Here's a short summary of how i feel about Sansa at the moment.
You know in like, kung fu movies, theres always that little guy who hangs out and does fuck all for most of the movie? He just sits there watching while everyone is busting out badass moves? Hes just chillin', gauging the situation, seeing who's side does what and calculating everyone's moves. You keep thinking "dude, go kick ass already!" but hes not budging.
Not until the final act of the film, that is.
Things are looking bad for both ends in the movie. Everyone is getting their asses kicked by each other. The Big Bad looks like he might actually win. But then, Little Dude gets up and saunters over and busts out with incredibly badass kung fu move that leaves the Big Bad defeated and everyone going "HOLY SHIT" including the audience. Yeah? That trope. That trope right there.
Sansa is that trope. At least i feel she is.
Shes gotten tugged around as a load for most of the story. She's sat on her laurels for a good while, only getting up every once in while to do something kinda cool. Shes been led around, beaten, smacked around, dragged through shit and back, and now is hiding her very identity. Shes in the clutches of one of the Big Bads of the story, Littlefinger. Shes hearing his side of things as well as the Lords Declarant. She sees Lysa fly, sees Sweetrobin's situation, sees LF's plan for her to get the Vale via Harry The Heir. She's hearing about Jon becoming LC of the NW. Shes listening to everything. Its only a matter of time before she actually makes a move. And when she does, it will be awesome. Shes gonna get up and bust out with her own brand of Kung Fu and make the audience go "duuuuuude...."
What is that move you ask? Well that depends. But i think it has Littlefinger and possibly Harry The Heir meeting Chekhov's Hairnet. Our baby girl isnt gonna stay sweet forever. Shes gonna put on her special Saving The World Boots on and take matters into her own hands. I think she will end up with the Vale. She has a claim there even if it is by marriage. If she disposes of Harry The Heir, the Vale is hers without a marriage. Robb's will disinherits her from Winterfell but that wont matter too much if she can get her paws on another hunk of land and bannermen. Mwahahahahahahahh.
I love this so much!! I needs to be requoted, dammit
I've highlighted the part that people imo tend to take issue with Sansa. Yes, she's been beaten, stepped on, threatened, mocked, moved like a pawn, 'dragged through shit and back', so why didn't she do anything? Is it really because she's a 'polite lady' and we are expected to believe (or possibly being force fed that notion against our better judgement) that it's somehow a bad thing.
The word that most often comes to mind when thinking about Sansa is "agency". Sansa's capacity for action and exertion of her inner power and strength is quiet, but it's growing. She is learning, and like Flo
, pointed out, she's gonna come out of nowhere and act upon her power, because she was unyielding and defiant.
To me the true heralding of Sansa's return to power is when she builds her Snow Castle. It is both beautiful and cathartic, because she finally feels like she has escaped the clutches of her captors. However it also feels like she's making a to-do list, and before getting around to it, she wonders what it is she truly wants.
That is one of the richest chapters in the book, in terms of foreshadowing, as well as thematic symbolism. There's a thread on it, Dr. Pepper
has kindly provided the links. I highly recommend that particular thread if you are new to understanding Sansa (hence you might have to work backwards)
I also agree with butterbumps
in their interpretations of Sansa.
And while the Snow Castle is my favorite Sansa chapter, the true point of no return, when I knew that I loved her, was when she point blank said to Joffrey "or maybe he'll give me yours"
that's a lot of cheek for a 'naive and polite lady'