Everybody’s favorite Needle-wielding Stark sister – the number three child of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn – has had a pretty rough ride. If seeing her father beheaded was not enough, Arya proceeds to reach the Red Wedding shortly after her mother, brother and sister-in-law was brutally murdered. Outside, she sees Robb’s direwolf is murdered and it’s head stitched onto her deceased brother’s body, paraded about by Lannister/Frey savages. Not good.
Using valuable – albeit mortal – abilities from the assassin’s guild, she then turns to Westeros to don disguises and avenge the deaths of her loved ones.
Around this time, there’s something completely traumatic and unnerving about Arya. She has a childlike dependence on Needle (a small sword gifted by her ‘bastard’ brother (Jon Snow), but uses it to fool and kill her adversary.
As a young girl becoming a woman, Arya is a breath of fresh air to Westerosi ideals – she’s unconstrained by social expectations such as gender roles and class distinctions, fiercely opposing the standard at every opportunity. She was way ahead of her time on this one.
In the following months she becomes blind, loses a substantial number of stick fights, gets miraculously cured of blindless by some wellwater, fails to kill Lady Crane when her conscience gets in the way, and enters a killer cat-and-mouse game with The Waif.
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Although her cold-blooded kill record seems to have no room for error, Arya also still does not look completely detached from her Stark-built morality. When finding her out gained control of Winterfell, she left her record to be at their side. Needless to say, these last eight episodes may change everything.
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