Sophie Turner on the Game of Thrones finale and Sansa’s big evolution

The British actress talks about her character’s transformation, keeping a straight face on set and enjoying Ramsay Bolton’s death scene. Beware of spoilers!

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 2:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 2:02pm

Spoiler alert! This story contains significant details from the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale.

The Northern houses in Game of Thrones have declared a new king in the North. But not a queen in the North.

The sixth-season finale of HBO’s hit left fan favourite Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner, in a bit of an awkward situation, when her brother (actually her cousin, whom she thinks is her brother) received the honour and seat of power she thought she deserved.

“Honestly, I think she believes she’s the queen in the North and she’s going to get the credit she deserves and she doesn’t,” Turner says. “And I think that sets the wheels turning in her head.”

We talked to Turner after Sunday’s big finale about what this means for Sansa and Jon, how Sansa has changed this season and what characters on the show she thinks should never be romantically involved.

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Sansa had one of the most eventful seasons of any character on the show. Can you talk about the journey she went through and how she’s changed?

The journey that she’s gone on this year has been insane. From the beginning of this season to the end has been quite a change. She kind of went from being a terrified, abused young woman, to becoming someone who is very much in charge of her own destiny and is able to make big decisions. She’s had her first kill. She’s definitely something of a leader now. She’s changed a lot.

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Now that we know who Jon’s parents are, how do you think that will affect Jon and Sansa’s relationship when they figure it out?

I think it might make their relationship stronger. Because Sansa took her mother’s views on that situation and always resented him for being the child her father had when he cheated on her mother. And now that we know that Ned was just looking after his sister’s child I think that might make their relationship stronger.

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What was the hardest scene you had to film this season?

A lot of the hard scenes I have to film, they’re difficult because I’m trying to keep a straight face when Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) is making those faces at Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). It’s difficult for all of us to keep a straight face. Especially the council scenes where we sat around a map and we’re trying to be very serious and professional and then you just have Kristofer grunting in the corner at Gwen. It’s hilarious.

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Do you “ship” (a fan term for wanting two characters to get together) Brienne and Tormund?

I don’t know if it would be a consensual relationship. So no, I’m not really shipping that, I don’t think Brienne wants that in the slightest. But I like Tormund’s determination. I admire it for sure.

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What was the scene you liked best?

The Ramsay (death) scene was so fun ... just because I’d been wanting to do it for so, so long now. That was definitely a fun one.