Why does Daenerys fall for Jon Snow? I mean, yes, he is a powerful and handsome guy
but Dany has been pursued by plenty of powerful and handsome men
but none truly interested her; something is different about Jon.
Now the show gives us some clues that actually can teach
you a lot about attraction and love in the real world
which is why I wanted to explore exactly what it was they created that spark of love
because you might actually learn something for your own life.
In order to see what is special about John Snow, we have to first take a look at one suitor
that came close to making Dany fall in love but didn’t fit the bill.
I told them I am Daario Naharis.
Daario Naharis has certain traits that Dany immediately finds appealing
and one of the most prominent is his penchant for taking risks and coming out on top.
（达里奥：我不是一个将领 也不是你的女王守卫 ）
I’m not a general, or a member of your queensguard,
or the commander of your unsullied; my mother was a whore.
I come from nothing and before long I will return to nothing.
Let me kill this man for you.
Are you sure you don’t want a horse?
Why would I want a horse?
Horses are faster than men.
Horses are dumber than men.
这可不只仅仅是小说中的描写 现实生活中 女人也常常为这种冒险家神魂颠倒
This isn’t just convenient writing; it’s true in the real world as well but women are drawn to men who take risks successfully.
但是需要声明一下 冒险不意味着以身犯险 以命相搏
Now to be clear, risk-taking doesn’t mean that you have to put your life on the line —
开始一个新的商业项目是冒险 在舞台上表演是冒险 有时候简简单单地和女士约会可能都是一种冒险
starting a business is a risk, performing on a stage is a risk, and even simply asking a woman out on a date can feel like a risk
especially when she is the queen and could have your head cut off.
但是 很显然 这些都无法阻止达里奥对丹妮女王的迷恋
Now, this doesn’t stop Daario from making his affection to Dany very obvious.
All right, what is this matter of strategy?
A dusk rose.
Would you like to walk at the back of the trail instead of riding?
This one is called lady’s lace.
Would you like to walk without shoes?
You have to know a land to rule it.
You are a gambler, aren’t you?
But what is exceptional here is Dario’s attitude because it is especially attractive if someone can keep a playful attitude
during what others might see as a risky encounter; it’s why this move…
…and this common confident demeanor…
Take off your clothes.
…and even poking fun at yourself…
Do you think I’m petty enough to speak ill of a man just because he represents competition?
You’re right. And my motivations are entirely impure.
…are also powerful in creating attraction between two people.
When we see playfulness in the face of risk, it sub-communicates that that person is confident.
In Game of Thrones, the risk is often life or death
and honestly, I think that Dario is insane
but in the real world, the risk is most often social rejection
and even though social rejection can sometimes feel like life or death when you’re in the midst of it,
when you stay playful in the face of that, it is an incredibly attractive trait.
That’s why we are drawn to characters like Ryan Gosling’s in Crazy Stupid Love.
It’s not that he’s seriously persistent in following Emma Stone around the bar
and not taking no for an answer which would be creepy, it’s that he’s playfully persistent —
cracking jokes as she walks away indicating the rejection is no big deal to him. Just watch.
（帕尔默：好吧 汉娜 让我请你喝一杯）
Okay. Hannah, can I buy you a drink?
（汉娜：好吧 可是 你知道吗？我要回家了）
Okay, it’s… you know what? It’s time to go home.
Jacob: Really? Hannah: Mm-hmm.
Jacob: Well, that’s forward of you. But okay. I’ll do it. Hannah: Yeah.
So, should I get my car? Or yours? Should I pull
the car around? You’ve been drinking; I’ll drive.
I like this scene because it illustrates something that most people misunderstand
because most people think that confidence comes from knowing that everything is gonna work out just the way that you want it to —
比如 一觉醒来 你约梦中情人来一场完美的约会 他们毫不犹豫答应
you’ll walk up, ask the guy or girl you like out on a date, save the perfect line, and they’ll say, “Yes.”
But that’s not where true confidence comes from.
真正的自信在于 无论发生什么事情 你都认为自己能解决
The root of confidence is believing that no matter what happens, you will be okay.
If the guy or girl doesn’t laugh at your joke, no big deal.
哪怕生意一落千丈 舞台表演一塌糊涂 也没什么大不了
If your business falls through where your performance goes terribly, no big deal.
And this comes through in subtle little ways like a glance —
just look at the difference between Daario’s playful composure when Dany rejects him.
Would you like to walk wiithout shoes?
You have to know a land to rule it.
And now look at Jorah Mormont when he let’s it slip
that he kind of has a crush on Dany and how harsh he takes her lack of a response.
There were times when I look at you, um, I still can’t believe you’re real.
It seems that Jorah doesn’t have that confidence that comes from knowing that however Daenerys responds, it’s going to be okay, he will still be alright and happy.
Now in addition, Daario gives Dany his honest opinion
and this might seem like an obvious thing to do
but with both men and women who are desirable,
so many of their suitors simply tell them what they think that they want to hear
and while disagreeing with someone might create momentary tension — you might even argue about it —
但是真诚以待 双方可能会产生共鸣和相互理解 达里奥就指出了丹妮这一点
when you do it in a non-petty and a respectful way, it tends to create attraction; Daario even points this out.
You’re the queen.
Everyone’s too afraid of you to speak truth — everyone but me.
Add all of this up and, yes, plus more than a little bit of good looks
and Daario is someone that Dany is clearly attracted to.
But in the end, she has no problem leaving him.
I said farewell to a man who loves me — a man I thought I cared for.
And I felt nothing.
You could chalk this up to Daenerys being heartless
but I think it actually speaks more about Daario’s character
than hers that she has no problem walking away from him.
He’s missing something — which brings us to Jon Snow.
Now Jon clearly has the risk-takin and sometimes he’s a little bit crazy about it.
Jon is also willing to tell Dany the truth even when she might not like it.
Pledge your soul to her cause.
（琼恩：我为什么要那样做?陛下 请恕我无意冒犯 我并不知道你是谁）
And why would I do that? I mean no offense, Your Grace, but I don’t know you.
As far as I can tell, your claim to the throne rests entirely on your father’s name
and my own father fought to overthrow the Mad King.
The Lords of the North place their trust in me to lead them
and I will continue to do so as well as I can.
And while Jon is really nowhere near as charming as Daario,
I was even able to find one moment of some light-hearted playfulness though I’ll admit I did have to scour for this.
If I don’t return, at least you won’t have to deal with the King of the North anymore.
So a lot of those same pieces from Daario are there
and while the attraction between Dany and Jon did take some time to build,
或许归功于琼恩的不善言辞和沉默 所以最终感情爆发得那样激烈 为什么呢？
probably due to Jon’s more reserved and brooding nature, it ultimately leads to greater feelings. Why?
First off, because Jon has standards.
很显然 他知道丹妮很漂亮 他甚至给了自己很多次暗示
Now obviously, he finds Dany beautiful and he even hints as much
but that’s not enough for him to immediately pursue her.
He cares more about her character and .
it’s not until he sees her perform an act of true sacrifice
and valor that he names her his queen
Now, about my queen…
I would, um, bend the knee but…
Jon, those who swore allegiance to you…
They’ll all come to see you for what you are.
I hope I deserve it.
This is significant. Jon isn’t bending the knee to
Dany’s looks or her power but to her character
and the same can be said of Daenerys with regards to Jon —
she doesn’t fall for his looks — she even remarks that he’s too small for her —
but begins to care for him as she learns more about him.
And that is what we all truly want in a partner — it’s someone who cares about who we are as a person
无论相貌 家世 地位如何 都真心爱着内在真实的我们
and loves us for that instead of anything that we may have in the moment whether that’s status, looks, or anything.
Dany knows that this isn’t true of Daario who made his reasons for pursuing her entirely clear when he met her.
I’m the simplest man you’ll ever meet.
I only do what I want to do.
最开始阶段 一个人为了肉体的相互吸引而追求另一人 没有问题
Now there’s nothing wrong with pursuing someone because you find them physically attractive, at least at the onset,
but if that’s all that you care about, the feelings on both sides will probably stay relatively shallow.
And though Daario does grow to care about Dany and I think is genuinely
when she leaves, he seems mostly disappointed that he will never have a conquest with the same status and title.
I’m full of self-pity —
who comes after you — who can never follow Daenerys Stormborn, the mother of dragons.
A great number of women, I imagine.
And it’s for that reason that it’s not gut-wrenching for Dany to leave Daario behind.
In addition, he doesn’t really seem to care about more than his own personal pleasure as he states repeatedly.
I’m here for you, not them.
达里奥勇敢追求自己想要的 无所顾忌 这当然是一种自信又迷人的个人气质
Daario wants what he wants and he goes after it which is certainly a confident and attractive trait that you would do well to cultivate
but it doesn’t create love.
We love people who live by principles beyond their own self-interest,
we love people who have a mission — a purpose that is bigger than themselves,
and we love people who inspire us to be more through their example.
Jon Snow is the embodiment of that.
I put my trust in you, a stranger, because I knew it was the best chance for my people — for all our people.
Now I’m asking you to trust in a stranger because it’s our best chance.
To be clear, this isn’t just words.
Jon repeatedly demonstrates his valor with his sometimes bafflingly stupid self-sacrificing behavior.
And when Dany sees the lengths that Jon is willing to go for others, she falls for him.
The crowning moment is when she sees his scars — the physical representation of what he is willing to give for everyone else.
And what I find especially interesting here is that Jon hid these scars
and the story behind them from Daenerys twice before.
He faced those things, he fought those things for the good of his people,
（戴沃斯：他为他的子民甘愿献出生命 他为子民心口插刀 他献出…）
he risked his life for his people, he took a knife in the heart for his people, he gave his own—
When you first came here,
Ser Davos said you took a knife in the heart for your people.
Ser Davos gets carried away.
So it was a figure of speech?
This wasn’t a necessary omission in order for Dany to fall in love with Jon
and I am certainly not an advocate of lying so bad on you, Jon Snow.
But in this case, it does further goes to prove to Dany that Jon isn’t trying to impress her.
His dedication to others isn’t some ploy intended to curry her favor; it’s the genuine article.
所以 当丹妮亲眼所见伤痕累累的琼恩 这种震撼远比从别人口中听到的更强烈
And because she finds out about his scars without him directly having to tell her,
it adds even more to his legitimacy as a purpose-driven leader.
所以 去冒险 去真诚地表白自己内心所想 这都是值得做的
So, yes, take social risks, give your honest opinion — those are worthwhile behaviors
for lots of different reasons and will probably make more people more attracted to you.
But the reason that Dany is falling in love with Jon and Jon with Dany
is because they each care more about the other than looks and power;
it’s because Jon lives for a cause that is bigger than his own pleasure and so does Dany.
They both have high standards for each other — Jon for her, and her for him.
单纯的吸引 喜欢和爱 永远是隔着很远的距离
Those standards are the difference between simple attraction and a real connection that could become love.
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