Sophie Turner has been on a mission this year to reclaim her Game of Thrones‘ character, Sansa Stark, from the Internet, who spent much of the first three seasons trying to make her out to be the Dana Brody of Westeros. Sophie Turner — who feels connected with her GoT character — is not that. Sansa has just been biding her time, and waiting for her moment, Turner insists.
And if you have a problem with Sansa Stark then that’s a character fault of your own, as Turner tells Nylon Singapore.
“I think it’s because people see their own faults in her character, and they don’t like facing their own weaknesses. I think if anyone was a 13-year-old girl put in her situation, they would probably act exactly the same.”
Turner also notes that her quietness has often been her best weapon/defense:
“I really like the fact that she is quite a silent character. If she had spoken up in court at any point she would have gotten herself killed. She is being compliant with the people she hates just so that she can bide her time and then she can actually get her own back.”
Sansa Stark is a force now, someone to contend with. She’s no longer just a victim of Joffrey. She’s taken control.
“This season has been really good for me because Sansa has gone from a vulnerable 13-year-old girl, and she is transformed. She has been learning from al these people at court on how to manipulate others and she is actually putting it into practice now. She is becoming a bit of a dark horse.”
Basically, this is an extension of what Sophie Turner told TV Guide last month, which is that just because a character is feminine and wears a dress doesn’t mean she’s weak.
“People don’t like Sansa because she is feminine. It annoys me that people only like the feminine characters when they act like male characters. And they always go on about feminism. Like, you’re rooting for the people who look like boys, who act like boys, who fight like boys. Root for the girls who wear dresses and are intellectually very strong.”
You tell ‘em, Sansa. Power comes in all forms, including those that wear sleek, black dresses. If Littlefinger makes a play for the Iron Throne, he won’t do it without the help of Sansa.