After a recent tweet referred to Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark as a Game of Thrones villain, fans are rising up to defend the character. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Game of Thrones first aired on HBO in 2011. The wildly popular fantasy series ran for 8 seasons before eventually coming to a close in 2019, with the ending infamously sparking a strong backlash from fans. Game of Thrones chronicles opposing families in Westeros who compete for the coveted Iron Throne, with the major players including House Stark, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Lannister, House Tyrell, House Tully, and House Greyjoy, among others.
Although Game of Thrones follows dozens of characters over the course of its 8-season run, the Starks quickly became a fan-favorite. Ned Stark (Sean Bean) famously dies at the end of season 1, but his children, including Sansa, Arya (Maisie Williams), Robb (Richard Madden), and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) all live past him. Although starting the show as a relatively young and naive teen, Sansa eventually becomes a force to be reckoned with. After almost marrying Game of Thrones’ tyrannical King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and later marrying the equally reprehensible Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), Sansa concludes the show as a strong and formidable leader serving as Queen of the North.
After a tweet from @daenartist called Game of Thrones’ Sansa a “heartless and cruel” villain, while also likening her to Joffrey, Ramsay, and House of the Dragon‘s Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney), fans have rallied to the character’s defense. The original tweet seems to be born from a love of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), whom Sansa opposed in the show, and Twitter users have been quick to flock to Team Stark in the matter.