A Song of Subtext: What is Sansa Stark thinking?
I am spoiler free. Please, if you know something from a leak that negates one of my theories I ask that you keep it to yourself.
Episode 7x05 was shot exclusively from Arya’s perspective, which I thought was an interesting choice since plot-wise all the scenes revolved around Sansa. Because of this, it was difficult to get a handle on what is going through Lady Stark’s mind when the Lord’s are offering her the crown. Arya seems to think she’s making some sort of power grab, but I can’t quite figure out why. My interpretations of Sansa’s actions point to a strategic but desperate stall for more time. She predicted this would happen. If she had wanted to be queen why wouldn’t she have encouraged him to go south? She’s not dumb. She knew that Daenerys would almost certainly either force him to bend the knee or kill him for sport. When Jon went to Dragonstone he as good as gave the North to her on a silver platter, and that was before he officially made her next in line by giving her the power to rule in his stead.
But that doesn’t mean we should be a little suspicious of Sansa. Arya dies bring up some valid points. Sansa always wanted to be a queen. She wanted to be like Cersei. Now she is about as close as she can be to that goal. In fact, respective to their kingdoms, Sansa has more influence than Cersei did back then. She’s advising a king who loves her and listens to her and wants to protect her from harm, which couldn’t be any further from Cersei’s relationship with King Robert. Also, she’s got a lock on the job if anything happens to Jon, not to mention filling in whenever he’s absent. Still, eyeing the Seat of Winter would amount to nothing less than treason, even if Jon wouldn’t agree. Is she really capable of that after all she’s been through? Is it possible she hasn’t changed at all?
No, it’s not. While I agree this looks a lot like Sansa’s childhood dream, that girl was not the woman we know today. Sansa has been forced to marry men who didn’t love her, beaten, raped, threatened with rape. She’s witness murder and war and grotesque evil. She has saved lives and forgiven her enemies. Throughout her tribulations Sansa Stark has learned one simple truth. The truth Cersei taught her. The only truth she knows.
The only people this world that you can truly trust are your family.
Sansa’s trusts her brother. She knows whispering in his ear is much safer than wearing his crown. Her goal is not to undermine him and it certainly isn’t to usurp him. Her reasons for not beheading those outspoken lords for treason are genuine. That would be the dumbest thing she could possibly do. She needs to keep them satisfied until Jon can get bac., In fact, I think there’s a lot of canon evidence that the’s extremely anxious for him to get back.
Now, as for Arya’s whole I just got back from three semesters at a liberal arts college and I have a lot of opinions about how governments should function thing is really getting on my nerves but that’s a whole other post. Thanks for reading this one. Tell me what you think!