Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark outliving her abusers to become Queen in the North is the ultimate poetic justice
Years of manipulation and abuse later, Sansa not bowing down to anyone, even as her little brother sat on the Iron Throne, is what every GoT fans' dreams are made of.
This article contains spoilers for season 8, episode 6.
After eight long years, 'Game of Thrones' finally arrived at its end, and even if the series finale wasn't all the fans expected, the biggest highlight of the episode was our little bird - Sansa Stark - becoming queen in the North.
Why? Simply because she has been through the worst, in terms of the manipulation and abuse she endured over the years, and she pretty much outlived all of her abusers to become the queen of the independent North, while not bowing down to anyone.
All the way back in season 1, Sansa (Sophie Turner) had told her mother, Catelyn Stark, that she will be the queen someday; that's all she ever wanted. At that point, with a lot of potential contenders for the throne, and over the next few years, considering Sansa's gullible character, it seemed like a far fetched dream.
But there is no denying the abuse the teen had to go through. She was betrothed to the cruel and vile Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), who beheaded her father before her very own eyes.
She was made to marry Joffrey's uncle, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) instead, once Joffrey's mother, Cersei (Lena Headey), realized there were better options for alliance by marriage. But the tricks and lies Sansa underwent, didn't stop there.
Sansa thought she could find refuge in Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) - the man who claimed to love her mother so profoundly that he would do anything for the the late Catelyn's children.
So Sansa did what she thought was the best for her, and trusted the man who promised her a safer life, only to be pawned off by him for his personal motives. And that gamble took everything from Sansa, including her innocence. Littlefinger pawned her off to the Boltons and forced her to marry Ramsay Bolton, who repeatedly raped her and tortured her because he was just that sinister a person.
But as these people went on with their monstrous ways with her, Sansa always emerged from her tribulations - a little smarter.
Not only did she witness the death of Joffrey, but she managed to flee from Ramsay's confinement, made her way back to the North, and ended up ensuring that he received the most painful and brutal death there could be - getting ripped off by a pack of deadly hounds.
Not only that, Sansa also held Littlefinger under trial for several counts of treason and ended up sentencing him to death during her rule as the Lady of Winterfell in the North. So long story short, like she said in the past - she might be a slow learner, but she learns.
And from the ashes, she rose like a phoenix, surviving years of mental and physical abuse, rape, and torment, only to watch all of her abusers die one by one, while she outlived them all to become the queen in the North; and fans couldn't be happier for the little bird.
"Her character development made me so proud. My lady Stark has grown so much, she has been through A LOT yet she still carried on, learning from her abusers and using it against them. The Queen in the North, everybody. Nothing else #GameOfThrones," wrote Twitter user @moonlightmiyaa and it's nothing short of apt.
For years we thought Sansa was just a little brat acting on her whims and fantasies, while her younger sister Arya (Maisie Williams) proved to be much more sensible, but we are forgetting that this is exactly how girls Sansa's age are usually at that point in life. She was just a little girl who wanted to marry the prince, and fate put her through so much. It's only poetic justice that she gets to rise to such significant levels because if not her, then who else?
"Sansa Stark. Her storyline was so beautiful & powerful. Every detail was so intricate & subtle to result in an intelligent, compassionate & worthy ruler. She outlived all her abusers, had faith in herself,& outsmarted every player in the game. The Queen in the North. #SansaStark," writes Twitter user @r__musings and we couldn't agree more.
As wrong as it was for the writers to make her thank her abusers for her evolution on the show, there's no denying that the Sansa we have today is something we had never seen coming. And for that, we couldn't be prouder. So with all due respect, here's to the Queen in the North!