13. Heartless – Emilie and Sofie
This scene could be argued as not necessarily femslash. In a lot of other shows, it would be explained as something else. But in this show, it is completely romantic. Or, it will be. As I’ve repeatedly said about why I love this ship, it’s exactly the tropefest you get in genre fiction, just f/f. Let me know if you’ve heard this one: the vivacious and sheltered daughter of the male authority figure decides a good way to rebel would be to get involved with the mysterious new kid with the bad attitude. …the new girl.
They get exactly the treatment you’d want. Before they’ve even properly met, they’re trading curious, lingering looks. Despite a fast-paced heavily mythological plot, the show pulls them again and again into each other’s orbits. When Sofie is thrown into the lake as part of a hazing ritual above, it’s Emilie who comes to her rescue in this big showy epic uber romantic scene. As the everything becomes darker and more twisted around them, they seem to provide the show’s only light, sweet moments, carrying on a tentative courtship, each seemingly bold but carrying their own secrets. And as the season ends, we find out they really are the star-crossed lovers on whom possibly everything hinges.