Despite the fact that Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha are the focus of the Naruto series, Sakura Haruno was both the series’ main female character and the third most important character in the series, along with Hinata. Sakura was a skilled kunoichi and master healer, but this article is not going to be about her skills but rather about fate in the series. Some people, who are not up-to-date with the current events of both Naruto and Boruto, wonder whether Sakura dies in the series and in this article, we are going to tell you exactly what happens to her in the series.
Sakura Haruno does not die in the series. She had a lot of adventures with Naruto and Sasuke, and although she was on the brink of death several times and needed saving, she survived and is still alive and well in Boruto. Sakura eventually ended up marrying Sasuke, as was expected, and the two had a daughter, Sarada, who is a close friend of Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki.
The remainder of this article will give you a detailed overview of Sakura Haruno’s fate in the Naruto franchise. You already know what happened and how it all evolved, so we are just going to bring you the details, so you know the whole context. Be careful, though, as the article is going to contain a lot of spoilers about the current events in the Naruto and Boruto manga.
Does Sakura Die? Here’s What Happens to Her!
The best way to find out what happens to Sakura is to tell you her story from the series, which is what we are going to do here. Namely, such major characters from such major series have overly long stories, and telling you what happens to them is not easy. They are not supporting characters who appeared briefly and have a very short story that is easily summarized, so we have to pick out the major events that will tell you everything you need to know about Sakura and her evolution as a character in the franchise.
Training in Konoha, Sakura was known for being particularly brilliant in class at the academy (it is she who explains the principle of chakra to her companions; it is also off her that Ino Yamanaka chooses to copy during the “theoretical” test of the Chūnin exam). At the end of her schooling, she joins Team 7 with Naruto Uzumaki who is secretly in love with her, and Sasuke Uchiha for whom she has feelings, under the tutelage of Kakashi Hatake. Registered for the Chūnin exam, she passes the first test without difficulty. Then, in the Forest of Death, she witnesses the scene where Orochimaru affixes a cursed mark on Sasuke. The latter makes her promise not to tell Naruto about this mark.
Orochimaru then sends his team to test Sasuke, while Naruto and Sasuke are unconscious. Dosu, Kin, and Zaku then assault her, and Kin grabs her by the hair, holding her in submission; she points out the quality of her hair and criticizes him for spending more time taking care of her than training. Sakura then cuts her hair and breaks free, just before Sasuke wakes up and routs the Son Village team. During the playoffs, Sakura faces her rival Ino who also has romantic feelings for Sasuke, but their fight ends in a draw.
A month later, during the final phase of the exam, she witnesses Naruto’s victory over Neji and the fight between Sasuke and Gaara. She then becomes aware of the difference in level that separates her from her comrades, and how pitiful she is. As Orochimaru attacks Konoha, Sakura finds herself with Naruto in pursuit of Sasuke and Gaara. They come in just as Gaara is about to deliver the finishing blow to Sasuke, crippled by his cursed mark after using too much chakra. Sakura intervenes, but trapped by Gaara’s sand, she loses consciousness, leaving it up to Naruto to defeat Gaara. Following a confrontation with his brother Itachi Uchiha who was looking for Naruto on behalf of Akatsuki, Sasuke ends up in the hospital seriously injured.
While visiting him at the Konoha hospital, accompanied by Naruto, Sakura helplessly watches as her two comrades clash on the roof of the hospital, Sasuke having begun to develop an inferiority complex because of his failures during his last fights. Kakashi’s timely intervention in their duel, then his sermons to the two boys change nothing: Sakura surprises Sasuke, who, disappointed by his progress, is about to flee the village to join Orochimaru who has promised him more power. Unable to stop him, she then asks Naruto to promise to bring Sasuke back to the village at all costs. At the border of the Land of Fire, after a long fight, Naruto suffers a first failure but keeps all the weight of this promise made to Sakura.
Sakura participated in this Fourth Great Shinobi World War declared by Tobi during the council of five Kage, during which the five nations created an alliance. She is part of the close and medium-range combatant division led by Kakashi. After her team confronts and defeats Zabuza and Haku’s zombies summoned by Kabuto’s “Reincarnation of Souls” technique, Sakura is eventually integrated into the medical assistance unit led by Shizune. While Sakura and her team tend to the wounded, Zetsu tries to assassinate her by taking on the appearance of Neji, but she unmasks him and participates in the analysis of his abilities.
Later, she is attacked again by two Zetsu clones having taken on the appearance of a couple of injured ninjas, but a Naruto clone quickly destroys them. Sakura then joins the battlefield with the Ninja Alliance to lend a hand to Naruto, Kakashi, Guy, and Killer Bee, later joined by Sasuke and the former Hokage reincarnated by Orochimaru, confronting Obito, Madara, and Jūbi. She then helps Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and a repentant Obito in their fight against Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, then tries unsuccessfully to reason with Sasuke when he decides to kill Naruto and impose peace by force on the ninja world.
At the end of the fight between Naruto and Sasuke, she heals them from dying of bleeding, and Sasuke apologizes to her for his behavior. While the latter is reinstated in the village for services rendered by Kakashi who has become the 6th Hokage, Sakura wishes to accompany him during the redemption journey he intends to make, but he refuses; she is, however, comforted by his promise to return and the attention he begins to give her. In Naruto, the movie, Sakura, promoted to the rank of Jonin, is part of the team sent to rescue Hanabi kidnapped by Toneri Otsutsuki, along with Naruto, Hinata, Shikamaru, and Sai.
She encourages Hinata to declare herself to Naruto and helps the latter regain his self-confidence after Hinata’s disappearance, but she too suffers from Sasuke’s absence. At the end of the film, she attends their wedding. 15 years after the 4th Great Ninja War, Sasuke and Sakura got married and have a daughter together: Sarada. Sakura is raising her daughter alone, her husband having gone on a long-term mission shortly after Sarada’s birth to protect the village until he crosses paths with Shin, a former test subject of Orochimaru.
When her daughter begins to wonder about her origins and her father’s feelings for her mother, Sarada decides to leave, accompanied by Chocho, to meet her father to get answers, joined by Naruto who saves them. from an attack by Shin. The young Uchiha asks the 7th Hokage about her father, but he tells his side of the story. When she finally finds her father, Sarada asks him questions about his past, which he does outside the village, but Sasuke retorts that it has nothing to do with her.
As Sasuke and Naruto struggle with the original Shin and his clones, Sakura arrives in time to save her husband, daughter, and best friend. But she is then abducted into another dimension by Shin who forces her to heal him using the organs of one of his clones. When Sasuke and Naruto manage, accompanied by Sarada and Chôchô, to join her, she participates in the fight against the clones of Shin who kill the original. Sarada, ready to do anything to protect her mother, incapacitates Shin’s clones with a single punch, combining her Sharingan and Herculean strength.
When everything is back to normal, Sarada asks her father if her feelings for her mother are serious. This one answers him that yes since his existence is proof of it. After staying a few days in Konoha to spend time with his family, Sasuke decides to go back on the road, takes his daughter in his arms, and taps her forehead with a flick, promising “that they will see each other again soon”.
And that is Sakura’s story in short. She is still living in Konoha, caring for Sarada and leading a relatively normal life, as normal as life can be in the world of Naruto, but this, once again, confirms that she is alive and well in the series.