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Ho Yay in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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  • Jon Connington felt more than the bonds of friendship toward Rhaegar Targaryen. There are presumably very few straight men who would call their buddy their "silver prince". He is also going to great lengths to put who he believes is Rhaegar's son on the Iron Throne, even though Connington knows he is dying from an incurable disease and won't get to see this for long.
    • His words about Myles Toyne, his former Captain in the Golden Company, parallel Jon Snow's loving comments about Ygritte. It must be noticed that he has mostly negative comments about everybody and he has only spoken kindly about Toyne and Rhaegar.
  • Ready your Brain Bleach, comrades - Tyrion/Mord.
    Tyrion: That was a stiff one.
    Tyrion: I could use a big man like you.
  • Jon and Satin. Jon's nice to Satin where the other Watchmen are rude, he remarks on his good looks frequently in his P.O.V. chapters, and when Jon is made Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, he makes Satin his steward, a position demonstrated in Jon's storyline to be a fairly significant one, and one that lends itself to close contact between the two parties, not to mention that Satin was a prostitute (implied to have worked mostly for men) before he came to the Wall. Other characters in the series wonder about these two as well.
  • Stannis and Davos are another pair that give off this vibe — Stannis is cold to nearly everyone, including his wife, but freely admits to missing Davos when Davos is lost at sea after the Battle of the Blackwater, laughs and smiles in his presence though the maester who raised him says Stannis "never learned how to laugh", and honors Davos constantly despite the latter's common birth and the complaints of his other lords bannermen; Davos is completely devoted to Stannis to the point where he won't even criticize him for cutting his fingertips off, does Stannis' bidding even when he disagrees, and has called Stannis his god. It may have something to do with the fact that Stannis barely gets any affection from anybody, hence he shows this liking for someone who does.
  • The first time one reads Margaery takes her court girls into bed, a double take is likely. Other characters wonder as well.
    • She also gets some of this with Sansa. Margaery goes out of her way to befriend her and Sansa outright says that Margaery changed her life. Though after Sansa is forced to marry Tyrion Margaery shuns her, showing the Tyrells' main interest in Sansa was probably using her to gain control of Winterfell.
      • The reason Sansa was married off to Tyrion in the first place was to keep the Tyrells away from Sansa. Tywin organised this marriage and no one, absolutely no one dares to defy Tywin.
  • In "The Mystery Knight", there are hints of this with "John the Fiddler" (Daemon II Blackfyre) and his childhood friend and loyal companion Ser Alyn. John has a drunken and rather flirtatious conversation with Dunk, and later Alyn is driven into a jealous rage and tries to kill Dunk. On the face of it this is for John's offer of a place on the Kingsguard which was already promised to Alyn, but given a Kingsguard has seven people in it, there seems to be something more to it.
  • Queen Selyse seems far more interested in the woman sleeping with her husband than her actual husband. She basically worships the ground Melisandre walks on.
  • Robb and Theon. A major factor in Theon's Faceā€“Heel Turn is Robb yelling at him out of stress when Theon was expecting to be thanked for saving Bran. Theon spends a good amount of time obsessing over that moment. And after Ramsay has been torturing him for months, Theon sometimes remembers who Robb was before remembering who he himself is and constantly wishes he'd never left Robb's side even if it meant dying with him.
  • Ned and Robert. Ned uses phrases like "muscled like a maiden's dream" to describe Robert in his youth. Lampshaded by Jaime Lannister in the second book when he tells Cat:
    Jaime: I think Ned Stark loved Robert better than he ever loved his brother or his father ... or even you, my lady. He was never unfaithful to Robert, was he?
  • Ramsay and Reek are a firmly one-sided No Yay example.
    "And what do you want, my sweet Reek?" Ramsay murmured, as softly as a lover. His breath smelled of mulled wine and cloves, so sweet.
  • Catelyn and Brienne. Most people who first meet Brienne go on about how ugly she is, but Cat is immediately struck by her beautiful eyes. She then flees with Brienne after Renly's murder, risking her life for a girl she barely knows. Late in ACOK, Brienne also becomes something of a confidante for Cat, and is just about the only person she ever shares the depths of her grief with. Brienne's Undying Loyalty to Cat is largely motivated by how seriously she takes her knightly vows, but of the other people she's shown such loyalty to, one, Renly, she was explicitly in (unrequited) love with, and the other, Jaime, she has major Ship Tease with. And when Brienne meets Lady Stoneheart, and is horrified by Catelyn's physical transformation into her, she reflects: "[Catelyn]'s face was so strong and handsome, her skin so smooth and soft."