After the shocking climax to the May 18 episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’, it’s time to talk about what an amazing and strong character Sansa Stark is — let me count the ways.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is one of the most underappreciated characters in the Game Of Thrones universe, and that needs to change. “Mockingbird”, the May 18 episode, showed that Sansa may be in more danger than ever, despite having left King’s Landing far behind her. However, I think she’ll be just fine — read on to find out why, and join me in the Sansa Stark Fan Club!
‘Game Of Thrones’: Sansa Stark Doesn’t Get Enough Credit For Being A Strong Charater
Many comparisons are made between Sansa and her sister, Arya (Maisie Williams), but they’re not really apt. While Arya shows her strength with brute force — like by killing Polliver and Rorge — Arya has been extraordinarily lucky so far.
Hear me out: while no sane person would ordinarily call Arya lucky — after all, both of her parents are dead and she has been taken prisoner more than once — but she has been able to find friends in her travels where Sansa has not. Even Sandor Clegane, her captor, has shown Arya kindness. Freeing Jaqen H’ghar worked out for her, being Tywin Lanniser’s cupbearer worked out for her, and being Sandor’s prisoner has worked out for her.
By Sandor’s side, Arya is relatively safe from harm, and has even been granted the freedom to exact some of her sorely-desired justice — but what freedom has Sansa had? Exactly none. She has gone from one pair of shackles to another.
Sansa was a prisoner at King’s Landing, and she is a prisoner at The Eyrie. However, she has used her cunning by convincing her captors that she’s just a stupid girl, still enamored by fairy tales of white knights and princesses.
‘Game Of Thrones’: Sansa Stark Is In More Danger Than Ever With Littlefinger As Her Captor
Sansa arrived at King’s Landing with dreams of Joffrey being a white knight come to whisk her away, but that dream was shattered pretty quickly after Joffrey had her father executed for treason. She learned, immediately, that no one was going to save her — no one was truly left to do so, as a prisoner of the King of Westeros. She played her part as Joffrey’s dutiful bride-to-be, and, later, as Tyrion’s wife, clamming up when Olenna Tyrell asked after Joffrey’s rumored brutality.
At The Eyrie, her unbalanced Aunt Lysa accused Sansa of being pregnant by Petyr Baelish, of enticing him with her “young pretty ways,” and Sansa denied it, crying that Petyr thinks of her as a stupid girl with silly dreams, and she was able to convince Lysa to let her go. Therein lies Sansa’s strength — it’s pretty obvious by now that there are no dreams left in Sansa’s head, but she uses people’s perceptions of her to her advantage.
Now that Petyr has killed Lysa, she has once again found herself in another prison. Sure, she’s not going to get thrown out of the Moon Door any time soon by a member of the Arryn family, but she is now the sole object of Petyr Baelish’s affections, which is a dangerous place to be in. After all, Petyr’s obsessive love with Catelyn, in a roundabout way, led to the War Of The Five Kings. Petyr is not to be messed with, and Sansa knows that — I can only imagine how she’ll fare, how she’ll have to use her cunning to survive this newest ordeal.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree that Sansa is not given enough credit for being a strong character? Or are you of the majority that still sees her as a “silly girl with silly dreams”? Vote above and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner