There are few shows with less job security for lead actors than Game of Thrones. Even The Walking Dead tends to give plot armor to protect most of its major characters. Game of Thrones just loves to kill people off. For some actors, being booted off such a huge show would have to be a bummer, but Sophie Turner is actively hoping that Sansa Stark comes to a grisly end.
Well, kudos to Sophie Turner for being prepared for what sometimes seems to be the inevitable for the good guys of Game of Thrones. Her reveal to The Wall Street Journal that she hopes her character dies by the end of the series is surprising, but not altogether unhealthy. The saga seems designed to make the Starks suffer, so being ready for a terrible ending is a way to avoid heartbreak at a gruesome end.
Back in early seasons, some of us might have agreed with Turner. Sansa may have been a child and she may not have understood the stakes of what was happening in King’s Landing, but she was awfully annoying for most of the early episodes. If somebody in the Stark family had to die, why not Sansa?
That said, Sansa has become a major player in the game of thrones in the seasons since, so her death would be a major turning point in the series. At the very least, she’s considered the only surviving Stark, and therefore heir to the valuable Winterfell estate at the moment. She has allies in the North thanks to her surname, and the North will never forget the wrongs done to the Starks.
If Sophie Turned does get her wish, we have to hope that Sansa’s cool death doesn’t come for a while yet. Sansa deserves some pretty epic revenge on characters who are still walking, talking, and scheming as of the end of Season 5. Joffrey may be dead, but Sansa deserves to chop off a very specific piece of Ramsay Bolton’s anatomy, and Littlefinger needs to feel her wrath as well. Throw in Roose Bolton, and Sansa has earned the right to live long enough to see her tormenters suffer in a big way. Arya may be the Stark girl with the kill list, but she’s not the only one whose enemies deserve to be punished.
When last we saw Sansa in Season 5, however, she was too broken by her torture at the mercy of the Boltons to do anything more than trust fate and jump from the walls of Winterfell. She’ll definitely need some recovery time before she’s ready for any epic revenge and/or cool death scene. Luckily, we don’t have too much longer to wait before we see just what happened to Sansa after her jump in the Season 5 finale. Season 6 premieres on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. For a look at what’s ahead, check out our list of what we know so far about the sixth season.
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