Tomorrow (Sunday, April 14), the eighth and final season of the global phenomenon that is Game of Thrones will begin airing—and we’ll finally start to get some answers about how the heck this thing is actually going to end. In the meantime, even the more casual fans like myself have taken to analyzing the frames of whatever footage HBO sees fit to release, not to mention deep-diving the promotional interviews the cast has given for hints. Hey, you have to look for clues where you can with this show—after all, its cast and creators are famously tight-lipped about revealing spoilers.
Take Sophie Turner‘s recent interview with Entertainment Weekly: Is she perhaps leaving us clues to Sansa Stark’s fate? When asked about her character’s storyline for the upcoming season, Turner had this to say: “Sansa this season is very much enjoying becoming a leader in her own right and the leader of Winterfell, and this year there are certain challenges of people who come into her life that threaten that. She has to go behind a few backs and risks tearing apart her family.”
It already seemed pretty clear that Daenerys (and her dragons) would present at least one of those challenges. Co-star Emilia Clarke, who plays the powerful character, has also hinted at tension between the two characters.
Turner also almost seems to confirm a popular fan theory about Sansa and Jon Snow: “Her [Sansa’s] relationship with Jon [Snow] is struggling because he’s so clearly in love with Daenerys and believes in her completely. Sansa thinks she’s power-hungry and not the rightful queen. There’s a huge amount of fighting between Sansa and Jon.”
Plus, Sansa doesn’t exactly love the idea of having dragons around. “She’s not happy because she’s going to have to feed these dragons,” Turner says. “They require a lot of food, and they have limited resources.”
This all sounds pretty ominous—especially because we know that no character, big or small, is ever safe on Game of Thrones. It’s Turner’s quote about going behind a few backs that sounds like a clue that she might either go all the way to the Iron Throne or die because she betrays someone close to her. And as Cersei Lannister famously says in season one, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”