Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 7.
Sansa and Arya may be best buds again, but that’s not to say the whole Stark family is going to be tension-free from now on.
Just take Sansa and Jon Snow.
Despite the fact a lot of the roadbumps in their relationship were down to Littlefinger’s whisperings, there was still an underlying problem there that won’t have gone away with Baelish’s death: they’re both powerful leaders who don’t always agree, and only one of them can make the decisions.
Well, judging by the letter Jon Snow sent to Sansa in the season finale — the exact contents of which have now been revealed — things are only going to get worse next season:
Here’s a full transcript of that scroll:
Cersei Lannister has pledged her forces to our cause, as has Daenerys Targaryen. And if we survive this war, I have pledged our forces to Daenerys at the rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. We are both coming to organise the defence of the realm.
Jon Snow. Warden of the North.”
Obviously we already know all of the information conveyed, but there are a couple of small points in the letter worth mentioning.
First, look at the language: “I have pledged our forces,” writes Jon. Not only has he made it clear who is in charge with that wording, but he’s also casually conveying an absolutely enormous decision with just a single, blunt line of text. There’s no explanation, and no apology.
The second thing of note is his signature: “Warden of the North”. This is another very blunt way of communicating a pretty huge change in the Starks’ situation. Jon has renounced his former title, essentially a decision that will affect all the Northerners including Sansa, and he’s told her about it in the most flippant way possible.
Now obviously there’s only so much room for writing on these little raven scrolls, but still: Sansa is already feeling left out of the loop, and the contents of this note will only make things worse.
We predict a fair bit of tension when Jon and Daenerys rock up at Winterfell in Season 8.