No character has had as much growth throughout HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). The last time fans saw her, she was taking charge of her own life and manipulating one of the most powerful people in Westeros. Now the actress is teasing more of the same when Season 5 premieres.
For those who need a refresher [SPOILER ALERT] last season saw Sansa finally escape the clutches of King’s Landing only to find herself in the hands of an equally dangerous foe, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). Together they traveled to the Vale where he quickly stole power and invited Sansa to be his partner in crime. Sansa basically agreed by coming down the stairs and taking his side wearing an outfit that could only convey the words: “No one’s captive anymore.”
“I think [fans] liked that because so far, she’s been the weak vulnerable one. Then she came out in the outfit she knew was going to—I’m reluctant to say the word ‘seduce,’ but use it to manipulate Littlefinger,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “And they were like, ‘Oh, she is actually playing the game,’ which was fun.”
Sansa Stark fans that have kept their finger on the pulse will know that “Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin recently used the character to tease the upcoming release of the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter.” The 66-year-old writer released the first point-of-view chapter for the character since “A Feast for Crows” in 2005. In it, we find her still at the Vale but practically running things from behind-the-scenes. She’s manipulating Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli), organizing events in the city, ordering people around and holding tightly onto Littlefinger’s ear.
In her interview, Turner teased that fans can expect to see her character remain a prisoner to her circumstances, but doing her time very differently than we’ve seen her act in the past.
“She just escaped King’s Landing, and she goes back to a place where she becomes somewhat of a prisoner again,” she said. “Despite being a prisoner again, she plays it out very differently this time compared to before. She tries to take command and begins to manipulate the people who are keeping her prisoner—which is nice.”
Interestingly enough, the interview took place after the 19-year-old actress was revealed as the new Jean Grey in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” She said that one of the dream roles she’d like to play is a Marvel superhero. It looks like dreams are coming true left and right for the “Game of Thrones” star. Fans excited to catch up with Sansa Stark can do so on April 12 when the show returns to HBO.