A lot has happened in Westeros since the very first episode of Game of Thrones aired in 2011. I am quite sure that a lot is still going to happen in the final episodes of the show. Especially since we will find out who will win the game of thrones and who will lose it in the last episode.
Though, I am also sure that we can agree that the characters have changed quite a lot since the first episode up until now – well, at least those who made it this far.
While we can argue about which character has changed the most throughout the past seven seasons for a long time, the showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have explained who they think has changed the most in an interview with Entertainment Weekly and did not even argue about it!
It could have been any character from Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) or Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) but the showrunners both agreed on Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and explained it quite well why they thought she has undergone the greatest change.
“Sansa,” says David Benioff. “She started out so naive and was forced to undergo the most brutal possible education into the world but emerged from it and became this powerful figure and kind of against all odds. I don’t think too many people watching the first season had any expectation that Sansa would become the woman that she became. And part of that is the story and part of that is Sophie Turner and the phenom she turned out to be as an actress. We knew when we cast Sophie that she was this really good child actor but we had no idea she’d become the force that’s she’s become. So, if I had to pick one, I’d pick Sansa.”
Though Dan Weiss agreed with Benioff’s choice, he also added that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has undergone quite a change as well. However, he remarked that his change was mostly due to him becoming the Three-Eyed Raven and thus magic has influenced his character’s change, unlike Sansa’s change, which was due to what has happened to her throughout the story.
Nevertheless, I think we can all agree that both of their choices make a lot of sense, especially when comparing the characters in episode one of season one and episode one of season eight.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.