Sansa Stark was raised by her mother to be a proper lady, as she was. It was her dream to become a princess and a queen, to be courted by a knight or a prince. She very much mirrored the life of a young Elizabeth of York, who also wanted to be queen since childhood. Sansa sees the romance in jousting tournaments and courtly duties and dresses. She is not respectful of those she sees below her. In an attempt to save her father’s life and keep her pending marriage to Joffrey Baratheon, Sansa tells Cersei her father’s plans of overthrowing Joffrey, exposing him as an illegitimate child. In the end, her pleas held no mercy for her father, who admitted his crimes against the throne to save his own life and his daughters’, to see his family grow old, and to not rouse war.
Whether Sansa can take hold of her own destiny remains to be seen, but she is slowly learning how to manipulate people to her advantage, something that was always there. Like Queen Eleanor of Castile, Sansa will contribute her wisdom with grace and kindness to any lord or king. In A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa declared, “My skin has gone from porcelain, to ivory, to steel.” She truly has been hardened through the years. Like the exact replica of Winterfell she built in the snow, she may be able to rebuild Winterfell to its former glory of how she recalls it. Just as her mother learned to love Ned Stark, she, too, could learn to love Harrold Hardyng and marry the Vale and Winterfell, honoring the House Tully and House Stark as the future of both houses. Sansa represents hope in that every time she is let down, she sees hope for a happier end.