The Lovers: Monkey and Trip

"Mind telling me what the plan is?"

"To get you home as soon as possible so you can get this headband off of me, and I can break your neck."

Nothing says love like an arranged union, right? A lot of westerners scoff at the idea of real love being found through two people being forced together by circumstance, but in many cultures it's the norm and it's worked fine for centuries.

Enslaved gave us the opportunity to experience this through a rather unconventional, but naturally metaphorical way by having Trip essentially tie her life to Monkey's through a headband that would explode if she died. The relationship between them that grows from pure hostility to genuine affection is one of the most gradual and honest depictions of how a romance of this type can evolve.