Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7.
Sansa Stark went through a lot to get where she is when Game of Thrones Season 7 begins. The question is, will it be enough? Or will she betray Jon Snow for more?
Based on recent interviews with Sansa’s portrayer Sophie Turner, and Season 7 spoilers, Lady Stark will face the pull of power in the next season of Game of Thrones.
When Season 6 ended, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) had successfully followed through with a military campaign to take back Winterfell from House Bolton. Thanks to Jon’s heroics on the battlefield, and Sansa calling in backup from the Knights of the Vale, the Stark siblings won.
With a major victory under their belts, speculation as to what is in store for the power duo in Game of Thrones Season 7 is running rampant. From marriage to betrayal, here is what is known.
What does Season 6 tells us?
In the Season 6 finale, Jon and Sansa mildly discussed the events of that battle. Despite everything he did, a modest Jon gave Sansa all of the credit for the victorious outcome.
Sansa did not argue with him. She then apologized for not telling Jon about the raven she sent to Littlefinger, and the secret resource she had at her disposal: the Knights of the Vale.
Upon hearing this, Jon asserted the need for them to “trust each other,” and not fight a war among themselves. Sansa did not disagree, and they shared a warm moment as Sansa announced that winter had finally come. Why Sansa was notified of that before Jon was not clear.
Sansa ends Season 6 on a mysterious note
The final moments to feature Jon and Sansa in Season 6 revolved around a momentous meeting between the Northern Lords. At the end of that scene, Jon was chosen to be the King in the North. Before accepting, Jon looked to Sansa for her approval, and she gave it, nodding with a slight smile.
What happened next would set off a storm of speculation that has yet to die down. The cryptic look Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) exchanged with Sansa, as Jon was declared king, set the internet ablaze with speculation as to what it meant for them in Game of Thrones Season 7.
The Starks in Season 7
While there is still fervent speculation as to whether Sansa’s secrecy about the Knights of the Vale constitutes her betraying Jon, Season 7 should illuminate where Sansa’s loyalties lie. It should also clarify the fan theories that contend Jon and Sansa will marry each other before Game of Thrones ends.
What Sophie Turner has to say about Sansa in Season 7
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly discussing Game of Thrones, actress Sophie Turner, who portrays Sansa on the smash hit, offered this tease of where Sansa’s mindset is in Season 7,
“She’s seemingly in control for the first time – and it really suits her. She’s kind of having a bit of a power trip. But she’s also becoming more insecure, because there are threats to the power that she holds.”
If the alleged Season 7 Reddit plot leak is accurate, that “power trip” could involve Sansa’s stint as the interim ruler of Winterfell. According to the alleged Reddit leak that was originally authored by user ‘awayforthelads,’ and recompiled by ‘maureencreates,’ Jon will put Sansa in charge of Winterfell when he goes on his trip to meet Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Will Sansa go wild with her newfound power? The alleged plot leak also claims that Littlefinger will cross Sansa for the last time, and she will have him executed.
Watchers on the Wall previously reported that there will be ample tension between the Stark sisters as they disagree about how to rule in Jon’s absence. Is their strife also related to Arya and Sansa’s differing views on their brother?
Arya (Maisie Williams) has always been one of Jon’s most ardent supporters in the family, while Sansa had traditionally shared the views of their mother, whose disdain for her husband’s “illegitimate son” was infamous.
Those feelings appeared to dissipate when Sansa and Jon joined forces in Season 6. While she clearly cares for him more than ever, whether Sansa actually trusts Jon or not is a different story.
Winter is Coming shared some of the highlights from Sophie Turner’s interview with Gold Derby. In her chat with the site, Turner had this to say about the tension between the Stark siblings,
“They’ve both been through so much, and he’s not listening to her as much anymore, and he’s not respecting what she’s been through, and I think she feels a little disheartened by Jon, as lovely as it is to see him again and as much as they do love each other.”
As for the status of Jon and Sansa’s relationship in Season 7, Turner had this to say,
“It’s just nice for her to be on par with someone of the opposite sex especially…To have someone listen to her and actually ask her advice is a really nice thing for her…She’s a kind of leader in her own right now, and that’s really refreshing.”
What the alleged Reddit plot leak contains about Jon Snow and Sansa
According to the recompiled version of the alleged Season 7 plot leak by Reddit user maureencreates, most of the tension between Jon and Sansa will play out at the beginning of Season 7. They will supposedly disagree about punishing House Karstark and Umber. Sansa suggests they take away their lands to give to Stark loyalists, while Jon does not want to punish the sons for the sins of their fathers. Jon will apparently rule against his sister’s proposal.
Despite their disagreement on that matter, Jon is said to leave Sansa in charge of Winterfell in his absence. So when Arya and Bran arrive at Winterfell, Sansa should be the one calling the shots. From that point on, there is no spoiler in the alleged plot leak that indicates Jon and Sansa will see each other again for the rest of Season 7.
One thing the alleged Reddit plot leak never mentions is a potential marriage between the siblings/cousins. Nor does the alleged leak indicate Sansa will betray Jon. If Sansa does act to execute Littlefinger, it would seem that her loyalties to Jon will not be compromised in Game of Thrones Season 7. Littlefinger is certainly no friend to her brother’s reign.
Find out if the alleged plot leak is accurate and if Sansa betrays Jon in Season 7 by watching Game of Thrones when it returns to HBO next summer.
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