Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen's friendship timeline in 'Game of Thrones' season 8 calls for another sit and talk session, please

Season 8 began with Daenerys meeting Sansa at Winterfell and by season 2 Sansa ensured Daenerys knew she had no intention to bend the knee.


                            Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen's friendship timeline in 'Game of Thrones' season 8 calls for another sit and talk session, please

The much-awaited meeting finally materialized in the premiere episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8, and that one meeting has governed the course of the season till now.

Two powerful women met; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) talked face to face years after fans anticipating and speculating how epic the meet and greet would go. Daenerys arriving in Winterfell had that moment where Jon Snow went blank, and so did Brienne of Tarth, thanks to one powerful eye-contact-moment with Sansa Stark. 

A still of Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in 'Game of Thrones' season 8. (Source: HBO)

Interpreted as the "meet the parents" moment by Clarke in an interview to Entertainment Weekly, Sansa was quick to send across the message that she was not fond of the Mother of Dragons despite her title, reputation, and her brother's love interest. 

With reports and fan theories on how Sansa might betray Daenerys, (in a way, she already has), it becomes important to reflect on their relationship.

After a tension-filled meeting in the first episode, where Sansa and Daenerys interacted, the former asked the latter what do dragons eat and Daenerys responded by saying "Whatever they want."

Sansa was also resolute from the very beginning that she would not bend the knee to Daenerys since she is not the queen of the north and Daenerys instantly came to know that Sansa abhors her and will never accept her as queen, especially after the arch-rivalry between the House of Starks and House of Targaryen.

Daenerys arriving in Winterfell in season 8 (HBO)

In episode 2 of the season, however, Daenerys made an effort to befriend Sansa, but the moment was cut short, thanks to Sansa's bold and direct personality. As Sansa and Daenerys sat for a tete-e-tete and both women played cordial before Sansa broke the question: "And what happens afterwards? We defeat the dead, we destroy Cersei. What happens then... What about the North?"

Daenerys, of course, did not like the question and removed her hand from Sansa's. The question momentarily baffled Daenerys who believes she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, but now that she knows about Jon's lineage, there's insecurity driving her to the point that she is predicted to be the upcoming mad queen. Sansa is guarding the independence of the North and she will do everything in her might to ensure Winterfell remains independent. Daenerys, on the other hand, will fulfill her dreams to rule all the seven kingdoms.

Now that she knows that Jon's claim to the Iron Throne weighs heavier than her own, she is not only scared about losing Winterfell because Sansa would not bend the knee, but because she would lose her claim to all of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys wanted Jon's truth to be kept under wraps, but Jon disclosed his truth to Arya and Sansa. Sansa, who is obviously trained by 'Littlefinger' played her cards and told Tyrion Lannister that Jon is a Targaryen and a Stark and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, making it very clear she is not a "little bird" anymore.

Throughout the season so far Daenerys refuses to take Sansa's counsel into consideration. The recent example is when Sansa suggested that their troops rest before marching south to King's Landing since they just fought the Night King and his army. Had Daenerys listened to Sansa, Missandei would still be alive and Dany's dragon too.

With brewing conflict between the two powerful women standing by their cause, a new fan theory has it that Sansa will contest the Dragon Queen to rule the whole of Westeros, because not only will she hold on to the North's independence but fans believe she has what it takes to rule the Seven Kingdoms. 

Fans have hailed Sansa to be a tactical and politically smart leader who ensures her people are a priority. How can anyone forget how she helped Jon win the Battle of the Bastards in Season 6 by calling on the Knights of the Vale? She also worked with Arya and Bran to outsmart Littlefinger and have him executed for treason in Season 7. Daenerys may have done her share of goodness but Sansa is as powerful.

They might have to consider another tete-a-tete because things don't look good for these powerhouses if they go against each other. The friendship timeline suggests they are cutthroat. 

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