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Sansa Stark's actress adopted her real-life direwolf

Illustration for article titled Sansa Starks actress adopted her real-life direwolf

In Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark's dire wolf Lady met an untimely end as a sacrifice to mollify the queen's anger after Arya's dire wolf Nymeria bit Prince Joffrey (and then ran away). In real life, however, Lady's doing much better — especially after actress Sophie Turner adopted the Mahlek Northern Inuit Dog who played her.


From a lengthy article about Turner in The Coventry Telegraph:

In between her hectic filming schedule, Sophie likes nothing more than to relax at home with her family and pet dog Zunni, who the family adopted from the series. She adds: “Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set.

“We knew Lady died and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.”


SANSA STARK SAVED LADY. So for those of you still traumatized by the direwolf's death, try to keep this happy fact in mind. Now, if only we can get someone to adopt all the other Game of Thrones characters who died horribly...

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Unrelated to the adoption of the wolf (which is pretty awesome of her!):

I feel kind of bad for actors and actresses who's first big notable role is someone so lifeless. Sansa's character is just not likable at all because she's totally helpless. Things happen to her and she's powerless to do anything, at any time, ever. This is not the actress' fault, either, as I feel she does an admirable job. Sansa is that way in the books so it's what the source material is. I hope she'll get some work in the future that can showcase her talents as an actress.