Queer Couple Janai and Amaya Get Even Cuter in “The Dragon Prince” Season 5

This Dragon Prince review was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors who are currently on strike, tv series like this one would not be possible, and Autostraddle is grateful for the artists who do this work. This Dragon Prince review contains spoilers.


One of my all-time favorite action-adventure tropes is when there’s a very level-headed, stoic, calm and collected lady-hero — who goes absolutely feral when her girlfriend is in danger. Praise the fantasy gods; it happened on this season of The Dragon Prince, and I nearly swooned right into the sea! You will remember, of course, that last season, Netflix’s beloved animated series gave us an epic enemies-to-lover storyline between Sunfire Elf Queen Janai and Deaf Standing Battalion general Amaya. They’re still engaged, and they keep smooching on each other, and pressing their foreheads together, and holding hands, and caressing each other’s cheeks and chins. Buff lesbian warrior-mages who are tough with everyone else but soft with each other. You know, the kind of thing that makes you want to scream into a pillow.

Janai and Amay's sit with their heads pressed together in The Dragon Prince season five

But! There’s still evil afoot! Janai’s brother Karim is pushing the Sunfire Elves closer and closer to a civil war, especially when he KIDNAPS HIS OWN SISTER with the help of sociopathic Kim’dael, an ancient Moonshadow Elf. When Amaya returns home and finds her fiancee, the Queen, missing, we get an animated Hitchcock effect as Amaya gets woozy and falls to her knees in grief. She says, through her interpreter, that Janai is strong and will be okay, but she is absolutely sick with worry. So, it makes perfect sense that she goes flying into Karim and Kim’dael’s camp, sword slashing and crashing, to rescue her girl. When Kim’dael kisses Janai on the head while restraining her in a chokehold, Amaya’s eyes narrow with such ferocious outrage, it’s a miracle Kim’dael doesn’t drop dead on the spot from sheer terror. Your honor, they are in LOVE.

For a single horrifying minute, between episodes seven and eight, I was convinced the series was going to kill off Janai — but, luckily, they know what’s good for them and Amaya rescues her without either of them spilling a single drop of blood. Afterward, they cuddle and comfort each other and hope for the day they can go back to arguing about which flowers to have at their wedding, without having to worry about the world ending.

Janai caresses Amay's face and kisses her in The Dragon Prince season five

It is incredibly rare to see this kind of relationship outside of queer D&D games. A Black elf queen. A disabled human warrior. Keeping each other safe. Making each other better. Opening their arms and hearts to each other’s customs while also staying true to their own heritage and cultures. Saving the world together by day, sleeping in bed together by night. Honestly, if you take all the fantastical elements out of it, it’d be rare to see this kind of lesbian couple anywhere on TV. They’re together. It’s them against the world.

If these two don’t get a truly historic magical wedding in season six, I am going to riot. For now, though, I’m going to start this whole season over and enjoy every single caress. And also the adorable little jelly-jam creatures we meet this season! I don’t want one as bad as I want a Janai/Amaya Happily Ever After — but I do want one!

Janai caresses Amay's face in The Dragon Prince season five

Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!
Related:

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Heather has written 1718 articles for us.

2 Comments

  1. I had no idea this show even existed, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ve been wanting another queer friendly animated show to watch while waiting for new seasons of Arcane and The Legend of Vox Machina. And this will definitely suffice.

  2. Not going to lie- everything except the queerness in Season 4 was terribly disappointing- massive drop in writing quality, massive drop in plot, bungled character arcs. Season 5 rights course fantastically, and keeps the queerness to boot. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!