You know who’s had a rough
day week month year four years? Sansa Stark Lannister Bolton.
You might think Ned Stark, Shireen Baratheon and Jon Snow had it rough in Game of Thrones, but at least they were put out of their misery — unlike Sansa who is seemingly tortured every day of her short-lived life.
Ever since we started following Sansa’s on-screen story, we’ve seen nothing but misery befall the poor Stark girl.
First, the guy she fell in love with ends up condemning her pet to death
Losing a pet is hard, but it’s even harder when the good-for-nothing boy you’re betrothed to marry gets bit by your sister’s dog and forces your own father to kill your innocent pet in retribution.
Then her fiance ends up condemning her father to death
Accused of treason, Sansa’s father Ned is beheaded right in front of her eyes — all thanks to her one true love (and now King) Joffrey
Baratheon Lannister. To add salt to the already gaping wound, Joffrey lied and said he would spare Ned’s life after her insistent pleading. He then put Ned’s head on a spike, forced her to look at it and warned her that her brother Robb was next.
She’s held captive by her future mother-in-law
You’d think things couldn’t get any worse, oh, but they do. They do. Sansa’s brother Robb is at war with Joffrey and so she is now the most important pawn in the kingdom. She’s stuck with her future family-in-law and punished whenever they lose a battle with Robb. Mad harsh.
And gets caught in a riot
Forced to hang out with the wrong crowd (a.k.a the Lannisters), Sansa unwittingly gets caught in a city-wide riot caused by, you guessed it, Joffrey. All the chaos causes her to separate from the group and she is chased by unruly city-dwellers who attempt to rape her. Thankfully she’s rescued by the Hound, but she’s obviously shaken up by the whole ordeal.
Later she passes up an opportunity to escape
As another army (belonging to Stannis Baratheon) attempts to battle its way into the kingdom, things are in disarray and Sansa is left unattended. When the Hound offers to run away with her, she turns him down thinking that Stannis will come to her rescue. Ha! She should have known that with her luck, things weren’t going to work out. Stannis’ troops are eventually defeated and Sansa is back at square one.
And is then engaged to another man
When Joffrey finds another girl who tickles his fancy, he tosses Sansa aside. She’s secretly absolutely gleeful, but the happiness is short-lived when she soon finds out that she’s to marry Joffrey’s uncle Tyrion “the imp.” To make matters worse, Joffrey continues to torture her and threatens to rape her on her wedding night.
Her mother and brother are brutally murdered
Just when Sansa was getting accustomed to being the wife of Tyrion (the nicest of the Lannisters) she finds out that her mother and brother have been murdered in a plan orchestrated by her father-in-law. We all cried along with her, that’s for sure.
She watches Joffrey make a mockery of Robb
During Joffrey’s wedding festivities, he gets a bunch of dwarves to put on a play about him winning the kingdom. Sansa is forced to look on as the dwarf who’s playing Robb Stark (complete with a wolf head) is knocked down by the dwarf Joffrey. Joffrey really is one sick SOB.
She escapes, but is still a pawn
Long story short, someone finally kills Joffrey and Sansa is whisked away on a boat. There she finds Petyr Baelish a.k.a Littlefinger who tells her that she was unwittingly an accomplice in the murder and is now wanted for treason. Yay…
Sansa goes to live with her creepy aunt
Her mother’s sister Lysa is a little off kilter, but at least she’s family, right? Wrong. Lysa is betrothed to marry Baelish and is obviously jealous of her niece. She hurts Sansa by squeezing on her hands a little too tightly and accuses her of seducing her fiance.
The girl can’t even play in the snow in peace
Clearly reminiscing about simpler times, Sansa builds a miniature snow structure of her house while at her aunt’s home. But, like always, someone comes to steal her smile. This time it’s her annoying little cousin Robin who proceeds to stomp all over it. How fitting.
Her own aunt tries to kill her
Aunt Lysa is enraged when she sees Baelish put the moves on Sansa. Of course, instead of blaming creepy Baelish, she decides it’s time to get rid of her niece Sansa. Seriously, does no one love Sansa?! Baelish ends up coming to rescue Sansa, a.k.a his pawn, and so our dear Sans lives to see another day…
She passes up another opportunity to escape
Now, we all know that Mr. Baelish is a selfish, opportunistic, evil man, but innocent Sansa doesn’t know this. When Brienne of Tarth (the woman who swore to keep Sansa’s mother and in turn her kids safe) offers her a way out, Sansa refuses the help and insists on staying with creepy Littlefinger. She’ll soon come to regret this, like every other decision she makes.
Sansa’s back “home” but it’s not really home
Littlefinger takes Sansa back to Winterfell, her family home. Except now, it’s taken over by the Boltons — who had a hand in the murder of her mother and brother. (Yeah, our heads hurt too.) Anyway, Baelish convinces Sansa to marry yet another psychopath, Roose Bolton, to “avenge her family” — we’re not sure how that works, but Sansa agrees.
Sansa’s husband abuses her over and over again
In the much talked about and controversial scene of season 5, the creepy Roose Bolton rips Sansa’s dress on her wedding night and proceeds to take advantage of her. She’s then kept as a prisoner in Winterfell and is barred from even leaving her room without permission.
She attempts to get help for the 1,000th time
When Sansa first returned to Winterfell, a maid lets her know that she still has allies (like Brienne) in the north and if she ever needs help, all she has to do is light a candle in the highest window of the broken tower. Sansa begs the shell of her former friend Reek to do it for her, but he rats her out to Roose. To punish Sansa, Roose kills the maid, flays her and puts her in display for Sansa to see. It’s a horrifying sight.
Sansa tries to light the fire again…
Undeterred by her first failed attempt to get help, Sansa takes it upon herself to get to the top of the broken tower in the season 5 finale. While everyone’s distracted with preparing for battle (Stannis’ army is approaching), Sansa picks the lock, escapes from her room and makes it to the top of the tower with her candle in hand. We thought this was it. Finally Brienne, who’s been waiting for a signal, can come to her rescue — but, alas, it’s the one time Brienne’s not looking and Sansa realizes no one’s coming to save her.
Dear Sansa takes the plunge
Not-so-shockingly, the Boltons defeat Stannis’ army and Sansa sees that her disgusting husband is returning to the castle victorious. Knowing that he’ll hurt her for even stepping out of her room, she tries to run back. Finally Reeks comes to his senses and decides to help her escape once and for all. Now the only thing to do was to find a way to, you know, get away unnoticed. Left with no other choice, the two held hands and jumped off a freakishly high Winterfell wall into the snow below. We don’t know whether they’re dead, alive or missing limbs.
And the story ends here, for now. We’ll just have to wait and see what befalls Sansa when season 6 of Game of Thrones starts up next year…