In an interview with Variety, Sophie Turner talks about the GAME OF THRONE’S finale, possible future love interests for Sansa, and how she feels about Jon receiving all the credit for winning the battle at Winterfell!
Note: Spoilers follow for the season finale.
Sansa’s character has gone through one of the most profound transformations on Game of Throne. In season one, she was more concerned with dresses and finding her prince charming than the political dangers of the Seven Kingdoms. However, any concepts of knights in shining armor quickly were replaced by the horrors of some of the shows worst tyrants and traitors, and for several seasons she suffered mightily at their hands. However, she is no longer a damsel in distress, and she knows she played a much larger role in the battle of Winterfell than she’s getting credit for in the finale. When asked if Sansa feels slighted, Sophie Turner responded:
Totally… She tirelessly has worked so hard to get Winterfell back and constantly been battling with these men, trying to prove herself as a real contender and a real player, and she kind of feels like she deserves the recognition for it, but she’s not satisfied now. I think she’s got a lot more things on her checklist to do before she’s completely satisfied.
She also discussed the effect the late Ramsey Bolton left on her character.
I think he thinks he’s imprinted on her and obviously he’s taken away something that she can never get back, something that, especially in those times, there’s a lot of importance placed on that so it is a really big deal, but you can see in episode 10, she doesn’t mention him once. She said to him “your memory will disappear, your name will disappear,” and she means it, she’s moving on, she doesn’t want to think about it, she doesn’t want to dwell on it, she’s stronger than that. And she doesn’t want to let him get at her anymore, now that he’s gone. She’s strong enough to do that, I think… as long as she’s not up the duff. [Laughs.]
Turner dished about her possible future love interests. First, concerning Littlefinger she said,
She’s not getting the credit she feels she deserves, that Littlefinger would grant her with. He obviously wants her on the Iron Throne and him by her side – she doesn’t want that, but she wants recognition for the effort that she put in, in order to claim back Winterfell, because if it wasn’t for her, it wouldn’t have happened. So I think she’s seeing Littlefinger as a bit more trustworthy and more of an ally than she initially thought.
She was also surprised by the question the inter-webs have been pondering, whether she and Jon, who we now know to be her cousin not her brother, could end up getting married.
Oh my god, really? I haven’t actually heard that. Stranger things on “Game of Thrones” have happened… Maybe politically, it makes sense, I honestly don’t know how I would feel about that, I’d have to speak to the producers about that one. Honestly, what I think is going to happen – and I don’t know where the story is going to go, but I think Jon and Daenerys are going to end up together, probably. I feel like Jon and Sansa would be a strange one, especially because isn’t it considered not legitimate if you haven’t consummated the marriage, and I really don’t think either of them would be particularly up for that. It would be very difficult to do that. [Laughs.]
Musing on who she would like to see end up on the throne when the series finally wraps up, Sophie said,
I feel like Daenerys is probably the most qualified to rule at this point because she’s spent so much time and effort preparing, it would be a real disappointment if she didn’t end up on the throne for her I think, for sure. In terms of the story, I really like Cersei on the throne. I love a bit of madness; I think it’s hilarious and she should stay on there for as long as possible. She’ll have a lot of fun, it’ll make for a good story.
Finally, she got excited when discussing her favorite scene of the season, and no surprise, it was her giving Ramsey his comeuppance.
My favorite scene to shoot this season was Sansa’s killing of Ramsay, just because I feel like it’s been such a long time coming and I’ve been waiting on it for so long, and it really excited me. It was such a brilliant death, it meant that it was the first time that Sansa had ever been given the freedom to do what she wants without anyone telling her what to do. It was honestly the first time ever, in her life, that she’s been able to take charge and take command and make her own decisions, and that was a really big moment for her. And my favorite scene to watch was the battle, I think Miguel [Sapochnik] did the most incredible job in making it look totally realistic and dirty and not glorified at all and how distressing real battles were and the pile of bodies… each shot was so interesting. I’m rooting for him to get an Emmy, I want him to get an Emmy.
Check out the full interview here. We have at least another nine months before the show starts back up again, but keep it here for all the latest Game of Thrones updates, musings, and theories!