Sophie Turner teases a big change, and familiar faces for Sansa Stark in Season 5
By Lightbringer on in Interview.

Sansa Stark not only went though a transformation on our screens this year, but also in the public’s perception of the young girl navigating her way through the world of Game of Thrones. Sansa is finally out of King’s Landing, and ready to put what she’s learned to work to do a little manipulating of her own, and Sophie Turner is welcoming the changes.

In a new interview with Hero Complex during her trip to San Diego, Sophie talks about the public warming up to her character, and how it’s been filming outside of King’s Landing. She also offers up a small tease about what we can expect in Season 5.

This year marked Sophie’s first visit to San Diego Comic-Con, and her experience was made extra special during the Game of Thrones panel when a fan came to the microphone and declared herself a member of Team Sansa. “That was awesome because no one is Team Sansa. People are adjusting. I think it’s helped that she actually did something kind of cool last season where she was like manipulating and a little bit bad-ass.”

Sophie went through quite a few changes along with Sansa in terms of her filming experience. After spending most of her time on Game of Thrones in one place, she was given a welcome change of scenery this year. “It was crazy to get out of King’s Landing. I’ve been there for the past three years of my life. [I went] from having a storyline with nearly everyone in the show, then it was suddenly me and Aidan. It’s nice to have a really meaty chunk of dialogue because Sansa, when she was in King’s Landing, there was no dialogue, so it’s nice to have that change. It is welcome.”

Although there were some perks to being in King’s Landing, namely working with Peter Dinklage, and getting to goof off in the background of some of the bigger scenes.

“Doing the scenes with Peter is fun because he’s so funny and we get on really well. It’s nice because we both really understand the relationship that they have. They have this unspoken trust – she’s so much more open with him than she is with [other people]. You can see she’s a lot more relaxed around him, even if it’s just a snarky comment, she wouldn’t say that to someone else in court. She doesn’t want to trust him because he’s a Lannister but she knows that she can. It’s really sweet.

It’s fun being with Aidan and doing those very intimate scenes with just us two, but I kind of miss being in those huge scenes in the background. You can just kind of mess around and be stupid for the whole day with Peter.”

Sophie has already said that Sansa will be playing out her sexuality to manipulate Littlefinger in Season 5, she doesn’t reveal much more, but says that “there’s a big change for her this season and there’s a few familiar faces around.”

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27 Comments

  1. Dermett
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Speculation and filming spoilers(?) below:

    Brienne and Pod have been spotted filming with certain ‘knights of the Vale’, right? Seems inevitable now that the Maid of Tarth will let another Stark girl slip from her grasp :P

  2. Azad Injejikian
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Familiar faces? No one in AFFC is a familiar face in her storyline so this must be new material- or spoiler material?

    Wasn’t Brienne spotted filming this week with Knights of the Vale riding by on a hill? Is Brienne going to stay in the Vale??!

  3. Winter
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Interesting. Is that a change from the books? Or a discernible change for her character akin to the one we saw in Mockingbird? Waiting with bated breath. Sansa and Paedofinger are a one of my favourite pairings in the series, I really hope she one ups him in the end.

  4. Annara Snow
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Dermett:
    Speculation and filming spoilers(?) below:

    Brienne and Pod have been spotted filming with certain ‘knights of the Vale’, right? Seems inevitable now that the Maid of Tarth will let another Stark girl slip from her grasp :P

    No, they haven’t been spotted filming scenes with any knights of the Vale. They were spotted filming a separate scene in the same location.

  5. Spring
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Winter,

    Yes, book!Sansa in the books is still quite naive but great at roleplaying while show!Sansa is less naive, more confident and seductive. Her scenes with littlefinger is gonna be exciting…for sure.

  6. Bobby
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I have been a fan of Sansa (and Sophie) for a while but honestly dont get the hype about her becoming a ‘badass’ in season 4. She honestly didnt really do anything badass (in my opinion). The only thing she actually did was tell a lie to two random people and then walk down stairs in a dark dress. She slightly manipulated Littlefinger but its not like she outsmarted everyone and becomes the ultimate player (she might do in the future).

    Basically i find it annoying that so many people are jumping on the bandwagon and joining ‘Team Sansa’ simply because she told one big lie

  7. Annara Snow
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Winter:
    Interesting. Is that a change from the books? Or a discernible change for her character akin to the one we saw in Mockingbird? Waiting with bated breath. Sansa and Paedofinger are a one of my favourite pairings in the series, I really hope she one ups him in the end.

    If she meant a change from the books, she would say so. It certainly wouldn’t be implied, especially since most readers of the article are probably not book readers. Also, she can’t know what would be a change from the book and what wouldn’t at this point, since she hasn’t read TWOW.

    She obviously means change in Sansa’s character or circumstances compared to before.

  8. moonlightof1982
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Bobby,

    I’m super glad that is more confident and less afraid, but I don’t think she can defeat Littlefinger. She doesn’t even know him. And as for the sexuality bit, she not willing to get carnal with him. She may flirt with him a little, but I doubt she will lift up her skirts. And a little flirting from Sansa won’t weaken him. It will only excite him. A little kiss here and there, and a little flirting is nothing to shout about.

  9. Annara Snow
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    moonlightof1982:
    Bobby,

    I’m super glad that is more confident and less afraid, but I don’t think she can defeat Littlefinger. She doesn’t even know him.

    She knows him – or rather, what he’s about and what he wants – better than he knows her or what she wants. He doesn’t seem to know it in the show, and in the books he seems to understand her even less.

    And as for the sexuality bit, she not willing to get carnal with him. She may flirt with him a little, but I doubt she will lift up her skirts. And a little flirting from Sansa won’t weaken him. It will only excite him. A little kiss here and there, and a little flirting is nothing to shout about.

    And that’s a bad thing? LOL Of course she won’t have sex with him, why would she? She has nothing to gain from it and a lot to lose, and she’d be just giving him what he wants rather than doing something she wants – which is basically the same fate she’d have if he had complete power over her. Having some leverage over him hopefully means he can’t force any more kisses on her. Flirting with him and letting him think he’s got a chance with her and that she’s going to go along with all his plans (which no doubt include eventually marrying her and/or using her to rule Westeros) is the perfect way to manipulate him. Book!Sansa, who is 13, abused and doesn’t have power in their relationship is also good at the latter. Book!LF would probably go further (though not as far as to take her virginity, she needs it for annulment, if nothing else) if she didn’t seem like a naive 13-year old and if he wasn’t hoping to groom her into accepting him as her lover/husband.

  10. matt v.
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    HBO asked for permision of Dubrovniks authorities to shot a naked scene with Lena Headey with at least 500 extras.

  11. queenofthorns
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    moonlightof1982: And a little flirting from Sansa won’t weaken him. It will only excite him. A little kiss here and there, and a little flirting is nothing to shout about.

    The whole point of this (I hope) is that she will be continually lulling him into a sense of security so that at the opportune time, she can turn on him. Presumably after she realizes what he did to Ned. Of course thats all speculation but IMO it seems to be where the LF-Sansa arc is going.

  12. spacechampion
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    It’ll be a Dangerous Liaisons plotline I hope, folks. Sansa manipulates Littlefinger into crossing the wrong person, someone Brandon Stark-like perhaps Harry the Heir, and they duel to the death. Exit Littlefinger.

  13. Annara Snow
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    spacechampion:
    It’ll be a Dangerous Liaisons plotline I hope, folks.Sansa manipulates Littlefinger into crossing the wrong person, someone Brandon Stark-like perhaps Harry the Heir, and they duel to the death.Exit Littlefinger.

    Littlefinger is not the teenager he once was. He’s not going to be fighting a duel with anyone.

  14. wilson wilson
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns: The whole point of this (I hope) is that she will be continually lulling him into a sense of security so that at the opportune time, she can turn on him.Presumably after she realizes what he did to Ned.Of course thats all speculation but IMO it seems to be where the LF-Sansa arc is going.

    Agree but Littlefinger seems to be Teflon, so I can see him pretty much being last man standing by the end of all this. It will be fun to see Sansa pitting her wits against him though :)

    He gets knocked down
    But he gets up again
    You’re never going to keep him down

  15. Winter
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Bobby,

    I get your frustration with everyone suddenly joining the Sansa brigade, it almost feels like they’ve forgotten all her subtle ways of fighting back when she was a hostage and the ways in which she endured all the pain. However, Mockingbird for me, felt like a transitional moment where she became a bit more proactive and gained a bit of agency, and her descending the stairs felt like a pivotal moment in her arc, as she for the first time used her allure and her likeness to Cat to goad Littlefinger. Someone referring to it all as ‘badass’ moment is hyperbolic, but it’s effective in what it’s trying to achieve with relation to what she’s learnt from the players she’s been privy to.If this converted some people who were on the fence with Sansa, is that a bad thing?

    I agree that we will see a shift in her arc, and given the foreshadowing hints in the book, she is building herself as a figure that could directly impact the politics in Westeros. Let’s just pray she is able to decide her own fate.

  16. Zeus
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    matt v.:

    So that also would bring us to the end of Dance.

  17. Bro, do you even hodor?
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Bobby,

    Spot on. I hate the way Sansa fans will glom on to the tiniest little things and be like, “oh my gods Sansa is the greatest thing since Justin Bieber! squeeeallllll!!!”

  18. KG
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    If that’s true, covering her tattoos might destroy the CGI budget! :O

    matt v.:
    HBO asked for permision of Dubrovniks authorities to shot a naked scene with Lena Headey with at least 500 extras.

  19. vlad
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    “They have this unspoken trust – she’s so much more open with him than she is with [other people]. You can see she’s a lot more relaxed around him, even if it’s just a snarky comment, she wouldn’t say that to someone else in court. She doesn’t want to trust him because he’s a Lannister but she knows that she can. It’s really sweet.”

    Well, that’s what D&D wanted to portray in the show? or she simply doesn’t understand her character??? It’s not like that in the books (I’m not a purist, just curious what others think)

  20. Annara Snow
    Posted August 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    vlad:
    “They have this unspoken trust – she’s so much more open with him than she is with [other people]. You can see she’s a lot more relaxed around him, even if it’s just a snarky comment, she wouldn’t say that to someone else in court. She doesn’t want to trust him because he’s a Lannister but she knows that she can. It’s really sweet.”

    Well, that’s what D&D wanted to portray in the show? or she simply doesn’t understand her character??? It’s not like that in the books (I’m not a purist, just curious what others think)

    She’s talking about the show. It’s obviously not like that in the books. They portrayed Tyrion as much nicer than he is in the books (as they usually do) and they made his relationship with Sansa much friendlier.

  21. Double-Ugleh
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    SO is LittleFinger going to make her red flower bloom again?

  22. Annara Snow
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Double-Ugleh:
    SO is LittleFinger going to make her red flower bloom again?

    She needs Littlefinger to have her period?!

  23. queenofthorns
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow: She’s talking about the show. It’s obviously not like that in the books. They portrayed Tyrion as much nicer than he is in the books (as they usually do) and they made his relationship with Sansa much friendlier.

    Actually… it is sort of like that in the books, too. Yes, Tyrion is definitely nicer in the show but even in the book you get a similar sense that Sansa trusts him more than other people because indeed he does defend her. Of course in both cases she (wisely) keeps him at arms length since he’s a Lannister.

  24. JTargs
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    vlad:
    “They have this unspoken trust – she’s so much more open with him than she is with [other people]. You can see she’s a lot more relaxed around him, even if it’s just a snarky comment, she wouldn’t say that to someone else in court. She doesn’t want to trust him because he’s a Lannister but she knows that she can. It’s really sweet.”

    Well, that’s what D&D wanted to portray in the show? or she simply doesn’t understand her character??? It’s not like that in the books (I’m not a purist, just curious what others think)

    Sophie’s character is the one that david and dan have written for her, which she understands very well. Its nice that some of the cast draws from the books for inspiration but when Sophie refers to her character she refers to the one she is paid to portray, which is show Sansa, not book Sansa. Though they are undoubtedly almost identical, other than the fact that show Sansa develops a relationship with Tyrion and is slightly less stupid.

  25. JTargs
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Im surprised that more people arent speculating who the familiar faces could be! Definitely TWOW spoiler since weve almost caught up with Sansas current storyline already and are absolutely sure to surpass it within the first couple of episodes of season 5. Cant wait

  26. Annara Snow
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    queenofthorns: Actually…it is sort of like that in the books, too.Yes, Tyrion is definitely nicer in the show but even in the book you get a similar sense that Sansa trusts him more than other people because indeed he does defend her.Of course in both cases she (wisely) keeps him at arms length since he’s a Lannister.

    That much is the same, but the part about her trusting him enough and being relaxed around him enough to be snarky and speak her mind is the exact opposite of what it’s like in the books, where she keeps her “courtesy armour”, which frustrates him, and where every moment between them is awkward and uncomfortable.

  27. Annara Snow
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    JTargs: Sophie’s character is the one that david and dan have written for her, which she understands very well. Its nice that some of the cast draws from the books for inspiration but when Sophie refers to her character she refers to the one she is paid to portray, which is show Sansa, not book Sansa. Though they are undoubtedly almost identical, other than the fact that show Sansa develops a relationship with Tyrion and is slightly less stupid.

    You mean, slightly more stupid, despite being a couple of years older. Book Sansa hasn’t acted ‘stupid’ since AGOT. Show Sansa was treated as a joke in season 3 and had the brilliant line “Will my family be able to come to the wedding?”

    They are also not identical because book Sansa had actual storylines of her own while in King’s Landing, such as planning to escape with Dontos for about a year (and actually going to meet an anonymous person in the woods in the night carrying a knife to defend herself if needed!), or a very interesting relationship with Sandor that wasn’t all about him saving her but had her showing strength and compassion (even back early in AGOT when she was 11, comforting him when he opened about to her about his burns: “He [Gregor] was no true knight” – as opposed to show Sansa, who was only allowed to hear it from LF and fearfully say “I won’t tell anyone!”), and book Sansa was also very well aware that the Lannisters were her captors and didn’t let Margaery brainwash her into thinking she has to “make it work” with one of them. Book Sansa was allowed to be brave and defiant in the little ways she could. She was also made her own decision to escape KL, and was hiding that decision from the Lannisters every day, rather than being dragged like a sack of potatoes by Dontos as show Sansa was. Book Sansa also tried to fight Lysa when she was trying to push her through the Moon Door, instead of just screaming and meekly letting herself be dragged. Poor show Sansa isn’t really worse than book Sansa, but wasn’t given almost anything by D&D for a very long time, had 75% of her storyline cut, was treated as a prop and made into a supporting character in the story of her own forced marriage that somehow became all about Tyrion and how noble and victimized he is. Until D&D (probably realizing “oh crap, Sansa is not an idiot after all, we have to fix this storyline ASAP!” after having heard GRRM’s plans for her arc) decided to make her a vamp in black feathery dress, which is supposed to be a super heavy-handed way to show the viewers that Sansa is empowered and a player.


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