Zelda's voice actress discusses the ambiguity of Link and Zelda's relationship
Will they or won't they?
Are Link and Zelda in a relationship? Well, that question is never answered outright in any of the Legend of Zelda games, but it’s clear the two of them share a special bond. Whether that goes beyond their duties to Hyrule into something more personal, that’s left up to the player to wonder.
Some Legend of Zelda titles certainly lean into the relationship side of things a bit more than others, but again, an actual romantic partnership between the two is never actively explored. In an interview with The Gamer, Zelda voice actress Patricia Summersett explains why she loves Nintendo’s vague approach.
“As a voice actor, looking at the overall relationship between Link and Zelda over the ages, I personally love the ambiguity and that if there is something there it’s left to us. I guess in my own life, I can respect and celebrate relationships that aren’t conventional.
It also dodges the ending, and you’re always wondering what may occur which keeps the relationship active. There’s a tension in that, and this defiance of a definition is something really nice. I always come back to that, and I really love it as both an actor and as a human.
Those relationships are super important to portray too, and I think they’re the best relationships we have in life, whether it be friendship or something that doesn’t have to fit a definition. I know that [Link and Zelda] are in a relationship with each other, it’s active, there’s a lot of care and a lot of listening, and I just love that about it.”