Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has had a long and arduous journey from season 1 of Game of Thrones through season 7. We can only imagine what season 8 will hold – No, seriously, every day we imagine what season 8 will hold! Sansa’s journey was never an easy one to watch as a viewer, pleasant to experience as a character, or a walk in the park to channel as an actor. And yet, if anyone has done her job right, it’s Sophie. Talking to Digital Spy, she offered many great soundbites about the lessons Sansa has picked up along the way and how she (Sophie) has grown as an actor. Additionally, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, while promoting her new movie, In Darkness, Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) very briefly touched on season 8 of GOT.
“She’s a real, true leader of Winterfell now. And that’s where we first see her – as a very protective, empowered lady in charge. It’s the first time you ever see her like that, and it’s so amazing to see her like that – kind of owning her destiny,” says Sophie.
Remember how many haters Sansa had those first few seasons? It’s a little gratifying as a viewer (and a book reader) to see how many people have done an about-face on their perception of her. However, one thing that always bothered me is how many people disliked her until she was raped. It’s always irked me because if that is the threshold for a character to hold empathy in one’s eyes, I feel one is not working hard enough to find the grey spaces in a character that an actor has often worked hard to portray. GOT has always been so good at presenting morally dubious characters. If viewers were able to empathize with Jaime when he saved Brienne from Locke’s entourage in season 3, then they should have been able to empathize with Sansa after she saved Dontos from Joffrey’s cruelty in season 2. She continues:
“I very much remember the first couple of seasons, people really loathed her…They really hated her…Then they started feeling sorry for her, because it seemed like the next few seasons were her being beaten and bruised and raped and married – forced marriages – and all of these horrific things happened to her…Slowly, people started to feel sympathy, but it took a while. A lot of people, for a while, were saying that she deserved it.”
Sigh. I’m happy at least that she has such pride in portraying the character. She is an incredibly gifted actress, and one of the only largely central characters to have never been awarded an Emmy nomination. Perhaps season 8 will change that? With all that’s happened to her, she looks to Sansa’s past to ready her for the future:
“She has Littlefinger, Cersei, Margaery, everyone’s wisdom and teachings all behind her…She’s a real, true leader of Winterfell now. And that’s where we first see her – as a very protective, empowered lady in charge.”
Hey – speaking of Margaery, what’s been going on in the world of Natalie Dormer? A huge career, apparently, as she promotes her new movie In Darkness, in which she starred and co-wrote, not to mention her miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock, which recently debuted on Amazon with her in the starring role. Does she know anything about GOT season 8? Depends on how you read into this:
“I know A to B. I know what B is, but I don’t know how they get B. But I do know B.”
Thanks, Natalie. Very descriptive of you. Really gets the theories churning!