Sophie Turner’s making everyone cry with her final thoughts on getting to play Sansa Stark
Whether you approve of how Game of Thrones ended or not, it’s pretty bittersweet knowing the original series has come to an end. We’ve been invested in these characters for eight years, and let’s be honest — goodbyes are never easy. Imagine how the cast is feeling knowing they are coming to the end of what will likely be the job of a lifetime. Sophie Turner, who played the bold and brave Sansa Stark, sweetly thanked fans and her character for helping shape the woman she is today.
The newly married Turner took to Instagram to share her feelings after the series finale aired last night on HBO. “Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery, and what true strength really is. Thank you [for] teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love,” she wrote next to an adorable picture of the cast as they wrapped up Season 8.
She went on to say that she grew up with Sansa. “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.” Fans watched Turner’s character morph from a naive little girl into a powerhouse leader who remained committed to family and defending the Stark name until the very end.
Her costar Emilia Clark shared the same photo yesterday, paying homage to her character and all the fans who’ve been with them from the beginning. “Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,” Clarke wrote. “The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say there better be spin-offs a plenty. There’s too many loose ends to tie up. Where does John end up? Does Ghost live forever? (Because he better.) Is there actually anyone else for Bran to rule over after Drogon’s fire bath? Is Arya off to discover America? It’s too much, people. No one is ready for these stories to be over.
“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,” Turner continued. “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.”
So will we, Sansa. So. Will. We.