However, I just don' t see how it could work. Currently both of these characters are thousands of miles apart. Martin has declared that the series could only last another 2 books. IMO at least one of those will be Dany going through Mereen, Volantis and the Dothraki sea before ending in a position to invade. It is possible that Jon could through some shenanigans end up going towards Dany, but even then, with so many characters already needing to meet up with Dany during Winds I am doubtful that would happen. He is also still in the north and that seems to be a very seperate arc from what is happening in the south which seems to be building to Danys invasion with Euron, Aegon and the Martells. Resolving this will likely prevent them meeting up even early in ADOS.
So its very likely that they'll only meet well into the final book ADOS. Now, to be fair, Danys two previous romances were extremely to the point and minimalist. Love at first sight. With very little interaction. Suffice to say, that simply can't be done with Dany/Jon. If it happened it would instantly become the central and most important romance of the series ever; of incredible moment to the story and the ending. So, I don't see how Martin could treat that romance the same way as he has others. Even more in depth ones like Ygritte (who got more than one book BTW) just wouldn't cut it. Also, Jon was able to interact because he was a captive and not able to do much else except interact with Ygritte. Its doubtful given growing events that there would be that much time for a sudden romance between two characters who will likely meet up so late in the books.
There is also the added fact that, as I mentioned above, such a romance is hugely important. But doing it in the final novel is a huge risk. Leaving it that late to introduce a pivotal and central relationship is going to be very difficult to not look like fan service. Yes, there is foreshadowing. That is not the same thing as doing something justice which is so important to the series. if their relationship is so pivotal to the series then why is it going to be given only a few chapters in the final novel for them to fall in love and get married?
I don't see how Martin can pull this one off and not be terrible or feel contrived.
Edited by total1402, 30 July 2013 - 07:16 PM.