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Sansa Stark will be 'ruthless' in Game of Thrones season 7, says Sophie Turner

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Game of Thrones fans can expect a much darker and more ruthless Sansa Stark when the show returns in 2017.

Actress Sophie Turner revealed her character's fate in a new interview with Vulture and said the eldest Stark daughter would be calculating and thirsty for power in season seven after a horrendously unlucky run so far.

The half-sister of Jon Snow has been forced into two arranged marriages and one engagement while on the hit HBO series but at the end of season six is reunited with her 'half-brother' and together they recapture their family seat of Winterfell.

In the season finale which aired in June, Snow is jubilantly named King of the North. But when Sansa looks over at her confidant Littlefinger, he is unimpressed.

"At the end of the season, Sansa gets a taste of power – and it's the first time that she's had that ever, really," Turner said.

"She feels like it's deserved because she did so much for Jon and the North, so when she saves the day and doesn't get any recognition for it, it was like she had that first taste of power and then was immediately stripped of it."

Sansa Stark with Littlefinger in Game of Thrones season 5. © Provided by Sydney Morning Herald Sansa Stark with Littlefinger in Game of Thrones season 5.

Turner, 20, said her character felt she deserved more respect from her kin, with possible tension between them in the upcoming penultimate season.

"It would be a real adjustment for Jon to listen to her and do what she says. So she was looking to Littlefinger like, 'oh, you're right. Maybe that pretty picture you painted of me on the throne and you by my side isn't such a bad one'.

"She definitely is a lot more powerful, and it'll be very interesting to see how she handles that coming up this season."

After being manipulated for so long – Sansa was infamously raped by husband Ramsay Bolton on their wedding night – the once-naive and petulant character continues to become more shrewd and calculating in what Turner says is Game of Thrones' "cruel, cruel world".

"It's really starting to feel like there is a dark side to her. She's playing the game now, and very ruthlessly. When she wants something, she's going to go out and get it."

Sansa Stark with half-brother Jon Snow in Game of Thrones' season 6 finale. © Provided by Sydney Morning Herald Sansa Stark with half-brother Jon Snow in Game of Thrones' season 6 finale.

Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have confirmed season eight will be the show's last.

Season seven was pushed back several months to mid 2017 as filming was delayed to coincide with winter in Northern Ireland.

The show, based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels, made history at September's Emmy Awards when it won 12 awards, taking it's total award tally to 28 – the most of any fictional series.

Perhaps Game of Thrones fans could be about to see their first Queen of the North?

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