Sansa Stark will gear up for battle in the final season of Game of Thrones.
The Lady of Winterfell will get a costume change in season 8 to prepare for the arrival of the Army of the Dead.
“This is the first time I’ve had armor,” Sophie Turner tells EW.
The costume is not Jaime Lannister or Brienne of Tarth-style metal armor, but more like a jet-black ensemble made of thick leather or similar material.
“We the idea of it being very protective and she buttons herself up,” Turner says. “I wanted her to have a bit of armor and be a bit more warrior like. She’s like the warrior of Winterfell.”
This costume has yet to be revealed by any of the pre-season photos or footage, which have only shown Sansa Stark in the first episode of season 8 greeting a returning Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and somewhat icily greeting an arriving Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). As the final season opens, Sansa has been busy preparing the North for war.
Sansa’s look has changed dramatically over the years, initially having a drab Northern costume that’s similar in style to her mother and sister:
Then when she moved to King’s Landing she adopted the style of capitol royalty:
Then after being rescued/abducted by Littlefinger, she made her own costume, the popular “Darth Sansa” look:
Sansa briefly reverted to her season 1 style while married to Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell:
Then upgraded after escaping and reuniting with Jon:
Here’s the official season 8 teaser photo of Sansa (without her armor-outfit):
The final season of Game of Thrones begins April 14. Follow @jameshibberd for ongoing exclusive scoop and interviews. Start reading our recaps for your rewatch with the first one here. And check out our Game of Thrones podcast, with the most recent episode giving a final season preview.