As of the end of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, it seems very likely that Daenerys and her fleet/army will, at some point, come into contact with Jon Snow and the North. It's entirely possible that they'll become allies - they both want the Lannisters removed from power, and they have a mutual friend in Theon Greyjoy.

As Daenerys said, "The best way to make alliances is with marriage." I know there's been a lot of speculation about a possible marriage between

Daenerys and Jon.

But what about the fact that Daenerys's Hand of the Queen has already been married to Jon's sister? And the relationship between Tyrion and Sansa, while not exactly loving, was better than how Tyrion and Shae's time ended, and certainly went better than Sansa and Ramsay's marriage. So the two of them might be amenable to the idea of marrying for the sake of their respective factions.

But a lot has happened since then - Sansa was married to Ramsay, and Tyrion was convicted of murdering his nephew and fled the kingdom after killing his father. And the lords of the north might not be so keen to kneel to a Lannister. If the marriage is no longer seen as legitimate by the populace then it would defeat the purpose of sealing the alliance.

So my question is: Assuming Sansa and Tyrion want to resume their marriage, is there any law, custom, or precedent in Westeros that could prevent them from doing so?

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    since they never consummated the marriage, there's a real question if it was ever "valid" in the first place...
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:09
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    As @KutuluMike points out, Sansa's marriage to Tyrion was not consumated, while her subsequent marriage to Ramsay certainly was. It seems unlikely that they could just "resume" their marriage, although with Ramsay dead they could presumably remarry if they wanted to.
    – Blackwood
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:54
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    Marriage alliances usually happen because the woman will have "huge tracts of land" that the man is interested in. Considering the North is almost the size of all the other kingdoms put together the match may make sense. It would all help to repair the damage between the houses.
    – Skooba
    Jul 15, 2016 at 19:17
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    I question the usefulness of that spoiler. As long as you don't go into why, I don't think it's a spoiler.
    – kuhl
    Jul 15, 2016 at 19:25
  • Bordering on being a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/95350/…
    – BCdotWEB
    Jul 15, 2016 at 21:08

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Source: Wiki of course, where else would we get our knowledge?

The Books

The Wikia page states that a marriage can be annulled if it is not consummated, this can only happen by request and must be approved by The High Septon or A Council of Faith.

That means that a marriage is not automatically invalid if not consummated.

The TV series

In the TV series it is stated many times that the marriage between Sansa and Tyrion is not legit because they did not consummate it. Most of the times this is said by the people who want to marry Sansa to someone else or benefit from their lack of marriage.

If the TV series would follow the rules of marriage of the books, then Sansa's marriage to Ramsey would not be legitimate but her marriage to Tyrion could be.

The information of how an annulment would work could be kept as a plot twist for when the 2 characters meet again.

Or the TV series has already given us all the information about marriages and thus not consummating the wedding automatically annuls it, if we are to believe what has been said by (for example) Littlefinger.

In that case, Sansa is now a widow.


The wikia also states that women, who are forced to marry while being a hostage (not to be confused with simply being forced by their parents) can also ask for an annulment.

So Sansa could still ask for an annulment because she was forced to marry Tyrion.

  • Who can she ask for an annulment now? Jul 20, 2016 at 20:22
  • @HannoverFist the Gods
    – Petersaber
    Jul 20, 2016 at 20:55
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    @HannoverFist There will be most likely a council of faith assembled at Starry Sept in Old Town now seeing what happened to existing council and headquarters at Sept of Baelor in KL. The council will then crown a new High Septon who will be in Old Town. Old Town is ruled by Hightowers who are bannermen of Tyrells. Tyrells are with Daenerys. Aegon the conqueror was crowned in Starry Sept by the High Septon. Maybe Daenerys will be crowned there as well. hmmm
    – Aegon
    Jul 21, 2016 at 9:54

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