‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Will Daenerys Targaryen Kill Sansa Stark?
In this week’s episode of “Who’s Going to Kill Who on Game of Thrones”, we pit two of the show’s primary female characters against each other: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). The two characters have met for the first time in season 8, the final season, and things are noticeably tense.
Sansa and Daenerys’ relationship
In the season 8 premiere, Daenerys and Sansa meet through Jon Snow — Sansa’s “half-brother” (but really her cousin) and Daenerys’ romantic partner (but really her nephew). Daenerys is met with a less-than-excited Sansa, and she notes this to Jon saying she doesn’t need to be her friend, but she needs her respect.
In the season 8 episode 2, Daenerys sat Sansa down for a talk to figure out how to appease the Lady of the North. Sansa played along, letting Dany go on about being strong female leaders before dropping the key question: “And what happens afterwards? We defeat the dead, we destroy Cersei. What happens then…What about the North?”
To put it kindly, Daenerys did not approve of that question. She believes she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. For her, the key objective is to kill Cersei and take complete power over Westeros. Their conversation, especially Sansa’s question, makes it clear that the elder Stark daughter will not accept being ruled.
Some fans think Sansa will fight for the North’s independence, while Dany doesn’t care to cut any part of Westeros any slack. Given that Sansa is already undermining Daenerys’ authority — going so far as overriding her in the matter of granting clemency to Jaime Lannister — the Lady of the North will undoubtedly be an obstacle for Daenerys.
Sansa does not appear to be as ruthlessly ambitious as Daenerys, but that doesn’t mean she plans to roll over to appease Daenerys — at least not for now. And some believe this quality may eventually lead to her demise.
Whatever happens, fans surely smiled when Sansa declared: “Men do stupid things for women. They’re easily manipulated.” Millions if not billions of personal experiences can attest to that.
Fans side with Sansa
Sansa, while not shrinking violet, has tended to be the more level-headed, rational leader as opposed to Dany’s more hot-headed, irrational leader. Sansa asks reasonable questions like: How can Daenerys be trusted to be a kind leader after all she’s done to rule all seven kingdoms? Is Jon Snow not thinking straight because he has the hots for his aunt? (To be fair, he only recently discovered his “girlfriend” is his aunt.)
Turner, herself, told 1883 magazine, “What can you know… this season is bloodier than ever. It’s full of betrayal, full of war, full of danger. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.”
Still, Turner cautions fans not to read too much into every supposed clue or symbol, because in that way lies madness.
“It doesn’t get frustrating,” Turner said. “I mean it’s entertaining. It does happen. I remember when I dyed my hair blonde, and everyone thought Sansa was a Targaryen. Everyone reads very much into what we do in our personal lives.”
Knowing this, Turner said she’s hardly above deliberately throwing fans off the trail. She got a tattoo that says “The pack survives.” It was a quote from season 7, but some viewers dissected it like one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
“I think the die-hard fans know that but we like the speculation,” she said. “It keeps it interesting! Also, the more off the mark, the better for our season. So you know, I’ll throw them off with anything. I’m going to get a tattoo of completely wrong hints on my forehead.”
Will Daenerys kill Sansa Stark?
Daenerys has a one track mind: the rule Westeros. If Sansa protests with the support of the North, Daenerys may have to eliminate her entirely. She’s shown ruthlessness in the past, killing whoever is needed to achieve her goal. She also recently showed no sign of remorse or emotion when telling Samwell Tarly that she killed both his father and brother.
That being said, Daenerys has an emotional relationship with Jon Snow. One could argue that she could spare Sansa’s life for the sake of Jon. But this is all assuming Daenerys continues to have a soft spot for Jon. Having recently learned that Jon can claim the throne — she learned he is the child of her older brother — Daenerys could put her feelings aside or see the entire Stark family as a threat.