Sansa Stark begins season 8 of Game of Thrones in a rather delicate position. The Lady of Winterfell is trying to rally the northern houses to Winterfell and shore up the castle’s defenses for an impending attack by the Army of the Dead, plus she has to play a polite hostess to an invading Targaryen queen (Emilia Clarke), to whom her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has pledged their allegiance (and, it seems, his heart). Below, actress Sophie Turner, 23 — who also stars in the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix — gives EW some new insight about the show’s final season, what she’ll miss most, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about Sansa’s storyline this season?
SOPHIE TURNER: Sansa this season is very much enjoying becoming a leader in her own right and the leader of Winterfell, and this year there are certain challenges of people who come into her life that threaten that. She has to go behind a few backs and risks tearing apart her family.

How is her relationship with Jon now that he’s brought home his new girlfriend?
Her relationship with Jon is struggling because he’s so clearly in love with Daenerys and believes in her completely. Sansa thinks she’s power-hungry and not the rightful queen. There’s a huge amount of fighting between Sansa and Jon.

Is she at least impressed by the dragons?
She’s not initially impressed. She’s not happy because she’s going to have to feed these dragons. They require a lot of food and they have limited resources.

Are you missing Thrones yet, or are you over it?
I don’t think it’s hit me at all. I don’t think it will hit me until summer comes around and we’re supposed to be filming again and we won’t be going to Belfast. I’ve really been just enjoying time off. I’ve been taking months off to just do nothing, and that’s been healing.

Have you and Maisie Williams talked about how you won’t be working with each other anymore and the loss of that?
We’ve more been talking about what can we do together. We’ll probably end up writing scripts and producing things together. I don’t think we’ll never work together again. The saddest part is I don’t get to be Sansa, she doesn’t get to be Arya, and we don’t get to interact on that level — which is sad because their relationship is a big part of who Maisie and I are. That’s going to be the saddest thing. I won’t see Maisie in her costume anymore, I won’t see Kit in his costume anymore. I won’t be able to be in my costume. We won’t get to play these characters.

You could always privately dress up in costumes and just pretend.
That’s true. That would be really sad. [Laughs] Just invite everybody over for a house party where we dress up as our characters.

One random thing that recently made headlines: What was it like getting to wash your hair for the first time after being told not to while filming for a season? I’m picturing Tom Hanks in Cast Away, when he gets back from the island.
Well, it wasn’t so much that because we have time off [when the show is in production]. I’d have weeks where I wasn’t working. So it wasn’t like a full six months without washing, I probably would have gotten lice. But it is the most amazing feeling after you go a week while working and you have fake snow, and mud, and horse sh—, and all these disgusting things in your hair. It’s the world’s greatest feeling to have a shower.

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