Have you managed to recover from Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones ? Or are you still as bereft as I am? The fifth episode of this already very good season just became one of the show's landmark episodes. Fulfilled prophecies, death, mockery, murder plots, one ascension to a minor throne, and a ton of journeying were just a few of the things that happened. One of the biggest moments came barely 10 minutes in, when we were greeted with another reunion, this a decidedly more grim one between Littlefinger and Sansa. Littlefinger made his way North to a town just outside Castle Black. There, he offered Sansa an army in hopes it be used to help take back Winterfell. Instead, Sansa called out Littlefinger in the best way possible —and may have hinted towards a major physical change. Namely, Sansa might be pregnant on Game of Thrones.
It becomes clear very quickly that Sansa is no longer into sugarcoating or playing nice with others. When it comes to Littlefinger, a man who's been very creepy toward the coolest redhead in the North (sorry, Tormund), there's little need to talk about the positive. Sansa demands Littlefinger guess and imagine what happened to her at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. With Brienne standing threateningly in the background, Littlefinger fumbles until Sansa reads him the riot act:
"But the rest of me. He did what he liked with the rest of me, as long as I could give him an heir. What do you think he did? ...I can still feel it. I don't mean in my tender heart — it still pains me so — I can still feel what he did in my body, standing here right now. ...You said you would protect me."
It's understandable that Sansa feels psychologically and physically changed from her tumultuous wedding night with Ramsay. In fact, her speech her indicates a full-circle evolution from where she began, and her words echo feelings we viewers have had about her previous treatment and need for justice. But what if those feelings are literally real? What if the sickness she's feeling is from a potential pregnancy at the hands of Ramsay?
From what we know of Ramsay, he's a gleeful sadist who's fixed on the idea of preserving the future of the Bolton bloodline. Sansa says that he is intent on having a male heir of his own. Would it be unreasonable to think that perhaps more than just an assault happened on their wedding night? It's unfathomable if Sansa is indeed pregnant with a Bolton heir. In fact, it could signal a serious change in her trajectory. The major issue facing Sansa would become whether or not she is able to carry the child of her rapist, or if she should abort it, which is an incredibly tough issue to introduce and then reduce to a few minutes of screen time (those multiple plots are a killer, y'all).
It's empowering to watch Sansa absolutely wreck Littlefinger and reclaim some of her own agency through this small monologue. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, because this scene is, in some way, an acknowledgement on behalf of the writers that the treatment of Sansa has been egregious up until now. To let her have the power back is a positive commentary on surviving and thriving in spite of those who sought to control her. While we all eagerly await to see the Starks regain control of Winterfell and do away with Ramsay once and for all, I can only hope — for the sake of Sansa and her story — that she does not have to once again deal with the lasting physical impact her enemy has had upon her. At least, not this way.
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