Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones.
The season finale of Game of Thrones was stuffed to the gills with memorable moments, but one of my personal favorites was watching 10-year-old Lady Mormont scold the other Houses of the north for their failure to rally behind Sansa Stark and Jon Snow as they attempted to recapture Winterfell. This led to the various lords and bannermen swore fealty to Jon Snow and proclaimed him the new King in the North, in a scene that was reminiscent of a similar moment back when Robb Stark was still alive.
But as the Northmen drew their swords and chanted, Sansa (Sophie Turner) exchanged a look with Littlefinger, who stood at the back of the room watching the proceedings with a sour look on his face – no doubt due Sansa’s rejection of his proposal that he ascend to the Iron Throne with her as his wife. But what was going through Sansa’s mind in that moment? Speaking to Variety, Turner offered her own point of view:
“She’s not getting the credit she feels she deserves, that Littlefinger would grant her with. He obviously wants her on the Iron Throne and him by her side – she doesn’t want that, but she wants recognition for the effort that she put in, in order to claim back Winterfell, because if it wasn’t for her, it wouldn’t have happened. So I think she’s seeing Littlefinger as a bit more trustworthy and more of an ally than she initially thought.”
Of course, it’s not like Jon Snow purposely tried to keep besmirch her honor by not giving her credit for her role in the victory – in fact, he looked every bit as uncomfortable with the situation as he did when he was elected Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. The honor is being thrust upon him, and it’s likely he hasn’t the slightest idea how to handle it.
As far as what the future may hold for the Stark siblings – who are actually cousins, now that show has confirmed the identity of Jon’s mother – there’s a theory that a romance between Jon and Sansa could be blossoming, and a wedding could unite the North even further. But Turner doesn’t really consider that option a possibility:
“Oh my god, really? I haven’t actually heard that. Stranger things on ‘Game of Thrones’ have happened… Maybe politically, it makes sense, I honestly don’t know how I would feel about that, I’d have to speak to the producers about that one. Honestly, what I think is going to happen – and I don’t know where the story is going to go, but I think Jon and Daenerys are going to end up together, probably. I feel like Jon and Sansa would be a strange one, especially because isn’t it considered not legitimate if you haven’t consummated the marriage? And I really don’t think either of them would be particularly up for that. It would be very difficult to do that. [Laughs.]“
With Game of Thrones going back into production next month, there will be plenty of time for rumor and speculation as fans patiently await the premiere of the seventh season – which might have fewer episodes than we’ve grown accustomed to. As always, we’ll keep you posted on any Game of Thrones news we can dig up.
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