Ever since the show started, there’s been a lot of talk about the way women are treated on Game of Thrones.

Rape, abuse, and sexism are rampant on the show, with much of it aimed at Sansa Stark.

In the final season, Sansa reunites with The Hound after all this time and confronts her past. After he admits that none of it would have happened if he hadn’t taken her out of Kings Landing, she says,

“Without Little Finger and Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a little bird all my life.”

Many misconstrued the moment, thinking that Sansa was saying that the abuse made her who she was.

But Sophie says that’s not so. Speaking with The New York Times, she said,

“It was that she was strong in spite of all of the horrific things that she’s gone through, not because of them. She’s had resilience since the very beginning, and despite all of these awful things that happened to her, she’s kept that resilience.”

She added,

“Sansa to the core is resilient and brave and strong, and that had nothing to do with her abusers.”

Overall, Sophie was really proud of the way Sansa’s story ended. She said,

“I loved it. It’s the only place that she really, truly feels safe. It’s the place that she’s the most capable of ruling. She would be a fair and loving ruler, and it’s what she’s been striving for this whole series: to go back home, to protect her home. And finally, she has that.”

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