HBO’s latest episode of “Game of Thrones” saw a tender reunion between Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark, who claim two of the most extraordinary character arcs on the show.
When Theon arrives at his old home, he pledges to fight in the forthcoming battle — all but ignoring the North’s queen, Daenerys Targaryen, in favor of addressing his old friend directly.
“I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa. If you’ll have me,” he says, just before Sansa crosses the room to embrace him.
The pair grew up together like siblings, but haven’t seen each other since season six, episode two, “Home.” They said goodbye just after Theon helped Sansa escape from their mutual tormentor, Ramsay Bolton.
Theon was even willing to sacrifice himself to save Sansa — especially heroic given the loss of identity and horrific torture he endured, causing severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
On the early seasons of “Game of Thrones,” Theon struggled with feelings of abandonment and a lack of belonging, which led him to brutality and betrayal. He has since been given a dramatic redemption arc.
Similarly, Sansa made some grave miscalculations as a naive child on season one. She quickly became a political hostage and learned to adapt, finally emerging as one of the most valuable players on season eight.
Thanks to their similar experiences as captives and pawns — not to mention their abuse at the hands of the same man — Theon and Sansa share a special connection. They’ve been able to give each other strength in times of need.
Fans were thrilled to finally them reunited, especially because the scene offered a brief moment of comfort for the two embattled characters.
It also feels safe to assume that Theon and Sansa’s connection is deep and loving, but purely platonic. Theon’s major character development hinged on reorganizing his priorities. He has long since shed his former reputation as shallow and promiscuous.
Additionally, it may feel inappropriate for the showrunners to prioritize a romantic storyline for Sansa, considering the sexual harassment and abuse she has endured throughout the series — especially with Theon, considering they were raised like siblings.