Masterful book foreshadowing for Jonsa
None of the women Jon meets remind him of Sansa, except for one, and that clue is hidden deep in the text. And I mean deep.
It’s Alys Karstark. Jon protects her from her evil uncle, arranges her marriage, and gives her away at her wedding, where he calls her Winter’s Lady. Got that? He’s making a political move on the surface but the subtext is romantic and the imagery is all Sansa.
At first she reminds him of Arya. But it’s Alys teasing him about dancing at Winterfell that triggers what is, IMO, the biggest foreshadowing for Jonsa in A Dance of Dragons (that title is important!): much later, he has a thought in his head of a woman asking him to dance. He replies to her in his thoughts that he’ll dance with her soon. Soon…as in, the next book, when he meets “Arya” who is really Jeyne who he thought was Alys but is really Sansa. HOLY WOW.
Like the fact that its so carefully layered among all of these false identities, feints, and red herrings is evidence that the author is building something in secret, but that he also wants to drop breadcrumbs so when the story has concluded readers can go back and catch these little details they missed.
I fucking love it.