Warning: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones’ series finale.
Of all the Game of Thrones women, Sophie Turner’s character Sansa Stark made it out of the finale in a relatively good place: alive, and Queen of the North. But she didn’t win the Iron Throne, despite being a fan favorite to get it; her brother Bran Stark did. Turner herself wasn’t disappointed with Sansa losing out, she told Entertainment Weekly.
“I wasn’t bummed at all,” Turner said “Because ever since the end of season 1, Sansa has not been about the capital or being queen. She doesn’t believe she could rule and doesn’t want to. She knows her place is in the North and she can rule the people of the North and rule Winterfell. She’d probably be capable [of being queen of the Seven Kingdoms] with the help of her family and advisors like Tyrion. But she has no desire to be ruler of all of the Seven Kingdoms.”
Turner expressed her gratitude for the show and her character on her Instagram, prior to the finale airing.
“Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is,” she wrote in her caption. “Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me. To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.”