‘Game Of Thrones’: If Sansa Stark Is Pregnant, Shouldn’t She Be Showing By Now?

Ever since Ramsay Bolton mentioned to Sansa Stark that she couldn’t kill him now because he was a part of her in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, the rumor that Sansa was pregnant has gathered more speed. But is she really pregnant? Let’s have a look at the logistics of Sansa bearing a child to Ramsay.

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While Episode 9 of HBO’s Game of Thrones was all about the epic battle scene between the armies of Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), there was a point where it became apparent Sansa could be pregnant to Ramsay. There have been a few indicators previously that suggested Sansa was pregnant. First of all, there was that publicity still for Season 6 that showed what could have been a baby bump, or just as easily her arms resting underneath her tunic. Then there was Sansa not liking the food served at Castle Black. Finally, there was that time in Game of Thrones when she was questioning Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) about whether he knew just how sadistic Ramsay was before he suggested she marry him. While these all seem like good indicators setting Sansa up to be pregnant to Ramsay Bolton, there are also some indicators she isn’t pregnant.

HBO's Game of Thrones Season 6 Sansa Stark [image via HBO]Game of Thrones actor, Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos) was reported by Vanity Fair as saying Ramsay meant he would always be there in Sansa’s head after the terrible things he did to her, not that she was pregnant to him. He had changed her mentally, rather than physically, and those changes would stay with her for life.

The word of a Game of Thrones actor means very little these days after Kit Harington had to lie to fans about the outcome of the Season 5 finale in order for HBO to maintain the semblance of a cliffhanger between seasons. However, Vanity Fair did raise a valid point about Sansa and her potential pregnancy; if she were pregnant to Ramsay, wouldn’t it be obvious by now?

So how long have Ramsay and Sansa been together in Game of Thrones?

HBO's Game of Thrones Season 5 Ramsay Bolton and Sansa Stark wed [image via HBO]When Sansa was first wedded to Ramsay, his father’s new bride, Walda (Elizabeth Webster), had just announced her pregnancy. Now, assuming she had waited the obligatory twelve weeks before making the announcement, it would still mean there was six months between that moment and her giving birth to a son in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. By the second episode, both were dead at the hands of Ramsay. This event occurred shortly after the birth of Walda’s son. Sansa may not have fallen pregnant on her wedding night, however, but it gives the audience a time reference to the earliest time from when Sansa could have fallen pregnant in Game of Thrones.

After their wedding night, Ramsay continues to force himself onto Sansa for some time which is hard to gauge. Sansa does manage to escape from Ramsay with Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) at the end of Season 5 of Game of Thrones by jumping off a high wall at Winterfell. If she were pregnant at this point, she could have easily miscarried, although it is not a one hundred percent certainty the jump would cause the loss of a child in the early stages of pregnancy. This event is the last time Sansa is placed in the same place as Ramsay until they meet up again in Episode 9 of Game of Thrones sixth season at the Battle of the Bastards. So just prior to this event is the latest point at which she could conceive a child to Ramsay.

Season 6 of Game of Thrones sees Sansa’s story pick up not long after her and Theon escape Winterfell as Ramsay’s men are still searching for them. During the time Sansa is being pursued she has to plunge into freezing water as well as put her body under extreme stress. Once again, it would be very easy at this point for her to miscarry. When Ramsay’s men track down Sansa and Theon, it is only thanks to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) that they escape being returned to Ramsay and his wrath. Sansa makes the decision to flee to Castle Black and seek refuge with her half brother, Jon.

So how long does it take to get from Winterfell to Castle Black?

Sansa Stark and Jon Snow are reunited in Episode 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones Season 6 [Image via HBO]Vanity Fair used this map to show just how big Westeros is. However, that map doesn’t show exactly where Winterfell is. This map not only shows the position of Winterfell but, thanks to an avid fan, also shows the calculations between various points in the Game of Thrones universe. According to these calculations, there is 650 miles between Winterfell and Castle Black if one were traveling via Kingsroad.

Even if Sansa and Theon had covered some ground between Winterfell and when they were confronted by Ramsay’s men, that is still a fair distance. It is hard to track down via a Google search just how long a horse can travel per day at a maintained rate over a distance of time. Many variables come into play including fitness levels of both the horses and the people. But, estimates claim a horse can travel anywhere between 30 to 60 miles per day. If this is the case, at the slowest, Sansa would have made it to Winterfell in roughly 22 days at a speed of 30 miles per day. If traveling at 60 miles per day, she would have reached Castle Black in approximately 11 days.

So Sansa arrives at Castle Black in Episode 4 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones. If she is only just pregnant to Ramsay, arriving at Castle Black could still place her as being within the first trimester of her pregnancy. However, when Sansa kills Ramsay at the end of Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, Ramsay indicates he knew Sansa was pregnant before she escaped Winterfell. If we are to use the rule of thumb used earlier with Walda, then Sansa had to be at least 12 weeks pregnant in order for Ramsay to make such an assumption. If that is the case, she would have been between somewhere between 13 to 17 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Castle Black.

But how long was it between Sansa arriving at Castle Black and the Battle of the Bastards?

HBO's Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 Battle of the Bastards Sansa Stark and Jon Snow [Image via HBO]In episode 7 of Game of Thrones, Sansa and Jon had to try and rally the North to their cause. Bear Island is approximately 490 miles (part of that by sea) away from Winterfell. On that return journey, they stop at Deepwood Motte and ask for House Glover’s assistance. Assuming they then return immediately, that is 350 miles from Winterfell. That means they have traveled for somewhere between 14 and 28 days in order to rally support for House Stark. So, Sansa could be as much as 21 weeks pregnant at a conservative guess, placing her at just over half way through her pregnancy. If we account for the fastest travel pace, she could be only 15 weeks pregnant. So, in theory, she could be hiding her pregnancy well and no one other than Ramsay would know yet. But this article is based on assumptions and calculations that could be entirely incorrect and Liam Cunningham is right is saying Sansa is not pregnant.

What do you think, Sansa is pregnant or not? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!

Game of Thrones returns to HBO with the Season 6 finale Episode 10, entitled “The Winds of Winter,” on Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET. The official synopsis for Episode 10 is as follows.

“Season Finale. Cersei faces her trial.”

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