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.