As we approach the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere rumors are flying all over the place, but all of the Sansa Stark news is actually freaking me out.
The first it of Sansa Stark news to catch my attention was actress Sophie Turner admitting that she wants Sansa to be killed off. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Turner says:
“I don’t want to survive. If you’re on ‘Game of Thrones’ and you don’t have a cool death scene, then what’s the point?”
This statement in and of itself is pretty innocuous. Surely this was just an off hand comment and not a hint that her character may soon meet her doom? Right? But then, oh man, the Sansa tidbits have begun pouring out all across the Internet and my mind is jumping to some wild conclusions.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress seemed to add some positive vibes to Sansa’s fate this season.
“This is the season I’m most excited for. Sansa’s coming into her own and standing up for herself.”
This sounds great, right? Sansa used to be a generally disliked character (I always loved her), but her character arc won over many long time haters by the end of season five. Hearing Turner sound so upbeat about her arc for this season does lift my spirits. But then I remember something she said in defense of Sansa’s brutal assault at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. In an interview with Time she said that she “secretly loved” the scene. She went on to explain:
“I think Sansa has gone through a lot, and has developed skills from Margaery and others. But she’s just as strong as before. What’s she’s been doing this whole series is just getting by without doing anything totally radical because that could totally change her situation—she could die.”
That’s a good point, yes, but I disagree that she had to be horrifically violated in order to get to that strong point in her character arc. I felt that was a totally unnecessary tangent and I’m still not over it. I seriously debated just walking from the show after that scene, but there’s still enough that I love about the show that I couldn’t give it up completely.
Once my mind connects her defense of Sansa’s assault with her saying she wants to see Sansa die and that this is the season she’s “most excited for” my brain automatically goes “oh crap, Sansa is going to stand up for herself and then get brutally murdered.”
Just me? Am I overthinking this? Someone talk me down here. I must be connecting dots that aren’t there… right? Please don’t kill my Sansa Stark. Please.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.
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