Should Sansa have swung the sword?

Initially, my mind was made up about this.  Sansa should have chopped Littlefinger’s head off like Ned was lopping off heads in season one.

It would have shown that she’s grown from a spoiled little girl into the leader of Winterfell and the matriarch of the Stark family.

 

But on the other hand, I can see where having Sansa and Arya team up for the one-two punch shows how the family is reunited and working together, like a pack, for the first time in a loooong time.  You can assume, safely I believe, that Bran helped behind the scenes, giving Sansa the factual ammunition she needed to corner and convict Baelish, albeit in a somewhat biased court room.  So that would make three “wolfs” working as a pack to take down the enemy.

So I guess I’m ok with it.  For now.

The more I think about it, I think the real issue is that the lead up to the court room scene was weak.  There were barely any details that helped the viewer understand the plot, which if I were to guess, was supposed to be something like this:

  1. Arya shows up to Winterfell, thinks Sansa is playing queen and not truly loyal to Jon.
  2. Sansa has been through hell, but is still somewhat tempted by the thought of power.
  3. Littlefinger needs a new puppet; Sansa is the primary candidate.
  4. Sansa and Arya bicker like children; Littlefinger sees an opportunity to divide and conquer.
  5. Bran arrives, acts creepy, terrifies Littlefinger.
  6. Littlefinger senses a threat, intensifies his plan to separate the sisters, and starts working to get in good with the other lords loyal to Winterfell.
  7. Somehow, Bran tells Arya that Sansa is legit, tells Sansa all the dirt on Littlefinger, and Sansa and Arya hug it out.
  8. Cut to court room; Littlefinger dead.

The problem is the show jumps from #5 to #8.  Everything in between is conjecture on my part.  Who knows if this is what they intended, much less what will really play out in the books.

 

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