Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has gotten engaged to musician Joe Jonas. The pair announced the engagement in cute crossover Instagram posts:
But is this a cause for celebration, or for concern?
This isn’t the first engagement for the 21-year-old Turner. As Sansa Stark on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, Turner has been engaged three times: to King Joffrey, Tyrion Lannister, and bastard Ramsay Bolton. And things haven’t worked out very well for any of her would-be husbands.
The marriage between Sansa Stark and King Joffrey was called off when the Lannisters found a more advantageous pairing in Margaery Tyrell. However, fearing how the twisted Joffrey would treat Margaery, and sensing a better opportunity to control the kingdom by wedding her to Joffrey’s brother, Tommen, Olenna Tyrell arranged to have Joffrey poisoned at his own wedding, causing the tyrant to meet a violent end.
Sansa, meanwhile, was married to Joffrey’s uncle, Tyrion Lannister. Though Tyrion was a much kinder arranged husband than Joffrey would have been, and though the marriage was forced on him as well, things didn’t fare much better for the imp. Accused of poisoning his nephew, Tyrion was arrested and sentenced to death, only managing to escape after murdering his own father. Tyrion has since found himself in the service of rival queen Daenerys Targaryen, making him the only husband or fiancee of Sansa Stark to escape with his life, though there’s still one more season left in the show for Tyrion to be gruesomely murdered.
After escaping Kings Landing with the help of creepy pseudo-uncle Littlefinger, who himself had designs on Sansa’s love, the beleaguered Stark princess found herself married once again, this time to Ramsay Bolton, the bastard of Roose Bolton. Ramsay proved himself even more sadistic than Joffrey, and no one shed a tear when Sansa fed him to his own hounds. Nonetheless, the streak of unlucky lovers for Sansa Stark continued.
That brings us back to Littlefinger, of course, a man who coincidentally bore a striking resemblance to Turner’s new beau. Though Littlefinger never managed to execute his apparent plan of marrying Sansa himself, he too met a violent death at the hands of Sansa’s sister, Arya, after the elder stark sentenced him to death for betrayal.
Of course, all of the above are technically fictional characters, as is Sansa Stark. More importantly, other than Tyrion, they all deserved their fates. Still, we can’t deny that it’s a slightly worrying track record all the same, one which must surely cause at least a twinge of doubt for any would-be suitor.
But we’re sure it will be fine this time. Just so long as Turner doesn’t end up possessed by a vengeful, bird-themed cosmic death god, like her character in the X-Men movies.
We wish the best of luck to the happy, newly betrothed couple.