Ramsay’s final words to Sansa prior to having his face dismantled by the very same hounds whom he had starved for seven days in this week’s wildly entertaining episode of Game of Thrones had an ominous ring to them.
One interpretation is that, even with vengeance achieved, the darkness that resides in Sansa’s psyche was planted there by the Bolton bastard. Her traumatic wedding night lives on in the memory, and it drives her actions in the present,
An alternative theory, though, takes Ramsay’s words far more literally: Is there a mini Ramsay growing inside of Sansa?
What’s In A Word?
In the interest of transparency, I think I should say that there’s not much in the “evidence for” column right now. Probably most persuasive is Sansa’s statement to Littlefinger earlier this season: “I can still feel what he did to me.” Though, that could just as easily be a reference to the emotional scars that endured after Ramsay’s rape, as it could to any physical pain or side effects.
If you really want to find evidence in the mundane, you could also observe the fact that Sansa got a new fur coat when she returned to Castle Black and suggest it was designed to hide a growing stomach (but Castle Black is even further north than Winterfell, and as everybody knows — Winter is coming).
The Timeline Conundrum
The strongest evidence in the “against” column is the passage of time. Sansa left Winterfell with Theon Greyjoy, met up with Brienne and Pod, and then traveled to Castle Black. Since then, Theon has traveled back to the Iron Isles, before crossing the sea to Meereen. His return to Pyke was brief, so in total four weeks may have passed since he parted ways with Sansa, which is about how long she and Jon would have spent rounding up men from the various Houses of the North in prep for the attack on Winterfell.
Arya’s story played out simultaneously on Braavos, and that seemed to play out over a maximum of a couple of weeks between regaining her sight, receiving her assignment to kill Lady Crane, and betraying her Faceless Man training.
So, the entire timespan of Season 6 could be anywhere from a fortnight to, at most, a couple of months (if Arya’s story actually finished much earlier in the season, and she’s spent the time since making her way back home). Plus, If Sansa was pregnant, she could always sip on a cup of Moon Tea, the brew used to abort unwanted babies, just like Cersei before her.
All of the above means that there’s practically no chance anybody could know Sansa was pregnant, or that there’d be any physical clues which would require her to cover up in an enormous coat. She probably just knew she’d look like the majestic Queen of the North she is in that incredible fur.
Lord Baelish’s Great Opportunity
Despite everything said above, let’s allow ourselves to imagine for one horrifying minute or two that Sansa really does have the grand-spawn of Satan growing inside of her.
That would be the perfect opportunity for Littlefinger to make his most brazen power play. If the Lord of Riverrun were to marry Sansa, he could claim the baby as his own, therefore eradicating a legitimate Bolton heir and giving Sansa’s child a relatively sane (but also inherently scheming and possibly evil) father figure.
While that would be an interesting development (and I won’t lie, there’s a part of me that would kill to see Sansa and Littlefinger in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-style love/hate marriage, each pushing the other to the brink of insanity with increasingly callous mind games), I stand by what I said above: There simply isn’t any evidence that Sansa is actually pregnant, and there’s plenty to suggest she’s not.
Ramsay is part of her now. So is Petyr Baelish. Sansa may have shed some of her Stark skin in her transition to adulthood, but she won’t be birthing a Bolton any time soon. Check out the trailer for the Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” above.
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You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon, and you are my daughter.