Love and union are bumpy themes in the world of Westeros. Siblings get busy in towers, aunts and nephews rendezvous on the Narrow Sea and attested innocents run off with wildling women.
But there is one marital riddle that still stumps “Game of Thrones” devotees, and it involves lawfully married pair Tyrion Lannister( Peter Dinklage) and Sansa Stark( Sophie Turner ), who will surely see each other again when Tyrion arrived at the Winterfell with Daenerys Targaryen( Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow( Kit Harington) in Season 8.
The question remains: Are Tyrion and Sansa technically still married? And, if so, what does it mean for the final outcome in the quest for the Iron Throne?
First, a quick summary. Tyrion and Sansa officially said “I do” in Season 3 at the demand of Tywin Lannister( Charles Dance ), and it becomes a humbling liaisonfor both bride and groom. Despite being forced to marry the imp of House Lannister, nonetheless, Sansa — the “traitor” Ned Stark’s daughter — begins to alliance with him over their shared status in King’s Landing.
“The shamed daughter and the demon monkey, ” Tyrion, who’s in a committed affair with Shae( Sibel Kekilli) at this point, tells Sansa. “We’re perfect for each other.”
But just when they have all the makings to become a power duet in Westeros, Tyrion receives information that their own families conspired with the Freys and Boltons to savagely slaughter Sansa’s brother Robb( Richard Madden) and mother Catelyn( Michelle Fairley) at what’s known as the Red Wedding. Once she learns what happened, Sansa no longer trusts anyone in the capital city, let alone her Lannister husband who “swore to protect her.”
When chaos explosions following the poison deaths among King Joffrey( Jack Gleeson) at the start of Season 4, Tyrion and Sansa are separated. Sansa quickly escapes King’s Landing with the help of Littlefinger, and Tyrion eventually builds his style to Meereen to sync up with Dany following his victorious escape from prison.
Littlefinger then stupidly organizes a wedlock between Sansa and the cold-hearted prick son of Roose Bolton, Ramsay( Iwan Rheon ), who is currently regulating Winterfell. She is crimes on her wedding night, overpower and crucified — a storyline numerous disapprove of — before she is able to break free of Ramsay’s clutches and find her practice back to Jon. She, with help from the Knights of the Vale, wins back govern of the North in the Battle of the Bastardsand gloriously feeds Ramsay to his own, very hungry, bird-dogs. Sansa is now Lady of Winterfell, set to protect her parties from the army of the dead alongside her Stark siblings.
Which raises us back to our question regarding the situation of Tyrion and Sansa’s marriage.
In Westeros, most matrimonies begin with a religious ceremony involving the exchange of swears in the fact that there are a hallowed witness, is dependent on the couple’s religion. A septon unites those who follow the Faith of the Seven, a clergyman or priestess does the same for worshipers in the Drowned God or R’hllor, and a Godswood heart tree is used by adherents of the Old Gods. The formality is followed by a feast with the bride and groom before the bedding takes region, where the marriage is consummated.
The thing is, Tyrion and Sansa never accomplished their marriage, as he didn’t feel it appropriate to lie with the status of women who was not ready to be with him.
Now, Westeros is clearly a fantasy world been developed by A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin, but it does resemble medieval Europe. Martin has also said that the Faith of the Seven is inspired by the Catholic Church, so it wouldn’t has become a extend to presume the laws of medieval union somewhat is related to Westeros.
That’s why we reached out to some history experts to get their takes on Tyrion and Sansa’s relation status.
Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Research Professor of American History at Harvard University, who’s an expert in marriage biography, believes it’s all quite simple.
“In ecclesiastical law, the Church would say they are married to each other forever so long as the selection board had pledged themselves and consummated the marriage with copulation, ” Cott told HuffPost.
One medieval record expert, nonetheless, generates a vastly different rebuttal.
“Consummation was not necessary for a matrimony, ” Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin, told HuffPost. “As long as both parties are of age , not too closely related to each other and all other things that would make it a valid union, formerly they have said their dedicates, they are married and they remain married. Even if they separated, they wouldn’t be able to marry anybody else.”
Karras believes that, according to this late 12 th-century statute, Sansa and Ramsay’s marriage was an adulterous one. They were never amply married, even though Littlefinger told Roose Bolton that Sansa and Tyrion’s union was invalid because it was never consummated.
“Westeros might have different statutes, but to get a wedding voided, you have to show that it’s not valid in the first place. Saying they never consummated it was not sufficient to get wise voided, ” Karras said. “In practical terms, the pope — and again, “its in” medieval Europe — might have been more willing to annul a union that hadn’t been accomplished on other soils, but the fact “that its not” consummated was not floors for annulment.”