Sansa Stark

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Character
Name: Sansa Stark
Occupation:
Title/Rank: Lady of Winterfell
Location: Westeros
Status: Alive
Relationships: Ned Stark (father), Catelyn Stark (mother), Robb Stark (brother), Arya Stark (sister), Bran Stark (brother), Rickon Stark (brother), Jon Snow (cousin, adopted brother), Joffrey Baratheon (betrothed), Tyrion Lannister (husband), Ramsay Bolton (husband in TV series)
Fandom: Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
Other: played by Sophie Turner
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Sansa Stark is a fictional character from A Song of Ice and Fire, and is played by Sophie Turner on the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Of all the Starks remaining, Sansa is the only one who hasn't had any supernatural or otherworldly help to get to where she is... Sansa is a normal person in a chaotic world, using her brains and the help of the other ordinary people around her to survive. That's one of the main reasons she is able to connect with people on a level that Jon, Arya, and Bran cannot; she is realistic, grounded, and powerful in her own right.[1]

Canon

At the beginning of the series Sansa lives at Winterfell with her parents and siblings. After King Robert Baratheon visits she is betrothed to his son Prince Joffrey, and she travels south with her father. After King Robert dies her father is named traitor and beheaded, and she remains a prisoner at King's Landing. The Tyrell's try to arrange a marriage between her and Ser Loras, but are thwarted by the Lannisters when they marry Sansa to Tyrion. After Joffrey's murder she escapes King's Landing with the help of Lord Petyr Baelish, who transports her to the Vale. Baelish kills her aunt Lysa, and afterwards arranges a marriage between her and Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay abuses Sansa, when the opportunity arises she escapes with Theon Greyjoy. She is found by Brienne of Tarth who sees her safely to the Wall where she reunites with her brother Jon Snow. Sansa is able to recruit the Knights of the Vale to come to their aid and they help the Jon and Sansa win the Battle of the Bastards. After Ramsay's death Sansa is named Lady of Winterfell and left in charge of the Stark forces when Jon travels south.

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Statistics

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Modern AU: modern setting, where Sansa knows or meets other characters from the series
  • High School AU or College AU: common because of her relative age
  • Arranged Marriage: for a political purposes marriages are arranged for Sansa, exploring possibilities other than her canonical relationships
  • Canon Divergence AU: varies, Sansa never goes south with Ned, she escapes or is rescued from Kings Landing
  • Futurefic: usually Sansa is Lady of Winterfell, or Queen in the North, sometimes married with children
  • Reunion: before Seasons 6 & 7 many stories focused on how she would be reunited with her remaining family members

Challenges

Other

  • Sansa is sometimes refered to as the Red Wolf in fanworks, because she has red hair and the House Stark sigil is a direwolf

Controversies

  • Sexism: Sansa received a lot of fandom hate early in the series, because of her poor decision making and weakness. Many have pointed out that she was very young. Plus, there were accusations of sexism within the fandom because the very things that some fans hated were her classically feminine traits.[1]
  • Rape: many fans were extremely disappointed when the show changed Sansa's book story line and married her to Ramsay Bolton, who proceeded to rape her, and felt it undercut the agency her character had been developing[4]

Fanworks

Zine art by JDarnell
Zine art by Rosaria Battiloro

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