Sophie Turner Talks Sansa S6 Arc In “Thrones”

The character of Sansa Stark has not had a good time throughout the run of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. The red-haired maiden, played by Sophie Turner, has effectively been a prisoner (mostly by marriage to insane despots) for the five seasons on screen so far.

Speaking with EW about her fate in the upcoming sixth season, the actress talks about how the role differs this year:

“I mean this season is a really, really big one for Sansa, it’s probably her best season yet. It’s her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it’s really good. It was amazing because the past five seasons, it feels like it’s been building up and up to that. You can only suffer so much before she finally gets her, the respect that she deserves.”

The word follows on from some highly contentious and heavily talked about scenes last year in which the character was the victim of sexual assault – a plot point that didn’t exist in the source material. Seemingly escaping Winterfell during the season finale, it looks like she’ll finally begin taking control of her own destiny.

The actress also spoke about the new season overall, its scale and its twists:

“I mean this season there’s like so many shocks, it’s massive. It’s the biggest season yet. And just like in terms of character development, so many people’s storylines, I’m so excited for. I’m so excited to see Alfie’s one this season. It’s going to be good.”

“Game of Thrones” returns to screens on April 24th.