Many fans, including myself, have pointed out that Sansa should have discussed this Umber/Karstark matter with Jon in private before this scene. But here’s a question: what detail in the scene makes us think she didn’t already?
Check out Jon’s reaction to Sansa speaking up in the Great Hall scene (above). Does he react like this is the first time he’s heard Sansa’s position on this? Or does he react like he knows what she’s launching into before she even says anything unsupportive?
Rewatching this scene, I found myself questioning my original assumption about the scene. After writing about it briefly in reply to winterfellchild’s fantastic Umber/Karstark meta, I got curious and took a closer look. In particular, I wondered what details of the scene I had missed originally, which contributed to changing my original assumption.
Below, I’ve broken down the scene line-by-line, matching each beat with the actor’s delivery and facial reactions (numbered with the corresponding screencap above bc tumblr is being stubborn and won’t let me insert them into a text post) to question the scene’s intentions and what they might suggest about the season ahead. Of course, standard disclaimers apply, this is just one interpretation and your mileage may vary.