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    The Internet Has A Lot Of Thoughts About The Mal And Alina Ship On "Shadow And Bone"

    Ben Barnes is hot, but Mal and Alina are endgame.

    The Grishaverse has made it onto the small screen, and the fans definitely have some thoughts about Mal and Alina.

    Mal and Alina
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    Spoilers below!

    There's just something about best friends to lovers that tugs at our heartstrings!

    Mal and Alina
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    Mal and Alina grew up in an orphanage together and became separated when Alina came to the Little Palace to whip her powers into shape. And they're not technically lovers yet, but many stand by this canonical ship.

    And yes, we know that Ben Barnes is one flaming-hot Cheeto as the Darkling.

    Alina and Kirigan kiss
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    The kiss between him and Alina? Explosive. But it's worth mentioning that he's also low-key evil and put stag horns into her chest, you know? Mal and Alina have that nice Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe thing going for them.

    While Mal and Alina remain pretty much platonic in Season 1 of Shadow and Bone, we're smitten by their relationship so far. And so is the internet (as well as Jessie Mei Li) — here's what the people of Tumblr and Twitter have to say about this ship!

    1. Malina for life.

    #ShadowandBoneNetflix Mal: Alina, know that when I told you about true north, I was talking about you. You are my truth north. And I can see my way to you now. Me:

    @DAReadsnropes / Via Twitter: @DAReadsnropes

    2. Nope, never getting over this.

    no thoughts, head empty, only Mal and Alina looking at their true north, their home. #ShadowAndBone

    @wesperkanej / Via Twitter: @wesperkanej

    3. They're cute, but a point *is* made here.

    mal and alina holding hands in a field for the 10th time on my screen

    @cassiansnesta / Via Twitter: @cassiansnesta

    4. One more for the road.

    Me when alina mentions mal every 2 minutes and we get a flashback of that damn meadow:

    @forceesolo / Via Twitter: @forceesolo

    5. There is no in-between.

    @sixofbabycrows / Via sixofbabycrows.tumblr.com

    6. The man is an agent of chaos.

    #ShadowAndBone The Darkling intercepting Malina's letters and reading about them calling each other their true north:

    @DesSantorinaiou / Via Twitter: @DesSantorinaiou

    7. Feelings, so many feelings.

    @malyen0retsev / Via malyen0retsev.tumblr.com

    8. Yes.

    “what is mal’s storyline outside of protecting alina” he doesn’t have one, he simply exists to serve and worship her like any good man in a good ship should

    @alinastarkohv / Via Twitter: @alinastarkohv

    9. We kind of feel bad for Mal, but it was funny!

    @cardigantaylor13 / Via cardigantaylor13.tumblr.com

    10. No lies detected.

    @starlessvillain / Via Twitter: @starlessvillain

    11. It's the *tension* for us.

    @isobelgeorgina / Via Twitter: @isobelgeorgina

    12. So simple, yet so powerful.

    @rjkc / Via rjkc.tumblr.com

    13. Hmm.

    @eadlyn-sassy-pants / Via eadlyn-sassy-pants.tumblr.com

    14. Sorry, Darkling.

    @misseffie / Via misseffie.tumblr.com

    15. Yup.

    @malinastarkov / Via malina-starkov.tumblr.com

    16. Just the plain and honest truth!

    malina have childhood friends to lovers, parallels all throughout those episodes, writing letters to eachother, spending their whole time trying to find eachother, only feeling safe with eachother yeah how was i expected not to ship THAT

    @stelexie / Via Twitter: @steIexie

    17. This one's for the rare folks out there who follow both ships.

    me watching darklinas and malinas fight while i ship both

    @dcrklings / Via Twitter: @dcrkIings

    18. Mal is a man of his word.

    @malyen0retsev / Via malyen0retsev.tumblr.com

    19. Gently weeping!

    The scene at the end of episode 2 of #ShadowAndBone with Alina and Mal getting in their different beds in different places and still reaching out for the other is the most poetic scene in the world and it has me crying every single time.

    @ladymultifandom / Via Twitter: @ladymultifandom

    What are your thoughts on the Mal and Alina ship? Are they your one true pairing? Let us know below!

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