woman in Game of Thrones is a welcome event for viewers who have suspected Yara’s queerness for some time. The program is known for its adult-only content and doesn’t shy away from depicting violence, sex and politics in a raw and reasonably authentic manner.
Episode 7 of Season 6 had audiences watching Yara and her crew lay low in a brothel, after fleeing trouble with her brother. While there, Yara is tempted by one of the employees and says to her brother: “Since it’s my last night ashore for a long while, I’m gonna go f--k the tits off this one,” exiting hand-in-hand with the woman.
While the TV series has been known for having some woman-to-woman intercourse before, the brief and somewhat unnecessary scenes of sex workers ‘getting lesbian’ for men doesn’t really compare to the game-changing storyline where a woman of agency pursues another woman. Rather than seeing another straight-turned-gay character whose lips tremble when they first experiment with the new kid on the block (Marissa Cooper from The O.C, for example), Yara is a driven and sexually-charged queer woman on our screens.
Yara’s character in the book series - whose name is written as Asha - is not as queer, but this new development on the show has seen fans raising suspicions that the next book will take influence from the series and continue to represent sexually diverse people.
TV networks have recently been receiving significant backlash for killing off their lesbian characters, the result of which has been documented on Twitter via the #buryyourgays hashtag. Let's hope that HBO chooses not to follow the lesbian death trope that has seen the deaths of 11 queer women so far this year.