Game of Thrones: 5 characters that deserve spinoffs

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Sansa, Queen in the North

Wanting to follow Sansa is simple: Sansa just created a new country. That’s going to come with growing pains.

Sansa is clearly going to be a good leader. But it’s really still too soon to tell how she’s going to rule.

She doesn’t take kindly to betrayal and, while not quite as brutal, she does have a side of her that can be a little Daenerys/Cersei-esque when it comes to justice and punishment. After all, she spent her entire life watching the minds of Cersei, Joffrey, Ramsay and Littlefinger manipulate, control and terrify the people around them.

She’s seen how that managed to work for them.

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But, thankfully, she’s also seen how it failed them. She knows the power of a kind leader, like Jon was. She’s shown she had the mind for leadership, taking the best qualities for her former torturers. Hopefully that translates into a balanced reign in the North.

(Speaking of her torturers, a spinoff would allow the writers to actually delve deeper into what it means for Sansa to be a survivor of sexual assault. Not these writers. Find other writers, women writers, and let them tell that story. I digress.)

Aside from simply her reign, she’s the lone Stark tasked with the survival of the Stark house. Arya never seemed interested, Jon’s a Targaryen and (as far as she knows) can’t have a family, and Bran can’t have kids. Sansa has to bear a huge burden there, especially since we’ve seen no decent, eligible men on the horizon. Does she merge houses with another house in the North? Does she marry someone lowborn? Does she never marry and, like the Iron Throne, allow the crown to be passed by vote when she dies?

Finally, as Queen in the North, it probably falls to her to fix the gaping hole in East Watch by the Sea.

East Watch by the Sea

This is a tricky one mostly because there’s a big question as to whether the Night’s Watch is even necessary anymore.

Sure, Castle Black is still being used as a sort of federal detention center for Westeros, but the Night King has been defeated and the Wildlings are friends now and led by a Stark/Targaryen. That should spell peace, right? Not quite.

The whole issue with the Wall and the Wildlings was that the Wall was erected because of a fear of the White Walkers. The Wildlings just happened to be on the wrong side when it went up. There will be voices in Westeros, most likely the maesters and maybe Bran, that remind people that they had thought the White Walkers had been destroyed before, but they came back. So, they should rebuild East Watch by the Sea.

Much like last time, this opens the door for generations to pass and White Walkers to fade back in to legend. Will White Walkers fade into folklore before East Watch is rebuilt? If so, does that mean those working on the final touches of East Watch will start attributing its destruction to the Wildlings?

An East Watch rebuild, and the massive amount of time it’d take, opens the door for a really interesting look at labeling people as “other” and depicting them as  evil as a way to rationalize a fear. They should be fearing a White Walker resurgence. But, with no White Walkers in sight for maybe centuries, they may start to fear the only thing they know for sure to be on the other side of the wall: The Wildlings.

I, for one, would love to see Jon’s descendants and whoever mans East Watch trying to broker a new peace between the two realms.