Tearful reunions exist in Game of Thrones Season 8, but perhaps one of the most startling ones was the now intimidating, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and the once-gentle Reek, who were rehabilitated Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Their warm embrace of Theon's return to Winterfell has asked fans if there's any time for a love story in the series. Could Sansa and Theon fall in love?
Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy were childhood friends.
When Sophie Turner got her first role in Game of Thrones, she was only 14 years old. Cast as 13-year-old Sansa, she meets Theon as a child in her home in Winterfell. Theon was taken hostage by her father (Ned Stark) when Balon Greyjoy attempted (and failed) a rebellion against the Iron Throne. The two were raised together as friends and as practical siblings. He was well looked after by the Starks and raised next to Winterfell's heirs: Rob.
That's why Season 2 is especially heartbreaking when Theon betrays the Stark family.
Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy have a difficult family history.
Apart from Theon's father, who wanted to bring down the Starks, he and Sansa have more family problems. In the second season, Theon tells Rob Stark by riding to Winterfell to take over the castle and then the north. In a show of power, he's probably following and killing the two youngest Stark guys: Rickon and Bran. Although viewers quickly find out he burned the boys alive and actually burned two innocent villagers. Can Sansa forgive and trust someone who wanted to kill his two baby brothers as an actor?
If not, he can be held absolutely responsible for the deaths of her brother, his mother, his sister-in-law and many others of the soldiers who are faithful to her family as he is the catalyst for the events leading the Red Wedding. Regardless of where the blame lies, Theon was particularly terrible to the Starks and has a lot of work to do if he wants to save himself.
Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy are linked by a joint trauma
Sansa and Theon were rejoined by Ramsey Bolton when he took Winterfell from the latter. Both Theon and Sansa had a tremendous trauma under Ramsey: Theon was tortured and mutilated and Sansa was sexually and physically exploited. This shared trauma could be one possible explanation for their hug in Season 8: they just get along in ways no one else could.
Sansa Stark and Theon Grayyyy's Escape and Survival
The sixth season brings Theon's heroic support as Sansa finally flees Winterfell and goes to her brother Jon Snow in Castle Black. Although ultimately the pair of Brienne is rescued by Tarth. Theon still does not feel comfortable facing Jon and Sansa is left to Brienne. Does that make him a hero or a coward in Sansan's eyes?
Sansa Stark has grown up and become wiser
Sansa has repeatedly suffered from lovers' hands. (Think: Joffrey, Little Finger, Ramsey) Her powerful transformation from a little girl to a power plant of the north does not leave much room for love interest. When she's reunited with Theon in Season 8, her eyes widen with tears of vague feelings when she first sees Theon.
Sansa Stark's Reunion with Theon Greyjoy
At the reunion of Season 8 we all wonder about the depth of their feelings for each other. Is Sansan's reaction relieved and happy that Theon is still alive? Or the appreciation that he came to redeem himself in Winterfell? It seems a bit more, as Theon's reaction shows, when Daenerys asks him why he is in Winterfell.
When questioned by Daenerys and Sansa, he explains that his sister Yara sails back her fleet to conquer the Iron Islands and claim them on her behalf. When Daenerys asks why he's in Winterfell, Theon just looks at Sansa. This look is full of meaning and emotions.
He says, "I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa. If you will have me. "
And then there's the hug. There is relief and definitely affection, but love? Only time will tell how their relationship will end.
Unfortunately, there is not much time for us (and for Sansa and Theon). At the end of Episode 2, Sansa and Theon share a meal and conversation during their last night on Earth. They clearly enjoy the chosen company during the last meal.