Pod The Impaler Posted July 21, 2013 Share Posted July 21, 2013 Over the last few pages of the thread, let me agree with those who point out Sansa's marriage was just another act of war by the Lannisters against the Starks. Von Clausewitz said war is a continuation of politics by other means, but I think this can be reversed: politics is a continuation of war by other means. Certainly in the case of this political marriage between Tyrion and Sansa, this is true.Incidentally, Robb Stark also had it correct with regard to Sansa's fate had she actually been made to bear a Lannister child - her usefulness would have expired, and she'd be killed. Now I am not sure if this was just foreshadowing or something more, that Robb did not see the horrible parallel yet to come:Had Sansa been made pregnant with Tyrion (or any Lannisters') child, she would have taken on the role of both Roslin Frey and Edmure Tully - with her own death growing in her belly. (Makes me wonder if Tywin's plans for the RW were intrinsically tied to Sansa's wedding - two enemies end up essentially killed by the birth of their own heirs.) In any case, I would like to say that Tyrion certainly understood this "marriage as weapon" aspect of it, which I would agree contributed to his reluctance to bed her, and helped spur his final reckoning with his father. Sansa's predicament did not leave much moral ambiguity for him to cling to - the other Lannisters were setting him up for another Tysha situation. To do what his father wanted, he'd have to forsake being Tyrion the man and be the Lannisters' "twisted monkey demon" (another monster in his father's service). I think Tyrion was right about what Sansa would have done, had he actually forced a consummation: It would have to be an utterly cold act on his part; she would be "dutiful" (meaning endure it in order to survive), perhaps choosing to "go away inside" in order to cope, as others have.I think for her part, Sansa understood this "act of war" aspect of it too, despite her natural innocence. She was a POW. All she meant to them was leverage against Robb and a claim on the North, this being simultaneously the reason for her horrible captivity, but also the only reason her captors kept her alive. The Lannisters were enemies - even the nicer ones like Tyrion were not actually on her side, and she could never be on theirs. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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