Countdown to Game of Thrones: So what's the deal with Sansa Stark?

By Stephanie Merry

The character: Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) used to be little more than a spoiled rich brat, who was so naive she actually relished her engagement to tiny blond devil Joffrey Baratheon. But over the years Sansa has become more sympathetic, if only because of how much she's suffered. First, she witnessed her father's murder at the hands of her supposed beloved. Then she was married off to Tyrion Lannister. That might have seemed at the time like a nightmare, but only because she - and we - didn't realise how much worse it could get. That's about the time she got word that her mother and brother had been murdered during the Red Wedding.

When Sansa managed to escape from King's Landing, we all thought things might be looking up for her, but then she was nearly killed by her loony aunt before getting married off to GoT's Official Scariest Character, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon).

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in the final episode of the 5th Season of Game of Thrones.
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in the final episode of the 5th Season of Game of Thrones.

Last time we saw her, she was ...: Throwing herself off a very tall castle wall at Winterfell while holding hands with Theon/Reek (Alfie Allen). That looked like quite a plunge. Would they survive? According to photos and the trailer for the upcoming season, the pair lived, which is a miracle given the number of characters who have died from less risky decisions. Not that anyone could blame Sansa and Reek for running - death would be a serious step up over continuing to live with a man so sadistic, his favorite hobby is flaying people alive.

And we all know what happened when Sansa was married off to Ramsay given the many thinkpieces that resulted (not to mention the series watchers who tweeted they were throwing in the towel): He locked her in a room every day and raped her every night.

That would be grounds enough to make a death-defying leap. But the fact that Theon/Reek murdered Ramsay's creepy lady love, Myranda, while defending Sansa, meant that the two had to make their escape (or kill themselves trying) immediately - before Ramsay got a hold of them and subjected them to who knows what.

Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton. Photo / HBO
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton. Photo / HBO

So now what? Turner has teased some details about the upcoming season. While on the Oscars red carpet she let a fairly large spoiler slip when she admitted how relieved she was after reading the script for the sixth season. "I was flicking through and I'm like, 'death, death, death ... OK, I'm good for this season.'" Apparently Sansa isn't going the way of so many of her family members - at least not yet.

Turner also made some other, vaguer proclamations. "I mean this season is a really, really big one for Sansa," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It's probably her best season yet. It's her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it's really good."

Has anyone on Game of Thrones ever had it "really good"? And what would that even mean?

Be warned: Things are about to get potentially spoilery, so you may want to stop reading here. Seriously, you've been warned.

First, after looking at photos for the upcoming season, some fans are convinced Sansa might be pregnant. (Personally, it looks more like her coat is just cut a little weird - plus, would carrying Ramsay's child be considered "really good"?)

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. Photo / HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. Photo / HBO

Then there's also the fact that Turner has allegedly been spotted filming this year's battle scene, and it's a doozy involving players from House Stark taking on the sickos from House Bolton. We can only hope that this will be Ramsay's undoing, and maybe - just maybe - Sansa will be the one who doles out justice. Might we suggest flaying as reasonable punishment?

- Washington Post

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