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In Defense of Sansa Stark
I’m a fan of the Game of Thrones television series, haven’t read the book yet , but hoping to get to that in the future. Anyway, I’ve noticed that some people of the book and television fandom hate Sansa Stark. I can’t defend what she has done in the book, but I don’t think her character in the television series deserves to be hated so much for such petty reasons.
Sansa picked Joffrey over her sister.
In season one Sansa lies to King Robert, and her father about Joffrey attacking Arya and her friend. I remember watching this part and yelling to the screen “OH NO YOU DIDN’T! YOU LITTLE BITCH! HOW DARE YOU LIE TO PROTECT THE UGLY VERSION OF DRACO MALFOY!” Sansa did get her comeuppance when Ned had to execute her wolf a few minutes later, so I thought the score was pretty even.
To other people what Sansa did was unforgivable. I would agree that protecting Joffrey was stupid, but at that point Joffrey didn’t kill her dad, and wasn’t publicly humiliating her yet. Sansa believed that Joffrey would be her Prince, and that they would have a loving relationship, just like her parents. She’s very much like the delusional Twilight fangirls, with exceedingly high expectations. She was protecting what she thought would be her new family. You can’t blame her for that.
Later on she has to endure the abuse from Joffrey and her eyes are open to the truth, and she learns not be so naïve.
Sansa is shallow, and too girly.
She’s about 12-14 in the television series. I personally don’t know many pleasant teenage girls. She doesn't know how to fight because she was never expected to do so; she was molded to be this princess, and perfect wife for somebody. Therefore she behaves like any normal girl of her position would behave.
Sansa doesn’t do anything.
I’ve heard the argument that Sansa should just kill Joffrey even if that means sacrificing her own life, because that’s better than whining and crying in King’s Landing. Let me allow that to sink in for a bit.
What do you expect her to do? She was never trained in physical combat, she doesn't have power over anybody in King's Landing either, so how is she going to go about killing Joffrey Killing herself in the process isn't going to help her either; she has a brother out there killing armies’ of men to get her back home, and a mother who will probably go insane if she died. It’s very important that Sansa doesn't put herself in danger.
Sansa realizes that she’s walking on egg shells the entire time she’s in King’s Landing, she can’t fight with weapons, but she can use words that go over the top of Joffrey s head. She also pretends to love him so that they have a reason to keep her alive. She knows how to play the game, and is surviving the only way she knows how. Let’s give her some credit for that.
Sansa Stark is far from being my favorite character of the series, but I don’t think she’s a horrible person. Not everybody can be as bad-ass as Daenerys or as strong or manipulative as Cersei I really love the diverse nature of the characters in Game of Thrones, it’s what makes them more real. Sansa behaves like a stupid teenager because she is a stupid teenager. She grows as a character, and I feel very sympathetic towards her.