Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
After five long years of torment, it seems as though Sansa Stark has finally come into her own. Following “Battle of the Bastards,” the ninth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, Sophie Turner — who plays Sansa on the HBO drama — spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her role in the fight for Winterfell, and specifically, her takedown of Ramsay Bolton. The 19-year old actress spoke about how her character’s decision to feed her sadistic husband to his hounds felt particularly satisfying.
“I really loved the idea of the Battle of the Bastards,” she told EW. “And I was loving the idea of Jon killing Ramsay. But then I was like, no, Sansa needs her first kill and it has to be Ramsay. No one else but her. And when [Jon] basically says, ‘He’s yours.’ I’m like, ‘Yes!’ She leaves him for dead, walks away doesn’t even watch him die. It’s such a great scene, so well written, and it’s so great to be able to have my first kill.”
However, Turner conceded that Ramsay was right when he told Sansa, “I’m part of you now,” in the moments before he died. “It shows when she sees him in this scene,” she said. “With Joffrey it was different. He was a little boy and he was so angry at her all the time. Whereas with Ramsay there would be serenity, and then he would be such a bastard — in every sense of the word. He just gets under her skin, and he violated her in such a terrible way. He’s imprinted on her, mentally and physically. She can never get that part of her back again.”
“The Winds of Winter,” the tenth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, airs Sunday at 9 p.m. E.T. on HBO.
Read more at EW.com.