After the time Sophie Turner has had you'd think it'd take a lot to shock the up and coming young star. From achieving worldwide recognition for her portrayal of Sansa Stark in HBO's widely loved Game of Thrones to her recent turn as comic book superhero Jean Grey in [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267), Turner's had a pretty exciting time of it as an actress and her career is only just on the upwards.
Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to premiere on April 24, and the upcoming season marks the first time that the show will seriously diverge from the narrative of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. For some fans this presents a dilemma. The show has already taken major steps away from its source in Season 5 - such as the sacrificing of Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) and the rape of Sansa Stark (damn, the showrunners really don't like women do they?) - something which has irked some fans.
It might seem like Season 5 would be hard to top in terms of the shock factor (and not just for the aforementioned reasons) but speaking to Entertainmet Weekly Turner teased the upcoming season to be the most shocking yet:
"This season there’s so many shocks, it’s massive. It’s the biggest season yet. And just in terms of character development, so many people’s storylines, I’m so excited for."
But perhaps even more excitingly Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to be the time of Sansa Stark.
It's no secret that she's had a pretty terrible time of it in the show, even by Game of Thrones standards. From watching her father die in Season 1 to being married off (again) to the terrifying Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) before escaping his clutches with Theon Greyjoy / Reek (Alfie Allen) in the intense Season 5 finale.
Her storyline has seriously diverged from the books ever since she escaped from Kings Landing and Season 6 is going to pick up her narrative and take it in a new direction, one we've never seen before as according to Turner we're "finally getting that storyline that you've been craving for the past five seasons".
It's going to be her biggest season yet, and that's something we're really excited about:
"It’s probably [Sansa's] best season yet. It’s her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it’s really good."
Turner goes on to tease that, after all the trauma she's been through, Season 6 will finally see Sansa come into her own. Now that the writers have free reign with her and the rest of the cast we're really excited to see what direction they're going to take her in for the new season, and see her finally getting "the respect that she deserves".