Why Theon and Sansa are the perfect non-romantic pairing on 'Game of Thrones'

HBOTheon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode two, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”
  • On Sunday’s episode, Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark were reunited for the first time since early season six.
  • The tender moment struck a chord with many fans.
  • Theon and Sansa share a special connection, thanks to their abuse at the hands of the same man and their joint escape from captivity.
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HBO’s latest episode of “Game of Thrones” saw a tender reunion between Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark, who claim two of the most extraordinary character arcs on the show.

When Theon arrives at his old home, he pledges to fight in the forthcoming battle – all but ignoring the North’s queen, Daenerys Targaryen, in favour of addressing his old friend directly.

“I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa. If you’ll have me,” he says, just before Sansa crosses the room to embrace him.

Theon sansa game of thronesHBOSansa looked relieved and thrilled to see Theon again.

The pair grew up together like siblings, but haven’t seen each other since season six, episode two, “Home.” They said goodbye just after Theon helped Sansa escape from their mutual tormentor, Ramsay Bolton.

Theon sansa season 6 game of thronesHBOWhen they said goodbye on season six, Theon told Sansa he would have died to keep her safe.

Theon was even willing to sacrifice himself to save Sansa – especially heroic given the loss of identity and horrific torture he endured, causing severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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On the early seasons of “Game of Thrones,” Theon struggled with feelings of abandonment and a lack of belonging, which led him to brutality and betrayal. He has since been given a dramatic redemption arc.

Similarly, Sansa made some grave miscalculations as a naive child on season one. She quickly became a political hostage and learned to adapt, finally emerging as one of the most valuable players on season eight.

Theon sansa game of thronesHBOThey also shared a brief moment at the end of the episode.

Thanks to their similar experiences as captives and pawns – not to mention their abuse at the hands of the same man – Theon and Sansa share a special connection. They have been able to give each other strength in times of need.

Fans were thrilled to finally them reunited, especially because the scene offered a brief moment of comfort for the two embattled characters.





It also feels safe to assume that Theon and Sansa’s connection is deep and loving, but purely platonic. Theon’s major character development hinged on reorganising his priorities. He has long since shed his former reputation as shallow and promiscuous.

Additionally, it may feel inappropriate for the showrunners to prioritise a romantic storyline for Sansa, considering the sexual harassment and abuse she has endured throughout the series – especially with Theon, considering they were raised like siblings.

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