Arya Stark played by Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones since the first season has been my favorite character so far. The way she has developed as a character so far from a tomboy to a trained faceless assassin is exceptional. But, what’s next in line for her in the final season of Game of Thrones?
We will try to predict what her future in Game of Thrones is, but let’s first take a look into her past and her journey so far.
Arya Stark’s Journey so far:
Arya is first introduced in the series as a tomboy who wants to become a warrior like her father Eddard Stark. Where her sister Sansa Stark dreams of being a lady and marrying a high lord, Arya only dreams of going off to war and becoming a knight.
But, she doesn’t get to live life the way she wants. She tried to defend her friend Mycah from Joffrey and in the process her direwolf ‘Nymeria’ bit him off. Fearing for Nymeria’s life, she forced her to flee. Next, the queen Cersei Lannister blames her for this saying, “she is as wild as that animal of hers.” You can clearly see disgust and hatred on her face when Cersei orders the execution of Sansa’s direwolf ‘Lady’ in place of Nymeria.
Arya then adjusts to the reality and begins training with Syrio Forel, the dancing master from Braavos whom her father provides her. Tables again turn for Arya, when her father is betrayed and accused of treason by the new king Joffrey Baratheon and she has to run away from the Red Keep in order to save herself. Revenge becomes her new goal in life when she witnesses the horrific sight of her father’s execution.
Next, Yoren – a trustee of Eddard Stark plans to take her to Jon Snow and includes her amongst a group of Nights Watch recruits disguised as a boy named “Arry”. But, they all come across a group of Lannister soldiers and the survivors are taken back to Harrenhall.
Arya ends up serving Tywin Lannister, being his cupbearer and befriends Jaqen H’ghar – a faceless man. Upon spending some time serving Tywin, Jaqen frees Arya and her friends – Gendry and Hot Pie. He offers her to come along with him to Braavos to become a faceless person (he definitely sees something in her!) but Arya rejects his offer as she still hopes to get back to her family.
Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie remain traveling companions only for a short time as the three of them end up with the Brotherhood without Banners. Hot Pie leaves her after finding a job at an inn and Gendry is sold off to Melisandre. Disgusted Arya tries to run away and instead ends up with the Hound.
He plans on getting her to Robb Stark, but much to his surprise, Arya’s mother and elder brother are butchered at the ‘Red Wedding’. Arya too witnesses the terror the Freys have brought on her family. One thing that remains with her and helps her keep going is hatred just like the Hound’s hatred for his brother.
Arya now holds a kill-list of the people she is going to kill – “Cersei, Ilyn Payne, Joffrey, the Mountain, Walder Frey, the Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, the Red Woman and others.”
The Hound and Arya get along well afterward becoming traveling companions. Meanwhile, Brienne of Tarth – who has vowed to protect both of Catelyn Stark’s daughters, tries to take away Arya to safety. This doesn’t end well. The Hound fights with Brienne and is badly injured. Arya leaves him to die and heads for Braavos in order to become a faceless person and to fulfill her ultimate goal of vengeance.
In Braavos, Arya seems to be in a rush and a bit too curious to take the names off her list. She kills Meryn Trant in the process and is blinded for breaking the rule of only killing people promised to the Many-faced God. She then undergoes vicious training while still blind, which she turns to her advantage.
When the Waif tries to kill her, she executes the former as she now has learned to fight in the dark. Arya then heads for Westeros – her home and her mentor Jaqen H’ghar too lets her leave. We are surprised when she emerges as a serving girl at the Twins and kills Walder Frey and his two sons.
In the seventh season, Arya wipes out the entire House Frey and is on a mission to kill Cersei Lannister. She then learns via Hot Pie that Jon Snow has retaken Winterfell from the Boltons and changes her mind and heads back to Winterfell. On her way, she meets her direwolf Nymeria.
At Winterfell, she meets her long-lost siblings Bran and Sansa. A bit of conflict arises between the Stark sisters because of a letter uncovered by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. But, as “a lone wolf dies but the pack survives” the three Stark siblings decide to take on Baelish for betraying their father Eddard Stark.
So, what’s next in line for Arya Stark?
We all saw the last scene shared by the Stark sisters where the two made peace and recalled their father. And we can’t wait for a number of reunions at Winterfell in the final season. Many people feel that Arya will finally complete her story arc by killing off the people remaining in her list.
Some even feel that she would fulfill her arc similar to Queen Nymeria of Dorne after whom she named her direwolf. She will reunite people of Westeros in a similar fashion to the Queen of Dorne after the Great War is over. Others feel that she will sail west of Westeros – her wish that she shared with Lady Crane back in season 6.
What I personally feel is that Arya has taken a dark path over the years all because of the trauma she suffered as a child. She has witnessed the deaths of her family members – her father, her mother, and her brother at quite a young age.
Eventually, she has become an assassin who has mercilessly killed people – the ones who have wronged her. The only thing that humanizes her at this point is her family – her pack which she lagged for years. She may be the one who kills Cersei Lannister or even a few others in Season 8 but ultimately she will be faced with a difficult choice.
The choice of either redeeming her old identity or the new one she has chosen in the recent years. And who knows she would even have to settle down like a lady or a queen after she cuts off all the names from her ‘kill-list’.
What do you think will be the future of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones? Tell us in the comments.
Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer
Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.
Season 3 Episode 14
Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”
Season 4 Episode 8
Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.”
Season 5 Episode 9
God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.
Season 5 Episode 16
Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?”
Season 5 Episode 16
Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.
Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!
Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2
Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.
We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!
Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.
Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.
Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.
Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Visenya Targaryen by Berkan Ozkan
Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1
Valyrian steel swords have always been a source of fascination for the fans of Game of Thrones. Made of a fictional metal in the ancient land of Valyria, not many such weapons survive since its doom. They are very rare, priceless, magic-infused and are often passed down as family heirlooms. We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon.
Vigilance is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Hightower. It was last wielded by Ormund Hightower during the Dance of the Dragons and he fought for King Aegon II Targaryen. Ormund was slain by Roderick Dustin during the first battle of Tumbleton, after which the sword was lost forever.
Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark made of Valyrian steel. It is the sword that was wielded by Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The sword was wielded by Lord Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons, who was the Warden of the North during the period. He supported Rhaenyra Targaryen due to his pledge known as the Pact of Ice and Fire.
Truth was a Valyrian steel longsword carried by Moredo Rogare, a Lysene noble from the wealthy banking Rogare family. During the Dance of the Dragons, the Rogare Bank rivalled the Iron Bank of Braavos in size. We might get a glimpse of the sword in House of The Dragon.
Orphan-Maker is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Roxton with a black blade. Ser Jon Roxton wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. He sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the sword was used in the Battle of Honeywine and the second battle of Tumbleton. The sword later came into the possession of Lord Unwin Peake, after which its whereabouts are unknown.
Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is perhaps the most famous sword in all of Westeros. Aegon II Targaryen’s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons. It was lost after the Blackfyre rebellion.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Aegon I Targaryen by Clark Ocleasa
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