'Game of Thrones' fans are calling Sansa's most memorable line from Sunday's episode 'sick and disappointing'

HBORory McCann as Sandor Clegane and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark on ‘Game of Thrones.’
  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode four, “The Last of the Starks.”
  • On Sunday’s episode, after spending many seasons apart, The Hound expressed regret that he couldn’t protect Sansa Stark from trauma.
  • “Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a little bird all my life,” she replied.
  • Fans were frustrated with the line because it implies that women should be grateful for men who harm them, even their rapists and abusers, because it “builds character.”
  • Many fans pointed out that “Game of Thrones” has often been criticised for its lack of female writers, which may explain why scenes like this are poorly received by women.

Season eight of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has featured many tender scenes between characters who were previously separated for years. But one such scene on Sunday’s episode, between Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and Sansa Stark, wasn’t received as sweet or endearing but rather seen as disappointing and problematic by many fans.

Back on season two, The Hound fled King’s Landing and offered to take Sansa with him, to bring her back home. She declined. On the most recent episode, titled “The Last of the Starks,” he expressed regret that he couldn’t protect her.

“You’ve changed, Little Bird,” he said, using Cersei’s old nickname for Sansa when she was the royal family’s hostage. “None of it would have happened if you’d left King’s Landing with me. No Littlefinger. No Ramsay. None of it.”

“Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a little bird all my life,” she replied.

Ramsay sansa game of thronesHBORamsay with Sansa on season five.

They’re referring to two men who abused Sansa for political and personal gain. Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish betrayed the Starks, sold Sansa to an abusive husband, and tried to manipulate her at every turn. Ramsay Bolton was the abusive husband, who raped Sansa every night they were together.


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Sansa has evolved since escaping from Ramsay and has since been given multiple revenge plotlines, which included the satisfying murders of both men.

But many fans found this line of dialogue rather disturbing, as it implies that women should be grateful for men who harm them because it “builds character” – or that women can be strong and empowered only if they have endured some form of abuse.

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Many fans pointed out that “Game of Thrones” has often been criticised for its lack of female writers, which may explain why scenes like this are poorly received by women.

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Others, however, felt that Sansa’s reaction to her trauma was realistic and relatable.

For her part, Sophie Turner has defended her character’s controversial and traumatic experiences, as well as Sansa’s reactions to them, many times.

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