Where in The Seven Kingdoms Is Yara Greyjoy?

Philip Ellis
Photo credit: HBO

From Men's Health

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has killed off a number of its supporting characters, including Dany's trusted friends and advisors Jorah and Missandei, leaving the Mother of Dragons with very few people on her side after last week's massacre. But there's one of Dany's allies that the writers seem to have forgotten about: Yara Greyjoy, who sailed off to recapture the Iron Islands in Dany's name in the season premiere.

This season has been criticized for doing its female characters dirty, from reducing formidable knight Brienne to a weeping damsel to having Sansa justify her abuse as character building. Yara has arguably been equally underserved, sidelined from the Euron and Theon storylines because show runners Benioff and Weiss presumably didn't know what to do with her. With just one episode left, the show is running out of time to tie up all of its loose ends, and Yara is one of its biggest.

Not only is Yara the sole living heir to one of the most powerful remaining houses in Westeros, she also commands the only fleet in the realm that hasn't been burned to cinders by Drogon. But because we haven't seen her since "Winterfell," we have no idea just how caught up she is on the events of the last four episodes.

Does Yara know that the Night King and his army were defeated? Has word reached her of her brother's death? Sansa's goodbye to Theon at the funeral pyre was a touching moment, but considering the work Game of Thrones has put into developing Yara's relationship with her brother, it would be odd to not see that storyline resolved.

Perhaps most significantly, compared to the King's Landing storylines which saw the only other LGBTQ character suffer horrible deaths, Yara's sexuality has gone relatively unchallenged in the show. If predictions of Game of Thrones ending in a more democratic, progressive ruling system are to be believed, then Yara Greyjoy, the most powerful lesbian in Westeros, deserves a seat at the table.

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