Sophie Turner recently told Entertainment Weekly that Sansa’s next love interest should be a woman. “In the GoT universe, I think she’s going to have to swing the other way — because the men thing isn’t working for her.” she said, offering the suggestion of “Margaery,” or “Arya, because I’d like to see that happen.”
So far on Game of Thrones, LBGTQ relationships have been set primarily in brothels, with girl-on-girl scenes. We’ve also witnessed Melisandre use her body to tempt men and women alike, and we’ve seen Oberyn Martell express his delight for both genders. “When it comes for war, I fight for Dorne; when it comes to love, I don’t chose sides,” he said.
Loras Tyrell has had the show’s most prominent LGBTQ relationships, first with Renly, who died; then with Olyvar, who betrayed him to The Faith. We have yet to see an LGBTQ relationship that’s healthy and positive — though in all fairness to Game of Thrones, healthy and positive heterosexual relationships are equally short-lived.
A Sansa-Margaery relationship could be an intriguing path, and it would further establish Sansa as subverting the disney princess trope. But because Margaery will never halt her ambitions for the throne, and Sansa wants nothing to do with it, their relationship would be similarly destined for tragedy.
And though sexuality is a spectrum, we’ve also seen no indication thus far that Sansa swings both ways —it would be a major pivot for the character. Podrick might be a sounder choice for a lover she’d be well suited to.
In the past, George R.R. Martin has publicly proclaimed his reluctance to include gay characters “just for the sake of it.”
I’ve had letters from fans who want me to present particularly an explicit male sex scene. Most of the letters come from women. I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that, if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then Im not going to shy away from it, but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them.
If the show sticks to Martin’s vision, then, Sansa getting a bi-curious plotline is highly unlikely. As for a Sansa and Arya relationship — though incest is par for the course on Game of Thrones, a Stark girl doesn’t sleep with her sister. It is known.
Even so, thanks to Sophie Turner’s words, that sound you hear is the tinkering of thousands of keyboards queueing up Sansa/Margaery fan fiction.Photos via HBO