We’ve seen time and time again that marriage is one of the best strategic moves when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones. Houses will force alliances through marriage, strengthening their forces for the conflict that is inevitably just around the corner.
Now that Sansa Stark (or is it still Bolton?) is the Lady of Winterfell and conveniently single after her late husband had an unfortunate run in with a hungry dog, speculation is running rampant about who she may decide to settle down with. Littlefinger is obviously keen to throw his name in the hat, but there are other options. The Starks could still use the help of the Tullys or the Greyjoys. Or even the Targaryens. Then again, after failed marriages to Joffrey Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, and Ramsay Bolton, maybe Sansa just wants to stay single for a bit and find herself, ya know?
A new fan theory introduces a new possibility though. Now that the show has basically confirmed that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (and NOT the bastard son of Ned Stark and some bar wench), some are speculating that Jon and Sansa could marry, form a powerful Stark-Targaryen alliance, and become the First Couple of Fire and Ice.
Where’s the proof, you ask? Well, it all goes back to a short story that George R.R. Martin published in 2005 called The Hedge Knight. It tells the story of a tournament where suitors would vie for the hand of Lord Ashford’s daughter. The five suitors were Ser Lyonel Baratheon, Lord Leo Tyrell, Ser Tybolt Lannister, Ser Humfrey Hardyng, and Prince Valarr Targaryen, which seem to parallel the potential suitors that Sansa has dealt with so far.
Of course, all of this would mean that Jon Snow’s true birth origins are revealed to all of Westeros, and more importantly, accepted as fact by everyone who has known him as Ned Stark’s bastard all these years. And the fact that they are still cousins, despite no longer being half-siblings.