Of all the tragic storylines on Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark's has been the hardest to watch. For seven long seasons she's been held hostage by evil politicians to be used as a pawn in the fight for the Iron Throne. In King's Landing she was tortured and abused by Joffrey and Cersei. She was married off to Tyrion Lannister. And even when she finally escaped the city, she was manipulated by the evil Littlefinger then sent to the despicable Ramsay Bolton who raped her in one of the most unforgivable scenes in this series.
Yet, Sansa has survived it all. She's remained strong and outsmarted her enemies in pivotal moments. And finally, in Season Six, her suffering briefly came to an end when she fed Ramsay to his dogs, reunited with her brothers and took her proper position as a woman of power in the North. Next, in Season Seven, she outmaneuvered Petyr Baelish and had Arya slash his throat. "I'm a slow learner, it's true, but I do learn," she said as he died.
Sansa ultimately outsmarted Littlefinger.
When Sansa has finally found herself in a position of agency and relative safety, it would be the ultimate Game of Thrones move to take it all away and kill her off in Season Eight. This is—as we know—a show that revels in shocking and disturbing its audience, and killing off Sansa—a character whom we all hope will succeed—would be the final twist of the dagger.
Two particular fan theories seem to point to this tragic turn of events in Season Eight.
After being abused by Ramsay Bolton, Sansa let his starving dogs loose to kill him.
In the official Season Eight teaser, Jon, Sansa, and Arya find their own graves in a corner of the Winterfell crypts. The voice of their mother, Catelyn Stark, is heard saying, "The horror that has come to my family," as her children walk through the darkness looking frightened. Fans on Reddit pointed out that the accompanying statues appear to be modeled after Sansa and Arya at their current ages, while Jon's looks like an older version of himself. Could that mean that Sansa and Arya die at their current ages—meaning, in Season 8—while Jon lives to the age represented in his statue?
In a different teaser released in January, we see Sansa coming face to face with Daenerys Targaryen and saying: "Winterfell is yours, your grace." Fans on Reddit pointed out that we've heard that greeting before—and that it could spell an ominous fate for Sansa. When King Robert Baratheon visited Winterfell in Season One, Sansa's father, Ned Stark, gave him an identical greeting. Here it is:
Of course, Ned was brutally killed by the end of that season (as was Robert). The writers could be hinting at parallel fates.
So how, exactly, would Sansa die? We've seen her slowly evolve from a self-absorbed, teenage princess to a selfless leader. For better or for worse, she learned a lot of her survival tactics from another one of her abusers, Cersei Lannister. We know that a huge battle takes place in the final episodes—perhaps Sansa learned from Cersei it's a woman's role to protect the children and elderly during combat, and she dies on guard. It would be a fitting end to her character's arc from protected to protector. Sophie Turner, the actress who plays Sansa, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that her character will finally wear armor this season, so maybe she'll take the role of safeguard a step further and go into battle herself. And how fittingly excruciating would it be to see Sansa finally, bravely step into that role only to be killed?
Either way, Turner hopes it's a long, dramatic end.
"Something that really like drags out over a full episode," Turner told Entertainment Tonight. "The only thing I can think of is poisoning. That's a long one. Or just like a slow stabbing. Just something that will last a long time so I can milk it."
It's the least the writers could do after all they've put her through.
From: Esquire US