So in this side chapter we found out that Aidou and Yori’s little boy’s name is Seiya. Written as 星夜.
星夜 means starry night or starlit/starlight night. That’s one thing I definitely love about Hino and her names. Every one of them has special meaning to her story and it’s so fitting that Aidou and Yori named their son after that starry night when they both noticed how much more beautiful the stars were because they were looking at them together. It was also the night that Aidou proposed.
What about Sansan intrigues you so much? If you knew that weren't going to be together by the end, who would you want them with?
I’m a suckerrr for slow-burn and the deconstruction of tropes and Sansan is full to the brim with both. Obviously when they are together in King’s Landing, nothing really happens in a sexual or romantic way between them, but it’s the innuendo and implication and the fact that they care so much for each other. Sansa is young and is expected to (and often does) go after the prettiest young thing. She dreams of handsome, chivalrous knights that will sweep her off her feet and she is expected by everyone, the reader included, to end up with the pretty knight.
Then there’s Sandor. He hates what knights are and how they are regarded when he knows from personal experience how terrible they are capable of being, his brother in particular. He and others dehumanize him with his nickname and admittedly how he behaves sometimes, viciously and without thought. He tries not to though and doesn’t want to be this way, as you see as the series goes on and he regrets how he’s behaved. He chooses not to be like the foul knights he’s seen and despised and becomes better, and Sansa helps him become better. At the beginning, she sees the world of knights and fair maidens in a rosy light and has a positive outlook that almost frustrates Sandor. I think it irks him for two main reasons: he was once happy and saw knights with starry-eyes like Sansa and he no longer does (it’s no mistake that the toy he played with as a boy was a wooden knight), and he thinks she’ll get hurt and he doesn’t want to see the world break her, so he tries to wake her up.
She brings the light and he brings the darkness, and they help each other shift their perspectives closer to reality somewhere in the middle.
Sansa is the first person who validates his trauma. He lets slip the story of how Gregor caused his scars when he was a young boy, a story he has likely never told before, and she doesn’t laugh, she places a hand on his shoulder and feels sad for him, no longer afraid. “He was no true knight.” She whispers this to him and it’s the true beginning of their relationship. Or at least their care for one another. His deepest, darkest secret and shame and she says that it’s okay and he didn’t do anything wrong. She sees him as more human and less frightening than before. Gentle, even, eventually.
They are beauty and the beast incarnate. Sansa is the beautiful, educated lady who surprises all by falling for the “ugly” beast, Sandor. He is misunderstood, has a short temper, but good heart, just like the classic beast. Sansa is repressed but kind without fail and shares that kindness with Sandor, just like Belle with the beast. He protects her even when she isn’t supposed to be his top priority, such as when he saves her from the mob. It’s because he cares about her, and she shows how he cares for him.
Despite Sandor being older, they are both key parts in one another’s development and growing up. Sandor is very detached from most and was without a family and robbed of a childhood. Sansa, on the other hand, is naive throughout her girlhood and when she arrives in King’s Landing. She doesn’t necessarily understand the weight of some of the events unfolding before her until it is too late. He opens up to her first when he tells the story of his scar and repeatedly later and shows her kindness and lies to protect her on more than one occasion. He is gentler with her than anyone else and she takes note. They often surprise each other and themselves with their behavior around each other.
Of course, after they are separated after the Battle of the Blackwater, their relationship is spoken of little aloud, but it plays out frequently in Sansa’s mind and sometimes in Sandor’s speech to Arya. It’s one of the less obvious relationships I suppose, if you don’t read into the text, but Sansa creates a kiss with Sandor–“Unkiss”–that never happened. She misremembers the night he left and offered to take her with him when he fled King’s Landing and remembers a kiss. She also keeps the white cloak (a symbol of marriage) he gave her and thinks of him when she is in need of comfort. She also dreams of him when she is in her marriage bed. If that doesn’t mean something, I don’t know what does.
If they don’t end up together (though I think they will in the books at least and possibly the show), I’d like to see Sansa with Tyrion (show only!!!) or no one and rule the North and I can’t think of anyone for Sandor at the moment, hm…maybe Jeyne Poole? She’s fairly similar to Sansa and sweet.