Do you think she is still the girl she was in Season 1? Have you been ignoring her behaviour the past few episodes? Or in Spoils of War alone? She has thought of nothing but the North throughout this season.
Thinking ahead and preparing for not only the war that is to come, but the long Winter and how the Northerners with weather it.
When she questions Jon? It’s because she believes him to be the King he is, and wants him to live long enough to rule it, unlike Robb. He is the first family she has seen in years, she doesn’t want him to leave Winterfell, or her.
Those saying she is power hungry? She did not offer Bran Jon’s title, she offered him hers. Because he has every birthright to be the Lord of Winterfell, but he isn’t their King.
And when her sister is finally home. She acknowledges that Jon loves Arya more than words can describe. And she knows how deeply Arya cared for Jon, look at the smile on this precious muffins face at that prospect of seeing her favourite sibling. Sansa made that genuine smile happen.
Sansa has offered nothing but wise counsel based on her knowledge she has obtained through her toxic situation in King’s Landing. She is making the most of what she has learned in the Capital to ensure the security of her people and family. She can even conceal her emotions exceedingly well.
She knows what needs to be done, and she knows how people think. The look she gives Lyanna, isn’t only an impressed and satisfied one. But a knowing one. She knows every able bodied person must be provided for and prepared for the Long Night.
That’s why I think, while watching Brienne and Arya spar, she gives that look. It’s not one of jealousy like so many people are saying. It’s one of fear. She hides it behind her trained facade, but she see’s Arya fighting with such skill, and she knows, especially with that Valyrian steel dagger, Arya will be on the front lines with Jon. She doesn’t want to lose her family again.
You know what I need for Sansa Stark in the future? Direwolves. She can never marry again and I will even learn how to live without her being queen in the north. But give the lady some direwolves to fill the hole in her heart Lady left. Three cute direwolves named Steel, Ivory and Porcelain that follow her everywhere and growl at everyone who raises their voices to her. Give the woman some direwolves to make her feel safe and loved again
“Being a hero or a leader isn’t about having complete faith in yourself—it’s about believing in the people who have rallied behind you.” — Alwyn Hamilton
I saw this quote and couldn’t help but think of the three current queens in GoT, and how S7 contrasted the queens’ leadership strategies and priorities against each other. One way they were contrasted was through their relationship with, and belief in, their supporters.
Do you remember what Father used to say about people?
The lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.
Do you know what kept me standing, through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any god, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries, until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea, any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.
Sansa:I listened to their complaints, which is my responsibility as Lady of Winterfell.
Arya:Their opinions are important to you.
Sansa:Winterfell didn’t just fall into our hands. We took it back—and the Mormonts and the Hornwoods and the wildlings and the Vale. All of us, working together. Now, I’m sure cutting off heads is very satisfying, but that’s not the way you get people to work together.
Only Sansa shows that she believes in those who have rallied behind her. She listens to the opinions of her supporters, even when it’s difficult. Working together—not narcissistically disregarding supporters’ opinions or contributions to your cause—is the right way to rule.
me: not for years, but I have an exquisitely plotted story in my head about how Sansa Stark serves as lady of winterfell and falls in love with another northern lady but she doesn’t realize it’s Love Love because she’s just like “what very good friends we are :)” and the other woman is really good at resource management and where to put latrines so people don’t get sick, and they work together and are best friends and maybe more?? Yes, more. It’s a fifteen episode miniseries about rebuilding after war, peacetime governance, and gentle gay love, sexuality, and trust. I have the camera angles all planned out. Arya is there, and she has twelve direwolves puppies that cause mischief. At some point, the whole north is like “There Must Always Be A Stark In Winterfell And It’s Fine If She’s A Lesbian”