Game of Thrones will return in the spring and, following a particularly rough year 5, Sophie Turner is pleased to report that Sansa Stark will be back in a big way. In fact, the actress says her character will have her best season yet. Sophie says that her Game of Thrones character will really experience a coming of age in the new installment, something that she has earned through the extreme traumas she’s experienced in the first five years.
Sophie Turner Is Excited For Sansa Stark In Season 6 Of Game Of Thrones
When Game of Thrones last left off, Sansa was returning to her Winterfell home to marry Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), which was unsettling in the first place, due to her husband-to-be’s edgy psychological state, but matters seemed to worsen as Theon (Alfie Allen) crossed her path. The Game of Thrones season left off without divulging the fate of Ms. Stark, but Turner offered a ray of hope, when she told fans that they would finally be getting the story arc they had been hoping for, over the past five years.
“I mean this season is a really, really big one for Sansa,” Sophie said. “It’s probably her best season yet. It’s her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it’s really good.”
Ms. Turner says that she feels like Game of Thrones has been building up to this sixth season story arc over the past five years, adding that one character can only suffer so much before it ultimately changes her.
“I mean this season there’s like so many shocks, it’s massive,” Game of Thrones‘ Ms. Turner continued. “It’s the biggest season yet. And just like in terms of character development, so many people’s storylines, I’m so excited for. I’m so excited to see Alfie’s one this season. It’s going to be good.”
Game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Says Filming Season 6 “Legitimately Almost Killed Us”
Ms. Clarke, who plays Queen Daenerys Targaryen, was not at all reserved, as she described the experience of filming this new installment. The actress says that the story arcs and overall plot are ambitious and the most violent installment yet.
“It is epic. It is huge. It’s insane.”
For Maisie Williams, returning as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones meant returning also to that character’s blindness, which is more uncomfortable than fans might expect. Maisie is compelled to wear contact lenses that help to simulate the visual impairment experienced by Arya. Williams says that the lenses, which are very thick pieces, are painful to wear, but she adds that she finds it easier to feign blindness for the role while having her vision actually impaired by the lenses.
It certainly seems as though the creative forces behind the Game of Thrones series are listening to their fanbase in several areas. While everyone involved with the series has confirmed that Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, really is dead, Harington himself implied that Snow would be returning in some other form. A ghost, or in memories, perhaps.
Adding to that bit of good news, it now seems Sansa Stark will be getting her life back on track, after a season 5 that angered many fans. Through the fourth year of Game of Thrones, Turner’s character seemed to be on track toward becoming a strong, independent woman. When season 5 premiered, all of that changed, and fans were already less than accepting of the weaker, more subservient Sansa. When the ultimate victimization of Sansa Stark occurred at the hands of husband Ramsay Bolton, it was too much for fans to bear, so Sophie Turner’s news that Sansa will be getting back to her coming of age stories should please many of the show’s long-time fans.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 24 on HBO.
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