This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
Game of Thrones may be over, but the debate about how it ended will likely go on forever. That’s what happens when a show and its characters are so beloved. You’ll still easily find pockets of people ready to debate the finales of Seinfeld, The Sopranos, or Lost at any given moment.
But Sophie Turner (a.k.a Sansa Stark), for one, is not here for the backlash, most specifically the petition started by fans who want to completely redo the show’s eighth and final season. But she kind of expected the divided reaction.
“Honestly, I’m not surprised. People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel,” she told the New York Times. “The thing about Game of Thrones that’s always been amazing is the fact that there’s always been crazy twists and turns, right from Season 1 with Ned’s beheading. So Daenerys becoming something of the Mad Queen — it shouldn’t be such a negative thing for fans. It’s a shock for sure, but I think it’s just because it hasn’t gone their way.”
But feeling that way and demanding the show be changed, well that’s a different story. “All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she continued. “Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”
Turner also weighed in on that controversial scene where Sansa appeared to be crediting her abusers with making her the woman she became. “I obviously think that’s not a message to spread. But I don’t think that was the intention,” she said. “It was that she was strong in spite of all of the horrific things that she’s gone through, not because of them. She’s had resilience since the very beginning, and despite all of these awful things that happened to her, she’s kept that resilience. Sansa to the core is resilient and brave and strong, and that had nothing to do with her abusers.”
The Queen in the North has spoken—and that’s the tea.