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|“||There are no heroes... In life, the monsters win.||„|
|~ Sansa Stark's thoughts|
Sansa Stark is a main character and female protagonist of the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series as well as it's HBO TV series adaptation, Game of Thrones. She is eldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Stark, sister of King Robb Stark, Arya, Bran, and Rickon, and cousin of the the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jon Snow. She is 11 at the beggining of the book series and 13 at the beginning of the TV series. She is currently 13 in the novels and 19 in the TV series.
She is betrothed to Prince Joffrey Baratheon, son of King Robert I Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, making her the future Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. However, when her father discovers that Joffrey is, in fact, the bastard son born of incest between Cersei and her brother, Ser Jaime, he tries to crown Lord Stannis Baratheon as the new King after Robert's death and is executed in process. This has further negative effects on Sansa, who continues to be tortured by King Joffrey until the end of their betrothal, when Sansa is married to his uncle, Tyrion Lannister. After the wedding between Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, she escapes King's Landing under the protection of Lord Petyr Baelish, relocating in the Vale and pretending to be his bastard daughter, Alayne Stone.
In the TV series, after escaping King's Landing, Sansa is persuaded by Baelish to marry Ramsay Bolton, as the upcoming threat of Stannis Baratheon's attack would free Winterfell from the Boltons' abusive hold. However, after the battle fails, she eventually escapes Winterfell with the aid of Theon Greyjoy and heads to Castle Black, reuniting with her half-brother, Jon Snow. After receiving a threatening letter from Ramsay, Sansa persuades Jon to help her rally the Free Folk, the smaller Northern houses and the remaining Tully forces in a quest to retake Winterfell and save Rickon.
She is portrayed by Sophie Turner who also portrayed the younger version of Jean Grey.
Sansa grew up as the eldest daughter of a Great House, trying to emulate her mother's example of a "proper lady" from the southern courts. Her devotion to the traditional "feminine virtues", such as music, poetry, singing, dancing, embroidery, and other traditional feminine activities, eventually caused friction between her and her tomboyish younger sister Arya, with whom she had a playful rivalry. As a little girl, she naively believed in the tales and epic romances in which every princess gets her honorable knight in shining armor to sweep her off her feet, her biggest dream being to be married to a handsome prince, sitting around with other noblewomen eating lemon cakes while gossiping about the goings-on at court.
However, the reality of the blood-full game of thrones, in which her own father had fallen, along with constant torture from Joffrey and his acolits after Ned's death had made Sansa realize that life is not like the fairy-tales she used to believe in as a little girl, leading to her forceful maturation. Further accentuated after the Red Wedding that had her mother and elder brother murdered by orders of the Lannisters.
In the TV show, the numerous crimes and tragedies against herself and her family have darkened Sansa's personality, turning her from a sweet naive girl to a more emotionless coldhearted young woman, though not specially cruel. Witnessing the ruin of her House had somehow made Sansa more determined to fight back, to the point she doesn't seem to care if she fails, as seen when she attempts and eventually succeeds persuading Jon to help her retake Winterfell from the Boltons.
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