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Sansa and the game of thrones

Earlier today I received a message telling me that Sansa would never be a queen so here I am refuting that.

Excuse me, but why is most of the fandom still stuck on the Sansa we met in AGoT? Did you read the rest of the books? Or even the end of the first one? Seriously, the moment that Sansa’s father died in front of her I believe that the naive girl- or rather, innocent girl- was nearly extinguished completely. In that horrible moment, the true nature of the world and of King’s Landing, of the court she had so long dreamed of, was revealed to her. Undoubtedly, Sansa still wanted to believe that her fancies of gallant knights and golden princes were still real and possible, but in her heart of hearts I think she saw that the beautiful façade of court life only hid the true, hideous nature of politics- of the game of thrones.

And we see this new Sansa basically immediately. God, do you know how much courage it took to live what Sansa Stark lived through? Constant humiliation, physical and verbal abuse, the loss of her entire family? She is incredibly brave. Remember “or maybe he’ll bring me yours”? I gush about that line constantly and no one understands exactly why. Sure, it’s a badass line, but why is it significant?

Jeez, I can scarcely put it to words. In my mind, this is when Sansa began turning to “steel”. This is Sansa, very suddenly not the little girl who dreams of being a real southern lady but instead someone who is remembering with all clarity who she is and where she comes from. This is Sansa, of House Stark. Sansa in this moment is an incarnation of the north, remembering. And that’s why I love this scene so much despite how very heartbreaking it is. Sansa’s threat is very simple; it’s not an exclamation or a hysterical warning or a furious curse. It is a quiet, simple challenge that is somehow a thousand times more menacing than anything she could have screamed. Joffrey is all despicable cruelty and malice; Sansa’s reply is nothing more than a quiet alternative to the gory end to her family that he suggests. She is all subtlety, à la Tyrion Lannister. And what skill is more valuable in the game of thrones than such deadly subtlety? 

And Sansa keeps this up. After all she experiences, she learns to choose who to trust very carefully and, perhaps even more importantly, when to keep her mouth shut. She literally prays for Joffrey’s death every day, but whenever she is asked how she feels about him she tells a very convincing, well-rehearsed lie to the contrary, always insisting that “she loves him with all her heart”. Every day she spends in King’s Landing as no more than a well-fed prisoner is a lesson. And this education only continues when she escapes to the Eyrie. First of all, she’s learning from the master of all masters: Littlefinger. She’s learning that patience is required before striking back (as in the brewing plan to take back Winterfell) and how to use words to win over the favor of those who hold power (Robert Arryn). 

So, in my opinion, Sansa is growing incredibly adept at playing the game of thrones. But ultimately, the thing that will make her a great ruler after using the aforementioned skills to win her throne is her good heart. Her political smarts combined with her ultimate kindness will make her a wise and well-beloved queen. And she deserves it.

Winterfell belongs to her by rights, and I shall not be swayed from this point of view.

if you think about it the stark words are just fucking bizarre

all the other houses have mottos that pertain to their values or make them seem impressive or something alone those lines- “growing strong”, “hear me roar”, “family duty honor”, etc.

and then there’s just house stark

“HEY GUYS JUST A REMINDER WINTER IS COMING!!!!!”

1.) Growing Pains//La Roux [And I’m crying out for change; you say it’s growing pains]

2.) Piece of Me//Britney Spears [Guess I can’t see the harm in working and being a mama] 

3.) Fight Song//The Republic Tigers [Evacuate now, cause this storm’s out for blood; build a shelter for your kind and protect the ones you love

4.) Commissioning a Symphony in C//Cake [With money you squeezed from the peasants, to your nephew you can give it as a present

5.) Fly//Nicki Minaj [They start coming, and I start rising, must be surprising, I’m just surmising; I win, thrive, soar, higher, higher, higher…

6.) Life on the Nickel//Foster the People [You got to push, got to shove; I’ve got to eat before they eat me

7.) Three Wishes//The Pierces [We’d be so less fragile if we’re made from metal, and our hearts from iron, and our heads from steel

8.) I Wonder//Kanye West [And I wonder if you know what it means, to find your dreams come true

9.) Spiralling//Keane [Cause now I only see my dreams in everything I touch, feel their cold hands on everything that I love; cold like some magnificent skyline, out of my reach but always in my eye line now

10.) It’s Working//MGMT [But if I try to feel at all, I am deceived

11.) A Rush of Blood to the Head//Coldplay [He said I’m gonna buy a gun and start a war, if you can tell me something worth fighting for]


I’m sorry I’m obsessed with her okay

(well not really)

But seriously why do people think that Cersei is just a power-hungry monster? She only plays the game of thrones because she must; it’s not as if she’s a Littlefinger-type, who plays the game solely for the enjoyment of doing so. She doesn’t think she’s all clever and whatnot. She knows she’s not the best player in the game. Why do you think she’s constantly paranoid? Because she knows there are those who might outwit her. She was forced to play the moment she married the king, because what else would she do? Sit back and be passive and let the men around her control her? NO. She is a lioness and that was not in her nature

SHE ONLY WANTS TO CONTROL OTHER PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN’T CONTROL HER AND HER FAMILY

ALL SHE WANTS IS FREEDOM 

JUST

Arya Underfoot, he almost said. Arya Horseface. Robb’s younger sister, brown-haired, long-faced, skinny as a stick, always dirty. Sansa was the pretty one. He remembered a time when he had thought that Lord Eddard Stark might marry him to Sansa and claim him for a son, but that had only been a child’s fancy…
— 

A Dance with Dragons

It actually pisses me off so much how much backlash there is over female casting when Kit and Richard and Sean really don’t look the way Jon and Robb and Ned are described

Sorry Natalie doesn’t have Margaery’s curly hair is it that important

Sorry Oona isn’t white even though she is never even described as being “pale” or “white-skinned” or anything of the goddamn sort

jfc I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this point