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  • At the start of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark is a rebellious tomboy.

  • She doesn't want to be a noble lady like society expects of hershe wants adventure and freedom.

  • Arya loves her brother Jonhe understands what it's like to not fit in.

  • Jon gives Arya a sword called Needle.

  • Arya sees that the world is unfairbecause of Cersei's cruelty and Joffrey's lies,

  • Arya loses her wolf Nymeria, and her friend Mycah is killed.

  • So Arya starts to hate her enemies . Syrio Forel teaches Arya to fightand says the

  • only god is death . When war begins with the Lannisters, Arya has to leave Syrio for dead.

  • And when a stableboy grabs Arya, she stabs himArya's first kill is this poor dumb kid.

  • In Season 2, Arya makes friends with Gendry, and Lommy and Hot Pie, but she struggles with

  • is attacked by Lannisters – a soldier called Polliver kills Lommy and takes Needle.

  • Arya's imprisoned at Harrenhalwhere she suffers, and sees innocent people tortured and killed.

  • So Arya has to hide her identity, and use her wits to survive.

  • A Faceless Man called Jaqen H'ghar kills people for Arya , giving her a taste of power and vengeance.

  • With Jaqen's help, Arya Gendry and Hot Pie escape Harrenhal.

  • Jaqen offers to train Arya in Braavos , but she wants to stay and find her family . Jaqen

  • leaves Arya with a coin, and the wordsValar Morghulis” – all men must die.

  • In Season 3, Arya Gendry and Hot Pie are captured by the Brotherhood Without Banners.

  • The Brotherhood also captures the Hound, and Arya wants him dead, because the Hound killed Mycah.

  • But the Hound wins his trial and goes freeso again Arya finds no justice in the world.

  • Arya learns to use a bow better, which might come in handy.

  • And Melisandre visits, saying that she'll meet Arya again . But then the Brotherhood

  • So Arya gets sick of their bullshit and runs awaybut then she's captured by the Hound.

  • see her family againbut they arrive in time for the Red Wedding, where Arya's mother and brother are murdered.

  • she uses Jaqen's coin and saysValar Morghulis” . So in Season 3, Arya learns

  • that she can't rely on anyonefriends will just leave her, family will die, and

  • In Season 4, Arya journeys through the war-torn riverlands with the Hound, who leads her deeper into violence and cynicism.

  • This is like the first good thing that happens to Arya in three seasons, and she achieves it by killing.

  • the weak die, and the strong survive . He says hate is a good motivation to keep someone

  • going . On one level, Arya hates the Hound for being so brutal and callous . But the

  • Hound is also the only person who understands Arya.

  • The Hound feels betrayed by his family, abandoned and alone , with only hate and violence to

  • But the Hound gets suspicious, and they end up fightingleaving the Hound near death.

  • The Hound asks Arya to mercy kill him , but Arya refuses.

  • dead, and with nowhere to go , Arya uses Jaqen's coin to sail to Braavos.

  • Maybe here she can find peace, happiness and family.

  • But nope, she joins a death cult.

  • In Season 5, Arya joins the Faceless Men – a cult of assassins who worship death . To truly

  • join them, Arya must becomeNo one” – to give up her identity, all her hopes, loves and hates.

  • Arya works in the House of Black and Whiteshe sweeps, cleans corpses, and gives the gift of death to a suffering child.

  • She contends with the waif, a rival Faceless Man who doesn't believe that Arya is no

  • one . Arya takes on the identity of Lanna , and spies around Braavos.

  • after Meryn Trant, the Kingsguard who killed Syrio.

  • She follows Meryn to a brothel, uses a Faceless disguise, and brutally kills himanother name off her list.

  • But the Faceless are mad, because Arya not only killed the wrong person, but she did it for her personal revenge.

  • When the Faceless Men are meant to be no one, giving death anonymously as a religious gift.

  • So the man who Arya thinks is Jaqen kills himself, but then another Man wears Jaqen's face.

  • Because there is no Jaqen, he's just a false identity worn by the Faceless Men.

  • wore a face before she was allowed, Arya is made blind . Season 5 plunges Arya into darkness.

  • The waif beats her with a stick, teaching her to fight blindand trying to break

  • She gets a training montage, and fights with sticks, until she can finally hold off the waif, and Jaqen gives her sight back.

  • Jaqen orders Arya to kill an actress called Lady Crane, and warns this is Arya's last chance to join the Faceless.

  • Arya watches Crane act in a play about Westerosand relives the execution of her father.

  • But she's also moved by Cersei's grief, as played by Lady Crane.

  • Arya likes Crane, so she refuses to kill her.

  • gets a haircut, and books a ship home.

  • She's saved by Lady CraneArya's mercy saves her own life.

  • For the first time in a long time, Arya rests and feels safe with a friend who cares for her, but then the waif kills Craneanother dead friend.

  • She confronts Jaqen, and says she's not no oneshe's Arya Stark of Winterfell,

  • disguise, but she also returns to her identity as Arya, and she goes back to Westeros.

  • Arya kills Walder Frey, and bakes his sons into a pie.

  • And in Season 7, Arya disguises herself with Walder's face, and poisons a room full of

  • and learns that not all of her enemies are evilsome of them are Ed Sheeran.

  • Arya's unable to describe what she's been through . Her experiences have changed her.

  • . Cause Nymeria has changed, become wild and independentshe isn't the pet she was

  • before, just like Arya isn't the girl she was before.

  • Arya returns to Winterfell, and it's changed too.

  • Arya gets a Valyrian steel dagger, and makes friends with Brienne.

  • All the sisters' childhood resentments return, and Littlefinger works to divide them further

  • it gets to the point where Arya threatens to kill Sansa . But in the finale, the sisters

  • So in Season 7, we see how the experiences that made Arya a powerful killer have also alienated her from her friends and family.

  • If she continues her path of vengeance, will Arya lose her humanity?

  • What'll happen to Arya in the final season of Thrones?

  • There'll be more reunionsArya will finally see Jon again . She'll likely reunite

  • with Gendry, and there could be a romance thereGendry likes to call Aryamy

  • lady” . Arya will meet Daenerys, and she'll probably like herArya has said that she

  • admires dragon queens , maybe she'll get a dragon ride.

  • all on Arya's death list for a while . Will Arya still hold these grudges?

  • Cause in the Season 8 trailer, the dead attack Winterfell, and Arya fights for the living.

  • With her Valyrian dagger, and obsidian weapons, she might kill a white walker or two.

  • Maybe her ultimate test as an assassin could be trying to kill the Night King.

  • Bran gave her that dagger for a reason.

  • Queen Cersei . The Hound once said that he and Arya could kill the Mountain together.

  • Maybe the Hound will be wounded in this fight, and Arya will finally have to mercy-kill her friend. But will Arya kill Cersei?

  • Arya relates to Cersei's feelings of grief and anger . So maybe Arya will show Cersei

  • mercy, just like she spared Crane . Arya's actress, Maisie Williams, said she hopes Arya

  • get the family she's always wanted.

  • Like, she wouldn't marry a lord and have fifteen kidsthat's not her.

  • Or maybe she'll go off on her own as an adventurer, and see what's west of Westeros.

  • She could sail into the sunset like Frodo in Lord of the Rings – a sad farewell to

  • a hero who was never quite whole after what they'd been through.

  • Or maybe Arya will only find peace in death.

  • Her whole story is soaked in blood and loss and trauma.

  • Maybe when winter comes, the lone wolf will die alone.

  • In the Game of Thrones books, Arya is warg like Branshe can enter the mind of Nymeria.

  • So there are cool theories about Arya dying but living on in her wolf, running with her pack.

  • The books have a lot more magic and prophecy than the show.

  • Everything's darker and deeper and more complex.

  • If you wanna check out the books, you can get one on audiobook for free today by signing up for a trial at audible.com/asx.

  • Audible has the whole Game of Thrones series, including the worldbook, short stories, and the new history book, Fire and Blood.

  • Members can choose a free book each month, and if you cancel, you keep the books.

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