Calluna: Sansa Stark: Of Birds and Wolves

Calluna analyzes how Sansa Stark’s association with birds and wolves affects her growth as a character in Game of Thrones.

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  1. Pine Hill Prophit

    woooow someones a fan of preston jacobs ay? (btw everyone should check him out if you like real GOT theory videos presented by somone who was a fan long before the show ever exsisted), way to jack his video ideas tho ,thumbs up A+ way to go

    • Ummm….. these connections aren’t hard to make? You don’t need to steal someone else’s analysis to arrive at these conclusions, because they’re supported by the text.

      Also way to be a pretentious book snob, shaming people for when they entered the fandom, thumbs up A+ way to go.

    • I’m amused that you think Preston Jacobs was the first person to stumble onto these ideas.

  2. My hope is that Sansa and Arya find away back to each other and have the close relationship that eluded them in ‘peace time’ and win back the North. Though since woman cant inherent their family names or lands their going to have retrieve one of their bothers, honestly it likely be Riken because Brains drank the children of the forest/ three eyed raven cool aid and Jon isn’t going to abandon the wall. and wouldn’t that be ironic the least important Stark being risen up to king/ward of the north?
    On a side note I also hope Arya can let go of her hate and no I don’t like the faceless men blinding her for killing that dude. Not cool show not cool.

    Also I kinda thought the faceless men were like the dark brother hood from the Elder scrolls universe, you know worshiping death and all that. but they worship the red god or atleast I think they do, they are really confusing.

  3. My idea is likely an unpopular one, but I don’t see Sansa lasting longer than Littlefinger does, at least in the books. I think that she’ll make it back to Winterfell at some point, she’ll have Littlefinger and Harry’s help to do so (Harry likely giving her a child before dieing himself), but in the end her learning the Game of Thrones will be all for naught. Littlefinger and Sansa’s group will have possession of Winterfell just as the Others show up. Littlefinger will be out of his depth because you cannot play the Game of Thrones with the Others and he’ll fall apart in a scene calling back to Lysa’s death scene where he spills his guts and Sansa’s choice of “conflict of the heart” will be put before her: avenge her dead father, or forgive his murderer who helped her regain all she wanted? Ultimately I don’t see Sansa living much longer after she makes her choice in such a scene, as Martin typically likes to kill a character once they’ve made such a large choice, either that or she’d be sent on a long travelogue somewhere to rediscover herself before coming back into the main plot, but I doubt Martin has time for that.

    I see Sansa’s story in the books as one where she’s constantly being put into situations where she has to chose between family and non-family members. That’s the reason why Martin has Catelyn slip to us that the Starks have cousins in the Vale (the Royces of the cadet branch, Waynwoods, Corbrays, and Templetons) in ASOS as it frames how to view Sansa’s role in the politics of the Vale, with her continuing to act against the interests of her blood kin (who seem to be planning something–given their attendance at Lyonel Corbray’s wedding that Petyr dismisses as having bought them all off, while we should remember Catelyn whispering about how they’re Stark kin, however distant, as another possible reason why they attended the wedding as a way of plotting against Petyr). In such a situation I can easily see Sansa put in a situation where she has to choose between blood and non-kin, with her likely still siding with non-kin. This can later be intensified if Petyr hearing of the attempt to put Rickon in Winterfell dismisses him as a false pretender and pushes Sansa once again into choosing between Family and non-kin as she presses her own claim for Winterfell.

    Ultimately Martin’s stated inspiration for the political intrigues of the series (he wrote in the prologue to the English translation of the book series Les Rois Maudits that it was “the original game of thrones”), more blame is put on the game of thrones for ruining the country than anything else. The book series Les Rois Maudits is about the French lead up to the 100 Years War, and essentially how the nobility of France turned the country from a Medieval powerhouse into a country ripe for a 100 years of being a warzone. And how did they do this? By playing what Martin would call the game of thrones (the book series specifically focuses on a land inheritance dispute which causes two characters, an aunt and a nephew, to manipulate and murder Royalty in their endeavor to push for their claim to a single county). So taking such a theme from such a book (which is plain to read in the first three books), I can’t help but see anything related to “playing the game” as more of a negative thing than a positive one. So Sansa learning to play it, I ultimately view as a tragic arc likely to bring more unintended suffering and ill consequences to herself, the country, and her kin. Because if there’s one thing to learn from A Game of Thrones it’s that the lords may play their games of thrones, while the peasants pray to live in peace and be left alone–only they never are. And the game of thrones is essentially fiddling while Rome burns and the Ice Zombie apocalypse is banging on their doors from the North, and a fiery invasion and possible Civil War involving Dragons is about to take place in the south between Aegon and Daenerys.

    And all the while Westeros will bleed, burn, and freeze. All because the nobles were too busy playing their game of thrones to actually look after the welfare of their kingdoms.

    So yeah, while I do see Sansa becoming more of a player in the future, I don’t view that as a good thing at all, but rather a tragedy.

    • Sansa’s becoming a player isn’t a tragedy in the sense you mean it, because not being a player is why she’s in the situation she’s in. Indeed, she’s essentially on an arc to remedy the mistakes made by her father Ned as well, who didn’t know how to play the game and as a result died and caused his children to suffer greatly as well.

      Sansa’s on an arc paralleled with her siblings, of learning new skills that will allow them to help restore their house. As Jojen Reed said, the wolves will come again.

  4. I’m really thankful for this video, because, I believe that people unfairly hate Sansa. I think people hate on Sansa because compared to other strong female characters like Dany, Arya, Brienne, the Sand Snakes, etc. she seems really weak; but I feel like people forget that Sansa doesn’t have the experience, the power, nor being in the right location to become a strong female character. She doesn’t have a large army and dragons like Dany, she wasn’t trained to fight like Brienne, Arya, or the Sand Snakes, and for most of her character growth so far has been in King’s Landing where she has zero power. Sure, in the beginning, I didn’t like her either, because she distanced herself from her Stark roots so much, but she was young and stupid! I loved that you pointed out that despite all that she’s been through, Sansa is still gentle and optimistic. There’s power in being quite and understated, and I think Sansa will use that to her advantage. I am really looking forward to seeing what Martin has in store for her. However, I do agree with you on the show, it seemed that whatever character growth D&D set up for her in Season 4, was completely derailed by Season 5. Hopefully, now that Sansa is out from under the oppressive/manipulative nature of those around her and will probably be forced in a leadership role due to Reek/Theon being nucking futz, Sansa will become a more rounded character.

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