Jokes about her Book 3 haircut aside...could Zoë be bisexual or pansexual? I mean, we can say with certainty that she's attracted to men, but given that she never--as far as I know--asserts that she is straight, that doesn't rule out attraction to people of other genders. What's more, given that the series actively disincentivizes assuming characters' sexualities, assuming that she's straight feels iffy.
Now, on one hand, it's hard to imagine a Zoë who is queer looking at the picture of Hanna and Abby and concluding "gals being pals". Even if the photo weren't, by itself, evidence that the two girls were a couple (and it is not) you'd think Zoë would still consider it a possibility. Heck, the comment feels awkward regardless.
A more significant factor, though, is probably Zoë's comments while at the Enclave. Within ten minutes of game time, she makes comments about Enu (and Zhid in general), the White Dragon, and Shepherd, and in all three occasions, their beauty is at the top of the list.(I forget if she says anything about Likho if he's left behind, or about Na'ane).
Re: Shepherd: She's really beautiful. Alien, intimidating, but statuesque and elegant.
Re: White Dragon: I met the current one. She was beautiful, and eccentric.
Re: Enu: She's Zhid, I believe. They're beautiful.
Re: Enu 2: I have to resist this intense desire to stroke her yellow fur.
I mean, there's plenty of space for multiple interpretations here, but at the same time, the cases are different enough to make it generalization difficult. The comments about Shepherd and the Zhid may just be referring to aesthetic beauty, or how she finds them fascinating, but none of that would apply to the White Dragon. There's also the fact that Zoë makes no similar comments about women in Stark, which can also be interpreted in quite a few ways.
So what do y'all think? What do you think Red Thread Games is trying to say about Zoë, through these comments? And if there ever were a third Dreamfall, what do you think are the chances of Zoë being revealed as not straight?
(Full disclosure: I am totally here for queer Zoë, queer Saga, and none of the main characters in the series being straight.)