Character Summary – Sansa Stark

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Day 6 of our Character Summary focuses on Sansa Stark.

Sansa is the elder of the two daughters of Eddard and Catelyn Stark.  She is betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon, son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister.  Raised to be a lady in every way, she delights in the prospects of living a life as the future queen with her betrothed.  She and her sister, Arya, join their father to King’s Landing, giving her a chance to spend time with Joffrey.

Sansa, whose relationship with her sister, Arya, is already strained due to their current interests, further estranges herself from Arya when a circumstance that was clearly Joffrey’s fault leads Sansa to lie to the court about whose fault it was that Joffrey’s hand was injured.  Ironically, Sansa has to suffer the loss of her own direwolf because of it.  Still, her “love” for Joffrey is not deterred and she continues to try to gain his favor as well as the Queen’s.

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After her father suffers an injury, he tells both her and Arya that they are to go to back home, but Sansa is so infatuated with Joffrey and confesses her love for him.  Oh, teenagers!  Of course, it doesn’t help Eddard that Joffrey had apologized to Sansa earlier and gave her a necklace as a gift – something that Joffrey was forced to do by his mother.  Unfortunately for the Stark family, the King falls ill and dies, which leaves Eddard in a bad situation.

Sansa’s betrothed now claims the throne and the Cersei Lannister convinces Sansa to write a letter to her brother Robb, who has taken over as Lord of the North, to come to King’s Landing and swear fealty to King Joffrey Baratheon.  Sansa believes that she can make things better.  Unfortunately, it is already too late, and she is forced to watch her father executed upon the order of King Joffrey.  Her opinion of Joffrey is quite changed after this point.

But being that she’s held hostage for the most part, she cannot do much, although the thought of pushing Joffrey off a bridge came to mind, but only up until someone stopped her for her own safety.

It seems Joffrey still plans on marrying her?

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Sansa Stark is played by Sophie Turner.  This looks to be Sophie’s first major role in anything and she seems to be doing a fine job of playing a teenage girl with a mad crush.  I believe she plays the role quite convincingly, considering all the backlash that the character is getting, being that she clearly was infatuated with a psychotic spoiled brat.  But alas, Sophie is very understandable as well.  We have all been teenagers in love, I believe, and sometimes we fall for the wrong person only because they look handsome or beautiful in our eyes and we are quick to neglect the wrongdoings of their acts, if only they would just give us attention.  This is what I believe Sophie understands in her portrayal.  She’s not inherently bad, and Sophie plays Sansa that way, as it should be.


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