In the quaint world of Stardew Valley, fans often speculate about the relationships among the characters, especially those eligible for marriage. The Flower Dance festival, where characters pair off for dances, seems to suggest some “official” pairings. Let’s dig deep into these relationships and try to figure out if these pairings align with what players commonly term as “canon.”
Leah and Elliott
Leah is often engrossed in her sculptures and paintings during the day, while Elliott is busy writing. The two are frequently seen together during festivals such as the Egg Festival, Luau, and Feast of the Winter Star.
Despite their artistic synergy and joint visits to the Stardrop Saloon, they never mention each other in dialogue. Leah’s storyline revolves around her art career and past relationships, while Elliott has his own poetic escapades. They seem to share an artistic camaraderie rather than a romantic relationship, debunking the notion that they’re a “canon” pair.
Maru and Harvey
Maru works as the only nurse in Harvey’s clinic, making them a professional match. They share moments during the Luau and are supportive of each other, which seems promising.
When married to Penny, she reveals that Harvey does have feelings for Maru but hesitates to take the first step. Although both share mutual feelings, their relationship is a romantic subplot yet to unfold.
Emily and Shane
Shane: Ranch Worker
These two weren’t initially marriageable but became so in version 1.1. Their common ground is limited to working in the same establishment—the Stardrop Saloon.
Though Clint the Blacksmith has a crush on Emily, she shows no interest, nullifying the idea of a “canon” pairing for her. Emily and Shane are better seen as acquaintances rather than a couple.
Haley and Alex
Haley and Alex appear inseparable in various festivals, from the Egg Festival to the Spirit’s Eve. Dialogue between them indicates they have a pretty open relationship.
Even if you marry one of them, the game’s coding ensures they remain together during festivals, creating a confusing narrative. Their relationship stands out as one of the strongest, making them the most likely “canon” pair.
Penny and Sam
Penny and Sam interact occasionally, notably during the Luau. Vincent, Sam’s younger brother, even talks about Sam lifting Penny while climbing trees, adding a bit of curiosity.
Their interactions are few and don’t come up in dialogues if you’re in a relationship with either. They don’t seem as connected as Haley and Alex but may have a blossoming friendship or more.
Abigail and Sebastian
Abigail: Adventurous Spirit
Sebastian: Reclusive Programmer
Both have somewhat alternative lifestyles compared to the rest of Pelican Town. Despite this, Sebastian clearly states that he’s not interested in Abigail and considers Sam his only friend.
While Abigail often visits Sebastian, it’s always in a more platonic context. Their relationship seems to be one-sided, making it a rather weak candidate for a “canon” relationship.
It’s clear that while some pairings like Haley and Alex fit the “canon” mold, others like Leah and Elliott share a more platonic relationship. A few pairs such as Maru and Harvey seem to be in the gray area, with untold romantic subplots.
So, do you agree with these observations, or do you have your own theories? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
This analysis merely scratches the surface, as Stardew Valley is a game rich with character development and nuanced interactions that make it a fan favorite.