Everyone has their ships, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Sandor Clegane and Sansa Stark. Now, the Hound is back and, with him romance is back in the, quickly chilling, Westeros air.
A scarred brute on the outside, Sandor’s “from afar” longing for Sansa is the closest thing Game of Thrones has to the courtly romance that Sansa longed for when she first left Winterfell.
He lent her his cloak when Joffrey ordered her stripped in the throne room and saved her from rape and offers to take her with him when he flees during the Blackwater. He protects her sister for months as they go back and forth across the Riverlands and even earning a kind of mercy from Arya, who removes the Hound from her list, but leaves him to die, broken after his fight with Brienne.
But what hope is there for our hero when his “Little Bird” won’t even look at him in the eye because of his horrible scars. Early in The Door, when Sansa talks to Littlefinger, she hints at the horrible things that Ramsey has done. He didn’t touch her face, but he can feel what he did all over her body.
I believe that Sansa’s body is now as scarred as the Hound’s face. Where he can’t escape public shame, her disfigurement can be completely concealed until the moment she wants to become physically intimate with a suitor. All her trials have given her a unique empathy for Sandor’s plight and I look forward to when these two characters encounter each other again.
Unlike other female characters on the show (Margaery, Shae, Daenerys), Sansa’s costume has always been very demure. She briefly flirted with Southern fashions, but as she became disillusioned with the court at King’s Landing, her look shifted back to the demure Northern style.
For a more detailed look at her costumes over the season, check out How Sansa’s Wardrobe Mirrors Her Character
For the romantics, the stages of courtly love, care of Wikipedia:
- Attraction to the lady, usually via eyes/glance
- Worship of the lady from afar
- Declaration of passionate devotion
- Virtuous rejection by the lady
- Renewed wooing with oaths of virtue and eternal fealty
- Moans of approaching death from unsatisfied desire (and other physical manifestations of lovesickness)
- Heroic deeds of valor which win the lady’s heart
- Consummation of the secret love
- Endless adventures and subterfuges avoiding detection
I’ve been predicting this since the beginning of this season, but I want to get it on record. The Brotherhood is featuring more and more, Brienne and Jaime (speaking of ships) are in the Riverlands and Brother Ray was hanged. Lady Stoneheart is coming.