Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) took a pretty dark turn in Season 6 of "Game of Thrones," feeding her husband and rapist, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), to his own dogs. She even smiled softly, listening to his scream of pain -- definitely not the naive little girl we first met at Winterfell.
Since that impressive and slightly horrifying act, we've been more than a little worried that Sansa's future will be darker and more violent than we've ever seen before. After all, everyone knows that the most powerful women in Westeros are ruthless when it comes to getting what they want.
Sophie Turner says the sexism inherent in the world Sansa lives in is only going to push her to be more power hungry in the future.
"When she saves the day and doesn't get any recognition for it, it was like she had that first taste of power and then was immediately stripped of it," Turner tells Vulture. "She was stripped of the respect that she really feels she deserves. She was trying to give her input to Jon and trying to be a collaborative leader, but it's difficult when it's a patriarchy and when there's sexism."
This wouldn't be the first time "Game of Thrones" has been criticized for its patriarchal nature, but we're intrigued that this particular display of sexism was a purposefully crafted plot that could (and probably will) end up pushing Sansa to seek out more power for herself. If she wants to fight the patriarchy, she's going to have to spill a little blood to do it.
We're totally cool with Sansa getting her murder on -- at this point we just roll with the gratuitous violence in "Game of Thrones" -- but it's also a little nerve-wracking to speculate about who she'll need to grab that power from.
"It would be a real adjustment for Jon (Kit Harington) to listen to her and do what she says," Turner explains, "So she was looking to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan) like, oh, you're right. Maybe that pretty picture you painted of me on the throne and you by my side isn't such a bad one."
Unfortunately, teaming up with Littlefinger is never a smart idea, especially if he's going to push her to betray Jon. Westeros is running low on Starks, there's no way we can afford to lose one to infighting! Jon was awarded the victory for winning Winterfell (after neglecting to let the insightful Sansa join his war room discussions), so we can see how Sansa might hold some resentment for her brother. The love and trust between them seems fairly unshakeable at this point -- but in Westeros you never truly know who's willing to betray whom at any given moment.
Littlefinger will no doubt urge Sansa to take power wherever its available, and we can only hope his aspirations will be with the Iron Throne and not the North.
Turner maintains that Sansa's power over Littlefinger is still intact, given how he handed her over to a monster to marry, so at least we can hope he won't be able to manipulate her so easily this time around. We can only cross our fingers that Sansa will honor the Stark name (even though we're pretty sure Jon is a Targaryen) and stick by her brother's side.
If they can rescue Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Arya (Maisie Williams) in the process, even better!
"Game of Thrones" is set to return in the summer of 2017.