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| Title=[[File:Stark.JPG|40px|left|link=House Stark]] Sansa Stark [[File:Lannister.JPG|40px|right|link=House Lannister]]
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|Title= Sansa Stark
| Image=Second_sons_marriage_sansa.jpg
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| Image=Sansa-S05E06.jpg
| Season=[[Season 1|1]], [[Season 2|2]], [[Season 3|3]]
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| Season=[[Season 1|1]], [[Season 2|2]], [[Season 3|3]], [[Season 4|4]], [[Season 5|5]]
 
| First="[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"
 
| First="[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"
| Last="[[Mhysa]]"
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| Last=
| Appearances=24 episodes <small>[[#Appearances|(see below)]]</small>
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| Mentioned=
| Titles=Princess<br>Lady of Winterfell
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| Appearances=40 episodes <small>[[#Appearances|(see below)]]</small>
| Aka=Little Dove<br>Little Bird<br>Sansa Lannister
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| Titles=Princess<br>Lady of [[Winterfell]]
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| Aka=Little Dove<br>Little Bird<br>Sansa Lannister<br>Sansa Bolton<br>Alayne
 
| Status=[[:Category:Status: Alive|Alive]]
 
| Status=[[:Category:Status: Alive|Alive]]
| Age=14
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| Age=17 in Season 5
 
| Death=
 
| Death=
 
| Place=[[Winterfell]]
 
| Place=[[Winterfell]]
| Allegiance=[[House Stark]] - by birth<br>[[House Lannister]] - by marriage
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| Allegiance=[[House Stark]] - by birth<br>[[House Lannister]] - by forced marriage<br>[[House Bolton]] - by marriage<br>[[Petyr Baelish]]<br>[[Theon Greyjoy]]
| Family= [[Eddard Stark]] - father (deceased)<br>[[Catelyn Stark]] - mother (deceased)<br>[[Tyrion Lannister]] - husband<br> [[Jon Snow]] - half-brother<br>[[Robb Stark]] - brother (deceased)<br>[[Arya Stark]] - sister<br>[[Bran Stark]] - brother<br>[[Rickon Stark]] - brother<br>[[Brandon Stark (the elder)|Brandon Stark]] - paternal uncle (deceased)<br>[[Benjen Stark]] - paternal uncle<br>[[Lyanna Stark]] - paternal aunt (deceased)<br>[[Edmure Tully]] - maternal uncle<br>[[Lysa Arryn]] - maternal aunt<br>[[Jon Arryn]] - uncle by marriage (deceased)<br>[[Robin Arryn]] - maternal first cousin<br>[[Hoster Tully]] - maternal grandfather (deceased)<br>[[Minisa Tully]] - maternal grandmother (deceased)<br>[[Rickard Stark]] - paternal grandfather (deceased) <br>[[Talisa Maegyr]] - sister-in-law (deceased)<br>[[Cersei Lannister]] - sister-in-law <br>[[Jaime Lannister]]- brother-in-law <br>[[Tywin Lannister]] father-in-law <br>[[Joffrey Baratheon]] - nephew by marriage and betrothed (former) <br>[[Myrcella Baratheon]] - niece by marriage <br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] - nephew by marriage
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| Family= {[[Eddard Stark]]} - father<br>{[[Catelyn Stark]]} - mother<br>{[[Robb Stark]]} - brother<br>[[Arya Stark]] - sister<br>[[Bran Stark]] - brother<br>[[Rickon Stark]] - brother<br>{[[Jon Snow]]} - bastard half-brother<br>[[Benjen Stark]] - paternal uncle<br>{[[Brandon Stark (Son of Rickard)|Brandon Stark]]} - paternal uncle<br>{[[Lyanna Stark]]} - paternal aunt<br>{[[Jon Arryn]]} - uncle by marriage<br>[[Petyr Baelish]] - uncle by marriage<br>[[Roslin Frey]] - aunt by marriage<br>{[[Rickard Stark]]} - paternal grandfather<br>[[Brynden Tully]] - maternal great-uncle<br>{[[Hoster Tully]]} - maternal grandfather<br>{[[Minisa Tully]]} - maternal grandmother<br>[[Edmure Tully]] - maternal uncle<br>{[[Lysa Arryn]]} - maternal aunt<br>[[Robin Arryn]] - first cousin<br>{[[Talisa Maegyr]]} - sister-in-law<br>[[Tyrion Lannister]] - husband by forced marriage <small>(de facto anulled)</small><br>{[[Tywin Lannister]]} - father-in-law<br>[[Cersei Lannister]] - sister-in-law <br>[[Jaime Lannister]]- brother-in-law <br>{[[Joffrey Baratheon]]} - nephew by marriage, formerly betrothed <br>{[[Myrcella Baratheon]]} - niece by marriage <br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] - nephew by marriage<br>[[Ramsay Bolton]] - second husband <small>(separated)</small><br>[[Roose Bolton]] - father-in-law<br>[[Walda Bolton|Walda Frey]] - mother-in-law
| Actor=[[Sophie Turner]]}}
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| Religion=[[Old Gods of the Forest]]<br>[[Faith of the Seven]]
{{Quote|Lady Stark, you may survive us yet.|[[Tyrion Lannister]] to '''Sansa Stark'''|Garden of Bones}}
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| Actor=[[Sophie Turner]]|Culture = [[Northmen]] (with strong [[Andal]] influence)}}
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{{Quote|I'm Sansa Stark of Winterfell. This is my home and you can't frighten me.|Sansa Stark to [[Myranda]]|Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken}}
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'''Sansa Stark''' is a major character in the [[Season 1|first]], [[Season 2|second]], [[Season 3|third]], [[Season 4|fourth]], and [[Season 5|fifth]] seasons. She is played by starring cast member [[Sophie Turner]], and debuts in the [[Winter is Coming (episode)|series premiere]]. Sansa is the daughter of Lord [[Eddard Stark]] of [[Winterfell]] and his wife [[Catelyn Stark|Lady Catelyn]], sister of [[Robb Stark|Robb]], [[Arya Stark|Arya]], [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark]], and half-sister of [[Jon Snow]]. She moves to [[King's Landing]] when her father is appointed [[Hand of the King]] to [[Robert Baratheon]], and she is betrothed to heir apparent [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]].
   
'''Sansa Stark''', legally '''Sansa Lannister''', is a major character in the [[Season 1|first]], [[Season 2|second]] and [[Season 3|third]] seasons. She is played by starring cast member [[Sophie Turner]] and debuts in the [[Winter is Coming (episode)|series premiere]]. She adopted a [[direwolf]] she named "[[Lady]]", but Lady was executed following a dispute between Joffrey and Sansa's sister, [[Arya Stark|Arya]]. Sansa was once betrothed to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]]. She was initially thrilled at her betrothal, but has since experienced Joffrey's cruelty and watched the execution of her father, [[Eddard Stark]], on his orders. Joffrey has since set aside his betrothal to Sansa in favor of [[Margaery Tyrell]], but she remains a captive of [[House Lannister]] in [[King's Landing]]. Sansa is now the lady wife of Lord [[Tyrion Lannister]], following an arranged marriage by his father, [[Tywin]].
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Things soon turn sour for Sansa in King's Landing; she is forced to watch as her father is betrayed and executed for treason by Joffrey. During the resulting [[War of the Five Kings]], Sansa is effectively a prisoner of the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], and repeatedly humiliated and brutalized by Joffrey, who later repudiates his betrothal to her in favor of [[Margaery Tyrell]]. During her captivity, Sansa, by now thought to be the last surviving Stark and thus the key to [[the North]], is unwillingly married to [[Tyrion Lannister]] at the behest of his [[Tywin Lannister|father]]. In the wake of Joffrey's [[Purple Wedding|assassination]], she is spirited away from the city by [[Petyr Baelish]]. She adopts the alias of '''Alayne''' and is presented as Lord Petyr's niece, to hide her from recapture by the Lannisters, although she has recently been married to [[Ramsay Bolton]] as part of Baelish's bigger schemes. Sansa is frequently praised as being very beautiful. Though her naiveté has cost her dearly in the past, Sansa has begun to learn from her mistakes and is ready to be more than just a pawn in the game of thrones.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
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[[File:Mordane History and Lore.png|thumb|140px|left|A young Sansa being tutored by Septa [[Mordane]].]]
 
Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter and second child of Lady [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]] and Lord [[Eddard Stark]]. Eddard is the head of [[House Stark]] and [[Lord Paramount of the North]]. [[The North]] is one of the constituent regions of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] and House Stark is one of the [[Great Houses]] of the realm. House Stark rules the region from their seat of [[Winterfell]] and Eddard also holds the titles of [[Lord of Winterfell]] and the [[Warden|Warden of the North]] to King [[Robert Baratheon]].<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark entry]</ref>
 
Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter and second child of Lady [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]] and Lord [[Eddard Stark]]. Eddard is the head of [[House Stark]] and [[Lord Paramount of the North]]. [[The North]] is one of the constituent regions of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] and House Stark is one of the [[Great Houses]] of the realm. House Stark rules the region from their seat of [[Winterfell]] and Eddard also holds the titles of [[Lord of Winterfell]] and the [[Warden|Warden of the North]] to King [[Robert Baratheon]].<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark entry]</ref>
   
Sansa was born and raised at Winterfell. She has three brothers ([[Robb Stark|Robb]], [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark|Rickon]]), a half-brother ([[Jon Snow]]) and a younger sister ([[Arya Stark|Arya]]). Sansa enjoys proper "lady-like" pursuits, and is good at sewing, embroidering, poetry, and music. She dreams of being a regal Queen like [[Cersei Lannister]], and that just like in the epic songs she will meet her knight in shining armor. She has the [[House Tully|Tully]] coloring as do most of her siblings, and Lady Catelyn thinks Sansa will be even more beautiful than she was when she was younger. She is often seen in contrast with her sister, Arya Stark who has neither her looks nor her accomplishments in feminine activities and comportment.<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/sansa-stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark - Sansa Stark entry]</ref>
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Sansa was born and raised at Winterfell. She has an older brother, [[Robb Stark|Robb]], two younger brothers, [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark|Rickon]], a younger sister, [[Arya Stark|Arya]] and a bastard half-brother, [[Jon Snow]]. Sansa enjoys proper "lady-like" pursuits, and is good at sewing, embroidering, poetry, and music. She dreams of being a regal Queen like [[Cersei Lannister]], and that just like in the epic songs she will meet her knight in shining armor. She has inherited her mother's [[House Tully|Tully]] coloring, unlike most of her siblings, and Lady Catelyn thinks Sansa will be even more beautiful than she was when she was younger. She is often seen in contrast with her sister, Arya Stark who has neither her looks nor her accomplishments in feminine activities and comportment.<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/sansa-stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark - Sansa Stark entry]</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
When her brothers find an orphaned litter of direwolf pups, Sansa adopts the gentlest one and names her [[Lady]]. When King [[Robert Baratheon]] visits [[Winterfell]] to offer Sansa's father the position of [[Hand of the King]], he also offers to betrothe his son [[Joffrey]] to Sansa. Sansa, who is very taken with the handsome young prince, thinks this is a splendid notion. She longs for the excitement of the capital and begs her parents to agree to the match, until they do so. Eddard takes the handship and decides to take his daughters with him to the capital.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref>
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When her brothers find an orphaned litter of direwolf pups, Sansa adopts the gentlest one and names her [[Lady]]. When King [[Robert Baratheon]] visits [[Winterfell]] to offer Sansa's father the position of [[Hand of the King]], he also offers to betrothe his son [[Joffrey]] to Sansa. Sansa, who is very taken with the handsome young prince, thinks this is a splendid notion. She longs for the excitement of the capital and begs her parents to agree to the match, until they do so. Eddard takes the Handship and decides to take his daughters with him to the capital.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref>
[[File:Sansa in the Camp.jpg|thumb|210px|Sansa with her direwolf, Lady.]]
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[[File:Sansa_in_the_Camp.jpg|thumb|Sansa with her direwolf, Lady.]]
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At the [[Crossroads Inn]] on the [[kingsroad]], Joffrey offers to walk Sansa along the riverbank after the disquieting experience of meeting Ser [[Ilyn Payne]], the king's headsman. They find [[Arya Stark|Arya]] practicing her swordwork with [[Mycah]], a butcher's son, and Joffrey starts to hurt him for acting above his station and striking a girl of noble blood. Arya strikes Joffrey, and when the prince retaliates, Arya's direwolf, [[Nymeria]], intervenes and bites Joffrey's arm. Arya and Mycah flee and Joffrey cries before snapping at Sansa to get him help. Sansa is taken before King Robert and his retainers and asked to corroborate Joffrey's claim, that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack. Arya tells her to tell the truth, but to Arya's fury, Sansa is worried about upsetting her relationship with Joffrey, so she says that it happened too fast for her to know. Queen Cersei orders that Nymeria be executed for harming Joffrey, but when the direwolf cannot be found she suggests that Lady be substituted for her. Eddard, furious with Robert for agreeing to this, carries out the execution himself, to Sansa's anger.<ref>"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref>[[File:Sansa_in_King's_Landing.jpg|thumb|left|Sansa Stark dining in King's Landing.]]
At the [[Crossroads Inn]] on the [[kingsroad]], Joffrey offers to walk Sansa along the riverbank after the disquieting experience of meeting Ser [[Ilyn Payne]], the king's headsman. They find [[Arya Stark|Arya]] practicing her swordwork with [[Mycah]], a butcher's son, and Joffrey starts to hurt him for acting above his station and striking a girl of noble blood. Arya strikes Joffrey, and when the prince retaliates, Arya's direwolf, [[Nymeria]], intervenes and bites Joffrey's arm. Arya and Mycah flee and Joffrey cries before snapping at Sansa to get him help. Sansa is taken before King Robert and his retainers and asked to corroborate Joffrey's claim, that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack. Arya tells her to tell the truth, but to Arya's fury, Sansa is worried about upsetting her relationship with Joffrey, so she says that it happened too fast for her to know. Queen Cersei orders that Nymeria be executed for harming Joffrey, but when the direwolf cannot be found she suggests that Lady be substituted for her. Eddard, furious with Robert for agreeing to this, carries out the execution himself, to Sansa's anger.<ref>"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref>
 
 
[[File:Sansa in King's Landing.jpg|thumb|210px|right|Sansa Stark dining in King's Landing.]]
 
 
Arriving in [[King's Landing]], Sansa's enmity towards Arya and her father continues. Eddard fails to mollify Sansa by buying her a doll as she hasn't played with dolls for years. Eddard explains to Arya that Sansa could not defy Joffrey or go against his version of events if she wished to maintain his goodwill in marriage.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref>
 
Arriving in [[King's Landing]], Sansa's enmity towards Arya and her father continues. Eddard fails to mollify Sansa by buying her a doll as she hasn't played with dolls for years. Eddard explains to Arya that Sansa could not defy Joffrey or go against his version of events if she wished to maintain his goodwill in marriage.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref>
   
 
Septa [[Mordane]] shows Sansa the throne room of the [[Red Keep]] as part of a history lesson, Sansa realizes that her [[Rickard Stark|grandfather]] and [[Brandon Stark (the elder)|uncle]] were killed there by the [[Mad King]]. Sansa is fearful that she will not be able to give Joffrey sons, only daughters like her friend [[Jeyne Poole]]'s mother, but Mordane doesn't think this likely.<ref name="E4">"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
 
Septa [[Mordane]] shows Sansa the throne room of the [[Red Keep]] as part of a history lesson, Sansa realizes that her [[Rickard Stark|grandfather]] and [[Brandon Stark (the elder)|uncle]] were killed there by the [[Mad King]]. Sansa is fearful that she will not be able to give Joffrey sons, only daughters like her friend [[Jeyne Poole]]'s mother, but Mordane doesn't think this likely.<ref name="E4">"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
   
At the Hand's [[tournament]], Sansa witnesses Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] killing Ser [[Hugh]] of the Vale during a joust. [[Littlefinger]] tells Sansa about how Gregor burned the face of his brother, [[Sandor Clegane|Sandor]], when they were very young. Sandor is Joffrey's bodyguard and Littlefinger advises against relaying the story to Sandor.<ref name="E4"/>
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At the Hand's [[tournament]], Sansa witnesses Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] killing Ser [[Hugh]] of the Vale during a joust. [[Littlefinger]] tells Sansa about how Gregor burned the face of his brother, [[Sandor Clegane|Sandor]], when they were very young. Sandor is Joffrey's bodyguard and Littlefinger advises against relaying the story to Sandor.<ref name="E4" />
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[[File:Sansa.jpg|thumb|Sansa attends the Tourney and cheers for Ser Loras Tyrell.]]
 
Sansa is given a flower by Ser [[Loras Tyrell]], the famous Knight of the Flowers, before his tilt with Ser Gregor Clegane. He gives the flower to Sansa, but he is looking at Prince [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]] who is sitting behind her. She witnesses him defeating Gregor, and Gregor's subsequent furious attack on him, which is halted only by the intervention of Sandor. She joins the [[smallfolk]] in applauding Sandor's actions.<ref>"[[The Wolf and the Lion]]"</ref>
 
Sansa is given a flower by Ser [[Loras Tyrell]], the famous Knight of the Flowers, before his tilt with Ser Gregor Clegane. He gives the flower to Sansa, but he is looking at Prince [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]] who is sitting behind her. She witnesses him defeating Gregor, and Gregor's subsequent furious attack on him, which is halted only by the intervention of Sandor. She joins the [[smallfolk]] in applauding Sandor's actions.<ref>"[[The Wolf and the Lion]]"</ref>
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[[File:Pendant.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Joffrey gives a Lannister pendant to Sansa, identical to the one Cersei wears.]]
[[File:Pendant.jpg|thumb|Joffrey gives a Lannister pendant to Sansa, identical to the one Cersei wears.]]
 
 
Sansa and Septa Mordane are embroidering, and Sansa begins speaking very rudely to her, as time at court around Cersei is changing her for the worse. Joffrey visits Sansa and gives her a present. He also apologizes for the incident on the Kingsroad and kisses her, winning back her favor. Sansa is later told by her father that he is sending her and Arya back to Winterfell, and her betrothal to Joffrey is to be broken. Sansa refuses to accept this: she tells them that she loves Joffrey, she will be his queen, and give him beautiful blonde-haired children. He will be a great king and a golden lion. When Arya points out that he isn't a lion, but a stag like his father, King Robert, Sansa angrily says Joffrey is nothing like him. This inadvertently leads Eddard to realize that Joffrey and his siblings are not King Robert's true children. Eddard tells Sansa and Arya that they are returning to Winterfell, over Sansa's furious protests.<ref name="E6">"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref> King Robert dies following a hunting accident and Eddard attempts to reveal the truth about Joffrey to prevent him taking the throne. Eddard is betrayed by Littlefinger, his guards are killed and he is arrested.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref>
 
Sansa and Septa Mordane are embroidering, and Sansa begins speaking very rudely to her, as time at court around Cersei is changing her for the worse. Joffrey visits Sansa and gives her a present. He also apologizes for the incident on the Kingsroad and kisses her, winning back her favor. Sansa is later told by her father that he is sending her and Arya back to Winterfell, and her betrothal to Joffrey is to be broken. Sansa refuses to accept this: she tells them that she loves Joffrey, she will be his queen, and give him beautiful blonde-haired children. He will be a great king and a golden lion. When Arya points out that he isn't a lion, but a stag like his father, King Robert, Sansa angrily says Joffrey is nothing like him. This inadvertently leads Eddard to realize that Joffrey and his siblings are not King Robert's true children. Eddard tells Sansa and Arya that they are returning to Winterfell, over Sansa's furious protests.<ref name="E6">"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref> King Robert dies following a hunting accident and Eddard attempts to reveal the truth about Joffrey to prevent him taking the throne. Eddard is betrayed by Littlefinger, his guards are killed and he is arrested.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref>
   
 
Eddard's retinue at the Red Keep is slaughtered by [[House Lannister]] guardsmen led by Sandor. Mordane moves to confront the Lannister soldiers, while telling Sansa to lock herself in their rooms. Sansa is taken into custody by Sandor and brought to Cersei. She pleads for her father's cause, insisting that a mistake has been made, and proclaiming her own loyalty. Cersei says that she will believe Sansa is loyal on the condition that Sansa write to Robb asking him to bend the knee and swear fealty to Joffrey. The letter is unsuccessful and Robb instead raises an army and marches south to relieve [[the Riverlands]] from the Lannister armies. Sansa again pleads for mercy and for her father's life, this time in front of the entire court, and Joffrey agrees to give him mercy if he admits his wrongdoing and acknowledges Joffrey as the true king. Sansa says that she is sure he will.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref>
 
Eddard's retinue at the Red Keep is slaughtered by [[House Lannister]] guardsmen led by Sandor. Mordane moves to confront the Lannister soldiers, while telling Sansa to lock herself in their rooms. Sansa is taken into custody by Sandor and brought to Cersei. She pleads for her father's cause, insisting that a mistake has been made, and proclaiming her own loyalty. Cersei says that she will believe Sansa is loyal on the condition that Sansa write to Robb asking him to bend the knee and swear fealty to Joffrey. The letter is unsuccessful and Robb instead raises an army and marches south to relieve [[the Riverlands]] from the Lannister armies. Sansa again pleads for mercy and for her father's life, this time in front of the entire court, and Joffrey agrees to give him mercy if he admits his wrongdoing and acknowledges Joffrey as the true king. Sansa says that she is sure he will.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref>
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[[File:Ned's_execution.jpg|thumb|Cersei, Joffrey, and Sansa watch as Eddard is executed.]]
 
At his trial, [[Eddard Stark]] acknowledges his "crimes" and swears loyalty to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]]. To Sansa's utter shock and horror, Joffrey nevertheless orders Eddard's decapitation. Sansa is prevented from interfering and her father is killed before her eyes.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
 
At his trial, [[Eddard Stark]] acknowledges his "crimes" and swears loyalty to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]]. To Sansa's utter shock and horror, Joffrey nevertheless orders Eddard's decapitation. Sansa is prevented from interfering and her father is killed before her eyes.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa_2x10.jpg|thumb|left|Joffrey forces Sansa to look upon the severed head of Eddard Stark]]
 
Days later, Sansa is in court and watches as Joffrey orders the removal of the tongue of the singer [[Marillion]], who has written a song unfavorable to the royal family. Joffrey then takes Sansa to the traitor's walkway, where the severed heads of executed criminals are mounted on spikes along the castle walls. He draws Sansa's attention to the severed heads of her father and Septa Mordane. Sansa refuses to give Joffrey the satisfaction of seeing her upset and shows no emotional response. Joffrey tells her that executing Eddard was showing mercy, as he gave him a quick death, and he suggests that he will mount her brother Robb's head on the wall after defeating him. Sansa retorts that maybe Robb will take Joffrey's head instead. Furious, Joffrey has Ser [[Meryn Trant]] of the Kingsguard strike her. Joffrey tells Sansa that they are still to be married. Sansa contemplates pushing Joffrey off the walkway, but is subtly stopped by Sandor. After Joffrey and Meryn leave, Sandor gives her a cloth to attend to her cut lip and tells her that she will be needing it again.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
 
Days later, Sansa is in court and watches as Joffrey orders the removal of the tongue of the singer [[Marillion]], who has written a song unfavorable to the royal family. Joffrey then takes Sansa to the traitor's walkway, where the severed heads of executed criminals are mounted on spikes along the castle walls. He draws Sansa's attention to the severed heads of her father and Septa Mordane. Sansa refuses to give Joffrey the satisfaction of seeing her upset and shows no emotional response. Joffrey tells her that executing Eddard was showing mercy, as he gave him a quick death, and he suggests that he will mount her brother Robb's head on the wall after defeating him. Sansa retorts that maybe Robb will take Joffrey's head instead. Furious, Joffrey has Ser [[Meryn Trant]] of the Kingsguard strike her. Joffrey tells Sansa that they are still to be married. Sansa contemplates pushing Joffrey off the walkway, but is subtly stopped by Sandor. After Joffrey and Meryn leave, Sandor gives her a cloth to attend to her cut lip and tells her that she will be needing it again.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 2]]===
 
===[[Season 2]]===
:''Main: [[Sansa Stark Season 2]]''
 
 
Sansa remains a captive of Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]] in [[King's Landing]]. She has learned to feign loyalty to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] to avoid further abuse from him. She attends Joffrey's name day tournament and convinces him to spare Ser [[Dontos Hollard]] when he attends drunk.<ref>"[[The North Remembers]]"</ref>
 
Sansa remains a captive of Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]] in [[King's Landing]]. She has learned to feign loyalty to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] to avoid further abuse from him. She attends Joffrey's name day tournament and convinces him to spare Ser [[Dontos Hollard]] when he attends drunk.<ref>"[[The North Remembers]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa_Stark_1x08.jpg|thumb|Sansa is humiliated by Joffrey in front of the Royal Court]]
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Sansa is forced to sit through the Lannisters discussing killing her brother [[Robb Stark]] over dinner. She vents her frustration on her new handmaid [[Shae]].<ref>"[[What is Dead May Never Die]]"</ref> When Robb wins a crushing victory at the [[Battle of Oxcross]], Joffrey responds by having Sansa stripped and beaten in front of the court. [[Tyrion Lannister]] intervenes and offers to end her engagement to Joffrey, but she retains her facade of loyalty, impressing the Imp.<ref>"[[Garden of Bones]]"</ref>
   
Sansa is forced to sit through the Lannisters discussing killing her brother [[Robb Stark]] over dinner. She vents her frustration on her new handmaid [[Shae]].<ref>"[[What is Dead May Never Die]]"</ref> When Robb wins a crushing victory at the [[Battle of Oxcross]], Joffrey responds by having Sansa stripped and beaten in front of the court. [[Tyrion Lannister]] intervenes and offers to end her engagement to Joffrey, but she retains her facade of loyalty.<ref>"[[Garden of Bones]]"</ref>
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Sansa attends the departure of Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]] for [[Dorne]]. She stands up to Joffrey when he mocks his brother [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]] for crying. As the royal party returns to the Red Keep Joffrey is struck by excrement thrown by the angry crowd. Joffrey causes a city wide [[Riot of King's Landing|riot]] by demanding that his guards kill all of the smallfolk present. Sansa is separated from the rest of the group and almost raped by a group of commoners. She is rescued by [[Sandor Clegane]], just as Tyrion is in the process of browbeating Joffrey for losing her in the first place. Shae treats her injuries and Sansa tries to rationalize being attacked when she hates Joffrey more than anyone. Shae warns her not to say such things and to trust no-one.<ref>"[[The Old Gods and the New]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa and Cersei.jpg|thumb|left|Cersei and Sansa chat following Sansa's first "flowering"]]
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Sansa has a nightmare that she is being stabbed by her attackers from the riots. She wakes up to find her mattress bloodied by the onset of [[Flowering|her first period]]. Shae tries to help her conceal the evidence as it means she is ready to bear Joffrey's children. The Hound catches them and (reluctantly) informs the Queen. Cersei gives Sansa advice on motherhood, reassuring her that she will love her children if not her husband. She tells Sansa that the more people you love, the weaker you are.<ref>"[[A Man Without Honor]]"</ref>
   
Sansa attends the departure of Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]] for [[Dorne]] . She stands up to Joffrey when he mocks his brother [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]] for crying. As the royal party returns to the Red Keep Joffrey is struck by excrement thrown by the angry crowd. Joffrey causes a city wide [[Riot of King's Landing|riot]] by demanding that his guards kill all of the smallfolk present. Sansa is separated from the rest of the group and almost raped by a group of commoners. She is rescued by [[Sandor Clegane]]. Shae treats her injuries and Sansa tries to rationalize being attacked when she hates Joffrey more than anyone. Shae warns her not to say such things and to trust no-one.<ref>"[[The Old Gods and the New]]"</ref>
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[[Stannis Baratheon]] sails his fleet into the bay outside King's Landing, triggering the [[Battle of the Blackwater]]. Sansa is summoned to the throne room to say goodbye to Joffrey. He forces her to kiss his new sword and she subtly undermines his bravado. She then takes refuge in Maegor's Holdfast with Shae; Cersei is hosting the women of the court there. She torments Sansa during the battle, mocking her faith, telling her that Ser [[Ilyn Payne]] is present to kill her if the walls are breached and drunkenly telling her to use her sexuality as a weapon. Cersei eventually storms out, believing the battle lost. Sansa attempts to keep the morale of the women up with prayers and singing. Shae tells Sansa to return to her chambers and bar her door to keep her safe should Stannis breach the keep. Sansa finds Sandor waiting for her inside. He tells her that he is going north and offers to take her with him. She is reluctant to leave the potential safety of being rescued by Stannis but he warns her that all men are killers. Stannis's force is ultimately defeated by a host of [[House Lannister]] and [[House Tyrell]] reinforcements led by [[Tywin Lannister]].<ref>"[[Blackwater]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa_Blackwater_Promo.jpg|thumb|140px|Sansa during the Battle of the Blackwater]]
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Sansa attends court as Joffrey doles out rewards. Tywin is named Savior of the City and Hand of the King, Petyr Baelish is made Lord of Harrenhal and Loras Tyrell is allowed to name a favor from the king. He asks Joffrey to marry his sister Margaery. Joffrey asks Margaery if this is what she wants while Cersei looks at Sansa deviously. Joffrey says that he would be honored to return Margaery's love, but regrets that he is promised to Sansa. Cersei suggests Joffrey set Sansa aside because of her family's treachery. Joffrey accepts the betrothal. Joffrey states that he will adore her from this until his last day - the same endearment he once offered Sansa.<ref name="E6" /> Sansa turns away, feigning sadness but allowing herself laughter once she has privacy. Her revelry is halted by Petyr consoling her; she pretends to be upset. Petyr crushes her hopes of freedom and warns her that her situation has worsened, as she will no longer have the token protection of becoming Joffrey's queen but will remain his captive. Petyr tells her that she reminds him of her mother and vows to help her return home. Sansa is reluctant to trust him and maintains her facade.<ref>"[[Valar Morghulis]]"</ref>
   
Sansa has a nightmare that she is being stabbed by her attackers from the riots. She wakes up to find her mattress bloodied by the onset of [[Flowering|her first period]]. Shae tries to help her conceal the evidence as it means she is ready to bear Joffrey's children. The Hound catches them and (reluctantly) informs the Queen. Cersei gives Sansa advice on motherhood, reassuring her that she will love her children if not her husband. She tells Sansa that the more people you love, the weaker you are.<ref>"[[A Man Without Honor]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 3]]===
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Sansa and Shae sit on the docks watching ships arrive and depart. Sansa wants to play a game making up stories about where the ships are headed, but Shae, in typical fashion, is uninterested. Sansa tells Shae that she enjoys the game because the truth is either "terrible or boring." Baelish arrives and tells Sansa of a new role that he has taken which will allow him to leave King's Landing, and offers to smuggle her out of the city. She is hesitant about the idea.<ref>"[[Valar Dohaeris]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa Confession.jpg|thumb|left|Sansa confides in Margaery and Olenna Tyrell.]]
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Sansa discusses the possiblity of Littlefinger being in love with her, but Shae warns her that Baelish is manipulative and men usually want "one thing" from young ladies. Margaery and her grandmother [[Olenna Tyrell]] invite her to lunch in the gardens, where they ask her about Joffrey. Sansa is initially too fearful to speak the truth, but eventually breaks down, her eyes blazing, and angrily recounts how Joffrey had said he would show her father mercy, only to behead him in front of her, and how he then took her up to the wall and forced her to look at her father's head on a spike. Sansa nervously attempts to backtrack, but Olenna tells her that they will never betray her confidence. Sansa admits that Joffrey is a "monster".<ref>"[[Dark Wings, Dark Words]]"</ref>
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While she prays at the Red Keeps's [[godswood]] under guard, Margaery comes and talks to her, telling her that they should see [[Highgarden]], the Tyrell home, together. Sansa replies that Cersei would never allow her to leave King's Landing. Margaery tells her that she could be a wife to Margaery's brother [[Loras Tyrell]], to which Sansa is overjoyed.<ref>"[[And Now His Watch is Ended]]"</ref> They go to see Loras during his swordplay practice, during which she admires him. Loras and Sansa spend more time together in the following weeks, though Sansa is far more enthusiastic about their impending marriage than he is. Loras admits he's always wanted a big wedding with lots of guests, fancy food and a good tournament, though he only seems to remember that there will be a bride when Sansa gives him an expectant look. One subject where they do find common ground is their shared hatred of King's Landing, with Loras declaring the capital to be "the most terrible place there is".<ref name="S3E6">"[[The Climb]]"</ref>
   
[[Stannis Baratheon]] sails his fleet into the bay outside King's Landing triggering the [[Battle of the Blackwater]]. Sansa is summoned to the throne room to say goodbye to Joffrey. He forces her to kiss his new sword and she subtly undermines his bravado. She then takes refuge in Maegor's Holdfast with Shae; Cersei is hosting the women of the court there. She torments Sansa during the battle, mocking her faith, telling her that Ser [[Ilyn Payne]] is present to kill her if the walls are breached and drunkenly telling her to use her sexuality as a weapon. Cersei eventually storms out, believing the battle lost. Sansa attempts to keep the morale of the women up with prayers and singing. Shae tells Sansa to return to her chambers and bar her door to keep her safe should Stannis breach the keep. Sansa finds Sandor waiting for her inside. He tells her that he is going north and offers to take her with him. She is reluctant to leave the potential safety of being rescued by Stannis but he warns her that all men are killers. Stannis's force is ultimately defeated by a host of [[House Lannister]] and [[House Tyrell]] reinforcements led by [[Tywin Lannister]].<ref>"[[Blackwater]]"</ref>
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The plan to wed Sansa to Loras is scuppered when Cersei grows increasingly suspicious of the Tyrells and learns of the proposed marriage through Petyr Baelish, which prompts Tywin Lannister to instead arrange for Cersei and Tyrion to marry Loras and Sansa respectively, to curb the ambitions of House Tyrell and to bind two of the other great houses of the Seven Kingdoms closer to the Lannisters.<ref>"[[Kissed by Fire]]"</ref>
   
Sansa attends court as Joffrey doles out rewards. Tywin is named Savior of the City and Hand of the King, Petyr Baelish is made Lord of Harrenhal and Loras Tyrell is allowed to name a favor from the king. He asks Joffrey to marry his sister Margaery. Joffrey asks Margaery if this is what she wants while Cersei looks at Sansa deviously. Joffrey says that he would be honored to return Margaery's love, but regrets that he is promised to Sansa. Cersei suggests Joffrey set Sansa aside because of her family's treachery. Joffrey accepts the betrothal. Joffrey states that he will "Love you from this day, until my last day" - the same endearment he once offered Sansa.<ref name="E6"/> Sansa turns away, feigning sadness but allowing herself laughter once she has privacy. Her revelry is halted by Petyr consoling her; she pretends to be upset. Petyr crushes her hopes of freedom and warns her that her situation has worsened, as she will no longer have the token protection of becoming Joffrey's queen but will remain his captive. Petyr tells her that she reminds him of her mother and vows to help her return home. Sansa is reluctant to trust him and maintains her facade.<ref>"[[Valar Morghulis]]"</ref>
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As she watches Littlefinger's ship depart for the [[Vale of Arryn]], Sansa is devastated as she realizes that both of her chances to leave King's Landing have gone, and she has no choice but to marry into the family that killed her father.<ref name="S3E6" /> Margaery consoles her that Tyrion might be able to make her happy, given his skill as a lover. When Tyrion promises to Sansa that he will not mistreat her,<ref name="S3E8" /> she concedes that there are worse Lannisters she could be wed to.<ref>"[[The Bear and the Maiden Fair (episode)]]"</ref>
   
===[[Season 3]]===
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[[File:Second_sons_marriage_sansa_tyrion.jpg|thumb|left|Sansa is wed to Tyrion Lannister.]]
​Baelish tells Sansa of a new role that he has taken which will allow him to leave King's Landing, and offers to smuggle her out of the city. She is hesitant about the idea. Margaery and her grandmother [[Olenna Tyrell]] invite her to lunch in the gardens, where they ask her about Joffrey. Sansa is initially restrained and polite, but soon admits that he is a "monster".
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The wedding itself is an embarrassing affair. Joffrey smugly escorts Sansa to the altar in place of her father and removes the stool upon which Tyrion was to stand on to cloak Sansa in Lannister colors as part of the ceremony. Tyrion then spends the wedding feast becoming steadily more drunk while Joffrey hints that he plans to rape Sansa. Joffrey is insistent on going ahead with the bedding ceremony despite his uncle's protestations, but Tyrion threatens that Joffrey will "be fucking [[Margaery Tyrell|his own bride]] with a wooden cock" if he doesn't let it drop. Tywin defuses the situation by dispensing with the bedding ceremony, and Tyrion takes Sansa out of the room before Joffrey can take it any further.<ref name="S3E8">"[[Second Sons (episode)]]"</ref>
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[[File:Shae Sansa and Tyrion Mhysa.png|thumb|Sansa begins to form a friendship with Tyrion, despite their circumstances.]]
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Tyrion realizes how unhappy Sansa is with him and their marriage, and reassures her that they will not consummate it unless she wants to, even if that means never. Shae is pleased to see that Sansa's bedsheets are unstained the morning after the wedding, as it means that Sansa remains a virgin.<ref name="S3E8" /> Sansa and her new husband actually get along rather well, sharing jokes and a common enemy in Joffrey. However, their cordial relationship suffers a crushing blow when Sansa receives news of the death of her mother and brother at the [[Red Wedding]], an event orchestrated by Tyrion's father.<ref>"[[Mhysa]]"</ref>
   
While she prays outside under guard, Margaery comes and talks to her, telling her that they should see [[Highgarden]], the Tyrell home, together. Sansa replies that Cersei would never allow her to leave King's Landing. Margaery tells her that she could be a wife to Loras Tyrell, to which Sansa is overjoyed. They go to see Loras during his swordplay practice, during which she admires him.
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[[File:Sansatyrion.png|thumb|left|Sansa remains distraught over the deaths of her mother and brother.]]
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Sansa remains despondent over the deaths of her mother and brother. Despite encouragement from Shae and Tyrion, she refuses to eat, declining even lemon cakes. She tells Tyrion that she lies awake a night thinking of the brutal way in which Catelyn died, how Robb's body was desecrated, and how Catelyn's body was dumped into the [[Trident|river]]. Sansa excuses herself from the table, saying she is going to the [[godswood]] and reveals that she no longer prays; she is seeking solitude. While in the godswood, Sansa is watched by [[Jaime Lannister]] and [[Brienne]], and later finds herself being followed by someone.
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[[File:Sansadontos.png|thumb|Sansa is given a diamond necklace by [[Dontos Hollard]].]]
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Her pursuer corners her, turns out to be [[Dontos Hollard]], whose life she had saved earlier. Dontos expresses his gratitude to Sansa for speaking on his behalf while no one else would and offers her a necklace that had once belonged to his mother, saying it is the last heirloom of [[House Hollard]]. Sansa turns it down at first, not wanting to take something with such sentimental value but after urging from Dontos says she will wear it with pride.<ref>"[[Two Swords]]"</ref>
   
Loras and Sansa spend more time together in the following weeks, though Sansa is far more enthusiastic about their impending marriage then he is. Loras admits he's always wanted a big wedding with lots of guests, fancy food and a good tournament, though he only seems to remember that there will be a bride when Sansa gives him an expectant look. One subject where they do find common ground is their shared hatred of King's Landing, with Loras saying that King's Landing is "the most terrible place there is".
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Sansa attends a breakfast held before the [[Purple Wedding|wedding]] of [[Joffrey Baratheon]] and [[Margaery Tyrell]]. There, Joffrey is presented with a gift from [[Tywin Lannister]]; the second sword re-forged from [[Ice]], the recently-destroyed ancestral sword of House Stark. Joffrey names his new weapon [[Widow's Wail]], commenting that he will be reminded of [[Ned Stark]]'s beheading each time he uses it. Sansa looks on in obvious grief. At the end of the wedding itself, Sansa comments bitterly that "we have a new queen." Tyrion encourages her to look on the bright side: at least she isn't queen. Later, at the wedding feast, Olenna walks up to Sansa to offer her condolences over the Red Wedding and invites her to visit Highgarden sometime when things settle down. During the exchange, Olenna toys with Sansa's hair in a grandmotherly fashion.
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[[File:Olenna and Sansa 2.jpg|thumb|left|Olenna consoles Sansa during the wedding feast.]]
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Meanwhile, Joffrey amuses himself with a farcical "reenactment" of the [[War of the Five Kings]] with each of the five kings being played by a dwarf. The dwarf playing Robb Stark wears a wolf's head that is eventually knocked off by the dwarf playing Joffrey. Sansa again looks on in grief. When Tyrion makes a veiled reference to his nephew's cowardice during the Battle of Blackwater, a furious Joffrey pours wine over his uncle's head and orders him to be his cupbearer to humiliate him further. Joffrey drops his goblet on purpose and then kicks it under the table when Tyrion tries to pick it up. Sansa, seemingly feeling pity for Tyrion, picks up the goblet and hands it to him. At Sansa's behest, she and Tyrion try to leave, but Joffrey calls them back and demands Tyrion bring him the cup again. Tyrion grudgingly obliges but unbeknownst to everyone, Olenna had slipped some poison into Joffrey's cup. Poison that was contained in a stone that Olenna pilfered from the necklace that Sansa was wearing. Later, as Joffrey lies dying from being poisoned, Dontos Hollard approaches Sansa and encourages her to leave in order to save her life, a suggestion Sansa takes to heart.<ref>"[[The Lion and the Rose]]"</ref>
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After the events of the Purple wedding, Sansa and Dontos make a quick escape and get on a boat, leaving the city. Dontos takes Sansa to a ship which turns out to be Petyr Baelish's ship. Baelish has Dontos killed to guarantee his silence and destroys the necklace Sansa was wearing. Sansa screams and asks why he killed Dontos. Baelish simply states that Dontos was working solely for money, and that now, she is safe.<ref>"[[Breaker of Chains]]"</ref>
   
The plan to wed Sansa to Loras is scuppered when Cersei Lannister grows increasingly suspicious of the Tyrells and learns of the proposed marriage through Petyr Baelish, which prompts Tywin Lannister to arrange for his Cersei and Tyrion to marry Loras and Sansa respectively, to curb the ambitions of House Tyrell and to bolster the ties between the Lannisters and two of the other great houses of the Seven Kingdoms.
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[[File:Sansalittle.png|thumb|left|[[Petyr Baelish|Littlefinger]] reveals his role in Joffrey's murder to Sansa while en route to the [[Eyrie]]. ]]
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Petyr visits Sansa in her cabin and Sansa figures out that he had a hand in Joffrey's death. After he tries to deny it he just ends up telling her everything about the wedding, Sansa is confused because of everything that the Lannisters have done for him and tells him that she doesn't believe that he would risk his life just to confuse the Lannisters, he tells her that he would risk anything to get what he wants. She asks him what he wants and he vaguely says "everything".<ref>"[[Oathkeeper]]"</ref>
   
As she watches Littlefinger's ship depart for the [[Vale of Arryn]] , Sansa is devastated as she realises that both of her chances to leave King's Landing have gone, and she has no choice but to marry into the family that killed her father. However, Tyrion promises to Sansa that he will not mistreat her, and she concedes that there are worse Lannisters she could be wed to.
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Sansa and Petyr are walking towards the Bloody Gate and Petyr educates Sansa on the Eyrie and its defenses. Sansa uses the disguise as Petyr's niece so no one knows who she is. When they enter the main hall Sansa greets [[Lysa Arryn]] as Alayne but Lysa interrupts her saying that she knows who she is and she can't call her 'Aunt' in front of anyone apart from herself, Petyr, and Robin.
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[[File:Sansalysa.png|thumb|Sansa with her Aunt [[Lysa Arryn]].]]
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Lysa brings Sansa lemon cakes, and tells her that Petyr brought three crates from the capital for Sansa. She tells Sansa a story about Catelyn when she was young, getting fat off how much sweet food she had, which makes Sansa feel self conscious. She stops, but Lysa tells her to carry on. Lysa abruptly turns antagonistic, accusing her of having sex with Petyr. Sansa panics and tries to assure Lysa that she is a virgin. Lysa disregards this and grabs onto her hand and squeezes hard. Sansa starts crying while saying that all Petyr says that she is a stupid little girl, with stupid dreams, who never learns and is a terrible liar. Lysa puts on a polite face again and assures her that it is all alright and after Tyrion is executed she can marry her cousin Robin. Sansa is not sure what to make of this.<ref>"[[First of His Name]]"</ref>
   
The wedding itself is an embarassing affair. Joffrey smugly escorts Sansa to the altar in place of her father and removes the stool upon which Tyrion was to stand on to cloak Sansa in Lannister colours as part of the ceremony. Tyrion then spends the wedding feast becoming steadily more drunk while Joffrey threatens to forcibly impregnate Sansa. Joffrey is insistent on going ahead with the bedding ceremony despite his uncle's protestations, but Tyrion threatens that Joffrey will "be fucking [his] own bride with a wooden cock" if he doesn't let it drop. Tywin defuses the situation by dispensing with the bedding ceremony, and Tyrion takes Sansa out of the room before Joffrey can take it any further.
 
   
Tyrion refuses to consummate their marriage, saying he will wait until she wants him to, even if that means never. Shae is pleased to see that Sansa's bedsheets are unstained the morning after the wedding, as it means that Sansa remains a virgin. Sansa and her new husband actually get along rather well, sharing jokes and a common enemy in Joffrey. However, their cordial relationship suffers a crushing blow when Sansa receives news of the death of her mother and brother at the [[Red Wedding]] , an event orchestrated by Tyrion's father.
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[[File:Sansasnow.png|thumb|left|Sansa contructs a snow castle in the Eyrie]]After settling into the Eyrie, albiet with discomfort, Sansa wanders into the courtyards alone, as the snow falls around the Vale. The snow, reminding her of home, prompts her to begin to construct a snow castle resembling [[Winterfell]]. She has a short-lived friendly conversation with [[Robin Arryn|Robin]], before she snaps at him for messing up the castle, resulting in a heated confrontation that ends with Robin running into the castle, crying. Petyr presents himself shortly afterwards, and Sansa questions him as to why he really had Joffrey killed. She allows herself to smile slightly when he claims that he did it for Catelyn, the only woman he ever loved. Sansa is shocked when he kisses her directly on the lips, which Lysa witnesses. She summons Sansa to the High Hall, where she is standing over the open Moon Door. Sansa begins to grow concerned when Lysa comments on how far the drop is to the ground. Lysa, enraged over Petyr's interest in Sansa, threatens to have her killed and nearly manages to push her out of the Moon Door to her death, before Petyr intervenes. Sansa watches as he tells Lysa that he only ever loved Catelyn, before pushing her to her death.<ref>"[[Mockingbird]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa's new clothes.jpg|thumb|Sansa presents her new wardrobe to Littlefinger]]Sansa, as "Alayne", is called to testify before Lord [[Yohn Royce]], Lady [[Anya Waynwood]], and Ser [[Vance Corbray]], much to Baelish's chagrin. Sansa quickly reveals her true identity and relates the tale of her captivity and flight from King's Landing. She then proceeds to truthfully tell of Lysa's mental instability, jealousy and death, changing only a few details (she kissed Littlefinger on the cheek and Lysa threw herself through the Moon Door). Sansa breaks down in tears and the lords are convinced, but while none of them are looking, she gives Littlefinger a stony, almost triumphant gaze. Later, Baelish visits Sansa and asks why she lied on his behalf. Sansa explains that she has no idea what Royce and Waynwood would want from her if Littlefinger were eliminated, but that she does know what it is that he wants. Later on, as Littlefinger and Robin prepare to depart on a tour of the Vale, Sansa accompanies them, appearing with noticeably darker reddish brown hair and garbed in a feathered black dress with a plunging neckline.<ref>"[[The Mountain and the Viper]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 5]]===
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[[File:Sansa-petr-yohn.png|thumb|left|Sansa watches Lord Robin practice his swordsmanship along with Littlefinger and Yohn Royce.]]
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Sansa, still under the name of Alayne, attends a sword jousting session for Lord [[Robin Arryn|Robin]] at [[Runestone]], along with [[Petyr Baelish|Littlefinger]] and [[Yohn Royce]], visibly unimpressed with Robin's weak skills at swordsmanship. Sansa notices that Littlefinger receives a raven message. Soon after, they leave Robin in the care of Lord Royce, for further training. On the carriage ride, Sansa questions Petyr as to why they are heading west when Lord Royce was told they would be traveling to [[the Fingers]], unsure of his source of distrust. Petyr promises her that they are going somewhere far away, where Sansa will be safe from Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]].<ref>"[[The Wars to Come]]"</ref>
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[[File:SansaBrienne.png|thumb|Brienne of Tarth pledges her service to Sansa.]]On their journey, Sansa and Baelish stop for lunch at an inn, where she tries ale for the first time. Sansa can't see what all the fuss is about, although the entire episode is designed to catch Littlefinger off-guard so she can ask about the raven-message he received back at Runestone. Baelish doesn't answer the question beyond indicating that the old saying "dark wings, dark words" doesn't apply in this instance. Shortly thereafter, [[Brienne of Tarth]] appears unexpectedly and declares herself for Sansa. Baelish doubts that Sansa would want a sworn shield who let both of her previous masters die, even when Brienne reveals the true, somewhat unbelievable circumstances of Renly's death. Sansa seems inclined to agree with Littlefinger, pointing out that Brienne was present at Joffrey's wedding, to which the warrior replies that neither of them wanted to be there. Sansa rejects Brienne's offer of service and watches as she handily defeats the guards and escapes.<ref>"[[The House of Black and White]]"</ref>
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[[File:Littlefinger_and_Alayne_Season_5_trailer.jpg|thumb|left|Baelish reveals his plan of marrying Sansa off to Ramsay]]
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Sansa and Baelish eventually arrive at the ruins of [[Moat Cailin]], where Sansa learns that they are actually returning to Winterfell and Baelish's plan is to have her marry [[Ramsay Bolton]], the son of [[Roose Bolton]], the current Warden of the North. Sansa is initially reluctant to marry into yet another family that betrayed hers, but Baelish pacifies her by claiming it will be an opportunity for her to avenge her family. They arrive at Winterfell, where Baelish introduces Sansa to the Boltons. Roose and Ramsay greet Sansa politely, and after a tense moment during which she is repulsed merely by looking at Roose, Sansa greets them with courtesy, while [[Myranda]], Ramsay's bedwarmer and secret lover, eyes Sansa with jealousy. She is later brought back to her old room by a servant, who expresses joy at the presence of a Stark and tells her that "The North Remembers". While walking around, she unknowingly passes her childhood friend, [[Theon Greyjoy]], who hides his face from her.<ref>"[[High Sparrow (episode)]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa winterfell Sons of the harpy.png|thumb|right|Sansa returns to the crypts of Winterfell]] Settling in to life at Winterfell, Sansa visits the Stark family crypts, re-lighting the votive candles and cleaning up the offerings left by visitors prior to Winterfell's fall. Littlefinger finds her regarding the statue of her long-dead aunt [[Lyanna Stark]]. Littlefinger, with minimal commentary, tells Sansa of the events at the tourney at Harrenhal, where Rhaegar unhorsed Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], passed by [[Elia Martell|his wife]], and gave Lyanna a crown of flowers blue as frost.  He then tells Sansa that he's been recalled to King's Landing, and that keeping Cersei waiting much longer would be unwise. Littlefinger explains parts of his master plan to Sansa: [[Stannis Baratheon]] will inevitably take the North, and when he does, he will need a Stark at Winterfell, and would almost certainly declare Sansa the Wardeness of the North. Even if Stannis fails, Ramsay is already besotted with her, and thus Sansa, who has learned to manipulate from the very best, can take control of House Bolton from within.<ref>"[[Sons of the Harpy (episode)]]"</ref>
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Sansa’s maid brings a message to her. Consoling Sansa that she still has allies in the North, she tells Sansa to light a candle in the highest window of the Broken Tower if she's ever in trouble. As Sansa wanders around the castle, she runs into Ramsay's bedwarmer Myranda. Myranda puts on a friendly façade, talking to Sansa about her mother’s demise. To help Sansa “remember” how things used to be before her family's death, Myranda leads Sansa down to the kennels, where Sansa finds [[Theon Greyjoy|Reek]], formerly Theon Greyjoy, asleep in one of the cages. Awoken by Sansa’s arrival, he just shakes his head, when Sansa calls him Theon. He warns her that she shouldn’t be down there. Seeing Reek in such a pitiable condition, Sansa angrily storms away.
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At dinner, Ramsay is initially well-behaved, toasting his wedding to Sansa, but is soon back to his old ways as he forces Reek to apologize to Sansa for murdering Bran and Rickon. With much difficulty, Reek finally mutters an apology. He then suggests that Reek be the one to give Sansa away at the wedding, since he is the closest thing Sansa has to a kin and Roose accepts this suggestion. Roose and Walda announce Walda's pregnancy, upsetting Ramsay, which in turn delights Sansa.<ref>"[[Kill the Boy]]"</ref>
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[[File:Sansa-wedding.jpg|thumb|192px|Sansa is wed to Ramsay Bolton.]] On the night of her wedding, Myranda draws a bath for Sansa, during which she advises Sansa not to bore Ramsay, and cites several other women such as [[Violet]] and [[Tansy]], all of whom Ramsay murdered, as examples. When Myranda mentions that both she and Ramsay killed Tansy by hunting her, Sansa becomes angry and boldly asks Myranda how long she has been in love with Ramsay and if she really expected Ramsay to marry her. She coolly tells Myranda that she is a Stark of Winterfell and will not be intimidated by the likes of her, and dismisses her to finish her bath herself, though she is visibly shaken by Myranda's story. Later, when [[Theon]] comes to fetch Sansa for the wedding, she refuses to hold Theon’s arm, even after he pleads her to, saying that Ramsay will punish him if she doesn’t. Reek then gives Sansa away to Ramsay, and they wed in front of the [[Godswood]]. After retreating to the bedroom, Ramsay asks Sansa to take her clothes off. Reek is about to leave but Ramsay tells him he must stay. Ramsay quips to Reek: "You grew up with her as a girl, now watch her become a woman." Annoyed by Sansa's hesitance, he pushes her face-down over the side of the bed and angrily rips open the back of her dress. As he unbuckles his clothes, Sansa obediently remains still but begins crying softly. Reek is visibly distraught and begins silently crying himself, as Ramsay proceeds to roughly consummate their marriage.<ref>"[[Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]"</ref>
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[[File:SansaRamsay.png|thumb|left|196px|Ramsay forces Sansa to look upon the corpse of the flayed old woman.]] Over the next few days, Ramsay has continued to force himself on Sansa every night, leaving bruises on her arms and body, and she effectively becomes a prisoner of the Boltons, who keep her locked in her bedchamber. Reek brings her breakfast, and when she realizes he is there, she tries to talk to him and get him to help her, reminding him that he is Theon Greyjoy, son and heir of [[Balon Greyjoy]], Lord of the Iron Islands. She asks Reek what Ramsay did to him, and aggressively reminds him that he betrayed her family, but that he can still redeem himself by lighting a candle in the broken tower in order to signal the Starks' allies she was told about. During a walk on the battlements, Ramsay gloats that one day he will be the Warden of the North with Sansa as his Wardeness. Sansa counters by telling him his position is still threatened by Roose and Walda's unborn son, since Ramsay is technically bastard-born and was only legitimized by King Tommen Baratheon, who Sansa asserts is another bastard. Ramsay responds by saying that even bastards can rise high in the world, such as Sansa's own bastard half-brother Jon Snow, who was recently elected [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]]. Sansa is surprised by this development, having not considered what became of Jon. As they descend into the courtyard, Sansa pockets a corkscrew while Ramsay reveals that Reek reported the candle to him, and Ramsay responded by flaying Sansa's elderly maid and forcing Sansa to view the corpse. She is then ordered back to her chambers.<ref>"[[The Gift (episode)]]"</ref>
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Sansa remains angry at Theon for his betrayal, as well his role in [[Bran Stark | Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark | Rickon]]'s murder. When Theon enters her chambers again to bring her latest meal, she demands an answer for his latest betrayal and coldly expresses approval when he tells her about the torture Ramsay put him through. Theon shamefully admits he deserved it as he did terrible things, specifically killing "those boys". Enraged by his reference seemingly to her brothers as "those boys" rather than Bran and Rickon, Sansa vehemently demands to know why they should be dead while he still breathes the air, forcing Theon to finally admit that they were not in fact Bran and Rickon, only two farm boys. Stunned by this admission, her anger towards Theon cools but when she asks if he knows where they might have gone to, he breaks down and leaves the room, fearful of what Ramsay will do if and when he finds out what just occurred. However, Sansa appears to be left with a sense of renewed hope by the revelation that she still has surviving family left.<ref>"[[Hardhome (episode)]]"</ref>
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[[File:Theon-and-Sansa-S05E10.jpg|thumb|Theon and Sansa prepare to jump.]] During the battle between the Boltons and Stannis Baratheon, Sansa attempts to escape by picking the lock on her door and lighting the candle in the tower, however, Brienne and Podrick don't see the candle due to being distracted by Stannis' army. In the process of trying to escape, Sansa runs into the Myranda and Theon, with Myranda aiming a bow at her. She claims that Ramsay will only need her for her 'parts' to make an heir and that he doesn't need her in one piece for that, presuming that Ramsay will hurt her. As Myranda volunteers to start the torture process, Theon makes her miss her shot and throws Myranda over the battlement, killing her instantly on impact. Theon and Sansa then escape Winterfell by jumping off the side of Winterfell's walls, with Sansa's fate left uncertain due to whether or not she and Theon survive the fall.<ref>"[[Mother's Mercy]]"</ref>
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==Personality==
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When she lived at Winterfell with her family, Sansa grew up as the eldest daughter of a Great House, trying to emulate her mother's example of a "proper lady" from the southern courts. Sansa's devotion to the traditional, refined "feminine virtues" caused friction between her and her blunt, tomboyish younger sister Arya. As a little girl Sansa naively believed in the tales and epic romances in which every princess gets her honorable knight in shining armor to sweep her off her feet. Sansa was infatuated with the traditional romances about mythical figures like [[Jonquil]], and historical figures like [[Duncan Targaryen|Duncan, the Prince of Dragonflies]]. Her greatest goal in life was to be married to a handsome prince, and sitting around gossiping with other noblewoman eating [[Lemon cakes|lemon cakes]] while gossiping about the goings-on at court.
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Sansa's innocent infatuation with ideals of princesses and knights - perfectly understandable for a 13 year old girl - made her tragically susceptible to the manipulations of the Lannisters. She held the blind belief that all queens and princes are kind and truthful, as if inherently a result of their titles - when Cersei just happened to be a woman who married a king to secure a marriage alliance, and Joffrey just happened to be her son. Without real cause, she blindly loved Joffrey with all her heart, and trusted and admired Cersei, only for them to repay her love and trust by beheading her father before her very eyes.
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Afterwards Sansa has a harrowing experience as a prisoner of the Lannisters, a plaything for the psychotic Joffrey to have publicly beaten by his guards for petty amusement. Her shock at the death of her father was only later deepened at the news of how her mother and brother Robb were horrifyingly killed at the [[Red Wedding]] and their corpses desecrated.
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Sansa subsequently escapes King's Landing to the Vale with Littlefinger, and her experiences have clearly changed her personality. She had to learn from painful experience how to lie to survive at Joffrey's court, saying one thing but meaning another and manipulating people to her own ends as best she could. No longer under constant control by Joffrey and Cersei's guards, she is in her own way beginning to mature into her own power and influence as a political force.
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The numerous tragedies she has suffered, the crimes against herself and her family, have also darkened her personality. This shows when she refuses to take Theon's arm when he comes to escort her to the Godswood to marry Ramsay and coldly asks if he thinks she cares what Ramsay will do to him if she doesn't. She also later expresses approval of what Ramsay did to Theon, now Reek, and declares she would do the same.
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However, despite all the suffering that she has been through, Sansa appears to have retained a certain degree of compassion that is also demonstrated in her multiple attempts at reaching out to Theon, especially after she gets him to finally forget Ramsay for once and tell her the truth about Bran and Rickon.
   
 
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{{Quote|There is no honor in tricks.|'''Sansa Stark'''|The Wolf and the Lion}}
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{{Quote|The worst ones always live.|'''Sansa Stark'''|Blackwater}}
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{{Quote|I lie awake all night, staring at the canopy, thinking of how they died.|'''Sansa Stark''' to [[Tyrion Lannister]] on her brother and mother's death.|Two Swords}}
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{{Quote|The first time I saw you, you were just a child. A girl from [[the North]], come to the [[King's Landing|capital]] for the first time. Not a child any longer.|[[Petyr Baelish]] to '''Sansa'''|The Mountain and the Viper}}
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{{Quote|[[House Stark|My family]] still has [[Brienne of Tarth|friends]] in the North.|Sansa Stark to Theon Greyjoy.|The Gift (episode)}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Sansa Stark|Why? Why Theon?|Theon/Reek|Not Theon. There is no Theon. Reek!|Reek. Why did you tell him, Reek?|I was helping you. You wanted to escape. There is no escape. Not ever. Theon Greyjoy tried to escape. The master knew. He knows everything. He hunted him. He caught him, strapped him to a cross, cut away piece after piece until there was no Theon left.|Good. If it weren't for you, I'd still have a family. If I could do to you what Ramsay did right here, right now, I would.|Sansa reprimands Theon for everything he has done.|Hardhome (episode)}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Sansa Stark|They weren't "those boys", they were Bran and Rickon. They were your brothers. You've known them since they were born!|Theon Greyjoy/Reek|They weren't! They were only...|Only what?|I can't!|Tell me!|Sansa confronts Theon over the alleged deaths of her brothers|Hardhome (episode)}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Theon Greyjoy/Reek|I can't! Not unless the [[Ramsay Bolton|master]] says...|Sansa Stark|Tell me! They weren't what?|They were only...|Tell me why Bran and Rickon should be gone while you still breath the air! [Grabs Theon by the face and shakes his head.] TELL IT TO MY FACE, '''THEON'''! TELL ME THAT THEY WEREN'T YOUR BROTHERS!|THEY WEREN'T BRAN AND RICKON! I couldn't find them. It was two farm boys. I killed them and burned them so no one would know.|Sansa forces Theon to forget Ramsay for once and confess that he did not in fact kill her brothers|Hardhome (episode)}}
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{{Quote|I know what Ramsay is. I know what he'll do to me. If I'm going to die, let it happen while there's still some of me left.|Sansa Stark to Myranda and Theon Greyjoy|Mother's Mercy}}
   
 
==Image gallery==
 
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Mordane 1x01.png|Sansa practicing her needlework with Septa [[Mordane]] in "[[Winter is Coming]]."
 
Mordane 1x01.png|Sansa practicing her needlework with Septa [[Mordane]] in "[[Winter is Coming]]."
 
House Stark and retainers.jpg|Sansa and her family await the arrival of the king in "Winter is Coming."
 
House Stark and retainers.jpg|Sansa and her family await the arrival of the king in "Winter is Coming."
 
Sansa Stark.jpg|Sansa's [[HBO]] [[Season 1]] promo picture.
 
Sansa Stark.jpg|Sansa's [[HBO]] [[Season 1]] promo picture.
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SansaStarkS1Promo.png|Promotional image of Sansa in Season 1
 
Sansa 1x08.jpg|Sansa begs for mercy for her father in "[[The Pointy End]]."
 
Sansa 1x08.jpg|Sansa begs for mercy for her father in "[[The Pointy End]]."
 
Ned's execution.jpg|Sansa tries to prevent her father's execution in "[[Baelor]]."
 
Ned's execution.jpg|Sansa tries to prevent her father's execution in "[[Baelor]]."
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Sansa and Meryn 1x10.png|Ser [[Meryn Trant]] restrains Sansa in "Fire and Blood."
 
Sansa and Meryn 1x10.png|Ser [[Meryn Trant]] restrains Sansa in "Fire and Blood."
 
Sansa 201.jpg|Sansa at Joffrey's name day tourney in "[[The North Remembers]]."
 
Sansa 201.jpg|Sansa at Joffrey's name day tourney in "[[The North Remembers]]."
Gyles rosby.jpg|Sansa snubbed by Gyles Rosby a noble of the court.
 
Sansa 204.jpg|Promotional image of Sansa in the Iron Throne room in "[[Garden of Bones]]."
 
 
Sansa S2.jpg|Sansa's [[HBO]] [[Season 2]] promo picture.
 
Sansa S2.jpg|Sansa's [[HBO]] [[Season 2]] promo picture.
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SansaStarkS2Promo.jpg|Promotional image of Sansa in Season 1
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Sansa 204.jpg|Promotional image of Sansa in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in "[[Garden of Bones]]."
 
Sansa Blackwater.jpg|Sansa in "[[Blackwater (episode)|Blackwater]]."
 
Sansa Blackwater.jpg|Sansa in "[[Blackwater (episode)|Blackwater]]."
 
GameOfThronesS3-3.JPG|Sansa in "[[Dark Wings, Dark Words]]."
 
GameOfThronesS3-3.JPG|Sansa in "[[Dark Wings, Dark Words]]."
Tyrion and Sansa wedding 3x08.jpg|[[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]] with [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin]], [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], Lord [[Varys]], Grand Maester [[Pycelle]], [[Margaery Tyrell|Margaery]], Lady [[Olenna Tyrell|Olenna]] and [[Loras Tyrell|Loras]] in "[[Second Sons (episode)|Second Sons]]".
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Tyrion and Sansa wedding 3x08.jpg|[[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and Sansa with [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin]], [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], Lord [[Varys]], Grand Maester [[Pycelle]], [[Margaery Tyrell|Margaery]], Lady [[Olenna Tyrell|Olenna]] and [[Loras Tyrell|Loras]] in "[[Second Sons (episode)|Second Sons]]".
 
Tyrion and Sansa wedding 2 3x08.jpg|[[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and Sansa at their wedding in "[[Second Sons (episode)|Second Sons]]".
 
Tyrion and Sansa wedding 2 3x08.jpg|[[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and Sansa at their wedding in "[[Second Sons (episode)|Second Sons]]".
 
Second_sons_Sansa.png|Sansa before her wedding.
 
Second_sons_Sansa.png|Sansa before her wedding.
Shae Sansa and Tyrion Mhysa.png|Tyrion, Sansa and Tyrion in "[[Mhysa]]".
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Shae Sansa and Tyrion Mhysa.png|Tyrion, Sansa and Shae in "[[Mhysa]]".
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Season4-GOT-Sansaposter.jpg|Promotional image for Sansa in [[Season 4]].
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Sansa-Stark-Profile-HD.png|Sansa in "[[Mockingbird]]".
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AlayneTheMountainAndTheViperPromotional.jpg|Promotional image for "[[Mockingbird]]".
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Sansa2.jpg|Sansa Stark as Alayne in [[Season 5]]
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Sansa Ramsay Kill the Boy.jpg|Sansa with [[Ramsay Bolton|Ramsay]] in "[[Kill the Boy]]"
 
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==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', Sansa is very much a lady, with a keen interest in music, poetry, singing and dancing and other "ladylike" pursuits such as embroidery. She has a romantic notion of handsome princes and knights fighting honorably for love and loyalty. She is sharply contrasted with her far less idealistic younger sister, Arya.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Sansa is very much obsessed with conventional "ladylike" pursuits, with a keen interest in music, poetry, singing and dancing, and embroidery. She has a romantic notion of handsome princes and knights fighting honorably for love and loyalty. She is sharply contrasted with her far less idealistic and tomboyish younger sister, Arya.
   
Due to a time jump which was originally planned in the books but later dropped, Sansa is only 11 years old when the narrative begins. Author George R.R. Martin himself has said that he would have aged-up the younger characters had he initially known he would abandoned the time-jump. Therefore, in the TV series' [[timeline]], all of the younger characters including Sansa have been aged up two years from the books. Thus, Sansa is 13 years old in Season 1, and 14 years old in Season 2. Keeping in mind that in medieval times the age of maturity was lower than it is today, this younger age in the books isn't quite as unusual as it sounds, but due to the abandoned time jump this still led to some discrepancies. For example, Joffrey's torment of Sansa doesn't have quite the same inherent sexual tension to it in the books, because they're both two years younger.
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Due to a time jump which was originally planned in the books but later dropped, Sansa is only 11 years old when the narrative begins. Author George R.R. Martin himself has said that he would have aged-up the younger characters had he initially known he would abandon the time-jump. Therefore, in the TV series' [[timeline]], all of the younger characters including Sansa have been aged up two years from the books. Thus, Sansa is 13 years old in Season 1, and 14 years old in Season 2. Keeping in mind that in medieval times the age of maturity was lower than it is today, this younger age in the books isn't quite as unusual as it sounds, but due to the abandoned time jump this still led to some discrepancies. For example, Joffrey's torment of Sansa doesn't have quite the same inherent sexual tension to it in the books, because they're both two years younger. Sansa directly states that she is 13 years old in dialogue from the first episode of Season 1. On her wedding night with Tyrion Lannister, however, she says that she is 14 years old, when she should be 15 years old because two years have passed. It is possible that she either simply had not reached her [[nameday]] and turned exactly 15 yet, or that she was lying to try to shame Tyrion before he took her virginity (though as it turned out, Tyrion still refused to consummate the marriage, morally repulsed at being forced to marry such a young girl).
   
 
A subplot in the books which is only somewhat alluded to in the TV series is that in her desperation, Sansa starts latching onto the idea of Sandor Clegane as her protector from Joffrey or a potential source of an escape attempt.
 
A subplot in the books which is only somewhat alluded to in the TV series is that in her desperation, Sansa starts latching onto the idea of Sandor Clegane as her protector from Joffrey or a potential source of an escape attempt.
   
In the books Sansa is shown to be culpable for her father's arrest by revealing his plans to Queen Cersei. She acts in an attempt to have Cersei command Lord Eddard to remain in King's Landing so that Sansa could marry Joffrey.
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In the books Sansa is shown to be partially responsible for her father's arrest by revealing to Cersei his plan to have his daughters leave the capital city. Given that she is only a naive eleven year old, and that Eddard didn't give her any explanation for why he wanted to send her away from King's Landing, she assumed he was simply fighting with Cersei over some matter of state. Still enraptured with the idea of staying and marrying Joffrey, Sansa thought that if she told Cersei she would then smooth over whatever disagreement they had.
   
 
Sansa technically gained the title of "princess" when her brother Robb was declared the new [[King in the North]]. While her brothers Bran and Rickon use the title of "prince" among the Northerners at Winterfell, Sansa's storyline involves her being held as a prisoner at King Joffrey's court in King's Landing. The Lannisters refuse to acknowledge the North's claims of independence so they don't refer to Sansa as "princess". Meanwhile, Sansa is in fear for her life, subject to frequent beatings at the hands of the Kingsguard at Joffrey's whim, so she doesn't refer to herself as "princess" for fear of angering her captors. Thus her title is rarely if ever invoked (unless Robb and Catelyn in the Northern camp are discussing her captivity).
 
Sansa technically gained the title of "princess" when her brother Robb was declared the new [[King in the North]]. While her brothers Bran and Rickon use the title of "prince" among the Northerners at Winterfell, Sansa's storyline involves her being held as a prisoner at King Joffrey's court in King's Landing. The Lannisters refuse to acknowledge the North's claims of independence so they don't refer to Sansa as "princess". Meanwhile, Sansa is in fear for her life, subject to frequent beatings at the hands of the Kingsguard at Joffrey's whim, so she doesn't refer to herself as "princess" for fear of angering her captors. Thus her title is rarely if ever invoked (unless Robb and Catelyn in the Northern camp are discussing her captivity).
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Sansa is betrothed to Harrold Hardyng, Lord Robert Arryn's unlikely heir, instead of to Ramsay Bolton. In turn, Ramsay marries Sansa's best friend, Jeyne Poole (posing as Arya Stark), also procured by Littlefinger though arranged by [[Tywin Lannister]], instead of Sansa Stark herself. Jeyne's storyline in ''A Dance with Dragons'' is the same as Sansa's in season five, with the exceptions being her never meeting Brienne of Tarth and her escape from Winterfell being planned mostly by a disguised [[Mance Rayder]].
   
 
According to the TV series official [[pronunciation guide]] developed for the cast and crew, "Sansa" is pronounced "SAHN-suh" (i.e. between "San-suh" and "Sohn-suh").
 
According to the TV series official [[pronunciation guide]] developed for the cast and crew, "Sansa" is pronounced "SAHN-suh" (i.e. between "San-suh" and "Sohn-suh").
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===Sansa Stark not "Sansa Lannister"===
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Among the powerful noble families of the Seven Kingdoms, women will retain the use of their maiden name if their family is more powerful or ancient than their husband's family.
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In Westeros, only members of noble Houses typically have surnames (i.e. "Eddard Stark" is actually "Eddard of House Stark" in full). The nobility of the Seven Kingdoms is actually formed of roughly five tiers, which in descending order are: the royal family that controls the Iron Throne, the [[Great House]]s who rule entire regions, the major noble Houses, the lesser noble Houses, and the knightly Houses. The Targaryens were the royal family though they were recently supplanted by the Baratheons. Great Houses rule each of the formerly independent "Seven Kingdoms" - such as the Starks who rule the North, the Lannisters who rule the Westerlands, and the Tyrells who rule the Reach. Major Houses are those under the Great Houses, such as [[House Umber]] which serves the Starks, or [[House Redwyne]] which serves the Tyrells. Underneath them are the lesser noble Houses (i.e. [[House Poole]]), and below them are knightly Houses (i.e. [[House Clegane]]): the difference between the two is that lesser Lords still have the right to dispense justice on their lands while knights do not.
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Typically, if a noblewoman marries above her station into a more powerful family, she will switch to publicly using that family name. For example, "[[Olenna Tyrell]]" was born Olenna Redwyne, but the Tyrells are the Redwyne's overlords so she switched to use of that name. A noblewoman who married below her station would defiantly continue to use the name of the more prestigious family she was born into.
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Given that the Starks and Lannisters were both Great Houses of equal social rank, both former royal houses, it therefore isn't automatically assumed that Sansa would switch to being known as "Sansa Lannister". The major factor is that Sansa was forced into a marriage to a similarly unwilling husband by her captors. Theirs also remains an unconsummated marriage, and thus are not ''genuinely'' married in the eyes of the gods. Such unconsummated marriages can easily be annulled.
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Sansa finally manages to escape King's Landing and Lannister control after Joffrey's wedding. She never considered her forced marriage to Tyrion to be real, nor did Tyrion. In addition to being forced to marry under duress, their marriage was simply never consummated, so it was never legally or religiously binding. Subsequently, neither Sansa nor Tyrion consider themselves to have been truly married - and the book Appendices also continue to refer to her as "Sansa Stark".
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Sansa_Stark Sansa Stark at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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*[[Ramsay Bolton and Sansa Stark]]
   
 
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Sansa Stark
Sansa-S05E06
Season(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
First seen "Winter is Coming"
Appeared in 40 episodes (see below)
Titles Princess
Lady of Winterfell
Also known as Little Dove
Little Bird
Sansa Lannister
Sansa Bolton
Alayne
Status Alive
Age 17 in Season 5
Origin Winterfell
Allegiance House Stark - by birth
House Lannister - by forced marriage
House Bolton - by marriage
Petyr Baelish
Theon Greyjoy
Culture Northmen (with strong Andal influence)
Religion Old Gods of the Forest
Faith of the Seven
Family {Eddard Stark} - father
{Catelyn Stark} - mother
{Robb Stark} - brother
Arya Stark - sister
Bran Stark - brother
Rickon Stark - brother
{Jon Snow} - bastard half-brother
Benjen Stark - paternal uncle
{Brandon Stark} - paternal uncle
{Lyanna Stark} - paternal aunt
{Jon Arryn} - uncle by marriage
Petyr Baelish - uncle by marriage
Roslin Frey - aunt by marriage
{Rickard Stark} - paternal grandfather
Brynden Tully - maternal great-uncle
{Hoster Tully} - maternal grandfather
{Minisa Tully} - maternal grandmother
Edmure Tully - maternal uncle
{Lysa Arryn} - maternal aunt
Robin Arryn - first cousin
{Talisa Maegyr} - sister-in-law
Tyrion Lannister - husband by forced marriage (de facto anulled)
{Tywin Lannister} - father-in-law
Cersei Lannister - sister-in-law
Jaime Lannister- brother-in-law
{Joffrey Baratheon} - nephew by marriage, formerly betrothed
{Myrcella Baratheon} - niece by marriage
Tommen Baratheon - nephew by marriage
Ramsay Bolton - second husband (separated)
Roose Bolton - father-in-law
Walda Frey - mother-in-law
Portrayed by Sophie Turner
"I'm Sansa Stark of Winterfell. This is my home and you can't frighten me."
―Sansa Stark to Myranda[src]

Sansa Stark is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Sophie Turner, and debuts in the series premiere. Sansa is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and his wife Lady Catelyn, sister of Robb, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark, and half-sister of Jon Snow. She moves to King's Landing when her father is appointed Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon, and she is betrothed to heir apparent Joffrey.

Things soon turn sour for Sansa in King's Landing; she is forced to watch as her father is betrayed and executed for treason by Joffrey. During the resulting War of the Five Kings, Sansa is effectively a prisoner of the Lannisters, and repeatedly humiliated and brutalized by Joffrey, who later repudiates his betrothal to her in favor of Margaery Tyrell. During her captivity, Sansa, by now thought to be the last surviving Stark and thus the key to the North, is unwillingly married to Tyrion Lannister at the behest of his father. In the wake of Joffrey's assassination, she is spirited away from the city by Petyr Baelish. She adopts the alias of Alayne and is presented as Lord Petyr's niece, to hide her from recapture by the Lannisters, although she has recently been married to Ramsay Bolton as part of Baelish's bigger schemes. Sansa is frequently praised as being very beautiful. Though her naiveté has cost her dearly in the past, Sansa has begun to learn from her mistakes and is ready to be more than just a pawn in the game of thrones.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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A young Sansa being tutored by Septa Mordane.

Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter and second child of Lady Catelyn and Lord Eddard Stark. Eddard is the head of House Stark and Lord Paramount of the North. The North is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms and House Stark is one of the Great Houses of the realm. House Stark rules the region from their seat of Winterfell and Eddard also holds the titles of Lord of Winterfell and the Warden of the North to King Robert Baratheon.[1]

Sansa was born and raised at Winterfell. She has an older brother, Robb, two younger brothers, Bran and Rickon, a younger sister, Arya and a bastard half-brother, Jon Snow. Sansa enjoys proper "lady-like" pursuits, and is good at sewing, embroidering, poetry, and music. She dreams of being a regal Queen like Cersei Lannister, and that just like in the epic songs she will meet her knight in shining armor. She has inherited her mother's Tully coloring, unlike most of her siblings, and Lady Catelyn thinks Sansa will be even more beautiful than she was when she was younger. She is often seen in contrast with her sister, Arya Stark who has neither her looks nor her accomplishments in feminine activities and comportment.[2]

Season 1Edit

When her brothers find an orphaned litter of direwolf pups, Sansa adopts the gentlest one and names her Lady. When King Robert Baratheon visits Winterfell to offer Sansa's father the position of Hand of the King, he also offers to betrothe his son Joffrey to Sansa. Sansa, who is very taken with the handsome young prince, thinks this is a splendid notion. She longs for the excitement of the capital and begs her parents to agree to the match, until they do so. Eddard takes the Handship and decides to take his daughters with him to the capital.[3]

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Sansa with her direwolf, Lady.

At the Crossroads Inn on the kingsroad, Joffrey offers to walk Sansa along the riverbank after the disquieting experience of meeting Ser Ilyn Payne, the king's headsman. They find Arya practicing her swordwork with Mycah, a butcher's son, and Joffrey starts to hurt him for acting above his station and striking a girl of noble blood. Arya strikes Joffrey, and when the prince retaliates, Arya's direwolf, Nymeria, intervenes and bites Joffrey's arm. Arya and Mycah flee and Joffrey cries before snapping at Sansa to get him help. Sansa is taken before King Robert and his retainers and asked to corroborate Joffrey's claim, that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack. Arya tells her to tell the truth, but to Arya's fury, Sansa is worried about upsetting her relationship with Joffrey, so she says that it happened too fast for her to know. Queen Cersei orders that Nymeria be executed for harming Joffrey, but when the direwolf cannot be found she suggests that Lady be substituted for her. Eddard, furious with Robert for agreeing to this, carries out the execution himself, to Sansa's anger.[4]
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Sansa Stark dining in King's Landing.

Arriving in King's Landing, Sansa's enmity towards Arya and her father continues. Eddard fails to mollify Sansa by buying her a doll as she hasn't played with dolls for years. Eddard explains to Arya that Sansa could not defy Joffrey or go against his version of events if she wished to maintain his goodwill in marriage.[5]

Septa Mordane shows Sansa the throne room of the Red Keep as part of a history lesson, Sansa realizes that her grandfather and uncle were killed there by the Mad King. Sansa is fearful that she will not be able to give Joffrey sons, only daughters like her friend Jeyne Poole's mother, but Mordane doesn't think this likely.[6]

At the Hand's tournament, Sansa witnesses Ser Gregor Clegane killing Ser Hugh of the Vale during a joust. Littlefinger tells Sansa about how Gregor burned the face of his brother, Sandor, when they were very young. Sandor is Joffrey's bodyguard and Littlefinger advises against relaying the story to Sandor.[6]

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Sansa attends the Tourney and cheers for Ser Loras Tyrell.

Sansa is given a flower by Ser Loras Tyrell, the famous Knight of the Flowers, before his tilt with Ser Gregor Clegane. He gives the flower to Sansa, but he is looking at Prince Renly who is sitting behind her. She witnesses him defeating Gregor, and Gregor's subsequent furious attack on him, which is halted only by the intervention of Sandor. She joins the smallfolk in applauding Sandor's actions.[7]

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Joffrey gives a Lannister pendant to Sansa, identical to the one Cersei wears.

Sansa and Septa Mordane are embroidering, and Sansa begins speaking very rudely to her, as time at court around Cersei is changing her for the worse. Joffrey visits Sansa and gives her a present. He also apologizes for the incident on the Kingsroad and kisses her, winning back her favor. Sansa is later told by her father that he is sending her and Arya back to Winterfell, and her betrothal to Joffrey is to be broken. Sansa refuses to accept this: she tells them that she loves Joffrey, she will be his queen, and give him beautiful blonde-haired children. He will be a great king and a golden lion. When Arya points out that he isn't a lion, but a stag like his father, King Robert, Sansa angrily says Joffrey is nothing like him. This inadvertently leads Eddard to realize that Joffrey and his siblings are not King Robert's true children. Eddard tells Sansa and Arya that they are returning to Winterfell, over Sansa's furious protests.[8] King Robert dies following a hunting accident and Eddard attempts to reveal the truth about Joffrey to prevent him taking the throne. Eddard is betrayed by Littlefinger, his guards are killed and he is arrested.[9]

Eddard's retinue at the Red Keep is slaughtered by House Lannister guardsmen led by Sandor. Mordane moves to confront the Lannister soldiers, while telling Sansa to lock herself in their rooms. Sansa is taken into custody by Sandor and brought to Cersei. She pleads for her father's cause, insisting that a mistake has been made, and proclaiming her own loyalty. Cersei says that she will believe Sansa is loyal on the condition that Sansa write to Robb asking him to bend the knee and swear fealty to Joffrey. The letter is unsuccessful and Robb instead raises an army and marches south to relieve the Riverlands from the Lannister armies. Sansa again pleads for mercy and for her father's life, this time in front of the entire court, and Joffrey agrees to give him mercy if he admits his wrongdoing and acknowledges Joffrey as the true king. Sansa says that she is sure he will.[10]

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Cersei, Joffrey, and Sansa watch as Eddard is executed.

At his trial, Eddard Stark acknowledges his "crimes" and swears loyalty to King Joffrey Baratheon. To Sansa's utter shock and horror, Joffrey nevertheless orders Eddard's decapitation. Sansa is prevented from interfering and her father is killed before her eyes.[11]

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Joffrey forces Sansa to look upon the severed head of Eddard Stark

Days later, Sansa is in court and watches as Joffrey orders the removal of the tongue of the singer Marillion, who has written a song unfavorable to the royal family. Joffrey then takes Sansa to the traitor's walkway, where the severed heads of executed criminals are mounted on spikes along the castle walls. He draws Sansa's attention to the severed heads of her father and Septa Mordane. Sansa refuses to give Joffrey the satisfaction of seeing her upset and shows no emotional response. Joffrey tells her that executing Eddard was showing mercy, as he gave him a quick death, and he suggests that he will mount her brother Robb's head on the wall after defeating him. Sansa retorts that maybe Robb will take Joffrey's head instead. Furious, Joffrey has Ser Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard strike her. Joffrey tells Sansa that they are still to be married. Sansa contemplates pushing Joffrey off the walkway, but is subtly stopped by Sandor. After Joffrey and Meryn leave, Sandor gives her a cloth to attend to her cut lip and tells her that she will be needing it again.[12]

Season 2Edit

Sansa remains a captive of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in King's Landing. She has learned to feign loyalty to King Joffrey Baratheon to avoid further abuse from him. She attends Joffrey's name day tournament and convinces him to spare Ser Dontos Hollard when he attends drunk.[13]

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Sansa is humiliated by Joffrey in front of the Royal Court

Sansa is forced to sit through the Lannisters discussing killing her brother Robb Stark over dinner. She vents her frustration on her new handmaid Shae.[14] When Robb wins a crushing victory at the Battle of Oxcross, Joffrey responds by having Sansa stripped and beaten in front of the court. Tyrion Lannister intervenes and offers to end her engagement to Joffrey, but she retains her facade of loyalty, impressing the Imp.[15]

Sansa attends the departure of Princess Myrcella Baratheon for Dorne. She stands up to Joffrey when he mocks his brother Tommen for crying. As the royal party returns to the Red Keep Joffrey is struck by excrement thrown by the angry crowd. Joffrey causes a city wide riot by demanding that his guards kill all of the smallfolk present. Sansa is separated from the rest of the group and almost raped by a group of commoners. She is rescued by Sandor Clegane, just as Tyrion is in the process of browbeating Joffrey for losing her in the first place. Shae treats her injuries and Sansa tries to rationalize being attacked when she hates Joffrey more than anyone. Shae warns her not to say such things and to trust no-one.[16]

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Cersei and Sansa chat following Sansa's first "flowering"

Sansa has a nightmare that she is being stabbed by her attackers from the riots. She wakes up to find her mattress bloodied by the onset of her first period. Shae tries to help her conceal the evidence as it means she is ready to bear Joffrey's children. The Hound catches them and (reluctantly) informs the Queen. Cersei gives Sansa advice on motherhood, reassuring her that she will love her children if not her husband. She tells Sansa that the more people you love, the weaker you are.[17]

Stannis Baratheon sails his fleet into the bay outside King's Landing, triggering the Battle of the Blackwater. Sansa is summoned to the throne room to say goodbye to Joffrey. He forces her to kiss his new sword and she subtly undermines his bravado. She then takes refuge in Maegor's Holdfast with Shae; Cersei is hosting the women of the court there. She torments Sansa during the battle, mocking her faith, telling her that Ser Ilyn Payne is present to kill her if the walls are breached and drunkenly telling her to use her sexuality as a weapon. Cersei eventually storms out, believing the battle lost. Sansa attempts to keep the morale of the women up with prayers and singing. Shae tells Sansa to return to her chambers and bar her door to keep her safe should Stannis breach the keep. Sansa finds Sandor waiting for her inside. He tells her that he is going north and offers to take her with him. She is reluctant to leave the potential safety of being rescued by Stannis but he warns her that all men are killers. Stannis's force is ultimately defeated by a host of House Lannister and House Tyrell reinforcements led by Tywin Lannister.[18]

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Sansa during the Battle of the Blackwater

Sansa attends court as Joffrey doles out rewards. Tywin is named Savior of the City and Hand of the King, Petyr Baelish is made Lord of Harrenhal and Loras Tyrell is allowed to name a favor from the king. He asks Joffrey to marry his sister Margaery. Joffrey asks Margaery if this is what she wants while Cersei looks at Sansa deviously. Joffrey says that he would be honored to return Margaery's love, but regrets that he is promised to Sansa. Cersei suggests Joffrey set Sansa aside because of her family's treachery. Joffrey accepts the betrothal. Joffrey states that he will adore her from this until his last day - the same endearment he once offered Sansa.[8] Sansa turns away, feigning sadness but allowing herself laughter once she has privacy. Her revelry is halted by Petyr consoling her; she pretends to be upset. Petyr crushes her hopes of freedom and warns her that her situation has worsened, as she will no longer have the token protection of becoming Joffrey's queen but will remain his captive. Petyr tells her that she reminds him of her mother and vows to help her return home. Sansa is reluctant to trust him and maintains her facade.[19]

Season 3Edit

Sansa and Shae sit on the docks watching ships arrive and depart. Sansa wants to play a game making up stories about where the ships are headed, but Shae, in typical fashion, is uninterested. Sansa tells Shae that she enjoys the game because the truth is either "terrible or boring." Baelish arrives and tells Sansa of a new role that he has taken which will allow him to leave King's Landing, and offers to smuggle her out of the city. She is hesitant about the idea.[20]

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Sansa confides in Margaery and Olenna Tyrell.

Sansa discusses the possiblity of Littlefinger being in love with her, but Shae warns her that Baelish is manipulative and men usually want "one thing" from young ladies. Margaery and her grandmother Olenna Tyrell invite her to lunch in the gardens, where they ask her about Joffrey. Sansa is initially too fearful to speak the truth, but eventually breaks down, her eyes blazing, and angrily recounts how Joffrey had said he would show her father mercy, only to behead him in front of her, and how he then took her up to the wall and forced her to look at her father's head on a spike. Sansa nervously attempts to backtrack, but Olenna tells her that they will never betray her confidence. Sansa admits that Joffrey is a "monster".[21] While she prays at the Red Keeps's godswood under guard, Margaery comes and talks to her, telling her that they should see Highgarden, the Tyrell home, together. Sansa replies that Cersei would never allow her to leave King's Landing. Margaery tells her that she could be a wife to Margaery's brother Loras Tyrell, to which Sansa is overjoyed.[22] They go to see Loras during his swordplay practice, during which she admires him. Loras and Sansa spend more time together in the following weeks, though Sansa is far more enthusiastic about their impending marriage than he is. Loras admits he's always wanted a big wedding with lots of guests, fancy food and a good tournament, though he only seems to remember that there will be a bride when Sansa gives him an expectant look. One subject where they do find common ground is their shared hatred of King's Landing, with Loras declaring the capital to be "the most terrible place there is".[23]

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The plan to wed Sansa to Loras is scuppered when Cersei grows increasingly suspicious of the Tyrells and learns of the proposed marriage through Petyr Baelish, which prompts Tywin Lannister to instead arrange for Cersei and Tyrion to marry Loras and Sansa respectively, to curb the ambitions of House Tyrell and to bind two of the other great houses of the Seven Kingdoms closer to the Lannisters.[24]

As she watches Littlefinger's ship depart for the Vale of Arryn, Sansa is devastated as she realizes that both of her chances to leave King's Landing have gone, and she has no choice but to marry into the family that killed her father.[23] Margaery consoles her that Tyrion might be able to make her happy, given his skill as a lover. When Tyrion promises to Sansa that he will not mistreat her,[25] she concedes that there are worse Lannisters she could be wed to.[26]

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Sansa is wed to Tyrion Lannister.

The wedding itself is an embarrassing affair. Joffrey smugly escorts Sansa to the altar in place of her father and removes the stool upon which Tyrion was to stand on to cloak Sansa in Lannister colors as part of the ceremony. Tyrion then spends the wedding feast becoming steadily more drunk while Joffrey hints that he plans to rape Sansa. Joffrey is insistent on going ahead with the bedding ceremony despite his uncle's protestations, but Tyrion threatens that Joffrey will "be fucking his own bride with a wooden cock" if he doesn't let it drop. Tywin defuses the situation by dispensing with the bedding ceremony, and Tyrion takes Sansa out of the room before Joffrey can take it any further.[25]

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Sansa begins to form a friendship with Tyrion, despite their circumstances.

Tyrion realizes how unhappy Sansa is with him and their marriage, and reassures her that they will not consummate it unless she wants to, even if that means never. Shae is pleased to see that Sansa's bedsheets are unstained the morning after the wedding, as it means that Sansa remains a virgin.[25] Sansa and her new husband actually get along rather well, sharing jokes and a common enemy in Joffrey. However, their cordial relationship suffers a crushing blow when Sansa receives news of the death of her mother and brother at the Red Wedding, an event orchestrated by Tyrion's father.[27]

Season 4Edit

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Sansa remains distraught over the deaths of her mother and brother.

Sansa remains despondent over the deaths of her mother and brother. Despite encouragement from Shae and Tyrion, she refuses to eat, declining even lemon cakes. She tells Tyrion that she lies awake a night thinking of the brutal way in which Catelyn died, how Robb's body was desecrated, and how Catelyn's body was dumped into the river. Sansa excuses herself from the table, saying she is going to the godswood and reveals that she no longer prays; she is seeking solitude. While in the godswood, Sansa is watched by Jaime Lannister and Brienne, and later finds herself being followed by someone.

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Sansa is given a diamond necklace by Dontos Hollard.

Her pursuer corners her, turns out to be Dontos Hollard, whose life she had saved earlier. Dontos expresses his gratitude to Sansa for speaking on his behalf while no one else would and offers her a necklace that had once belonged to his mother, saying it is the last heirloom of House Hollard. Sansa turns it down at first, not wanting to take something with such sentimental value but after urging from Dontos says she will wear it with pride.[28]

Sansa attends a breakfast held before the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. There, Joffrey is presented with a gift from Tywin Lannister; the second sword re-forged from Ice, the recently-destroyed ancestral sword of House Stark. Joffrey names his new weapon Widow's Wail, commenting that he will be reminded of Ned Stark's beheading each time he uses it. Sansa looks on in obvious grief. At the end of the wedding itself, Sansa comments bitterly that "we have a new queen." Tyrion encourages her to look on the bright side: at least she isn't queen. Later, at the wedding feast, Olenna walks up to Sansa to offer her condolences over the Red Wedding and invites her to visit Highgarden sometime when things settle down. During the exchange, Olenna toys with Sansa's hair in a grandmotherly fashion.

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Olenna consoles Sansa during the wedding feast.

Meanwhile, Joffrey amuses himself with a farcical "reenactment" of the War of the Five Kings with each of the five kings being played by a dwarf. The dwarf playing Robb Stark wears a wolf's head that is eventually knocked off by the dwarf playing Joffrey. Sansa again looks on in grief. When Tyrion makes a veiled reference to his nephew's cowardice during the Battle of Blackwater, a furious Joffrey pours wine over his uncle's head and orders him to be his cupbearer to humiliate him further. Joffrey drops his goblet on purpose and then kicks it under the table when Tyrion tries to pick it up. Sansa, seemingly feeling pity for Tyrion, picks up the goblet and hands it to him. At Sansa's behest, she and Tyrion try to leave, but Joffrey calls them back and demands Tyrion bring him the cup again. Tyrion grudgingly obliges but unbeknownst to everyone, Olenna had slipped some poison into Joffrey's cup. Poison that was contained in a stone that Olenna pilfered from the necklace that Sansa was wearing. Later, as Joffrey lies dying from being poisoned, Dontos Hollard approaches Sansa and encourages her to leave in order to save her life, a suggestion Sansa takes to heart.[29]

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After the events of the Purple wedding, Sansa and Dontos make a quick escape and get on a boat, leaving the city. Dontos takes Sansa to a ship which turns out to be Petyr Baelish's ship. Baelish has Dontos killed to guarantee his silence and destroys the necklace Sansa was wearing. Sansa screams and asks why he killed Dontos. Baelish simply states that Dontos was working solely for money, and that now, she is safe.[30]

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Littlefinger reveals his role in Joffrey's murder to Sansa while en route to the Eyrie.

Petyr visits Sansa in her cabin and Sansa figures out that he had a hand in Joffrey's death. After he tries to deny it he just ends up telling her everything about the wedding, Sansa is confused because of everything that the Lannisters have done for him and tells him that she doesn't believe that he would risk his life just to confuse the Lannisters, he tells her that he would risk anything to get what he wants. She asks him what he wants and he vaguely says "everything".[31]

Sansa and Petyr are walking towards the Bloody Gate and Petyr educates Sansa on the Eyrie and its defenses. Sansa uses the disguise as Petyr's niece so no one knows who she is. When they enter the main hall Sansa greets Lysa Arryn as Alayne but Lysa interrupts her saying that she knows who she is and she can't call her 'Aunt' in front of anyone apart from herself, Petyr, and Robin.

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Sansa with her Aunt Lysa Arryn.

Lysa brings Sansa lemon cakes, and tells her that Petyr brought three crates from the capital for Sansa. She tells Sansa a story about Catelyn when she was young, getting fat off how much sweet food she had, which makes Sansa feel self conscious. She stops, but Lysa tells her to carry on. Lysa abruptly turns antagonistic, accusing her of having sex with Petyr. Sansa panics and tries to assure Lysa that she is a virgin. Lysa disregards this and grabs onto her hand and squeezes hard. Sansa starts crying while saying that all Petyr says that she is a stupid little girl, with stupid dreams, who never learns and is a terrible liar. Lysa puts on a polite face again and assures her that it is all alright and after Tyrion is executed she can marry her cousin Robin. Sansa is not sure what to make of this.[32]


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Sansa contructs a snow castle in the Eyrie

After settling into the Eyrie, albiet with discomfort, Sansa wanders into the courtyards alone, as the snow falls around the Vale. The snow, reminding her of home, prompts her to begin to construct a snow castle resembling Winterfell. She has a short-lived friendly conversation with Robin, before she snaps at him for messing up the castle, resulting in a heated confrontation that ends with Robin running into the castle, crying. Petyr presents himself shortly afterwards, and Sansa questions him as to why he really had Joffrey killed. She allows herself to smile slightly when he claims that he did it for Catelyn, the only woman he ever loved. Sansa is shocked when he kisses her directly on the lips, which Lysa witnesses. She summons Sansa to the High Hall, where she is standing over the open Moon Door. Sansa begins to grow concerned when Lysa comments on how far the drop is to the ground. Lysa, enraged over Petyr's interest in Sansa, threatens to have her killed and nearly manages to push her out of the Moon Door to her death, before Petyr intervenes. Sansa watches as he tells Lysa that he only ever loved Catelyn, before pushing her to her death.[33]


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Sansa presents her new wardrobe to Littlefinger

Sansa, as "Alayne", is called to testify before Lord Yohn Royce, Lady Anya Waynwood, and Ser Vance Corbray, much to Baelish's chagrin. Sansa quickly reveals her true identity and relates the tale of her captivity and flight from King's Landing. She then proceeds to truthfully tell of Lysa's mental instability, jealousy and death, changing only a few details (she kissed Littlefinger on the cheek and Lysa threw herself through the Moon Door). Sansa breaks down in tears and the lords are convinced, but while none of them are looking, she gives Littlefinger a stony, almost triumphant gaze. Later, Baelish visits Sansa and asks why she lied on his behalf. Sansa explains that she has no idea what Royce and Waynwood would want from her if Littlefinger were eliminated, but that she does know what it is that he wants. Later on, as Littlefinger and Robin prepare to depart on a tour of the Vale, Sansa accompanies them, appearing with noticeably darker reddish brown hair and garbed in a feathered black dress with a plunging neckline.[34]

Season 5Edit

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Sansa watches Lord Robin practice his swordsmanship along with Littlefinger and Yohn Royce.

Sansa, still under the name of Alayne, attends a sword jousting session for Lord Robin at Runestone, along with Littlefinger and Yohn Royce, visibly unimpressed with Robin's weak skills at swordsmanship. Sansa notices that Littlefinger receives a raven message. Soon after, they leave Robin in the care of Lord Royce, for further training. On the carriage ride, Sansa questions Petyr as to why they are heading west when Lord Royce was told they would be traveling to the Fingers, unsure of his source of distrust. Petyr promises her that they are going somewhere far away, where Sansa will be safe from Queen Cersei.[35]

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Brienne of Tarth pledges her service to Sansa.

On their journey, Sansa and Baelish stop for lunch at an inn, where she tries ale for the first time. Sansa can't see what all the fuss is about, although the entire episode is designed to catch Littlefinger off-guard so she can ask about the raven-message he received back at Runestone. Baelish doesn't answer the question beyond indicating that the old saying "dark wings, dark words" doesn't apply in this instance. Shortly thereafter, Brienne of Tarth appears unexpectedly and declares herself for Sansa. Baelish doubts that Sansa would want a sworn shield who let both of her previous masters die, even when Brienne reveals the true, somewhat unbelievable circumstances of Renly's death. Sansa seems inclined to agree with Littlefinger, pointing out that Brienne was present at Joffrey's wedding, to which the warrior replies that neither of them wanted to be there. Sansa rejects Brienne's offer of service and watches as she handily defeats the guards and escapes.[36]
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Baelish reveals his plan of marrying Sansa off to Ramsay

Sansa and Baelish eventually arrive at the ruins of Moat Cailin, where Sansa learns that they are actually returning to Winterfell and Baelish's plan is to have her marry Ramsay Bolton, the son of Roose Bolton, the current Warden of the North. Sansa is initially reluctant to marry into yet another family that betrayed hers, but Baelish pacifies her by claiming it will be an opportunity for her to avenge her family. They arrive at Winterfell, where Baelish introduces Sansa to the Boltons. Roose and Ramsay greet Sansa politely, and after a tense moment during which she is repulsed merely by looking at Roose, Sansa greets them with courtesy, while Myranda, Ramsay's bedwarmer and secret lover, eyes Sansa with jealousy. She is later brought back to her old room by a servant, who expresses joy at the presence of a Stark and tells her that "The North Remembers". While walking around, she unknowingly passes her childhood friend, Theon Greyjoy, who hides his face from her.[37]

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Sansa returns to the crypts of Winterfell

Settling in to life at Winterfell, Sansa visits the Stark family crypts, re-lighting the votive candles and cleaning up the offerings left by visitors prior to Winterfell's fall. Littlefinger finds her regarding the statue of her long-dead aunt Lyanna Stark. Littlefinger, with minimal commentary, tells Sansa of the events at the tourney at Harrenhal, where Rhaegar unhorsed Ser Barristan Selmy, passed by his wife, and gave Lyanna a crown of flowers blue as frost.  He then tells Sansa that he's been recalled to King's Landing, and that keeping Cersei waiting much longer would be unwise. Littlefinger explains parts of his master plan to Sansa: Stannis Baratheon will inevitably take the North, and when he does, he will need a Stark at Winterfell, and would almost certainly declare Sansa the Wardeness of the North. Even if Stannis fails, Ramsay is already besotted with her, and thus Sansa, who has learned to manipulate from the very best, can take control of House Bolton from within.[38]
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Sansa meets Myranda

Sansa’s maid brings a message to her. Consoling Sansa that she still has allies in the North, she tells Sansa to light a candle in the highest window of the Broken Tower if she's ever in trouble. As Sansa wanders around the castle, she runs into Ramsay's bedwarmer Myranda. Myranda puts on a friendly façade, talking to Sansa about her mother’s demise. To help Sansa “remember” how things used to be before her family's death, Myranda leads Sansa down to the kennels, where Sansa finds Reek, formerly Theon Greyjoy, asleep in one of the cages. Awoken by Sansa’s arrival, he just shakes his head, when Sansa calls him Theon. He warns her that she shouldn’t be down there. Seeing Reek in such a pitiable condition, Sansa angrily storms away.

At dinner, Ramsay is initially well-behaved, toasting his wedding to Sansa, but is soon back to his old ways as he forces Reek to apologize to Sansa for murdering Bran and Rickon. With much difficulty, Reek finally mutters an apology. He then suggests that Reek be the one to give Sansa away at the wedding, since he is the closest thing Sansa has to a kin and Roose accepts this suggestion. Roose and Walda announce Walda's pregnancy, upsetting Ramsay, which in turn delights Sansa.[39]

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Sansa is wed to Ramsay Bolton.

On the night of her wedding, Myranda draws a bath for Sansa, during which she advises Sansa not to bore Ramsay, and cites several other women such as Violet and Tansy, all of whom Ramsay murdered, as examples. When Myranda mentions that both she and Ramsay killed Tansy by hunting her, Sansa becomes angry and boldly asks Myranda how long she has been in love with Ramsay and if she really expected Ramsay to marry her. She coolly tells Myranda that she is a Stark of Winterfell and will not be intimidated by the likes of her, and dismisses her to finish her bath herself, though she is visibly shaken by Myranda's story. Later, when Theon comes to fetch Sansa for the wedding, she refuses to hold Theon’s arm, even after he pleads her to, saying that Ramsay will punish him if she doesn’t. Reek then gives Sansa away to Ramsay, and they wed in front of the Godswood. After retreating to the bedroom, Ramsay asks Sansa to take her clothes off. Reek is about to leave but Ramsay tells him he must stay. Ramsay quips to Reek: "You grew up with her as a girl, now watch her become a woman." Annoyed by Sansa's hesitance, he pushes her face-down over the side of the bed and angrily rips open the back of her dress. As he unbuckles his clothes, Sansa obediently remains still but begins crying softly. Reek is visibly distraught and begins silently crying himself, as Ramsay proceeds to roughly consummate their marriage.[40]
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Ramsay forces Sansa to look upon the corpse of the flayed old woman.

Over the next few days, Ramsay has continued to force himself on Sansa every night, leaving bruises on her arms and body, and she effectively becomes a prisoner of the Boltons, who keep her locked in her bedchamber. Reek brings her breakfast, and when she realizes he is there, she tries to talk to him and get him to help her, reminding him that he is Theon Greyjoy, son and heir of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. She asks Reek what Ramsay did to him, and aggressively reminds him that he betrayed her family, but that he can still redeem himself by lighting a candle in the broken tower in order to signal the Starks' allies she was told about. During a walk on the battlements, Ramsay gloats that one day he will be the Warden of the North with Sansa as his Wardeness. Sansa counters by telling him his position is still threatened by Roose and Walda's unborn son, since Ramsay is technically bastard-born and was only legitimized by King Tommen Baratheon, who Sansa asserts is another bastard. Ramsay responds by saying that even bastards can rise high in the world, such as Sansa's own bastard half-brother Jon Snow, who was recently elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Sansa is surprised by this development, having not considered what became of Jon. As they descend into the courtyard, Sansa pockets a corkscrew while Ramsay reveals that Reek reported the candle to him, and Ramsay responded by flaying Sansa's elderly maid and forcing Sansa to view the corpse. She is then ordered back to her chambers.[41]

Sansa remains angry at Theon for his betrayal, as well his role in Bran and Rickon's murder. When Theon enters her chambers again to bring her latest meal, she demands an answer for his latest betrayal and coldly expresses approval when he tells her about the torture Ramsay put him through. Theon shamefully admits he deserved it as he did terrible things, specifically killing "those boys". Enraged by his reference seemingly to her brothers as "those boys" rather than Bran and Rickon, Sansa vehemently demands to know why they should be dead while he still breathes the air, forcing Theon to finally admit that they were not in fact Bran and Rickon, only two farm boys. Stunned by this admission, her anger towards Theon cools but when she asks if he knows where they might have gone to, he breaks down and leaves the room, fearful of what Ramsay will do if and when he finds out what just occurred. However, Sansa appears to be left with a sense of renewed hope by the revelation that she still has surviving family left.[42]

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Theon and Sansa prepare to jump.

During the battle between the Boltons and Stannis Baratheon, Sansa attempts to escape by picking the lock on her door and lighting the candle in the tower, however, Brienne and Podrick don't see the candle due to being distracted by Stannis' army. In the process of trying to escape, Sansa runs into the Myranda and Theon, with Myranda aiming a bow at her. She claims that Ramsay will only need her for her 'parts' to make an heir and that he doesn't need her in one piece for that, presuming that Ramsay will hurt her. As Myranda volunteers to start the torture process, Theon makes her miss her shot and throws Myranda over the battlement, killing her instantly on impact. Theon and Sansa then escape Winterfell by jumping off the side of Winterfell's walls, with Sansa's fate left uncertain due to whether or not she and Theon survive the fall.[43]

PersonalityEdit

When she lived at Winterfell with her family, Sansa grew up as the eldest daughter of a Great House, trying to emulate her mother's example of a "proper lady" from the southern courts. Sansa's devotion to the traditional, refined "feminine virtues" caused friction between her and her blunt, tomboyish younger sister Arya. As a little girl Sansa naively believed in the tales and epic romances in which every princess gets her honorable knight in shining armor to sweep her off her feet. Sansa was infatuated with the traditional romances about mythical figures like Jonquil, and historical figures like Duncan, the Prince of Dragonflies. Her greatest goal in life was to be married to a handsome prince, and sitting around gossiping with other noblewoman eating lemon cakes while gossiping about the goings-on at court.

Sansa's innocent infatuation with ideals of princesses and knights - perfectly understandable for a 13 year old girl - made her tragically susceptible to the manipulations of the Lannisters. She held the blind belief that all queens and princes are kind and truthful, as if inherently a result of their titles - when Cersei just happened to be a woman who married a king to secure a marriage alliance, and Joffrey just happened to be her son. Without real cause, she blindly loved Joffrey with all her heart, and trusted and admired Cersei, only for them to repay her love and trust by beheading her father before her very eyes.

Afterwards Sansa has a harrowing experience as a prisoner of the Lannisters, a plaything for the psychotic Joffrey to have publicly beaten by his guards for petty amusement. Her shock at the death of her father was only later deepened at the news of how her mother and brother Robb were horrifyingly killed at the Red Wedding and their corpses desecrated.

Sansa subsequently escapes King's Landing to the Vale with Littlefinger, and her experiences have clearly changed her personality. She had to learn from painful experience how to lie to survive at Joffrey's court, saying one thing but meaning another and manipulating people to her own ends as best she could. No longer under constant control by Joffrey and Cersei's guards, she is in her own way beginning to mature into her own power and influence as a political force.

The numerous tragedies she has suffered, the crimes against herself and her family, have also darkened her personality. This shows when she refuses to take Theon's arm when he comes to escort her to the Godswood to marry Ramsay and coldly asks if he thinks she cares what Ramsay will do to him if she doesn't. She also later expresses approval of what Ramsay did to Theon, now Reek, and declares she would do the same.

However, despite all the suffering that she has been through, Sansa appears to have retained a certain degree of compassion that is also demonstrated in her multiple attempts at reaching out to Theon, especially after she gets him to finally forget Ramsay for once and tell her the truth about Bran and Rickon.

AppearancesEdit

Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy

QuotesEdit

"There is no honor in tricks."
Sansa Stark[src]
"The worst ones always live."
Sansa Stark[src]
"I lie awake all night, staring at the canopy, thinking of how they died."
Sansa Stark to Tyrion Lannister on her brother and mother's death.[src]
"The first time I saw you, you were just a child. A girl from the North, come to the capital for the first time. Not a child any longer."
Petyr Baelish to Sansa[src]
"My family still has friends in the North."
―Sansa Stark to Theon Greyjoy.[src]
Sansa Stark: "Why? Why Theon?"
Theon/Reek: "Not Theon. There is no Theon. Reek!"
Sansa Stark: "Reek. Why did you tell him, Reek?"
Theon/Reek: "I was helping you. You wanted to escape. There is no escape. Not ever. Theon Greyjoy tried to escape. The master knew. He knows everything. He hunted him. He caught him, strapped him to a cross, cut away piece after piece until there was no Theon left."
Sansa Stark: "Good. If it weren't for you, I'd still have a family. If I could do to you what Ramsay did right here, right now, I would."
— Sansa reprimands Theon for everything he has done.[src]
Sansa Stark: "They weren't "those boys", they were Bran and Rickon. They were your brothers. You've known them since they were born!"
Theon Greyjoy/Reek: "They weren't! They were only..."
Sansa Stark: "Only what?"
Theon Greyjoy/Reek: "I can't!"
Sansa Stark: "Tell me!"
— Sansa confronts Theon over the alleged deaths of her brothers[src]
Theon Greyjoy/Reek: "I can't! Not unless the master says..."
Sansa Stark: "Tell me! They weren't what?"
Theon Greyjoy/Reek: "They were only..."
Sansa Stark: "Tell me why Bran and Rickon should be gone while you still breath the air! [Grabs Theon by the face and shakes his head.] TELL IT TO MY FACE, THEON! TELL ME THAT THEY WEREN'T YOUR BROTHERS!"
Theon Greyjoy/Reek: "THEY WEREN'T BRAN AND RICKON! I couldn't find them. It was two farm boys. I killed them and burned them so no one would know."
— Sansa forces Theon to forget Ramsay for once and confess that he did not in fact kill her brothers[src]
"I know what Ramsay is. I know what he'll do to me. If I'm going to die, let it happen while there's still some of me left."
―Sansa Stark to Myranda and Theon Greyjoy[src]

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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Sansa is very much obsessed with conventional "ladylike" pursuits, with a keen interest in music, poetry, singing and dancing, and embroidery. She has a romantic notion of handsome princes and knights fighting honorably for love and loyalty. She is sharply contrasted with her far less idealistic and tomboyish younger sister, Arya.

Due to a time jump which was originally planned in the books but later dropped, Sansa is only 11 years old when the narrative begins. Author George R.R. Martin himself has said that he would have aged-up the younger characters had he initially known he would abandon the time-jump. Therefore, in the TV series' timeline, all of the younger characters including Sansa have been aged up two years from the books. Thus, Sansa is 13 years old in Season 1, and 14 years old in Season 2. Keeping in mind that in medieval times the age of maturity was lower than it is today, this younger age in the books isn't quite as unusual as it sounds, but due to the abandoned time jump this still led to some discrepancies. For example, Joffrey's torment of Sansa doesn't have quite the same inherent sexual tension to it in the books, because they're both two years younger. Sansa directly states that she is 13 years old in dialogue from the first episode of Season 1. On her wedding night with Tyrion Lannister, however, she says that she is 14 years old, when she should be 15 years old because two years have passed. It is possible that she either simply had not reached her nameday and turned exactly 15 yet, or that she was lying to try to shame Tyrion before he took her virginity (though as it turned out, Tyrion still refused to consummate the marriage, morally repulsed at being forced to marry such a young girl).

A subplot in the books which is only somewhat alluded to in the TV series is that in her desperation, Sansa starts latching onto the idea of Sandor Clegane as her protector from Joffrey or a potential source of an escape attempt.

In the books Sansa is shown to be partially responsible for her father's arrest by revealing to Cersei his plan to have his daughters leave the capital city. Given that she is only a naive eleven year old, and that Eddard didn't give her any explanation for why he wanted to send her away from King's Landing, she assumed he was simply fighting with Cersei over some matter of state. Still enraptured with the idea of staying and marrying Joffrey, Sansa thought that if she told Cersei she would then smooth over whatever disagreement they had.

Sansa technically gained the title of "princess" when her brother Robb was declared the new King in the North. While her brothers Bran and Rickon use the title of "prince" among the Northerners at Winterfell, Sansa's storyline involves her being held as a prisoner at King Joffrey's court in King's Landing. The Lannisters refuse to acknowledge the North's claims of independence so they don't refer to Sansa as "princess". Meanwhile, Sansa is in fear for her life, subject to frequent beatings at the hands of the Kingsguard at Joffrey's whim, so she doesn't refer to herself as "princess" for fear of angering her captors. Thus her title is rarely if ever invoked (unless Robb and Catelyn in the Northern camp are discussing her captivity).

After being taken from the capital by Littlefinger, Sansa's hair is dyed black (as her auburn hair would reveal her identity to anyone who has ever met a Tully) and is given the alias of "Alayne Stone", Lord Petyr's bastard daughter who recently decided to seek him out after having been entrusted to the Faith of the Seven. In the series, she is introduced simply as "Alayne", a niece of Petyr, who makes only a vague attempt to hide her hair; she later dyes it of her own volition.

Sansa is betrothed to Harrold Hardyng, Lord Robert Arryn's unlikely heir, instead of to Ramsay Bolton. In turn, Ramsay marries Sansa's best friend, Jeyne Poole (posing as Arya Stark), also procured by Littlefinger though arranged by Tywin Lannister, instead of Sansa Stark herself. Jeyne's storyline in A Dance with Dragons is the same as Sansa's in season five, with the exceptions being her never meeting Brienne of Tarth and her escape from Winterfell being planned mostly by a disguised Mance Rayder.

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Sansa" is pronounced "SAHN-suh" (i.e. between "San-suh" and "Sohn-suh").

Sansa Stark not "Sansa Lannister"Edit

Among the powerful noble families of the Seven Kingdoms, women will retain the use of their maiden name if their family is more powerful or ancient than their husband's family.

In Westeros, only members of noble Houses typically have surnames (i.e. "Eddard Stark" is actually "Eddard of House Stark" in full). The nobility of the Seven Kingdoms is actually formed of roughly five tiers, which in descending order are: the royal family that controls the Iron Throne, the Great Houses who rule entire regions, the major noble Houses, the lesser noble Houses, and the knightly Houses. The Targaryens were the royal family though they were recently supplanted by the Baratheons. Great Houses rule each of the formerly independent "Seven Kingdoms" - such as the Starks who rule the North, the Lannisters who rule the Westerlands, and the Tyrells who rule the Reach. Major Houses are those under the Great Houses, such as House Umber which serves the Starks, or House Redwyne which serves the Tyrells. Underneath them are the lesser noble Houses (i.e. House Poole), and below them are knightly Houses (i.e. House Clegane): the difference between the two is that lesser Lords still have the right to dispense justice on their lands while knights do not.

Typically, if a noblewoman marries above her station into a more powerful family, she will switch to publicly using that family name. For example, "Olenna Tyrell" was born Olenna Redwyne, but the Tyrells are the Redwyne's overlords so she switched to use of that name. A noblewoman who married below her station would defiantly continue to use the name of the more prestigious family she was born into.

Given that the Starks and Lannisters were both Great Houses of equal social rank, both former royal houses, it therefore isn't automatically assumed that Sansa would switch to being known as "Sansa Lannister". The major factor is that Sansa was forced into a marriage to a similarly unwilling husband by her captors. Theirs also remains an unconsummated marriage, and thus are not genuinely married in the eyes of the gods. Such unconsummated marriages can easily be annulled.

Sansa finally manages to escape King's Landing and Lannister control after Joffrey's wedding. She never considered her forced marriage to Tyrion to be real, nor did Tyrion. In addition to being forced to marry under duress, their marriage was simply never consummated, so it was never legally or religiously binding. Subsequently, neither Sansa nor Tyrion consider themselves to have been truly married - and the book Appendices also continue to refer to her as "Sansa Stark".

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Seat: Winterfell (formerly) Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell
Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Sansa Stark · Arya Stark · Benjen Stark
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · King Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Jon Snow
Household:{Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Maester Luwin} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · {Septa Mordane} · Jeyne Poole · Osha · Hodor · Farlen · {Old Nan} · Mikken · Varly · Heward · Wyl · Tomard · Tommy · Jacks
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Lord: Lord Roose Bolton Heir: Ramsay Bolton
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Seat: Winterfell
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Lands: The North
Title(s): Red King (former) · Lord of the Dreadfort · Warden of the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell
Ancestors:Rogar Bolton
Current members:Walda Bolton · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Domeric Bolton
Household:{Locke} · Steelshanks · {Myranda} · {Tansy} · {Violet} · {Master Torturer} · Maester Wolkan
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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