The penultimate season of Game of Thrones is set to begin in just over one week and it will be the first season since Sansa Stark made her first kill. However, while Sansa may have ended the life of the barbaric Ramsay Bolton, a number of a fans are concerned that she may be sliding deeper into the dark side, especially with the cunning Littlefinger whispering in her ear. In an interview with TIME, actress Sophie Turner addressed the question of whether or not Sansa could become consumed by her desire for revenge.
Turner expressed her concern over Sansa potentially being swept up in the world of duplicity and revenge, but explained why she feels Sansa will still be good at heart:
“I’ve been battling with this quite a lot. I do wonder if it’d be kind of impossible for this world and all of these people who she’s surrounded herself with, of course that would rub off on her. And she’d be learning things from them and since the age of 13 she hasn’t been with her family and had those Stark morals reiterated to her on a daily basis. She’s had to do that herself and over this period of five years she’s been away from her family, she will have one way or another been swept up in this world of betrayal and revenge. I do wonder if she’ll falter a little. She’s spent so long trying to survive and see her family again — it’s the only thing that’s kept her going and motivated, when so many times, she could have given up. So I think she may change a little, but at the end of the day, I think her heart is still good. The way she deals with her problems and her enemies may be different from how she would have dealt with them in the day when she was 13 or so.”
While I had always admired Sansa’s strength and tenacity while she was subject to the torture of Joffrey and Cersei, many fans were frustrated with the character’s inaction until recent seasons, when she began developing her own strategic skills. Now that she has begun playing the game of thrones, many are worried that Sansa could lose herself as she gives in to her darker instincts. Are you concerned that Sansa could lose the good in her or are you excited to see her potentially join the ranks of other ruthless characters such as Cersei or Littlefinger? Share your thoughts below!
Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017.