Sophie Turner talks to Vulture in a new interview released today about Sansa Stark’s state of mind in Game of Thrones, and what it’s like on the set of the show’s seventh season. When we saw Sansa in the season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” the oldest Stark daughter appeared to be uneasy with the declaring of Jon Snow as King in the North. It was the Knights of the Vale summoned by Sansa who saved the North in the Battle for Winterfell, but all eyes are on her half-brother. How does Turner believe Sansa feels about that, and how will that play out next year?
The actress tells Vulture:
At the end of the season, Sansa gets a taste of power — and it’s the first time that she’s had that ever, really. She feels like it’s deserved because she did so much for Jon and the North, so when she saves the day and doesn’t get any recognition for it, it was like she had that first taste of power and then was immediately stripped of it. She was stripped of the respect that she really feels she deserves. She was trying to give her input to Jon and trying to be a collaborative leader, but it’s difficult when it’s a patriarchy and when there’s sexism. It would be a real adjustment for Jon to listen to her and do what she says. So she was looking to Littlefinger like, oh, you’re right. Maybe that pretty picture you painted of me on the throne and you by my side isn’t such a bad one. And then there’s the smile as well, her walking away after killing Ramsay. That’s also quite interesting. You wonder if it’s just a smile because it’s her first kill, because this man is out of her life, or whether she’s going to get a taste for it. Whether she enjoyed it. Whether it’s a power trip. But she definitely is a lot more powerful, and it’ll be very interesting to see how she handles that coming up this season.
Sansa’s complicated relationship with Littlefinger will factor into next season, with Turner commenting on the power her character holds over the man who once used her as a pawn:
She holds a power over him. And after she confronted him about selling her to the Boltons, he owes her big time. He knows he has to be loyal to her now, and he has to serve her well, because she holds so much over him. It would destroy his reputation if she revealed any of the stuff that she knows about him. It’s tricky. She has power, but it’s a question of whether people listen to her or not. You’ll see more of that in this upcoming season.
Sophie’s completed her work on the season, and there’s only one more year of Game of Thrones after that. She tells Vulture she can feel that, on the set
It’s definitely emotional. We can really feel everything slowly coming to an end. We’d have these discussions like, What are we going to do on the last day on set? What are you going to get the producers? It’s all becoming quite real now that we’re coming to a close. It’s quite somber on set, but everyone’s just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. Trying to get the most out of it. Trying not to take anything for granted.
Sophie Turner has much more to say about Dark Sansa, getting her character into therapy and Thrones tats, so head on over to Vulture to read the rest!