Sophie Turner: Sansa Stark could become ‘ruthless killer’ or ‘evil lady’

Littlefinger and Sansa seem to be plotting together in this image from season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Pictures from season 7 of Game of Thrones show Littlefinger and Sansa seemingly plotting together (Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Instead of the downtrodden Sansa Stark that we’re used to seeing in previous seasons of Game of Thrones, we could potentially get a very different Sansa in the remaining seasons of the hit TV series.

Sophie Turner, who has been playing Sansa since the first season of Game of Thrones in 2011, told Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore that she thinks her character has evolved greatly to become a vengeful individual.

“[Sansa has changed] from being a naive, vulnerable innocent young woman and being such an underdog… to being a leader, powerful and hungry for revenge from the people who have done her family wrong,” Turner said.

The 21-year-old actress also draws parallels between her character and Cersei Lannister, and said that her character could become an “evil lady”.

“They’re both so family-obsessed and family-oriented, and will do anything for the people they love,” Turner said, “I can totally see her becoming a Cersei and kind of driven mad by it, by the threats against her family. At the end of the day, that’s why she does the things that she does, because she’s terrified of losing the people she loves. And so she’ll stop at nothing to protect them.”

“If that means becoming like a ruthless killer, leader, sadistic woman or evil lady, then so be it. I don’t think it matters to her, and I can see Sansa swinging that way too.”

Where loyalties lie

Sophie also weighed in on the look she shared with Aidan Gillen’s Littlefinger in the final episode of season six.

“I felt like it was the look between her and Littlefinger, with Littlefinger kind of saying ‘You know, I told you so. You should have listened to me, you should have stuck with me’ and her acknowledging that she realises that now,” the actress said.

She continued, “I think she’s just frustrated – she’s worked so hard, tirelessly to convince him [Jon Snow] that this is what the right battle plan was and he wouldn’t listen to her. She ended up having to save him and yet he gets hailed as King of the North and he doesn’t say a thing [about Sansa saving him].”

“I think she just feels kind of under-appreciated, and she’s kind of wondering where her loyalties lie now,” Turner added.

The 'Game of Thrones' actress worries about her character's prospects after her heroic action last season (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress worries about her character’s prospects after her heroic action last season (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Death on the horizon?

Turner is also worried that Sansa’s heroic actions in season six could mean a death sentence for her character.

She said, “It’s really amazing to watch her grow, but now I’m a little worried because she’s kind of reached a pinnacle. Is it all downhill from here? Does she die now? So who knows – maybe she does.”

The actress confessed to feeling fearful every time she receives a new script for the show, despite the fact that she has already begun saying goodbye to her character since season six.

“It’s definitely fear [when a new script turns up],” Turner said, “Every page that you turn, you’re like ‘Is this the scene? Is this the death scene?'”

“From the beginning of season six, I started preparing myself. I really truly think that it’s going to be like a death in the family, because I’ve grown up with her, she really feels like my other half. She’s someone that I spend six months [a year] of my life playing, so it’s just going to be so bizarre to see her go,” she added.

GAME OF THRONES Season 7 premieres same time as the U.S. on July 17 at 9am, exclusively on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601), with a same day primetime encore at 9pm. Also available on HBO On Demand (StarHub Ch 602) and HBO on StarHub Go.

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