Twitter erupted with Game of Thrones fandom angst Sunday night as Sansa Stark was brutally attacked and humiliated on her wedding night by her sadistic new husband Ramsay Bolton. Across five seasons, audiences have watched as the character—played by Sophie Turner—grew up on screen, with Sansa shifting from a naive innocent pining for a storybook marriage to gradually evolving into a hardened survivor.
We heard about this scene while on the Thrones set in October and were able to briefly discuss it with producer Bryan Cogman, who also wrote the episode in addition we have an interview with Turner where she gives us her thoughts about the scene. Cogman seemed to take this question very seriously and took a moment to consider his response. This is a hardened woman making a choice and she sees this as the way to get back her homeland.
Sansa has a wedding night in the sense she never thought she would with one of the monsters of the show. I also asked whether the scene would be as sadistic as the version in George R.
Cogman looked somewhat horrified at that idea. She feels marrying him is a vital step in reclaiming her homeland. I also have something to add: I have zero doubt that Cogman meant exactly what he says he meant, especially since his comments on the set came on the heels of us talking about the reasons Sansa was paired with Ramsay in the first place that interview was published separatelyweeks ago.
That interview is here. My deep-dive recap of the episode has a plenty of thoughts about that Sansa scene. That story is here. Save FB Tweet ellipsis More. Image zoom. Game of Thrones. TV Show. Close Streaming Options. Episode Recaps Previous. S9 E10 Recap. Homeland recap: Ka-boom again, again. S7 E15 Recap. The Blacklist recap: This time, it's personal.She is the current Queen in the North.
Sansa was born and raised at Winterfell. Sansa enjoys proper "lady-like" pursuits and is good at sewing, embroidering, poetry, singing, dancing, literature, etiquette, history, and music. When she was young she dreamed of being a queen like Cersei Lannisterand that just like in the epic songs she would meet her knight in shining armor.
She has inherited her mother's Tully coloring, and Lady Catelyn thought Sansa will be even more beautiful than she was when she was younger. She is often seen in contrast with her sister Arya, who has neither her looks nor her accomplishments in feminine activities and comportment.
Sansa is given praise by Septa Mordane after exceeding in her sewing abilities, in contrast to her sister Arya, who finds this tedious and difficult. When her brothers find an orphaned litter of direwolf pups, Sansa adopts the gentlest one and names her Lady.
Robert also offers to betroth 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 office of Hand and decides to take his daughters with him to the capital. At the Inn at the Crossroads beside the KingsroadJoffrey offers to walk Sansa along the riverbank after the disquieting experience of meeting Ser Ilyn Paynethe king's headsman.
They find Arya practicing her swordsmanship with Mycaha 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 threatens her with his swordArya's direwolf, Nymeriaintervenes and bites Joffrey's arm. Arya and Mycah flee and Joffrey cries before snapping at Sansa to get him help.
Sansa is taken before 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 betrothal with Joffrey, so she says that it happened too fast for her to know.
Cersei orders that Arya's direwolf be executed for harming Joffrey, but when the direwolf cannot be found, she suggests that Sansa's own direwolf Lady be substituted for Nymeria. Sansa and Arya are horrified Lady will be killed and protest. Eddard, furious with Robert for agreeing to this, carries out the execution himself, to Sansa's anguish. 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 had outgrown dolls.
Eddard explains to Arya that Sansa could not defy Joffrey or go against his version of events if Sansa wished to maintain his goodwill in marriage.
Septa Mordane shows Sansa the throne room of the Red Keep as part of a history lesson, and she 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.
Littlefinger tells Sansa about how Gregor burned the face of his brother, the Houndwhen they were very young. Sandor is Joffrey's bodyguard and Littlefinger advises against repeating the story to Sandor. Sansa and Septa Mordane are embroidering, and Sansa speaks very rudely to her. He also apologizes for the incident on the Kingsroad and kisses her, winning back her favor, as well as expressing his fondness towards their marriage and Sansa's future as Queen.
Unbeknownst to Sansa, this was done at the suggestion of Cersei, who had recently informed Joffrey that the North must be kept under their control through his marriage to Sansa. 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. Sansa says Joffrey will be a great king and a golden lion. When Arya points out that Joffrey isn't a lion, but a stag like his father, Sansa angrily says Joffrey is nothing like Robert.
This inadvertently leads Eddard to realize that Joffrey and his siblings are not Robert's true children. Eddard tells Sansa and Arya that they are returning to Winterfell, over Sansa's furious protests.Martinand its television adaptation Game of Thrones.
His family is notorious for their cruelty and custom of flaying their enemies; he frequently has himself leechedleading him to be known as the Leech Lord across Westeros.
Roose joins Robb Stark 's rebellion as one of his chief lieutenants. With the help of the Brave Companions, he takes and holds Harrenhal until rejoining Robb Stark to help retake the Neck occupied by the Greyjoys.
In truth he is a chief orchestrator of the Red Wedding alongside Tywin Lannister and Lord Walder Freyreceiving the title of Warden of the North from the former after personally slaying Robb. His rule as Warden in the North is punctuated by unrest, and several forces conspire to unseat him and House Frey and restore the Starks to power. His seat is the Dreadfort and his sigil is a flayed man, an homage to the ancient Bolton tradition of flaying enemies.
He is nicknamed the Leech Lord for regular leechings meant to improve his health. Roose practiced an ancient and illicitly banned tradition called the first night, in which a lord had the right to bed a commoner's wife. One day, prior to Robert's Rebellion, Roose was fox hunting along the Weeping Water when he came across a young woman washing clothes in the stream, whom was married to the old miller without Roose's knowledge.
Desiring the woman, and angered for not being informed of the marriage, Roose had the miller hanged and violently raped the woman beneath the tree where her husband still hung.
A year later, the woman came to the Dreadfort with a newborn boy whom she claimed was Roose's bastard, named Ramsay. Roose considered having the woman whipped and the baby killed before realizing that the baby is indeed his, owing to its pale, cold eyes. He gave the woman money and annual supplies as payment to raise Ramsay, and had the tongue of the miller's brother cut out to prevent Lord Rickard Stark from being informed of his illegal activities.
He sends his odious and depraved servant Reek to the young Ramsay and his mother after the latter demands a servant to help raise the boy, an act he considers to be highly amusing. Roose later participates in Robert's Rebellion and according to a semi-canonical source the Greyjoy Rebellion.
Despite Roose's orders, Roose's only trueborn son, Domeric, seeks out Ramsay. Domeric dies soon after, and Roose suspects that Ramsay poisoned Domeric to become his heir. Roose, left without a trueborn heir, brings Ramsay to the Dreadfort, where he later serves as the fortress's castellan and has thus far refused to legitimize or otherwise acknowledge him as his true heir.
He considers his bastard son foolhardy and tactless, with 'tainted blood [that] would poison even the leeches'. Roose is most often described as an oddly average and unassuming-looking man, clean-shaven with pallid skin. He is often described as ageless, with an apathetic demeanor that betrays nothing. His most prominent feature are his strangely pale and cold eyes, so light as to almost blend with the sclera.
Instead she makes it to White Harbor, and from there she sails to Dorne, for Dornishmen are likely the only ones in Westeros who will not immediately return her to the Lannisters or to the Boltons.
Once in Dorne Sansa realizes that there are some places on earth where women are free: free to come and go, free to learn new skills, and free to take lovers whenever and however they please. Sansa might be in her final year at University, but she finds that she can't handle everything on her own. She calls Theon for help and he comes to her rescue. First from Ramsay, and then to literally pretend to be her boyfriend so she can save face.
Rime - n. Sansa Stark had grown up with the romantic tales of soulmarks. However, they did not guarantee happiness despite their power to match soulmates together yet Sansa still craved for one to appear on her skin and free her from her struggles.
Introduced in 's A Clash of KingsRamsay is the bastard son of Roose Boltonthe lord of the Dreadfort, an ancient fortress in the North of the kingdom of Westeros. He later appears in Martin's A Dance with Dragons Ramsay is an amoral and vicious sadist who strives to be legitimized as a true Bolton by his father. He is directly responsible for several atrocities in both the novels and television show, including the brutal torture of Theon Greyjoy ; however, his role as a primary antagonist is greatly expanded in the television adaptation.
Ramsay Bolton is not a point of view character in the novels, and remains mostly in the background. His actions are witnessed and interpreted directly through the eyes of Theon Greyjoy and indirectly from stories heard by Bran Stark and Davos Seaworth.
Ramsay is the product of rape. While hunting along the Weeping Water, Roose Bolton saw a miller's wife and decided to illicitly practice the banned tradition of 'the first night', wherein a lord had the right to bed a commoner's bride. He hanged the miller under a tree for not informing his lord of his marriage to the woman and raped her beneath his swaying body.
A year later the woman arrived at the Dreadfort with the newborn Ramsay. Roose nearly killed her and the babe, but when he saw the child had his signature pale, cold eyes, the taboo of kinslaying stayed his hand. The woman claimed her husband's brother had stolen the mill and cast her out. Angered by this, Roose had the man's tongue removed so he would not tell the truth to Roose's liege lord, Rickard Stark.
Roose then gave the woman the mill along with a pig, several chicks and a bag of coin every year on the condition that she never reveal to Ramsay the truth about who his father was. Ramsay's mother arrived at the castle years later claiming she needed help in raising Ramsay, who had grown up wild and unruly. Roose sent Ramsay a servant known as Reek.
Reek, despite taking constant washes, always smelled bad due to some "unknown birth condition" that caused his skin to reek, thus his nickname. Giving him to Ramsay and his mother was actually a cruel jest by Roose, but Ramsay and Reek soon grew inseparable. Roose would later reflect on whether Ramsay had corrupted Reek or whether Reek had corrupted Ramsay, even though Reek would follow Ramsay's orders quite faithfully; Ramsay mentioned once that Reek knew better than to deny him.The Evolution of Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones
Despite Roose's instruction to Ramsay's mother, either she or Reek eventually informed him of his true parentage. Roose believes that both Reek and Ramsay's mother were urging Ramsay on, and constantly reminding the increasingly violent bastard of his "rights".
Roose's elder, trueborn son Domeric attempted to forge a sibling connection with his half-brother. Domeric would soon die of a mysterious sickness, and Roose believes that Ramsay poisoned him in order to rob his father of his trueborn heir. Two years prior to the beginning of the War of the Five Kings, Roose brought Ramsay to the Dreadfort as he had no other sons, trueborn or otherwise.
It is there Ramsay learned to read and write. Ramsay is accompanied by Dreadfort men called the Bastard's Boys, who are just as cruel and depraved as he is but who ultimately serve his father.
Ramsay is described as ugly and fleshy, with the sloping and big-boned body of one who will be fat later in life.Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. I can still feel what he did in my body standing here right now.
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She was the only character who really had to survive the wrath of both Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton one on one and not on a battlefield. Only Sansa could ever really say who of those psychotic teenage boys was really the worst, but through eight seasons guesses can also be made about which of the two was the most horrible. Despite technically being a bastard, Joffrey was born as the "legitimate" son of Robert Baratheon, monarch of the Seven Kingdoms.
Joffrey was literally born with everything. He had family, wealth, power, good looks, and was the heir to the throne. Despite being born with everything any child could wish for he still grew into a psychotic despot who would rather spend his time torturing animals and women rather than ruling or fighting or making the world a better place.
The fact that he could be quite so evil despite his background makes him the worst. Joffrey kills one dog, Sansa's direwolf, Lady. Ramsay, on the other hand, tortures and starves not someone else's dogs, but his own.
He thinks it makes them good hunters, but it really just makes him an asshole. His cruelty to animals, his own animals, highlights just how little Ramsay cares about anything or anyone.
He doesn't stand to protect or attend to anyone aside from himself. A person who tortures their own pets is beyond the help of anyone in seven whole kingdoms. Of course, Lady isn't Joffrey's direwolf, but she does belong to his girlfriend.
The direwolf wasn't his property, his friend, but it did belong to the person he was supposed to care about most in the world. And he killed her. Even though she didn't do anything wrong. The fact that Joffrey can just replace one direwolf for another, paying no attention to the offense originally caused proves he only cares about the cruelty of the act, not the justice others might have hoped to see done.
Ramsay does not only rape Sansa at her home in Winterfell after they are married, but he also does so with an audience. The pair will forever be scarred by Ramsay's actions. It is this personal connection Ramsay sees and wants to exploit, as he doesn't have any meaningful personal connections. He cares about nothing and no one. It's hard to get worse than that. Joffrey beats Sansa in front of an audience of members of his royal court. They may not have a history with Sansa the way Theon did, but Joffrey's beating Sansa in such a public fashion means she will never be able to maintain any meaningful relationships while she is in King's Landing.
The publicity of the act makes Sansa a pariah for as long as he is in charge. While Ramsay's act was personal, it was also private, Joffrey seeks to ruin Sansa no matter who it is she comes into contact with. He is tortured within an inch of his life and goes insane in the process. Ramsay seeks to take away everything that ever had any meaning to his prisoners and enjoys watching them suffer and beg for mercy and even death.
But part of Ramsay's depravity comes from the fact that he keeps his prisoners alive and in his employ once he is done cutting pieces off of them.