Thursday, 3 August 2017

Game Of Thrones Gossip #27 Arya Stark

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 

Arya Stark is the younger daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark. Brought up at Winterfell, she has a strained relationship with both her mother and sister Sansa due to her tomboy ways. She would rather do weapons training with Jon and Rob than sewing classes with Sansa. She would rather be a warrior than a wife. Arya has a close relationship with Jon Snow and her wolf Nymeria. Her parents are somewhat baffled by her boyish ways but Ned is more sympathetic to her situation than his wife.

Arya is excited by the arrival of the King's group but is actually more interested in seeing The Imp, Tyrion Lannister. Her late arrival, outspoken behaviour and throwing food at her sister during the feast puts her in her mother's bad books and she also resents having to repack her things when Septa Mordane is unhappy with her efforts. The highlight of the new adventure is being given her own sword by her half-brother Jon, which she ironically calls Needle, and packs it to go with her.

Arya hits trouble on the way to King's Landing when Joffrey and Sansa find her sparring with butcher's son Mycah, using wooden swords. Joffrey takes the chance to bully them but Arya hits him for hurting Mycah and Joffrey knocks her to the ground. Nymeria comes to the rescue and bites Joffrey who turns into a whimpering coward in front of the disgusted girl. She throws his sword into the river and chases Nymeria off, certain that there will be retribution. Arya is rightly outraged when Sansa lies to protect Joffrey and it destroys their relationship as well as costing Lady her life in place of Nymeria. Losing Nymeria and Lady, and discovering that Mycah has been killed has Arya hating Joffrey and Cersei.

Ned cannot get Arya to understand why Sansa made that choice to defend her future husband so he reaches out to her in another way. After finding Needle, he agrees to hire Syrio Forel to teach her how to fight though his methods are strange. Arya continues to defy being a lady by asking Petyr Baelish why they call him Littlefinger, to Sansa's horror. While training in the dungeons she hears Varys and Mopatis discussing the coming war-and her father. She is worried that it means he will be killed like Jon Arryn but Ned refuses to take her warnings seriously, distracted by the arrival of Yoren, who thinks she is a boy, to her annoyance. The death of Jory and the injury to her father has soured Arya on the Court but she wants to keep training with Syrio and hopes he will come to Winterfell with her and Sansa.

Syrio-"What do we say to the God of Death?"
Arya-"Not today."

When Ned's plot fails and he is arrested, it is only the intervention of Syrio that stops Arya from being taken captive by the Lannisters and she runs as instructed, finding the bodies of her father's men at the stables where they were packing to leave. A stable boy tries to stop her and is impaled on Needle as she defends herself. Now she has to survive by hiding on the streets of King's Landing.She is unable to stay away from her father's trial and is horrified when Joffrey orders his execution. Yoren, alerted by Ned, manages to get to her in the crowd, disguises her as a boy and smuggles her out of King's Landing as a Night's Watch recruit. She gradually forms a friendship of sorts with Gendry, Robert's bastard and Hot Pie. She begins to recite a list of her enemies before going to sleep, as Yoren once obssessed over the man he wanted to kill.

When the Goldcloaks come from King's Landing to question Yoren, he tells Gendry and Arya to stay hidden and refuses to coperate. He is killed when they return with more men and the recruits are taken prisoner. Arya sets free Jaqen H'ghar and his colleagues when the wagon catches fire, saving their lives. Arya watches Polliver steal Needle and kill Lommy with it and she tells the guards that he was Gendry. They are taken to Harrenhal where each day a prisoner is tortured and killed. It is only the arrival of Tywin Lannister that saves Gendry from this fate. Tywin sees therough her disguise and makes her his cupbearer, beginning a strange relationship between Tywin and Arya. Her disguise is almost blown when she has to serve Littlefinger. I often wondered watching these scenes in season two if Tywin suspected who she was and didn't say, intending to keep her as a working hostage and avoid the risk of Joffrey having her killed like her father. I was also kind of sure that Littlefinger recognised her and kept it to himself to use in a later moment.

Arya very much admires Jaqen H'ghar and what he can do. When he tells her he owes her three deaths for saving three men, she has a long list to choose from. She chooses The Tickler who tortures the prisoners and Amory Lorch who killed Yoren and caught her stealing a letter from Tywin about Robb. As his third, he agrees to help Arya and her friends escape the castle. This whole death list section is very different in the books, with Arya serving Roose Bolton and escaping without help to find her family in the Riverlands. They do part with the promise of Arya being trained as a Faceless Man if she wishes to in the future. This is the beginning of a very different road for Arya.


  1. Ooh Arya's one of my favorites. I always liked those scenes with her and Tywin- Charles Dance was fabulous as him! I think he might have seen through her disguise too. :) And the Jaqen scenes were all great.

    In the books I liked the "weasel soup" deal, and how close she came to revealing herself to Robett Glover. I was like, tell him Arya!!! I think he would have protected her- or tried.

    1. Charles Dance was one of my favourite acting performances in the series. He WAS Tywin Lannister! He probably figured after what happened to Ned that it was safer to keep Arya where he could see her and not trust Cersei with another Stark prisoner. Yes the weasal soup bit was fun! I loved the character of Jaqen too so I pleased to see him again in seasons five and six.

  2. I think Arya is a bright spot in this series. She's so much fun and so tough. Later on, I was really worried for her when she trained as Faceless Man but I never questioned her desire to be angry with Sansa, Joffrey and her mother. I am looking forward to the day when Arya and Jon are reunited and hope it happens this season. I think although Sansa will be happy to see her, she will resent what she has become because Arya has always been able to take care of herself and Sansa...well not so much.

    1. Arya is my favourite of the Starks and I loved her scenes with Tywin and The Hound. When she gets to Winterfell, she'll learn a lot from the likes of Brienne and Tormund on the fighting side of things. My dad is a big Arya fan too. The actress is great and I'm excited to see her in the long awaited film of The Forest of Hands and Teeth!

  3. She’s one of my favorites. I kinda hope she gets to kill everyone on her list. Great recap!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I loved how disappointed she was not to be there to see Joffrey die!