10:00pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Game of Thrones': Is "Evil" Ramsay a Threat to Sansa?
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "High Sparrow."]
Sansa (Sophie Turner) is playing a very dangerous game.
The young Stark has agreed to marry Ramsay Bolston (Iwan Rheon), whose brutality rivals one of her former fiances, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Sansa's big gamble in Sunday's Game of Thrones gives fans plenty of reasons to worry.
Though Ramsay was the perfect gentleman when greeting Sansa at Winterfell, his horrifying tendencies are not a thing of the past.
Ramsay, the bastard son of Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), was officially made a Bolton last season so he could help rule The North with his father. Sansa hates Roose for helping orchestrate the deaths of her brother Robb (Richard Madden) and mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) at The Red Wedding.
But she ultimately agreed to the marriage, because Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) convinced her that by wedding Ramsay, she could become a player in the game of thrones, rather than a bystander.
Ramsay has spent the last few seasons tormenting Theon (Alfie Allen), and Sunday's episode revealed he'd taken to skinning alive people who displeased him. But his father Roose isn't keen on those tactics, and dad might temper Ramsay — and potentially prevent him from harming Sansa.
"Ramsay is desperate for his father's approval and he wants to be a part of ruling The North," says Rheon. "His dad isn't quite sure of him, obviously, because he's a maniac."
Though Ramsay promises Littlefinger he won't harm Sansa, there's no telling what he'll do behind closed doors. On the other hand, viewers have not seen him harm his lover Myranda (Charlotte Pope), a girl who serves his family. But there's potentially bad news there for Sansa. Myranda looked at her with jealousy when she arrived at Winterfell — and women who make Myranda jealous do not stay in Ramsay's good graces long. Last season, Ramsay hunted a girl with dogs and a bow and arrow for making Myranda jealous with her beauty.
The potential match between Sansa and Ramsay is also is a gamble for the Boltons, who will certainly earn the displeasure of the Lannisters by taking in Sansa, who is suspected of aiding her estranged husband Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) in Joffrey's murder. For the record, neither Sansa nor Tyrion actually had anything to do with his death, but that won't stop Cersei (Lena Headey) from seeking vengeance anyway.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.