Just read the other thread.. wow. Same old shit.
Anywho, after taking a look at some of the fascinating
opinions that came up, I have to say that I stand by my view that Sansa betrayed Ned, that she knew at least in part what she was doing by going behind his back, but she didn't do it to hurt him or the rest of her family. The idea that she was so focused on her "need" to be with Joffrey, and so not be parted from her dream, is interesting. I think most children of that age are selfish, and what they want is always at the forefront of their minds. I think all Sansa could see was her heart being broken by being torn away from her prince and her future as queen, something she'd dreamed of for so long. Not for a moment do I believe she expected Ned to be thrown into a dungeon and then killed, and for war to be declared on her "traitor mother and brother". I think she truly saw Joffrey as this amazing, handsome prince, who would love her forever and shower her with gifts, give her the life she'd always dreamed of and make her his queen. I don't think she saw a drop of evil in him until he lopped her fathers' head off.
The thing that annoys me about Sansa is that her life is still
a song. She's been through hell, there's no denying that, but lo and behold, someone comes and rescues her! And who other than the man who loved her mother dearly, probably the one person who will actually look after and love her. Some readers admire her ability to forget the bad things that have happened to her, such as when it starts snowing in the Eyrie, but I shake my head when I read scenes like that. It seems that she hasn't learned much, despite her perils, and that infuriates me. She isn't a very believable character, for me, and she is one I definitely cannot identify with.
As for her 'punishment', I've seen no such comments, and I think she suffered quite enough at the hands of King Festering Boil.
Oh, and I do blame her, at least partially, for what happened with Mycah and Lady. I understand the arguments against blaming her, and I know she must have been scared, but she lied, for no other reason than so she didn't lose her prince. Being scared is understandable, but she had her father and his household guard around her, she should have trusted in her father to protect her. Sansa has never seemed to care about those weaker or socially 'beneath' her, and so I read that as Joffrey meaning more to her than the death of the butchers' boy. Because after all, he was only a butchers' son, who cares about him?
Edit: damn typos..
Edited by Fire&Blood, 15 April 2012 - 07:08 PM.