“Even worse than the idea of Sansa needing this to motivate her into vengeance is the notion that the Theon character needed to watch her rape in order to snap out of whatever zombie/Reek fugue state he’s been walking around in. I’m afraid that is the show’s interpretation, based on where the camera lingered. But the last thing we needed was to have a powerful young woman brought low in order for a male character to find redemption. No thank you.”

-Vanity Fair

“Game of Thrones Absolutely Did Not Need to Go There with Sansa Stark”

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I’m on the beach in Ibiza and I get this conference call from the writers. They go, ‘so we’re thinking about bringing you back as a zombie. How do you feel about being a zombie with absolutely no dialogue whatsoever?’ ‘Okay, cool, I’m up for that.’ Then they go, ‘And you’re naked all the time.’ At which point I realized it was a wind-up. But then it got quite touching when they said, ‘come on, after the job you’ve done this year, do you really think we’d get rid of you?’