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16th Mar '17 3:07:03 AM eroock
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an arranged marriage is suggested by Kurdran Wildhammer to stop two other Wildhammer clans from feuding, at first the man involved agrees just because it would be nice to get the families to stop fighting, but after his bride-to-be gets kidnapped and then [[ActionGirl kills three ten foot tall ogres with a frying pan]], he's so smitten he's left in a stupor, and it's revealed she has an attraction to him as well. Any last doubts get cleared up when a Faceless One attacks the wedding, and bride and groom kick its ass equally, putting them both head over heels for one another.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an arranged marriage is suggested by Kurdran Wildhammer to stop two other Wildhammer clans from feuding, at first the man involved agrees just because it would be nice to get the families to stop fighting, but after his bride-to-be gets kidnapped and then [[ActionGirl kills three ten foot tall ogres ogres]] with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]], he's so smitten he's left in a stupor, and it's revealed she has an attraction to him as well. Any last doubts get cleared up when a Faceless One attacks the wedding, and bride and groom kick its ass equally, putting them both head over heels for one another.
15th Mar '17 2:38:29 PM PegasusKnightmare
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an arranged marriage is suggested by Falstad Wildhammer to stop two other Wildhammer clans from feuding, at first the man involved agrees just because it would be nice to get the families to stop fighting, but after his bride-to-be gets kidnapped and then [[ActionGirl kills three ten foot tall ogres with her bare hands]], he's so smitten he's left in a stupor, and it's revealed she has an attraction to him as well. Any last doubts get cleared up when a Faceless One attacks the wedding, and bride and groom kick its ass equally, putting them both head over heels for one another.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an arranged marriage is suggested by Falstad Kurdran Wildhammer to stop two other Wildhammer clans from feuding, at first the man involved agrees just because it would be nice to get the families to stop fighting, but after his bride-to-be gets kidnapped and then [[ActionGirl kills three ten foot tall ogres with her bare hands]], a frying pan]], he's so smitten he's left in a stupor, and it's revealed she has an attraction to him as well. Any last doubts get cleared up when a Faceless One attacks the wedding, and bride and groom kick its ass equally, putting them both head over heels for one another.
11th Mar '17 3:33:15 AM eroock
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* Joan and Philip's eldest son Charles V, the [[TheEmperor most powerful man in Europe]] in his time, had a surprisingly happy arranged marriage with Princess Isabella of Portugal, an intelligent and beautiful woman who [[SilkHidingSteel kept the entire Kingdom of Spain in line during her husband's absences]]. When she died, [[TheMourningAfter the Emperor never re-married and wore mourning colors for the rest of his life]].



* English and British monarchs never fail to provide examples of all tropes royal.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet King Henry III]] of England is recorded to have been madly in love with his wife, Eleanor of Provence. Unusually for a medieval monarch, he never took a mistress.
** Similarly, their son Edward I seems to have had a deeply loving relationship with his first wife, Leonor (Eleanor) of Castile. They married as teenagers and had a long and happy marriage, with many children. They shared similar interests, and whenever Edward went traveling--including on campaign--the queen was his most constant companion. When she died, he was heartbroken and had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_cross Eleanor crosses]] erected along the path that her body took through England to its burial site; there were twelve such crosses, one at each location where the body stopped, and most of them still survive. Edward I's second marriage to the much-younger Marguerite of France seems to have been a great success, as well, although by no account did he have the same affection for Marguerite as Eleanor. Like his father, Edward I was never known to have taken a mistress.
** Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia, to the extent that after Anne's premature death, Richard became notably unstable.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII]] of England married Elizabeth of York after taking the throne for political reasons, hoping to unite the two warring families of Lancaster and York. And although Henry has a reputation for being a cold, miserly man, it is possible to see that the quality of his government declined drastically after his wife's death, and that he began to act far more ruthlessly and ungenerously, suggesting that he truly cared deeply for Elizabeth. Immediately after her death, he became ill himself for about 6 weeks and wouldn't let anyone but his mother near him, and while there were some basic negotiations for his remarriage, they all came to nothing (probably in part because his description of what he wanted in a wife matched Elizabeth to a T). He would order a memorial Mass for her every year on her birthday and was buried beside her upon his own death.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George III]] of Great Britain (yes ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution that]]'' George III) had quite a happy marriage to Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Although they first met on their wedding day (at which point George was already king), all indications are that it worked. He never took a [[TheMistress mistress]] (unlike his father, grandfather, and sons) and their marriage was by all accounts quite the happy one. They had fifteen (''fifteen!'') children. It helped that both George and Charlotte were sober, calm (when he wasn't overcome by [[Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge his unfortunate disease]]), devout Protestants.
** UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria was George III's granddaughter and successor to the throne. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in a political marriage in 1840. They were by all accounts very happy, and had nine children. When Prince Albert died in 1861 Victoria was grief-stricken and went into mourning which lasted until her death in 1901. An entry in her diary for her wedding day gives an idea of her emotions:
--> ''I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! ... to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!''
** [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor King George V]] of the United Kingdom - grandfather to UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen - married his brother Albert's fiancée Mary of Teck when Albert died of pneumonia. This marriage of convenience became a love match. Both parties were emotionally inarticulate and almost pathologically shy but communicated their mutual feelings in passionate letters and 'understood each other perfectly' as George wrote in one of them. They spawned one of England's most universally beloved monarchies - just about the only monarch seriously complained about from this dynasty is the rather selfish Edward VIII.[[note]]There's something of an expectation that should present heir Charles take the throne there will be some moaning, but unlike Edward, nobody accuses Charles of being a selfish ass--despite his having had an affair, it is, if anything, Charles' sanctimoniousness about being an essentially NiceGuy that annoys people, and to the extent people are bothered by it it's more of a national joke than a serious embarrassment or scandal. Particularly with the hindsight that while Charles' affair was with one woman, whom he later married and who is by all accounts the love of his life, his then-wife Diana cheated on him with "half the army list and the English rugby captain".[[/note]]
* The French monarchy has several examples of happily arranged marriages:
** The marriage of Louis IX and Marguerite of Provence was quite happy, despite Louis' mother, [[MyBelovedSmother Blanche of Castile]]'s constant interference and his disastrous crusades.
** The marriage of Charles of Anjou (Louis IX's younger brother) and Beatrice of Provence (Marguerite's younger sister) also turned out quite happily, though depending on your point-of-view, they were either a RealLife example of a BattleCouple or of UnholyMatrimony.
** Philip IV the Fair and Jeanne I of Navarre ; he never took a mistress and after her death, remained strictly faithful, mourning her until he died in 1314.
** Charles V the Wise and Jeanne of Bourbon, whom he nicknamed 'le soleil de mon royaume', 'the sun of my kingdom'. Like his distant predecessor Philip IV, he never remarried after her death.
** Anne of France, daughter of Louis XI, was married at 13 to Pierre de Beaujeu, a man 22 years her senior. This potential disaster ended in a [[MayDecemberRomance loving and respectful partnership]].
** Louis XII and Anne of Bretagne: he was so smitten with her that this notorious womanizer became a very faithful husband, and Queen Anne seemed to have enjoyed their marriage as well, despite some quarrels over her duchy.
* Gilbert de Lafayette ([[TheAmericanRevolution yes]], the very [[TheFrenchRevolution same]]) and Adrienne de Noailles. When the marriage was arranged, she was 15, he - 17. Just for money, of course (from her side - or the side of her parents, that is). You can guess how it went from there on, so just pointing out the more prominent parts: when Lafayette was imprisoned and she was about to be executed ({{the revolution will not be civilised}}, after all), she wrote to the revolutionary tribune to save her husband. After the death penalty was substituted for imprisonment, she was released from custody and her only request was to be imprisoned in the same castle as Lafayette. When she died, he wrote that "gone is the bigger and better part of me." When ''he'' died nearly 26 years later, he was clutching a locket with her portrait and an inscription of something she had said when they were first married: "''Je suis toute à vous''" ("I am all yours.") If you wrote a book with such events now, you would undoubtedly be accused of terminal sentimentalism in the first degree. TruthInTelevision, indeed...
* Prince Khurram aka the future Indian Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his favorite wife, Persian princess Arjhumand Banu Begham aka Empress Mumtaz Mahal (also the granddaughter of his father's Grand Vizier). He was so grief-stricken when she fell to DeathByChildbirth that he ordered the construction of a mausoleum for her... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming known as the Taj Mahal]].



* UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat of ancient Rome had a habit of marrying for purely political reasons and then falling head-over-heels in love with his wife. Some guys are just [[StealthPun romantics]]. He and his fourth wife, Julia (daughter of [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]]) were especially devoted to each other, though [[MayDecemberRomance he was over twenty years older than her.]]
* Another Roman, Tiberius Caesar, had more mixed luck. His first arranged marriage was to Vipsania, daughter of the "vice-emperor" Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and step-daughter of Julia, the biological daughter of Emperor Augustus (who in turn was Tiberius' step-father). Tiberius fell passionately in love with Vipsania. Then, inconveniently, Agrippa died... so Augustus forced Tiberius to divorce Vipsania and marry Julia, his own ''mother in law.'' The good news was that Julia was the most beautiful woman in Rome. The bad news was that she was... [[ReallyGetsAround a very, very sociable girl]] who ended up [[MyGirlIsNotASlut causing such embarrassment to her husband and father that she was imprisoned on a small, desolate island for the rest of her life.]] The worse news was that Tiberius '''was''' still very much in love with Vipsania, and for the rest of his life, [[TheWoobie every time he caught sight of her in passing he burst into tears at the thought of what he'd lost]]. The worst news was that [[TraumaCongaLine the shock of being forced to divorce Tiberius caused Vipsania to miscarry Tiberius' child.]]
10th Mar '17 2:18:41 PM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* Gilbert de Lafayette (yes, [[TheAmericanRevolution that]] [[TheFrenchRevolution one]]) and Adrienne de Noailles. When the marriage was arranged, she was 15, he - 17. Just for money, of course (from her side - or the side of her parents, that is). You can guess how it went from there on, so just pointing out the more prominent parts: when Lafayette was imprisoned and she was about to be executed ({{the revolution will not be civilised}}, after all), she wrote to the revolutionary tribune to save her husband. After the death penalty was substituted for imprisonment, she was released from custody and her only request was to be imprisoned in the same castle as Lafayette. When she died, he wrote that "gone is the bigger and better part of me." When ''he'' died nearly 26 years later, he was clutching a locket with her portrait and an inscription of something she had said when they were first married: "''Je suis toute à vous''" ("I am all yours.") If you wrote a book with such events now, you would undoubtedly be accused of terminal sentimentalism in the first degree. TruthInTelevision, indeed...

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* Gilbert de Lafayette (yes, [[TheAmericanRevolution that]] ([[TheAmericanRevolution yes]], the very [[TheFrenchRevolution one]]) same]]) and Adrienne de Noailles. When the marriage was arranged, she was 15, he - 17. Just for money, of course (from her side - or the side of her parents, that is). You can guess how it went from there on, so just pointing out the more prominent parts: when Lafayette was imprisoned and she was about to be executed ({{the revolution will not be civilised}}, after all), she wrote to the revolutionary tribune to save her husband. After the death penalty was substituted for imprisonment, she was released from custody and her only request was to be imprisoned in the same castle as Lafayette. When she died, he wrote that "gone is the bigger and better part of me." When ''he'' died nearly 26 years later, he was clutching a locket with her portrait and an inscription of something she had said when they were first married: "''Je suis toute à vous''" ("I am all yours.") If you wrote a book with such events now, you would undoubtedly be accused of terminal sentimentalism in the first degree. TruthInTelevision, indeed...
10th Mar '17 10:46:41 AM Paireon
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* Gilbert de Lafayette and Adrienne de Noailles. When the marriage was arranged, she was 15, he - 17. Just for money, of course (from her side - or the side of her parents, that is). You can guess how it went from there on, so just pointing out the more prominent parts: when Lafayette was imprisoned and she was about to be executed (the revolution will not be civilised, after all), she wrote to the revolutionary tribune to save her husband. After the death penalty was substituted for imprisonment, she was released from custody and her only request was to be imprisoned in the same castle as Lafayette. When she died, he wrote that "gone is the bigger and better part of me." When ''he'' died nearly 26 years later, he was clutching a locket with her portrait and an inscription of something she had said when they were first married: "''Je suis toute à vous''" ("I am all yours.") If you wrote a book with such events now, you would undoubtedly be accused of terminal sentimentalism in the first degree. TruthInTelevision, indeed...

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* Gilbert de Lafayette (yes, [[TheAmericanRevolution that]] [[TheFrenchRevolution one]]) and Adrienne de Noailles. When the marriage was arranged, she was 15, he - 17. Just for money, of course (from her side - or the side of her parents, that is). You can guess how it went from there on, so just pointing out the more prominent parts: when Lafayette was imprisoned and she was about to be executed (the ({{the revolution will not be civilised, civilised}}, after all), she wrote to the revolutionary tribune to save her husband. After the death penalty was substituted for imprisonment, she was released from custody and her only request was to be imprisoned in the same castle as Lafayette. When she died, he wrote that "gone is the bigger and better part of me." When ''he'' died nearly 26 years later, he was clutching a locket with her portrait and an inscription of something she had said when they were first married: "''Je suis toute à vous''" ("I am all yours.") If you wrote a book with such events now, you would undoubtedly be accused of terminal sentimentalism in the first degree. TruthInTelevision, indeed...
6th Mar '17 9:03:53 PM intastiel
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* Garion and Ce'Nedra in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' are betrothed by a five-hundred-year-old treaty between their countries, not to mention that [[YouCantFightFate prophecy thing]]. True to the trope, they engage in quite a bit of SlapSlapKiss, but also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop neither knew about the arrangement]][[note]]Ce'Nedra knew she had to be presented as the bride of the Rivan King on her sixteenth birthday, but not that said King would actually show up or that Garion was he. Garion, for his part, knew absolutely ''nothing'', which was quite intentional.[[/note]] until after they'd gotten acquainted and fallen in love anyway. This also happens for some background characters like Barak and his wife, but that's what you get when most of the characters belong to the aristocratic class in a medieval fantasy book.
** It runs in the family--Garion's ultimate ancestors Riva and Beldaran are another example, helped along by a similarly heavy dose of BecauseDestinySaysSo.

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* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', this crops up frequently BecauseDestinySaysSo... Destiny being a SentientCosmicForce of Prophecy who likes to reward cooperation:
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Garion and Ce'Nedra in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' are foreordained by [[YouCantFightFate fate]] and betrothed by a five-hundred-year-old treaty between their countries, not to mention that [[YouCantFightFate prophecy thing]]. countries. True to the trope, they engage in quite a bit of SlapSlapKiss, but also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop neither knew are told about the arrangement]][[note]]Ce'Nedra knew she had to be presented as the bride of the Rivan King on her sixteenth birthday, but not that said King would actually show up or that Garion was he. Garion, for his part, knew absolutely ''nothing'', which was quite intentional.[[/note]] until after they'd gotten they get acquainted and fallen fall in love anyway. This also happens for some background characters like Barak and his wife, but that's what you get when most of the characters belong to the aristocratic class in a medieval fantasy book.
anyway.
** It runs in the family--Garion's Garion's ultimate ancestors Riva and Beldaran are another example, helped along by a similarly heavy dose example: Beldaran's father Belgarath makes the arrangements to her considerable trepidation, but they fall in LoveAtFirstSight and remain devoted to each other for the rest of BecauseDestinySaysSo.their lives.



** It's actually mentioned that couples who obey the prophecy are rewarded with happiness - however they felt about the marriage before hand.

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** It's actually mentioned that couples who obey Barak and Merel are introduced as a subversion: while Barak was thrilled to marry the prophecy are rewarded with happiness - however object of his infatuation, she despised being forced into wedlock, and they felt about turned out not to get along at all. Eventually double-subverted once BabiesMakeEverythingBetter (by the marriage before hand. third baby, at least) and they sort out their differences.
4th Mar '17 12:12:42 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with the trope. An ArrangedMarriage is set up between [[spoiler:"Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji, roped against his will,]] and [[spoiler:Big Mom's 35th daughter, Charlotte Pudding]], The two are perfect for each other, with LoveAtFirstSight on both parts, similar tastes, and the groom's charms and gentlemanly behavior immediately work on the NiceGirl bride. However, there are some major problems: first [[spoiler:Sanji is a member of the Straw Hats and doesn't want to leave his crew and dreams behind]], and second [[spoiler: the ''other'' person who arranged the marriage is Sanji's ''very'' abusive ArchnemesisDad Vinsmoke Judge]]. Since simply backing off the marriage isn't an option because of the parties that organized it, the bride decides to sacrifice her happiness with her groom-to-be to help him escape... [[spoiler: but the groom, whose ParentalSubstitute ''and'' TrueCompanions are being threatened if he doesn't comply ''and'' loves his bride a lot, rejects this when she not only learns of his DarkAndTroubledPast, but brings up the matter directly to him.]] Only time will tell what will happen with [[StarCrossedLovers these two]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Sanji, [[DaddysLittleVillain Pudding]] ''is'' evil while acting like sweet and is in fact planning to kill him along with the rest of the Vinsmoke family just so Linlin can take away their cloning technology. Perfectly Arranged Marriage? It was a HoneyTrap...]]

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with the trope. An ArrangedMarriage is set up between [[spoiler:"Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji, roped against his will,]] and [[spoiler:Big Mom's 35th daughter, Charlotte Pudding]], The two are perfect for each other, with LoveAtFirstSight on both parts, similar tastes, and the groom's charms and gentlemanly behavior immediately work on the NiceGirl bride. However, there are some major problems: first [[spoiler:Sanji is a member of the Straw Hats and doesn't want to leave his crew and dreams behind]], and second [[spoiler: the ''other'' person who arranged the marriage is Sanji's ''very'' abusive ArchnemesisDad Vinsmoke Judge]]. Since simply backing off the marriage isn't an option because of the parties that organized it, the bride decides to sacrifice her happiness with her groom-to-be to help him escape... [[spoiler: but the groom, whose ParentalSubstitute ''and'' TrueCompanions are being threatened if he doesn't comply ''and'' loves his bride a lot, rejects this when she not only learns of his DarkAndTroubledPast, but brings up the matter directly to him.]] Only time will tell what will happen with [[StarCrossedLovers these two]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Sanji, [[DaddysLittleVillain Pudding]] ''is'' evil while acting like sweet and is in fact planning to kill him along with the rest of the Vinsmoke family just so Linlin can take away their cloning technology. Perfectly Arranged Marriage? It was a HoneyTrap... Fortunately, after a short HeroicBSOD, [[GuileHero Sanji]] keeps his NervesOfSteel and [[TheDogBitesBack decides to return to the Straw Hats to fight back]].]]
23rd Feb '17 12:48:55 PM intastiel
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** According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials,]] Ozai and Ursa had this, though they grew distant later on.
*** We then find out in ''The Search'' that this wasn't the case...at ALL. There was bad blood from the absolute beginning.

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** According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials,]] Ozai and Ursa had this, though they grew distant later on.
*** We then find out
on. Subverted in ''The Search'' Search'', which reveals that this wasn't she pretended to love Ozai because the case...at ALL. There was bad blood from the absolute beginning.alternative would endanger both her original fiancé and both their families.
22nd Feb '17 1:48:14 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* There are a ''lot'' of [[TheLordOfTheRings Éomer/Lothíriel]] fanfics running around to the tune of this trope.

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* There are a ''lot'' of [[TheLordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Éomer/Lothíriel]] fanfics running around to the tune of this trope.


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* In the ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' AlternateUniverseFic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/334086 Mosaic]]'', Suzaku married Euphemia for political reasons, but that doesn't stop the couple from loving each other.
20th Feb '17 12:12:10 PM gb00393
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' it's revealed in "Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken" that although Myrcella Baratheon was shipped off to Dorne for a marriage alliance -- or rather, to keep House Martell from marching against House Lannister -- by this episode she is ''very'' much in love with Trystane Martell who reciprocates that love. [[StarCrossedLovers Too bad for them]] then that the [[FeudingFamilies families' feud]] isn't over...

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' it's ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** It's
revealed in "Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken" that although Myrcella Baratheon was shipped off to Dorne for a marriage alliance -- or rather, to keep House Martell from marching against House Lannister -- by this episode she is ''very'' much in love with Trystane Martell who reciprocates that love. [[StarCrossedLovers Too bad for them]] then that the [[FeudingFamilies families' feud]] isn't over...over...
** By "Lord Snow," Daenerys and Khal Drogo seem pretty damn happy together.
** According to the History and Lore videos, Catelyn Tully believed she would have this with Brandon Stark, who she was initially betrothed to. She ended up having this with his younger brother Ned when Brandon was murdered as their although their marriage was political, they're mostly very compatible (but not without a major setback at the beginning when Ned brought home another woman's child, though it later turned out that the child wasn't even his and he wasn't guilty of adultery - but she eventually got over this "adultery" anyway and after that their marriage was pretty smooth sailing).
** Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey appear to be this at first, but it gets {{subverted}} when it turns out the Freys are just invoking this trope to catch their guests off guard.
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