Six seasons ago on Game of Thrones, two little Stark girls set out for King's Landing with their father.
One of them, Sansa, traveled south with dreams of her beautiful blonde prince dancing in her head, and the promise that one day she would become queen. The other, Arya, was a wild tomboy, whose mother hoped she would grow into a lady and father hoped seeing more of the world would calm her down.
The sixth episode of the first season, "A Golden Crown," was the last time the two of them saw each other alive.
It's been a long time coming, but this season's promotional photos have teased that after all these years, the Starks will finally reunite. Fans aren't the only ones who hope for it either. In her interview with Time Magazine ahead of this season, Maisie Williams, who plays the younger Stark sister, says her biggest dream for Arya this season is that long awaited family reunion.
I would like her to meet with her family members again. I don't really know how that would go down, but I would love for the Starks to be able to work together. That's my hope for her future. It'd be really lovely to finally share a scene.
Arya is back in Westeros for the first time since Season 4. As of the finale of last season, she's in the Riverlands, but hopefully going north is in her future.
Sansa, on the other hand, never left Westeros. And unlike Arya she's already started reuniting with her family -- well, at least Jon Snow, which she believes to be her half-brother. She's also already made it home to Winterfell. In fact, one could argue she's responsible for taking it back with her well-timed arrival during the Battle of the Bastards.
But despite all this, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, has the same dreams as the sister who's been away. She wants her family to come home to her. In her own interview with Time Magazine, she says her hope for Sansa this season is to surround herself with "a strong family."
...my hope is that she finds her family again and the Starks are strong again — the remaining Starks! We have Jon and Sansa at Winterfell, so this is a good start, and I hope that they find each other again and become one of the most powerful families in the Seven Kingdoms again.
Even if they don't reunite, Turner says her relationship with Maisie outside the show is one that will never break.
I've never had a friendship like it, and I've really never had a relationship like it in my life. Because we've been through a lot together, and a lot that my friends back home — they haven't been through those experiences, and they can't really grasp some things that I or she go through. So, to have someone that knows exactly what I'm going through and came from the same kind of background, it made us so incredibly close that a lot of people think we're dating. A lot of people think we're in love!
Mophie 4eva. Maybe one day this season, that will become true on screen, too.
Game of Thrones returns July 16, 2017, at 9 p.m. on HBO.