Game of Thrones fans are anxiously awaiting the eighth and final season to premier in just thirteen days. As the stars get ready to say goodbye to the characters they’ve played for the last decade, Sophie Turner did an exclusive interview with Harper’s Bazaar discussing everything from Sansa Stark to feminism.
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While Sophie Turner may not be bothered by co-star Kit Harington out-earning her by nearly three times, but maybe some of us are. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Turner explains that the discrepancy in salary is easily explained by the vast difference in their characters’ storylines. While Turner’s character, Sansa Stark, has not seen much screen time in the past seasons, Harington’s character, Jon Snow, has been a leading story. Turner goes on to explain that “‘for the last series he had something like seventy night shoots, and I didn’t have that many.'”
Sophie Turner took home around £158,000 each week, while Kit Harington brought home £537,000. Of course, Jon Snow did have a big character arc over the last season to air, ending with a huge reveal. If you ask me, the pay disparity does not cover the absolute inspiration Sansa Stark has been.
When we first meet Sansa, she is in huge contrast to her sister, Arya. While we are immediately rooting for the girl who just wants to play with swords, we don’t know how to react to the girl who wants to be queen. Sansa, however, proves her worth as she is forced to make her way through King’s Landing and the Lannister’s by lying through her teeth at every turn. She stands by as her father is beheaded, unable to react in any way. She survives the emotionally, and often physically, abusive relationship with Joffrey Lannister before she is thrown over for Margaery Tyrell at the second season’s end. Sansa continues to overcome obstacles through the whole series, including her marriage to psychopath Ramsey Bolton.
It’s true we don’t know what is in store this final season for Sansa, but she hasn’t given us a single reason to downplay her character. As for me, I have the highest expectations for Turner’s character.