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Sansa Stark, 'Game of Thrones' (2011-present)
Outrageous misfortunes: Forced to stand by while her father executed her beloved direwolf; forced to watch her own father’s beheading; beaten savagely and regularly by evil King Joffrey’s guards; led to believe her two youngest brothers and possibly her younger sister are dead (they’re not); attacked and nearly raped by a gang during a riot; saved from having to marry Joffrey, only to discover that he planned to rape her anyway; missed a chance to escape Joffrey because she was led to believe she would marry dreamy (but secretly gay) Loras Tyrell; discovered instead that she was to marry Tyrion Lannister, the king’s scarred dwarf uncle, against her will; endured the humiliation of her wedding, as well as her wedding night; learned that her mother, her oldest brother, and most of their allies were brutally slaughtered at the Red Wedding; unknowingly played a part in assassination of King Joffrey; roped into semi-engagement to tiny terror Robin Arryn; nearly murdered by her jealous aunt; watched said aunt’s own murder; betrothed to Ramsay Bolton, a sadistic bastard (literally) and son of Roose Bolton, the traitor who personally murdered Sansa’s brother.
The bottom line: Her childhood was idyllic, but Sansa’s adolescence is just one tragedy after another — and Song of Ice and Fire readers know that she’s got even more heartbreak in store.
Image Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
September 28 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT