As Weiss put it in HBO's post-show reflection, Jon Snow "has to do the right thing. That's why he's Jon Snow. That's why we love him. And that's why he got himself killed." Please tell me there's no way another Jon bites the dust this season. That's not the Queen cue my heart wants right now.
Where does it go? And is this the beginning of a sustained friendship between Sansa and Jon? We already know from the trailers that Jon and the Wildling army will confront Ramsay for the much-touted battle of the bastards, a.k.a. BastardBowl. How Sansa factors in is less clear. After a few brutal encounters with the Lannisters, Petyr Baelish, and the Boltons, she's ready to reclaim Winterfell with or without Jon.
What she lacks in Arya's fighting skills, she makes up for with regal instincts. Sansa has a greater lay of the land than the rest of our players. And she's matured -- the Sansa of Season 1 would never have touched a bite of her Castle Black gruel. In "Book of the Stranger," she stomachs it, she wisely declaring, "There are more important things to think about."
Winterfell could be where Sansa's story ends, filling Ned's absence, rising to ruler status, and welcoming Bran back into the fold if he makes his way back from beyond the Wall. Chances are, it won't be that simple.
Theories in play suggest Jon makes a run all the way to King's Landing -- or wherever the final battle against the White Walkers takes place. If so, I already miss Sansa by his side. Maybe a fiery Daenerys Targaryen could fill the void. It'd be a different kind of warm and fuzzy -- let's hope Jon's actually a Targaryen if Drogon decides to nuzzle him -- but maybe.
The Game of Thrones happy ending will be a blazing inferno of flames, blood, and melted White Walkers. But as long as Sansa and Jon make it to the end, I'll be smiling.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He thinks that Ramsay guy's a real bastard! Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.