And so the fire is lit within our princess.
In popular culture and in the study of politics, we tend to assume that good rulers are those who care for the people and who go out of their way to make lives better for them. That’s more difficult in practice than in saying because different people have different wants and needs, but it’s true that Princess Yona before this experience wasn’t necessarily among the class of good rulers. She lived a cushy life in the palace and didn’t know a thing about the world outside, and though she wasn’t necessarily a bad person, she was ignorant and unfit to rule a country by herself. That’s not quite true anymore.
Deposed and on the run, Yona has now been exposed to her former subjects. She’s met the kind and generous Wind Tribe and seen the horrible things the Fire Tribe have committed in Soo-won’s name. She understands that being passive isn’t an option anymore; by staying in Fuuka she puts Hak’s whole family in danger, and by just letting Hak protect her she paints a big red target over his heart. Being a princess is no longer about luxury, it’s about existing as a danger to those around her. She knows there’s no way she’s going to be able to survive on her own though, so she coerces Hak into taking her with him. Commanding him is what she knows how to do best, and she uses that to prove her determination.
Determination is one thing in passing, but another entirely when under a barrage of arrows and swords. When Yona and Hak are ambushed by the Fire Tribe’s forces, Yona comes to a much more difficult decision. If she trusts Hak to protect her but does nothing herself, she is essentially condemning him to death in order for her to live. She can’t afford to be the weak princess she’s always been anymore.
They say that there’s nothing fiercer than a cornered wild animal, and I think that’s a pretty good descriptor for who Yona is turning out to be. If Hak dies, Yona will lose everything; her last friend and only protector, and she understands that she won’t survive long without his help right now. Standing by and watching is no longer okay in her eyes, and she jumps into the fray with a true ferocity she never possessed before. Even Tae-jun is visibly shaken by the change as she calls him out on what Soo-won and the Fire Tribe have done. Furious and ready to pounce, Yona has shed her naive and peaceful exterior.
She’s not afraid anymore.
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