Sansa's Fate Is Incredibly Questionable

by Keertana Sastry

Whether you love her or hate her, Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark makes for entertaining television. Lately the poor girl who apparently resembles Boy George cannot catch a break, a fact we've stated over and over again. Just like the other Stark family members both alive and dead (RIP Ned, Robb, and Catelyn) Sansa has been through some really hellish moments, though arguably she and her sister Arya have been through the worst of it. After all, Sansa was betrothed to Joffrey, then punished for her father's sins, then held prisoner at King's Landing, and now she's a fugitive of King's Landing where Cersei is bloodthirsty for her head. Plus there's the cringe-worthy scene in which Littlefinger kissed Sansa and then killed his wife Lysa in order to keep Sansa safe.

And now that Lysa is dead, what will happen to Sansa? Littlefinger originally brought Sansa to The Eyrie Lysa could keep her safe from Cersei's men and other dangers that tend to face a Stark in Westeros. But now that her protection was kicked off into cold, wintery abyss, Sansa's future is again uncertain both safety wise and romance wise considering Littlefinger's little indiscretion. Those who have read the books know a little more than fans of the series alone, but Sansa's story is far from over considering George R.R. Martin still has two books to finish writing and publish.

Spoilers from Martin's books to follow.

In the novels, Littlefinger blames Lysa's murder on her bard Marillion who had tried to rape Sansa. After the cover-up, in which Sansa was forced to participate, the fiery-haired Stark takes over Lysa's place as Lady of The Eyrie and pretends to be Alayne Stone, Littlefinger's bastard daughter. Some of you may remember that this was the name Littlefinger gave Sansa in the series to protect her when they arrived at The Eyrie. Brienne continues her quest for Sansa with Podrick in tow, but so far in the novels she has not succeeded in finding the eldest Stark daughter. While serving as Lady of The Eyrie, Littlefinger has Sansa learn a few things about ruling and then advises her to marry Harrold Hardyng, the next Arryn heir after her cousin Robert (named Robin in the series). Littlefinger's plan for Sansa is to then have reveal herself to be a Stark and take back Winterfell in her own name.

It's not a big surprise that Sansa decides to stay in the Eyrie with Littlefinger because she doesn't have the survival skills of her sister Arya and she really has nowhere else to go lest her true identity be discovered. Even though Littlefinger is a creep, he really doesn't want to see her get hurt. That's better than her previous situation at King's Landing. So for now, Sansa is actually doing the only thing she can. Sitting tight until something good finally happens. Because it has to eventually, right?

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