sansa the great

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The wolves will come

Clegane, Sandor

“The Hound”

13th Level (Man-at-arms 12 / Brother of the Kingsguard 1)

The right side of his face was gaunt with sharp cheek-bones and a grey eye beneath a heavy brow… his hair thin, dark. He wore it long and brushed it sideways, because no hair grew on the other side of that face. The left side of his face was a ruin. His ear had been burned away; there was nothing left but a hole. His eye was still good, but all around it was a twisted mass of scar… Down by his jaw you could see a hint of bone where the flesh had been seared away.
— A Game of Thrones

There is only one man who wears a helm carved like a snarling hound, and they say his looks improve with the visor down. Sandor Clegane is as vicious as he is ugly, able to kill a knight or a butcher’s boy with equal ease. The Hound has no friends and no love. He does however, have very powerful patrons.

Sandor is an impressive warrior, so much so that Queen Cersei entrusts him to bodyguard her son. Cersei chose well, though his manners could do with a little polish. This grim and terrifyingly efficient guardian would say he works for the heaviest purse and the winning side, but a hound is a strange emblem for a man purely moved by mercenary reasons. Dogs can be strong or weak, fast or slow, but the one characteristic they all share is loyalty.

Sandor has no reason to develop any such quality. At best cold, at worst murderous, the Cleganes are not renowned for their sense of honour. Sandor’s older brother, Gregor Clegane, is the reason for Sandor’s ruined features. When Sandor was seven, he took one of his brother’s toys — a gift Gregor was too old to play with or value. Gregor, a full grown squire at the time, discovered the theft. He found his little brother, picked him up, and twisted his face into a brazier full of hot coals in retaliation, leaving Sandor permanently scarred. The boys’ father hushed the matter up and Gregor was knighted four years later. From that time on, the Cleganes barely acknowledged each other.

At the Hand’s tourney, when Gregor is unhorsed he flies into a murderous frenzy, and it is the Hound who steps forward saving Ser Loras and forcing Gregor to back off. Sandor matches strength with control, and ferocity with restraint. When the king commands them to cease, Sandor instantly goes to one knee, though it gives his brother a potentially fatal advantage. This is not the act of a man looking out for himself, but of a man who knows what loyalty really means. Sandor is ready to lay down his life for the king he respects, yet sneers at the concept of chivalry. No one knows better than Sandor Clegane how false the vows of knighthood can be.

Brave, strong, and loyal, Sandor consistently demonstrates the qualities of a good man behind the attitudes of a bad one. By the double standards of Westeros, it’s a winning combination. Beat a hound badly enough and it will learn to bite first in self-defence, but somewhere under all that anger is a worthy beast despite its uncertain temper. Desperate to protect himself, the Hound covers his decent nature by snarling at the world, as though he sees is better qualities as a weakness others will exploit. His underlying need for some kindness or recognition is revealed when he confides the secret of his disfigurement to Sansa Stark. Sansa is a child, innocent and reckless, with no great amount of common sense. No one knows why Sandor tells her his secret, possibly not even himself. Perhaps some part of him is desperate to make her understand the world behind the banners and trumpets of court and kings, to see the killer beneath the bright armour of a knight before she suffers a similar fate.

Sandor makes Sansa look at his destroyed face and admit that a terrible wrong was done to him. Once, long ago, the brutal Hound was an innocent child, just like everyone else. This is important, because no one else has admitted it in all Sandor’s life. He needs to hear it from someone with no connection to his situation, and yet, even this is a greater vulnerability than Sandor can admit. Having revealed so much of himself to another person, he threatens to kill her if she tells anyone.

Still, even after so threatening a bark, the Hound does not bite. After the death of her father, when Sansa is abused and tormented by Joffrey, Sandor shows her occasional deep kindness. Beaten by Joffrey’s knights, she is forced to recognise that vows do not a true knight make, the very same conclusion Sandor reached when he was seven. He never beats her at the prince’s bidding. He is no storybook hero to risk all for her, but neither is he a brute to punch her with mailed fists. Sandor Clegane is a killer, not a torturer; he kills because he is ordered to, not because he needs to inflict pain. It is this that marks the difference between Sandor and his brother.

Sandor is a complex man, hardened by a world more ugly than he could ever be. He laughs at foolish ideals all the time, particularly those of Sansa, at least until they are torn to shreds in front of her. Once she has lost everything, he tries to show her the lessons he had to learn alone: how to survive, how to keep going when dreams are dead. He tries to protect her and help her to protect herself. In that way, he is almost like a true knight — or a loyal hound.

– A Game of Thrones, Deluxe Edition Role-Playing Game and Resource Book

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My friend started to watch GoT a week ago and I wanted her to see these photos. I asked for her opinion. What do you observe in him in each one of them? This is her answer (she hasn’t even watched season two yet):

“In the first one his hard stare balances his -much more- young face. He seems to be thiner too. He’s calculating. His eyes are cold, you see no pity or empathy in him. He’s confronting someone.

In the second one I can’t help but drown myself in those broken hearted eyes… He seems so tired now. Like he has done something too wrong even to forgive himself or, maybe, he’s losing someone he loves. If I saw him like that in real life, I would hold him. He’s like a little child. Those eyes…He’s literally gonna cry, isn’t him?

It’s shocking, it’s like see two different characters. A clear distinction between to personalities or, maybe, he has changed for something or someone? I REALLY NEED TO KNOW NOW!”

Guys, for me it is clear we are not mad: Littlefinger is dead when Sansa is around. He believes again and he let her see him in such a vulnerable situation…This is love. Even my friend knows this now.

Sansa Stark Should Always Be Political

I’d like to talk about this misconception that is going around with Sansa Stark and politics. That it’s bad for her to have a political endgame, that her being Queen would be bad for her. This is not a ‘Queen Sansa’ meta, but a meta that is pro Sansa being in politics at the end of the series. There are several points I hope to get across

·         Sansa has a political responsibility to the world, specifically The North (and that’s a good thing)

·         Sansa would make a great politician

·         She’s not Littlefinger 2.0- she’s more than lying and cheating

·         She already has leadership experience under her belt- wanting it to lead to something is not foolish.

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The Bastards and the Beasts

It’s very interesting that between the Stark sisters, each girl has three male figures that significantly affect their storylines and/or their public figures. For Arya, this is Jon Snow, Ramsay Snow, and Gendry - three bastards, two of which are of royal descent. For Sansa, this is Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane - three men who are vilified both within the context of the series’ world and fandom, to the point that they are more often referred to by their nicknames than their true names. 

It’s understandable that for Arya, a girl who is unfazed by class and hierarchy, the three male figures that affect her moving storyline are bastards. Since the start we are shown that she does not care for bloodlines or birth; a person’s worth comes from their soul. Jon, her favorite brother, straddled the line of treason in his tenure of Lord Commander when he sent Mance Rayder to Winterfell in order to steal Arya back to him. After he receives the Pink Letter, he makes the decision to break his vows to ride to Winterfell, but is killed before he can carry it out. Ramsay Snow marries “Arya Stark” in order for House Bolton to stake a claim on the north; as her husband, he publicly tortures and humiliates the figure of Arya Stark, and acts as the foil and adversary to Jon Snow by catalyst of her. Gendry is Arya’s unsuspecting companion from her start on the road; they help each other all through the riverlands, and play on a strong team dynamic. When he is offered knighthood, Gendry makes the decision to leave Arya, though he seems to have come to regret that when Brienne comes upon him at the inn.

Sansa loves beauty. She loves songs and tales, pretty silks and lively court life; she wanted to be queen to be loved, and her notions of life were very much naive and built on fantasy. There is an ironic sort of poetry in her three male figures being unconventional by beauty’s standards. Littlefinger is of low birth, short, slender, with seemingly no skills of gallantry or strength; despite this, he is cunning and unassuming, which serves his purpose of later rescuing Sansa from court all the better. Tyrion is forcibly married to Sansa in order for House Lannister to stake their claim on Winterfell; though a Lannister, he is considered unattractive by most all, though he is no less intelligent and cunning for what he lacks in “beauty.” The Hound is gruff and mean, with a horribly burnt face that, in some parts, reveals bone and sores. At court with Joffrey, he helps Sansa learn how to appease and deal with the king. Later, he decides to leave her, and seems to come to have regret the decision. Furthermore, all three men are around the age of 30, which is far older than what Sansa finds ideal.

I just find it really interesting how the girls’ “three” parallel one another; Jon and Petyr both put into motion the plans to save the girls from abusive men/their husbands by proxy of Mance Rayder and Dontos (though one was successful where the other was misled), Ramsay and Tyrion were both matched with “Arya” and Sansa respectively to claim Winterfell, and Gendry and Sandor were the girls’ companions and protectors at times after Ned was killed, and later leave the girls. And of course the motifs of bastards and “beasts” really play into each girl’s personality, interests, and arc.

themiddleliddle  asked:

(Ignore this if I've already sent you this prompt.) Jon realizes even before Sansa does that she's pregnant, but she doesn't believe him.

Ok so things got little off prompt here, but I hope you like it! I made you wait long enough for it, yeesh.

Also, I don’t write Jon and Arya near enough, and that is criminal.


“Marry me,” Jon breathed into her neck.

Sweaty and breathless herself, Sansa laughed. “You don’t need to keep asking, I already said that I would.”

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