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Sansa Stark is the Most Underrated Character on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Nov 26, 2013 | 5:00pm EST

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The eldest Stark daughter gets a bad rap on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but we think Sansa should get a little more appreciation. Let’s be honest, on a show that kills off characters as often as Game of Thrones, it’s an impressive feat that a teenaged girl has lived to see the fourth season. However, Sansa usually gets shafted in favor of her little sister Arya — who is a total badass with a sword at the age of 11. (She’s even killed some people.) 

Just because Sansa can’t swing a sword doesn’t mean she can’t play the game — yeah, we’re talking about the game of thrones. When she arrived at Kings Landing in the first season, Sansa was only 13 and she was engaged the marry Joffrey, the sociopathic prince whose best scene was when his uncle Tyrion slaps him in the face. Despite the dangerous engagement and her father being sentenced to death for treason, Sansa managed to stay alive. (We really can’t stress how much of an accomplishment this is. Seriously, we don’t think we’d last even a few days.)

Despite all her hardship, though, Sansa still has hope. She befriended Margaery Tyrell in season three and tried to get out of Kings Landing by wedding one of the Tyrells. It didn’t exactly work out that way, but the fact that Sansa can try to find a silver lining in her life is seriously admirable.

Even Tyrion, who we can all agree is a political mastermind, said in season two that Sansa might outlive them all, and we’d really love to see that. Sansa would make a great queen. She and Daenerys can rule Westeros together with love and dragons.

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