TV's 15 Most Empowered Female Characters (and Their 10 Hapless Counterparts)

As Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin once sang, “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.” And that sentiment seems especially applicable to the dozens of strong female characters populating our television screens nowadays.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, TVLine has compiled a list of the 15 Most Empowered Female Characters on Television, ladies who are firmly in control of their personal and professional destinies — often in the face of daunting obstacles. On the flip side, we’ve identified 10 of their Least Empowered counterparts, women who allow the men in their lives and society as a whole to define their goals and values, and too often wind up playing the role of victim.

Click through our gallery below and tell us which of our picks are spot-on, where we got it wrong, and which powerhouse gals got snubbed.

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  1. You left out Ziva David from NCIS!!!! Just saying. :-)

    • Jay says:

      Along the lines of forgetting an empowered woman from a procedural, OLIVIA BENSON from SVU. How could you forget her???

  2. D'Arcy says:

    Nicely chosen with the two GoT ladies.

    • Olive says:

      Um, no. Sansa didn’t take Littlefinger’s offer because she didn’t know if she could trust him. Sansa’s a captive in a world of schemers and she’s surviving. She’s learning how to play the game. No, she’s not empowered like Dany or even Arya but she’s not completely helpless either.

      • Michelle says:

        Exactly. Let’s be real. If Sansa and Arya’s positions were reversed BOTH girls would be dead by now. They are both strong, just in different ways. Each girl’s strength is suited to the situation they find themselves in. And seriously, who trusts Littlefinger?! No one. ;)

      • NCSouthernBelle says:

        THIS. The poor girl is just trying to stay alive.

      • Jules says:

        I don’t peronally like Sansa very much, but she is a 13/14 year old girl, surrounded by manipulators, schemers, liars and so on, and she can’t trust anyone, I would say she is trying her best, she is learning rather quickly, and not taking Littlefinger’s offer was definitely not because of cowardice or fear, but her decision, that she cannot trust him.

  3. dude says:

    I love Britta but there is nothing empowered by her. She often uses men (usually the worst kind of men) as a crutch or to distract her from her problems and her schtick is that she has no clue how disastrous her life really is. She’s hilarious but not at all empowered.

    • Kate says:

      So very true. Britta is a wonderfully funny and flawed character, but I wouldn’t put her above Shirley or even Annie (who’s really making strides towards coming into her own).

    • Ali says:

      Was surprised by that as well. They really britta’d that pick.

  4. kresh says:

    why didn’t you just add every singel woman that is on tv?

  5. George says:

    Where are the ladies of daytime? There are plenty that could be added to either list.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Where is Kate Beckett?! She is definitely an empowered lady!

  7. Silvia says:

    not on air anymore, but you can’t forget Buffy.

  8. Lena says:

    Great list TVLINE. I agree on all points. :)

  9. Dani says:

    How can Peggy Olson be missing from this list? Also, I would’ve put Shirley instead of Britta.

    • dude says:

      Shirley fits the bill the most but she did take back her husband after he cheated on her. Really, none of their women are very empowered.

      • Veronica says:

        Taking back your husband after he cheated on you doesn’t make you unempowered. She took him back because she loved him, because he proved himself to her. She took him back on her own terms, not because she felt she had no other options. That is empowerment. Shirley made her own decision on whether her husband was good enough for her.

        • Amy says:

          I don’t know, I’ve always sort of felt like she took him back because she was pregnant. I know she was at least considering a full reconciliation before then, but that was her justification when the group wanted to know why. If that’s the case, it’s pretty much the opposite of empowered. (Not that she doesn’t have her own strengths; she’s a great character, but not right for this article).

    • rain says:

      Seconded on the Peggy Olson comment. But I don’t know, I don’t really think Shirley is more empowered than Britta. It’s just..they are strong characters, differently?

  10. Alice says:

    I don’t understand how you think shaming female characters because they don’t correspond to your idea of a “strong” woman is in any way a celebration for or of women. In fact, it just shows how there are very defined roles for women in this society and that if you don’t fit those roles, then you’re not a “worthy” woman. Which is really nothing new in regards to the treatment of women across history. Shame on you, TVLine.

    • emma says:

      Absolutely agree.

    • Erica says:


    • shelby says:

      I completely agree!

    • Amanda says:

      Agreed, this is a disgusting post TVLine.

    • Tiffany says:

      Preach, girl. Sansa has her own way of navigating society, there’s nothing WEAK about her. This entire post and list is full of disgusting, misogynistic attitudes that try to narrowly define how women should be if they want to be considered “strong.” Women choose for themselves how they want to be, and non-violent means are not “weaker” or “hapless” in comparison to violent, physical ones.

    • Ceecile says:

      Perfectly put thank you.

      Sansa is such a great character and in no way is she helpless. If Arya was in Sansa’s position she would have died in ep 1 of season 2. Arya can’t play the game. She would have said some snarky thing and would have had her head chopped off. In reality Sansa is much smarter. They play different games of survival and Sansa’s doing a damn good job.

      • JC says:

        I agree Sansa is doing her best and learning to play the game but the reason she is in the spot she is, instead of back home is she cried to the queen after her daddy told her she had to go home, giving the queen time to act. lets also not forget her not standing up for her sister when Joffery lied to the king, leading to ladies death.That really made me dislike her. I feel she has been nieve from the start and slow to pick up on the true intentions of those around her. In the books she also talks about suicide multiple times.

        • Gretchen says:

          Suicide is not “weak.” Suicide is an act of desperation. Sansa is a 14 year old girl in a terrible situation. Her entire family is dead for all she knows, and everyone surrounding her either hates her or is using her in some way. Don”t you dare tell me she is weak.

    • Shannon says:

      ^ THIS.

      Also re: Sansa…c’mon, seriously TVLine? Shaming her – a shockingly effective character given her situation – by asking where her one-of-the-dudes sister is instead? I thought this was about female empowerment? :-\

    • asherlev1 says:

      THANK YOU!!!!

    • Lu says:

      I understand what they were trying to do though they could have left out the least empowered–maybe they hoped it would notify the writers (Karen Cartwright!).

      However, some of their ideas of empowered are questionable. When does selfishly dis-empowering others mean you are empowered?– this is abusive– Evil Queen?!?!

      There is a line between empowered and oppressive… not the same thing.

    • Lyria says:

      Completely agree. This list is misguided at best and downright offensive at worst. I’m most horrified that they included two REAL WOMEN (Catherine and Omarosa) in the “least empowered” category and not fictional characters. No matter how falsely people on reality shows can portray themselves, it’s a low blow and completely misogynistic.

    • Olive says:

      So agreed!

    • Caorthine says:

      I absolutely agree.

    • js says:

      totally agree. this is some serious crap, and in no way reflects the concept of ’empowered’. it’s just a random list of characters you like or don’t like.

  11. a says:

    I call BS on Sansa. She’s a prisoner in King’s Landing, but she’s playing the “game” as well as the rest of them. In the words of Tyrion Lannister, “she may survive [them] yet.”

    • xaverie says:

      Right? She’s much more empowered within what little agency she is allowed than many other characters.

    • Leigh says:

      She’s wiley, but she’s not *empowered*. Not yet.

    • emily says:

      Yeah, I agree. Sansa does a lot with what little agency she has, like saving Ser Dontos and keeping the women calm during the Battle of Blackwater. Just because she’s a victim of abuse and captive who doesn’t defy normative feminism doesn’t make her “scaredy cat,” and to say so is kind of victim-shamey. I’m disappointed, TVline.

      • emma says:

        Yeah, ‘scaredy cat’ is absolute bs. Sansa refuses Littlefinger’s offer because she’s learned not to trust people (and, let’s be real, LF might be the /least/ trustworthy GOT character). She’s suspicious and jaded, not scared.

    • nich says:

      Exactly. Sansa is doing the best she can and she’s playing the game in her own way.

    • the girl says:

      empower (ɪmˈpaʊə)— vb
      1. to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize

      Sansa is not empowered. I don’t think TVLine is judging whether or not that is her fault. The truth is, she has no power or authority.

    • The Sansa hate is making me fume, like, are these people even watching the same show?

    • Emily says:

      I don’t believe for one second that Sansa is weak. The “why” has already been explained by a lot of other people, so I just have to say that leaving her off both lists entirely would’ve been OK, but putting her on the “least empowered” one is shameful.

    • Maria says:

      It’s not that I’m angry about people calling sansa “not empowered” because clearly she is at the mercy of the lannisters, in terror of being raped or tortured every day, and if we go with the basic definition of “empowered,” it’s true she’s not. But criticizing her for not taking peter baelish up on his offer? Have you not seen the guy? Like every time he’s interacted with her he’s telling her how much she reminds him of her mother, and not in an endearing way either. I doubt Arya would go with him either! Sansa is a young girl trying to stay true to herself and stay alive in a world that could chop her off at any moment. She does not deserve to be labled “Hapless Counterparts.” In fact, quite frankly, no one should be in that category. This is in celebration of women’s history month, and we’re shaming women? And worse than that, victim shaming? fail to see the logic here.

    • Olive says:

      I call BS on Sansa right with you.

  12. xaverie says:

    Not really fair using a 14 year old girl being used, abused and held hostage as an example of ‘unempowered’ as if it’s her own fault for it. Arya would be in the same position if she hadn’t been given the opportunity to escape.

    • xaverie says:

      And that’s only if you consider ‘aged up’ Sansa, who is actually supposed to be 11 and living in constant fear of rape and torture.

    • Will says:

      Completely agreed.

    • Emily Grimm says:

      Let’s be honest if Arya was in Sansa’s position she’d be dead already, she would have the composure. They are both playing different games but it doesn’t make Sansa’s any less real because she doesn’t wield a sword. Words are Sansa’s weapons.

      • Emily Grimm says:

        *she wouldn’t have the composure

      • pterabite says:

        Oh yeah I meant to mention this too… Dany would also be dead. They don’t have the political brain that Sansa does. Sansa is in the hands of people who are hunting down her sister, aiming to kill her brother, have already tried to kill her other brother, and have decapitated her father in front of her. Everybody acts like they would just charge out the gates waving a sword and run for it, but I call BS – the smart person (*ahem* Sansa) would lie in wait for their chance to escape and manipulate what they can from within the belly of the beast.

  13. Dave says:

    Re Haley Dunphy — I don’t think she was actually dating the denim guy. I got the impression it was entirely a charade.

  14. Dana Mulholland says:

    Seriously? you missed Stana Katic as Kate Beckett in Castle. Seriously?!

  15. Violet says:

    Seconding Alice’s comment. Well said.

  16. Pete says:

    You have left out Kate Beckett – a noticeable absence!

  17. Min jinx says:

    Thanks so much for not mentioning Olivia Dunham. I hate her. And before people tell me I’m sexist cause I happen to hate a “females” guts, I love Buffy, the charmed women, xena, salt from the movie salt, etc.

    You can make an empowered woman without making everyone else look stupid and can’t possibly do things by and FOR themselves. Peter Bishop is an example of this.

    • Min jinx says:

      Btw, thank you sooo much for mentioning women who don’t need violence to save the day. It’s annoying how a strong woman is defined by, some people anyway, how many men she can beat up or how many superpowers she has.

      Some women use intelliegence to save the day, as well.

      • lll says:

        Thank you for mentioning that. I’m a woman and I absolutely hate that. Add Nikita to the list of using her fake physical strength as a ‘strong woman.”

        • risandre says:

          There is a lot about Nikita (the show) that I like, particularly, since I hadn’t–in the past– seen many Asian women headlining a show. There is lot of things to mentioned, with Amanda as the current female antagonist, and Alex as Nikita’s apprentice. I def watch more for Nikita and Alex though, but yes, that problematic aspect is def there.

    • quang says:

      Oh, it’s you again.

  18. G says:

    No Gemma Teller? She was a mess last season, but she is pure, hardcore empowered matriarch in her own little world. Other than that, I agree with most of this list.

    • G says:

      And no Cersei Lannister or Diane Lockhart?? I take it back. Not such a solid list, lol. I know people usually hate Cersei and Gemma, but they struggle with internalized misogyny. Society is just as much to blame as them for their attitudes, but they also strive in a male-dominant culture so they should be in this list.

    • dado darc says:

      here here. and tara knowles

  19. Celeste says:

    No No No…while I love her as a character Ava Crowder should not be on this list. How can you call her empowered when she keeps other women in prostitution? Sure she’s made a few leaps forward in her own personal growth, but I cannot get behind you calling her empowered.

    • ENAD says:

      Completely agree. She’s engaged to her brother-in-law, the one who’d threatened her in season 1, then apologized for watching his brother beat the crap outta her, not to mention the fact that she was fully prepared to kill one of the girls who worked for her to save her own skin. I don’t hate Ava, but I would never add her to the list of empowered women either. Bottomline, she took the easy way out and whatever inroads she’s made comes from Boyd, her power is dependent on his good graces.

  20. Ruchi says:

    Agree with most everything. Spot on with Karen on Smash. Get a backbone already Cartwright! But disagree about Sansa, she doesn’t have much choice in the matter right now (Joffrey isn’t just an abusive boyfriend, he’s an abusive fiance king who is warring with her brother!), and she still manages to get in her snarky comments. She’s getting smarter. She’s a survivor!

  21. kate says:

    Of course Naya Rivera as Santana is the best of glee and I love her character

  22. Michele says:

    Ok, I know the character only lasts for one season, but what about Lana from American horror Story Asylum?? She’s the ultimate!

  23. Dina Ewing says:

    Alicia from The Good Wife, sure. But what about Kalinda? Talk about kick-ass! And Diane is no slouch either. The only female on that show that is not empowered is Peter’s Mom and she’s more the victim of her generation and mental disintegration than anything else.

  24. Mary Kate says:

    where’s Emma Swan?!?!

    • lll says:

      THIS. While you’re at it add Mary Margaret and every other female on OUAT (even dead Cora). This is how you write women. Pay attention execs!

    • sara says:

      Almost everything about Emma’s whole life is based on men choosing for her.

      • S. says:

        ^^THIS! Literally, of what we know of Emma, aside from her decision to stay in Storybrooke (which was largely influenced by Regina, who is on this list, and that`s perfect) all of her past choices have either been made BY men in her life or FOR men in her life.

        I do agree that Snow or Cora (or hell, even Kathryn despite only lasting one season) could fit in nicely with this list.

  25. David says:

    Where is Selina Meyer from Veep? She may be thwarted by Washington inner-politics frequently, but damn if she isn’t as manipulative and conniving as the best of them!

  26. hello says:

    Arya Stark

  27. LWC says:

    There are so many things wrong with your list, and your decision for writing. In the first case, you pitted these two groups of women. Like, it was so original, making a list of “badass” women and then making fun of how the “least empowered” women , which can be laid somehow to narrative frame, and writers first then singling out these ladies.

    Plus, you seem to have a problem with blaming women for not getting out of abusive situations in their narratives, and additionally blaming Omarosa for perpetuating “angry black woman” stereotypes. What the hell made you think this was a good idea in the first place? I’ve character discussions with far more nuance than this.

  28. Thank you for including Nikita! She is truly a warrior for justice, and the fact that her team has expanded into such a large circle shows how many people look up to her and are willing to follow her lead. She not only kicks ass physically (although that’s awesome), but exudes such courage, heart, kindness and compassion in her journey to help others and take down the evils of the world. On top of all that, she’s a believably flawed, three-dimensional character which Maggie Q portrays incredibly well.
    By the way, I’d include Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries in the Least Empowered category. She is downright unwatchable. Maybe if her life was about something about than which pretty boy she likes better this week, she’d be more interesting.

    • Josh says:

      Sadly all the girls from TVD should be included…Everything in their lives revolve around men.

    • JC says:

      Thank you for Nikita she is truly empowered!!! she does not sleep and she kicks ass. Those are important qualities to be considered empowered :))

  29. You’ve missed the most qualified for this list, (nearly lost her life, lost her job, and nearly lost her love interest, life saved, got her job back, and her man, scarred her nemesis for life, then turns around and saves his life because that’s her job) notably, Kate Beckett!! If anybody’s “in control of their personal and professional destinies” I’d say it’s Becket. Head’s up your butt here TVLine with that omission.

  30. Eafiu says:

    Thank you for informing us a young woman in the clutches of her abusers who continues to survive, stay strong and stay gentle is not an empowering female character on TV.

    • emily says:

      She doesn’t have dragons or a sword, so clearly Sansa has to be hapless and weak. She’s an abuse victims, and that’s what those are, right? (Extreme sarcasm.) Also side-eying TVLine for apparently having to pit Sansa and Arya against each other. This whole concept is pretty sexist. We need to tear some female characters down to build others up? We don’t see media doing this with male characters. We really couldn’t have just gotten an article on notable female characters in television?

  31. dude says:

    Hell yes Nikita and Santana!

  32. Morgan says:

    The biggest problem with this list is that you limited it to only fifteen women. That being said, a larger list should include the following: Mary Crawley, Tara Knowles, Deb Morgan, Margaret Schroeder, and Joan Holloway.

  33. Wow, what an absolute joke of an “article.” You want to talk about empowering women and you compile a list of “badass” women and compare them to “the weaklings.”

    Sansa is dealing with things as best as she can, by doing things secretly and playing the game. Besides that, she’s been scarred by seeing her father beheaded in front of her and she’s been betrayed by Cersei and her people, people she thought she could trust (because remember that she’s only 13 at this time and been led to believe that they’re good, honest people). Do you expect her to take up Littlefinger’s offer, an offer that seems too good to be true from someone from Cersei and Joffrey’s cabinet? As much as I truly love Arya, she could have never made it as far as Sansa has in that setting, to be quite honest. You believe she could come in and cut everyone down and “take care of business”? She’s only 10 years old, do you honestly think she could barge in and take down adult men from the Kingsguard? Reread the books and think about them with real world logic. Just because magic and dragons exist doesn’t mean all other logic goes out the window, for God’s sake.

    • ej says:

      “Wow, what an absolute joke of an “article.” You want to talk about empowering women and you compile a list of “badass” women and compare them to “the weaklings.”” Totally agree! As a woman, this is border-line offensive.

  34. SSM says:

    what would you want Sansa to do? Grab a handy sword and cut her way out of King’s Landing? Tell Cersei and/or Joffrey to eff-off? And you apparently haven’t read the books if you think Baelish is a good option……

    Also, RE: Arya, you DO realize that a child being forced to murder in order to stay alive is not “bad ass” at all, right? Or is that what makes a woman empowered, in your eyes? Being turned into a killer before they even get out of puberty?

    • js says:

      seriously – i’m very offended that you consider Sansa unempowered because she doesn’t physically fight and use weapons like her sister. empowerment is not same thing as being aggressive, and women don’t become empowered by acting ‘like men’.

    • Anne says:

      Exactly! Being a killer does not make you “empowered,” it only makes you cold and full of guilt. To be a strong woman you must believe in yourself and deal with your life to the best of your ability. That’s all.

  35. steph says:

    Felicity Smoak from Arrow

  36. cat says:

    well, sansa hardly has the opportunity to be empowered, does she? she is living, quite literally, in the lion’s den. she is doing what she has to do to stay alive. and yet she had the bravery to make some pretty snarky remarks ( “maybe he’ll bring me yours” ) against the most powerful men in the country. you go, girl.

  37. Mary. says:

    Yes, sexism and victim blaming all wrapped into one delightful article. It’s laughable. When are people going to understand being a strong female character doesn’t equal acquiring masculine traits? Apparently never.

    • Heather says:

      “When are people going to understand being a strong female character doesn’t equal acquiring masculine traits?”


      Also, loving all the Sansa defense in the comments here.

  38. ann says:

    wow what an incredibly offensive list. congrats.

  39. Victoria says:

    Meredith Grey and Charlotte King

  40. Eva says:

    this is so mind numbingly stupid and sexist i’m going to throw up

  41. Katie says:

    This list proves that you don’t understand what empowerment really means.

  42. alyssa897 says:

    I cannot believe Sansa Stark is on the list for least empowered. First off, don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness of this entire list. The idea that women are only good if they have “bad-ass” qualities is absurd and never something I would have expected from tvline. That being said, Sansa is one of the best characters in A Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. She has such an incredible character growth arc that is way more than what appears. Maybe take a moment to look at the depth of her character. Also, remember her character is a young girl, not an adult. She’s also a victim, and not by her choice. Don’t shame the victim, that’s entirely ludicrous. I’d say she’s playing the game [of thrones] much better than any other character, especially the men in the show. Shame on you tvline.

  43. Hope says:

    This might be the grossest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m really ashamed of you, TVLine.

  44. how could you leave out jenna from awkward??? she is one of the most original, honest characters on tv…. sure she took hr time bouncing between matty and jake but she knows what she wants and is loyal to her friends in the end. she portrays a mature high schooler while mostly everyone else around including the adults are not…

  45. Matt Alex says:

    Why has no one mentioned Andrea (Walking Dead) as one of the least empowered women on television? She’s had so many opportunities to escape Woodbury and end the mess she’s stuck in by killing the Governor…then she just goes and has sex with him. And where has this gotten her? Tied to a torture chair hoping Rick swoops in and saves the day!

  46. Erika says:

    Wow, way to go TVline! A little girl who’s been abused doesn’t take a sword and skewer her abusers! How weak and unempowered she must be! Nevermind the fact that she has survived in King’s Landing the way her sister Arya would never be able to. Sansa’s courtesy is her honor and with a sane king, her pleas would have saved her father’s life. Sansa’s power lies in her ability to understand her role in the game. U G H. Good to know that your idea of “empowerment” only lies in a woman’s ability to act in a traditionally masculine way. Good. Job.

  47. Caroline says:

    Oh, wow. Thanks for informing us that a teenage abuse victim is unworthy of being a woman and is a “scaredy cat”. Let’s forget that at any point in time she could have her throat cut by virtually anyone. Let’s forget that whole part where she calmed her fellow women in the face of imminent doom. Or that time she attempted to intervene on her father’s behalf while still a child. Or that time she saved a man’s life by manipulating a tyrant.

    Pitting your definition of “empowered” women against “least empowered” women is not only disgusting, but incredibly misogynistic. The entire list is a sham and reminds me that we’re still a LONG way away from equal rights for all genders.

  48. shawhs says:

    this list has pros but your description for Sansa Stark is horrible do i really need to say why?I had you for a good media site tv line you failed me big time . And not to mention the ladies who are missing from this list.

  49. HP says:

    About Sansa: I don’t think being a 13 year old who has had your father beheaded infront of you by your crazy king fiancé, who by the way is at war with you older brother, who also verbally and physically abuses you and molests you does not make you weak. Saying that is just victim-shaming BS. Being able to muster up the fortitude to still undermine Joffrey by playing the ‘game’ is strong because courtesy is a lady’s armour.
    Calling a female character weak because they don’t fit into your category of ”badass empowered female character” does not make them weak. No, you just clearly haven’t done your research, and frankly this whole sorry excuse of a list is sexist.

  50. fatpinkcast says:

    I love (and by love I mean despise) when people think a good way to celebrate women’s history is by upholding a strict definition for how a woman should be as opposed to celebrating their multifacetedness and differing strengths. Yes indeed, a good way to celebrate women is by pitting them against each other in terms of “least empowered” and “most empowered” and by further disseminating these ridiculous notions that strength can only be measured by physicality and levels of independence.This article presents a most rudimentary view of feminism and what it means to be a strong female character. Apparently, if you can wield a sword and display qualities traditionally prescribe to masculine roles, you’re a strong female character. But if your strength is expressed via your knowledge, your will to survive, your bravery, your cleverness, then you’re not worthy of admiring.

    In regards to Daenerys and Sansa specifically, if one were actually paying any attention to their narratives, Dany starts out as a hostage, much like Sansa. The huge difference between them, is that Dany was able to gain power very quickly, whereas Sansa hasn’t the means to do that. She has to work with what she has so far and whatever she’s doing is keeping her alive. So when you call her weak and least empowered you’re blaming a very young girl for being trapped in a situation where she has no choice but to act like a loyal subject while keeping her true feelings to herself. How is that not strength? It just so happens that her strengths are different than Dany’s and Arya’s and are suited to being surrounded by powerful game players in a complex political system.

    It’s nice to know that survivors–who might have spent years being abused before finally having the means to leave their abusers–aren’t strong. It’s nice to know that women who are confined by the rules of their societies as defined by men–those women who try to work within those confines–aren’t strong.

    • Min jinx says:

      Amen. I totally agree.

    • Totally agree. Sansa doesn’t have a ~masculine~ strength like Arya or Daenerys, it’s disturbing that traditional femininity and strength of the mind, resilience, is so frowned upon. She’s a survivor of constant physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and a 13 year old girl at that. She’s survived through words in a world as hard as Westeros, still maintaining her hopes. If that isn’t strength, I don’t know what is. TV Line, I suggest you edit the list or issue an apology for victim-blaming.

      • Catherine says:

        THANK YOU, to you and the post you’re replying to. This article is pretty gross. The idea that Sansa is “weak” because she fits a more stereotypically feminine role is unbelievably sexist, not to mention the disturbing amount of victim-blaming this article implies. I am deeply unimpressed.

    • Olive says:

      Very well-said. I agree 100%.