This Game of Thrones Season Eight Theory Explains How Sansa Can Rule Westeros
Going into the final season of Game of Thrones, fans certainly know one thing: No one is safe. And even though Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Cersei, Arya, and virtually every other main character is on the chopping block, fans noticed that one character has put herself in a uniquely safe position.
One Reddit user posted this week explaining how Sansa appears to be the safest person in Westeros right now:
After everything she went through, who has a stronger network of support than Sansa? She has Brienne sworn to protect her who is an absolute unit, Arya the faceless man, Jon who is one of the best fighters in the show now, the eyrie, knowledge from the 3 eyed raven, and the North who is loyal to the starks. Not only that but she is not in a position such as Jon or Dany where she would have a target on her back or be at immediate risk
It's true that, following the death of Littlefinger in Season Seven, there is no immediate threat to Sansa at the moment. Cersei is focused right now on destroying the union of Daenerys and Jon Snow. If the humans are able to survive the White Walker threat, then Sansa wouldn't be in any immediate danger.
What's interesting, when looking at the history of death on Game of Thrones, is that it's always the vocal leaders who are in the most danger. When he defied Joffrey, Ned Stark was beheaded. As he was gaining power in the war, Robb was murdered along with his closest companions. When Stannis attempted to usurp the throne—yep, he ended up dead, along with his brother. It's the people on the sidelines, however, who manage to live through all of it. Verys has had a prolific career shifting alliances and staying in the shadows. Littlefinger did the same thing—before he got too cocky.
Now, here we find Sansa entering a similar position at the side of her brother. She hasn't assumed power, but she remains a powerful advisor who is touting her influence out of the spotlight. It certainly seems like she learned a thing or two from all that time with Petyr Baelish. And when all the dust from this war settles, it seems like she might have the proper network to stay alive and claim the Iron Throne.
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