How ‘Game of Thrones’ just set up Sansa to take out Cersei

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 just introduced a shocking plot twist for Daenerys — and set up Sansa Stark to take out Cersei herself.

Warning: Spoilers for episode 4 ahead.

In Sunday’s installment, Danerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the would-be Queen who lost most of her allies in last week’s “The Long Night,” loses another in a shocking upset, when her loyal advisor Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) is beheaded.

All season long, “Game of Thrones” has been raising questions about whether Daenerys truly is the best possible ruler. As the unofficial Queen in the North, Sansa (Sophie Turner) is the most practical, considering pesky issues like enough food for her people.

Meanwhile, for the first two episodes Dany was thinking about her single-minded goal to the Throne without understanding who her future subjects are and what they want. (Her confused face when Sansa hugged Theon in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” emphasized her lack of comprehension along these lines). And when Missandei is killed this week, Dany’s face signifies fire and blood to come.

So, while Dany is distracted with (an understandable!) focus on personal revenge, this positions Sansa to be the true younger Queen that Cersei (Lena Headey) should be worried about.

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