[Warning: This post contains spoilers about "The Iron Throne," the series finale of Game of Thrones.]
Game of Thrones fans might be split over the fates of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and the leadership of Westeros as a whole, but fans of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) are largely cheering how things worked out for their fire-haired Lady of Winterfell — make that Queen in the North.
After Daenerys had been forcibly removed from power, and Jon Snow was sent into exile, the business of who might lead Westeros was attended to by a council of the lords and ladies of Westeros, and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) pegged Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) for the least corruptible of the bunch. Sansa initially objected to the idea, noting that he could not father children and would thus be unable to provide an heir for the crown, but the council determined that when Bran/the Three-Eyed Raven was ready to pass the torch, they would simply appoint another ruler.
Unless one of the three planned spin-offs to Game of Thrones centers on what happens next, we'll just have to use our imagination to determine whether that actually works out for them or not. But Sansa refused to take the chance that another tyrant might sit in whatever throne replaces the Iron Throne; instead, she declared the eternal independence of the North, which she would preside over as the Queen in the North.
Sansa's long been the most strident defender of Winterfell, even when it was a house of horrors for her beneath the sigil of House Bolton, and she's made no bones about the fact that she wanted the North to be omitted from the next monarch's rule over the
seven six kingdoms. Seeing her achieve that end and satisfy her Season 1 desire to someday become a queen was exactly the kind of closure Sansa stans needed to see, and they've been very vocal about their pleasure on social media.
All hail Sansa Stark, QUEEN IN THE FUCKING NORTH. #GameOfThrones— Lindsay MacDonald (@lindsayjoane) May 20, 2019
Celebratory lemon cakes coming to a @TVGuide near you tomorrow in celebration of my baby not only surviving the season but never backing down, even once, from what she deserved. pic.twitter.com/DEnM92VWht
For many of those fans, Sansa's arc has felt very complete and fulfilling, which seems to be a rare perspective in this final stretch of the series.
sansa's been through hell and back; she's been a little bird, player in someone's game, she's been beaten and abused, she's fought for her home harder than anyone could. she deserved to end up where she did and i'm so incredibly happy i got to see her rise. to queen in the north! pic.twitter.com/pOjqlkotQZ— ellie (@odairannies) May 20, 2019
#GameofThrones— Young Moose (@whymoose_) May 20, 2019
It's been an up and down journey with her. I used to hate her, then felt bad for her because of all she's been through and now look. She's grown into a smart, tactical ruler who will continue on the legacy of house stark. ALL HAIL QUEEN OF THE NORTH SANSA STARK👸🏼 pic.twitter.com/IXifw9tqSr
It doesn't hurt, of course, that her coronation was divine, and we even saw her gown completed with weirwood tree leaves to signify her undying love for and sense of belonging in her home.
imagine thinking i'll ever shut up about the details on sansa's dress pic.twitter.com/MuzKIUuemC— lady lemon cake stan (@queenstarksansa) May 20, 2019
Beyond her new reign, too, there is a sense of satisfaction among the Sansa Stark fan community about how she maintained her streak of savage takedowns right 'til the end.
Sansa to Edmure Tully when he tried to take the throne: pic.twitter.com/YcHJyqpaDW— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) May 20, 2019
In other words, while fans of the other major characters on Game of Thrones might be left struggling to comprehend their faves' fates in the coming weeks, Sansa fans will probably be smirking without end after hearing her declared so boisterously the "Queen in the North" at long last.
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