“You told me that life was not a song. That I would learn that one day, to my sorrow.” She felt tears in her eyes, but whether she wept for Ser Dontos Hollard, for Joff, for Tyrion, or for herself, Sansa could not say. “Is it all lies, forever and ever, everyone and everything?”
"Robert wanted to be loved. My brother Tyrion has the same disease. Do you want to be loved, Sansa?”
"Everyone wants to be loved."
saunteredvaguelydownward asked: Brienne or Sansa
On one hand, yes we shouldn’t retrofit Sansa as manipulative and cruel (although she is manipulative, she has to be, and manipulative doesn’t necessarily mean cruel or amoral), but on the other hand we shouldn’t conflate Sansa being in a position of power or gaining political agency and acting on it as Sansa becoming cruel or manipulative, or people seeking that power and agency as a means of shaping Sansa into something cruel or power-hungry.
We’ve seen in the text that Sansa wants Winterfell and home, and is at least passively supportive of becoming Lady of Winterfell, because she thinks that she is the only Stark left to take it. That is in the text. Sansa wanting political agency as Lady of Winterfell is textual. Thinking that Sansa is going to gain agency as Lady or QitN, however briefly, is not a “Sansa is only a good character if she gains power” sort of thing. It’s a legitimate interpretation of her narrative arc.
"He wanted to reach her, to break through the armor of her courtesy."