‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: Why Fans Think Sansa Won The Series

Game of Thrones came to a close last night and fans are still letting what they watched sink in. In the end, it was a story about good triumphing over evil. It was a story about the Stark children, the survivors.

Jon Snow and Arya Stark

Arya gets to fulfill her dream of exploring what’s west of Westeros–we first heard of the nameless girl’s plans when she told them to Lady Crane, the Braavosi theatre actress she was sent to kill back in Season 6.

“Esos is east, Westeros is west, but what’s west of Westeros?” she asked Lady Crane.

“I don’t know,” she replied.

”Nobody does. That’s where all the maps stop.”

The Night King is dead. Cersei is dead. One of her family members is on the Iron Throne. There’s nothing left for her to do besides what she’s always wanted and what she’s always wanted is to venture past where the maps stop.

Despite his Targaryen blood and natural bond with Drogon, Jon Snow does not end up on the Iron Throne. He killed the love of his life, his queen, because “love is the death of duty”–a sentiment first uttered by Maester Aemon years ago when he was explaining to Jon why it is forbidden for the Night’s Watch to have lovers and families. After seeing what Dany was capable of, as pure as she believed her twisted intentions were, he knew it was his duty to permanently end her reign. For killing the former queen, he’s banished to live out his life as a member of the Night’s Watch. He never wanted to be king, he always wanted to head back north. He’s reunited with Ghost, and he’s exactly where he wants to be.

Sansa’s journey

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Sophie Turner | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Then there’s Sansa. Out of all the Stark children, Sansa probably had the greatest transformation. But after going through what she’s gone through, any quiet, pretty little bird would come out the other end forever changed. In the fourth episode of the final season, Sansa tells the Hound that “without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would’ve stayed a little bird all my life.”

The terrible things that happened to Sansa made her strong, fiercely loyal to the few she trusts, and who she was always meant to be: the Queen of the North.

“I love you little brother, and I always will. And you’ll be a good king. But tens of thousands of North men fell during the great war defending all of Westeros, And those who survived have seen too much and fought too hard ever,” she tells Bran in the finale. “The North will remain an independent kingdom as it was for thousands of years.”

She’s been through too much, she’s worked too hard for anything else.

Sansa fans

Throughout her journey, Sansa’s always been a fan favorite.

And though Game of Thrones fans might have issues with how a few other storylines wrapped up, Sansa fans are happy their queen got the title she deserved.

Some fans argue that she won the “entire game.”

While some fans think she should have been the one to sit on the Iron Throne.

But if it were up to Sansa, she’d be sitting exactly where she is: in the north, with a crown adorned with Stark wolves, a coat featuring Tully Scales, and a dress draped in Weirwood leaves. Sansa is the north.