Queen Cersei laughed. “Wait until you birth a child, Sansa. A woman’s life is nine parts mess to one part magic, you’ll learn that soon enough… and the parts that look like magic often turn out to be messiest of all.” She took a sip of milk. “So now you are a woman. Do you have the least idea of what that means?”
“It means that I am now fit to be wedded and bedded,” said Sansa, “and to bear children for the king.”
They are children, Sansa thought. They are silly little girls, even Elinor. They’ve never seen a battle, they’ve never seen a man die, they know nothing. Their dreams were full of songs and stories, the way hers had been before Joffrey cut her father’s head off. Sansa pitied them.Sansa envied them.
Dear David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and the other creators of the TV show Game of Thrones,
YOU raped Daenerys when ASOIAF portrayed a scene of consensual sex.
YOU brutally murdered an actor’s character when she refused to do any more nude scenes for you. (Esme Bianco)
YOU raped Cersei, another scene of consensual sex.
YOU did that to Sansa. YOU.
You’re sending the message, to one of the most popular and highly viewed television shows right now, that women who have endured enough tradgedy and pain they deserve even more in one of the worst ways possible.
Media is extremely influential to popular culture, influential to people.
If there’s one thing that breaks my heart more than seeing pretty men perish as often as they do in Game of Thrones, it’s seeing Sansa’s soul dying a little more with each new season. You can practically see the light going out of her eyes and it twists up my insides something fierce.
One of her few joys in the world seems to be lemon cakes. They’re pushed on her after she learns about the death of her brother and mother, though at that point she wants nothing to do with them. She also comes across them in the Eyrie, where they have been made with the lemons that Petyr Baelish brought with him.
Now, from House MJ to yours, have a lemon cake. You love lemon cakes.
Why Sansa in Winterfell makes no sense for any player involved
Only holds Winterfell based on Tywin granting him the position of Warden. Getting a letter that says “hey, I have Sansa Stark” (aka
fugitive #1) and responding with anything but
a raven to King’s Landing alerting them of a possible traitor in the Vale is a ridiculous gamble. We know Roose Bolton is a cautious and calculating man, and we
know he only acted for the Red Wedding when he got assurances.
The same person who went to great lengths to sneak Sansa out
of the capital is now sending a raven to one of the Lannister’s best allies at
this point—which also happens to be the family that loathes the Starks and
actively betrayed them—to inform them that Sansa Stark is alive and in the
Littlefinger wrote this letter so that Roose would agree to
marry Sansa to Ramsay, which does absolutely nothing to strengthen Sansa’s
claim in the North. In fact allying with a Bolton is likely to weaken the
Northern opinion of her. It would make more sense at this point to declare Sansa Queen in the North, have the Vale rally to her, and ride to Winterfell collecting Northern Lords on the way.
Littlefinger knows Stannis is coming with his army to Winterfell and
expects Stannis to win, and that after winning he’ll name Sansa “Wardeness of
the North.” Why wouldn’t he try to get a letter to Stannis in that case, or at
the least, why is he trying to put Sansa in what he knows is about to become an
active battle zone? He knows Stannis will want the Stark name to strengthen
hold in the North and assumes the man will win. There’s no reason Sansa couldn’t
just stay in the Vale with the people who will protect her. If Stannis loses, then come up with a plan where maybe
Sansa infiltrates the Boltons (which is still stupid).
Littlefinger gets absolutely nothing in return. He hands his
biggest asset to Roose Bolton for an “alliance” (?) that doesn’t actually do
anything. It doesn’t strengthen his power in the Vale, and marrying Sansa off
to the son of the Warden of the North doesn’t put her (and by extension him) in
a position of greater power at all.
Littlefinger didn’t do simple background research on Ramsay.
He literally said the words “I haven’t heard much about you,” yet still
arranged this marriage. Perhaps if he asked any Northern Lord on the way to
Winterfell (like maybe someone from House Cerwyn when Ramsay just actively
flayed the Lord) he could have guessed that this wouldn’t be a good idea. There’s
a difference between being a “betting man” and making uninformed stabs in the
Sansa has no reason to go along with this. She has
the Vale Lords on her side, which is rather important in case Littlefinger
mistreats her or say…arranges a marriage she doesn’t want. So she has plenty
of agency here. She gains nothing from it: daughter-in-law of the Warden of the
North is not exactly a politically powerful position. The only way this would
make sense is if she’s an assassin being dropped in to slit throats in the
night. And while there’s commentary from the costume designer about Sansa
wearing a miniature Needle (seriously wtf), this really isn’t Sansa’s skillset.
She agreed with absolutely no specifics, and not even knowing the full
political situation (like Stannis’s impending attack).
Why this is terrible:
It casually smashes the characterizations of three very
serious players in one fell swoop because they thought it would be more
shocking to put Sansa in this situation. Apparently things like consistency and
logic are nothing when you can have gasps.