Jon Snow And Sansa Stark's Fight On 'Game Of Thrones' Stems From Sexism
Game of Thrones took over San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 21 with a brand new trailer, an awesome panel moderated by Kristian Nairn (HODOR!) and Gwendoline Christie making news about Brienne and Tormund.
But they weren't the only ones talking about the coming season. Sophie Turner stopped by the Entertainment Weekly booth and talked about some of the issues Sansa is facing this season, especially in regards to her brother (cousin, whatever), Jon Snow.
As we know from the premiere, Sansa and Jon are having issues. He's trying to lead, and she's trying to well, lead, via passive aggressive pushing from behind. As she asked him upon yet another session where they clashed in front of the Lords of the North: "Would [listening to me] be so terrible?"
When EW asked her about their struggle, Turner said:
I think the sibling rivalry stems from childhood. The reality is Jon is the military man, and the sexism exists where he believes that [a man should be in charge]. And in reality, Sansa is a really wonderful politician, and he doesn't recognize it enough to appreciate it. It's difficult because military-wise, she doesn't know anything. And she's kind of butting in on that respect. And he, on the other end, is trying to be more of a politician, and he doesn't know as much as she does. If they could just learn to collaborate.
If they collaborated, indeed! But as Turner notes, there is a huge problem. It's called the patriarchy, and, unfortunately, Jon Snow has bought into it to the point that he can't see how good at politicking Sansa has become.
But what Jon does see, which Sansa probably doesn't realize is also coloring his judgement, is how far from the Stark tree Sansa has moved. As she admitted to him, Cersei trained her. (She's also wearing Cersei's hairstyle, a sure sign she's in "Cersei mode".) But Sansa hasn't just learned from Cersei. She is, at this point, as much of a product of the teachings and examples set by Littlefinger, Ramsay Bolton, Margaery Tyrell, and Cersei Lannister as she is of the Stark clan.
And that might be a very good thing. After all, "bad at politics" is what got the entire Stark clan killed. The question is, can Jon see the value in what Sansa is bringing to the table before it's too late?