“Sansa made herself smile, afraid that he would have Ser Meryn hit her again if she did not, but it was no good, the king still shook his head. “Wipe off the blood, you’re all messy.”
The outer parapet came up to her chin, but along the inner edge of the walk was nothing, nothing but a long plunge to the bailey seventy or eighty feet below. All it would take was a shove, she told herself. He was standing right there, right there, smirking at her with those fat wormlips. You could do it, she told herself. You could. Do it right now. It wouldn’t even matter if she went over with him. It wouldn’t matter at all.
“Here, girl.” Sandor Clegane knelt before her, between her and Joffrey. With a delicacy surprising in such a big man, he dabbed at the blood welling from her broken lip.
The moment was gone. Sansa lowered her eyes. “Thank you,” she said when he was done. She was a good girl, and always remembered her courtesies.” A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65.
Would you stop listening to a band because of many their fans?
Of all of the ships involving Sansa, this is the only one that is based on anything Sansa wants. She thinks about the Hound often. It makes her braver. It makes her stronger. When she’s in trouble, she remembers him and is comforted by it. She is saddened when he leaves her and wraps herself up in his cloak. She recalls the night he came into her room and remembers him kissing her, even though it didn’t get that far. She doesn’t remember being frightened. She thinks about his mouth pressed down on hers. She isn’t engaged in the kiss happening her because she’s thinking about kissing Sandor.
She’s comfortable being honest with Sandor. She doesn’t fear him. She tells him he’s awful. She always remarks on how he touches her, his strength and how gentle he is. Ned notices her watching his joust “moist-eyed and eager”. That chapter is not her POV. She is so involved that her father sees it. He is on her mind to the point of her describing other characters in comparison to him.
For all the shit Sandor gives her, he’s teaching her how to survive. Calling her Little Bird taught her to play the game. Sandor’s treatment of Arya is delicate and teaches her more than if she’d stayed. He refers to her as the little sister often. He takes care of her because she’s a Stark. He could’ve gotten a pretty price off of her at other times and he doesn’t. He cares. Sansa makes him care and she makes him think. Through the scars and through the wine, she touches him. Sandor knows that she’s actually far more than just a Little Bird. I think he’s one of the only characters that sees the she-wolf inside her. Seven hells, he’s one of the only characters that sees her at all. They don’t have heart to hearts, but him telling her she’s well-trained when she maintains that Robb is a traitor lets her know that she can hurt around him. He wakes her up after Joffrey becomes king by gently lifting her from her blankets (and it is mentioned that her only garb is a very thin dressing gown and we don’t get any uncomfortable and inappropriate glances a la Littlefinger). Sandor has nothing to gain in this game of thrones by being kind to Sansa or protecting her, but he wants to and he does.
And part of me hates GRRM for having Tyrion enter in chapter 32. I’d really like to know where Sandor would’ve gone after his cry of “enough”. However, if Tyrion hadn’t have shown up, I’ve a feeling he’d be executed on counts of treason, so thanks for that…
This series is not one in which I think my ship is going to get married and live happily ever after. I’ll consider it a blessing if they meet again. I’ll consider it a blessing if Sandor gets to kill his brother and then die for Sansa. I’ll consider it a blessing if I get one real kiss and a line poignant but probably involving a curse word that I will place on graphics and sob over until the day I die. By no means do I want Sandor in the shape he’s in now and Sansa as the girl she is now to go to dinner and a movie. They push each other in healthy ways and then split and grow. Both of the stories would be entirely different had they not met and interacted with the other. I just want their paths to cross again, now that they’re better, stronger, and more noble people. I want Sansa to fully realize the she-wolf and the queen that she is. I want Sandor to feel, entirely and wholly, feel his losses and move past them and live for himself, however briefly. I want one beautiful moment where these two characters, fully realised in their power and their goodness, are together and recognize what they mean to each other and do something extraordinarily bad ass.
So, I’m sorry, how was I not giving this thought again? Especially compared to other Sansa ships. And even if I was giving it no thought… why does that change how you feel? If you’re in love with someone and I think you guys are cute couple just because his hair looks nice, do you end that relationship?
Haters to the wall.
We’re made out of blood and rust
looking for someone to trust
I think that you came too soon
you’re the honey and the moon
up my night
ever since I’ve been with you
you hold me up
all the time I’m falling down