I was wondering about why Sansa is still a character. Don't get me wrong, she is alright with me, I just feel with everything thats happened that she could have been killed so many times.
I feel that her actions during the beginning represent a scar for the Stark family that are supposed to be looked at throughout the novels. In a way, the way she lied in order to keep the peace is very similar to Ned's inability to do what needs to be done because of his own sense of justice. That might be the reason for the fall of the Starks as legitimate contenders of the Iron Throne. Even if Jon Snow is alive, it seems like he will do great things at a different level. I don't know what you guys thought about this. In a sense Rob was a victim of this as well. He married for love and forgot the one thing that really gave him his power. In a way one could say that Rob, Ned, and Sansa, all died because they were blinded by love. Ned didn't want to break his best friends heart.
I think many will disagree with me, but I think Sansa is dead (Starkness). I read a bit on what people thought about the significance of her Direwolve's death. I'm very much on the idea that her Starkness died when she decided not to tell the truth about what happened by the river. She tried to maintain her personal relationship without doing what had to be done. Rob and Ned also suffered from the same reasons.