Dear Sansa Stark,
I have to admit that when I first met you, I kind of hated you. You were so prissy and annoying. I always sided with Arya when you two argued, and the way you fawned over Joffrey just because he was a prince nauseated me.
But now I’d like to say, on behalf of all the other readers, viewers and George R.R. Martin, that I’m sorry. As obnoxious as I originally found you, it soon became clear that you were not the master of your own circumstances. You put your trust in people you really shouldn’t have trusted (a certain blonde, sadistic prince comes to mind). You thought that life was a fairy tale, and you lived in this naïve little world in your imagination. You thought a brave knight would come for you or a prince would whisk you away.
Instead, the prince you loved demanded the death of your Direwolf after your sister’s wolf bit him and ran away. Then he killed your dad while you watched. Then everyone in Kings Landing manipulated you. Somehow you were the key pawn in everyone’s plot. Cersei, Littlefinger, Tyrion…the list goes on and on. I like to believe you understood that they were using you and you played along for your own safety, but it’s hard to be sure you didn’t really just believe they had the best intentions.
Regardless, you are the most poorly treated character I have ever come across. No one deserves to go through everything you’ve faced. I admit, I haven’t caught up to where you are at the present time, but I hope you learn how to take charge of things. Being an awesome person seems to run in the Stark blood, so I know you have what it takes to become a powerhouse. You just have to realize your inner badass and figure out that you can be feminine and ladylike without letting everyone walk all over you.
I’m not sure if they have self-improvement classes in Westeros, but maybe someone could teach you how to be a bit more assertive. I think you could really benefit from reading The Help, because you really should be telling yourself every day that you’re kind, smart and important.
So, buck up, Sansa! I believe in you! You don’t have to let everyone else push you around. Come up with a plan and run with it – just please let it somehow involve exacting revenge on all of the horrible people who have treated you horribly.
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Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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