EntertainmentGame of Thrones: Why Arya Isn't Planning on Returning Home to Winterfell
What Arya’s new weapon could mean for Game of Thrones
Her resourcefulness and training open up a lot of options
Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution.
After the events of the Great War,has left fans to wonder what will become of Arya Stark. During the course of eight seasons, we watched her transform from a lady of Winterfell to a world-weary warrior capable of assassinating Meryn Trant, the Waif, Walder Frey, Petyr Baelish, and the Night King - thanks to some encouragement from Melisandre about " ." And as we head into the final episodes of the series, we imagine , who sits atop Arya's infamous . So it's no surprise that at the end of "The Last of the Starks," we find Arya on the road to King's Landing. But what is surprising is that she doesn't plan to return to her familial home.
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Going into Sunday’s landmark Game of Thrones episode, the secretly titled “Game of Thrones 70,” there are many questions. Most of them have to do with which beloved character will suffer a painful death at the hands of the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and his army during the imminent Battle of Winterfell. However, fan-favourite Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) has created a flurry of speculation around herself thanks to her brand-new weapon, fashioned by new boy toy Gendry (Joe Dempsie). From the jump, fans hoped the fancy new spear-like gadget was created with the goal of bringing down the Night King’s recently acquired stead, ice dragon Viserion.
In some respects this makes sense; when she turns downshe uses the simple phrase, "That's not me." This phrase echoes back to an argument she has with her father in the first season. She asks him if, like her brothers, she could ever be a knight or sit on a King's council. He responds by saying she can marry a powerful knight or lord and have children who serve on councils. She replies with the same clever phrase and even uses it several seasons later when she's reunited with her long-lost direwolf, Nymeria. She finds the animal along the Riverlands in season seven after she escapes the wrath of the Faceless Men. She tries to convince Nymeria to return home to Winterfell with her, but the direwolf takes shelter in the woods. Arya realizes that the animal, like herself, has changed, so Arya smiles and says, "That's not you."
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Both of those instances reflect how much the young Stark has evolved since we were first introduced to her and hint at why Arya may not want or need to return to Winterfell if and when she kills Cersei. She's not a lady, she's a warrior. And even though her work as a warrior will be done once she completes her list, she will need to do what all good warriors do - explore the world to gain the knowledge she needs for her next battle.
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Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones," says fame has had a negative affect on her mental health and self-esteem. In an interview on the Happy Place podcast, Williams opened up about how it was a challenge navigating life as a teenager while also managing her fame from "Game of Thrones." Williams, who was 13 years old when she was cast as Arya Stark, said there was a period of time where she was sad after becoming overwhelmed by the criticism on social media. "It gets to a point where you're almost craving something negative, so you can just sit in a hole of sadness," Williams said.
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