Arya Stark is one of the most complex characters in the series. She went from being a rebellious young girl who hated bring treated like a lady, to the badass warrior who saved mankind.
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was probably the most nerve-racking, surprising, and exciting one of the entire series (maybe in entire history of Television). If you haven’t seen the episode, I do not recommend that you keep reading since this piece will contain major spoilers because we can’t talk about the great Arya Stark, savior of humanity (this is your cue if you want to avoid them).
After minutes and minutes of watching the undead army was basically wiping out the entire army of the living, hope was starting to fade. Who could possibly end the massacre? Who else but Arya to do the job, and as surprising it was at the moment, the more you think about it the more sense it makes.
The series did what it does best: deceiving us with narrative lines that end up not being the real important thing. We saw it with Ned Stark portrayed as the protagonist and his execution even before season 1 ended. And in that same fashion, we were tricked to believe that Jon Snow was the chosen one to kill the Night King. Did he really had what it took to fulfill that endeavor? Not really. But Arya does.
Ever since the very first scene of season 1, we saw what Arya was capable of. It’s a character with a complex and visible narrative arc. Unlike other characters's narrative, we’ve seen her entire journey on screen as she becomes the greatest warrior of the Seven Kingdoms. Yes, she’s flawed, but also consistent. She's also the only one with the right skills to actually defeat the greatest menace of the kingdom. If you’re still not that convinced, here are some of her most memorable moments and some of what makes her the greatest character of all time.
Arya’s first scene when she proves she’s a natural with weapons.
She always knew she wasn’t the typical girl who dreamt on becoming a lady or princess (cof cof, Sansa).
The time she made jerk Joffrey cry.
What do we say to the God of Death? Not today!
Witnessing her father’s death and knowing her life would no longer be the same.
Her sort of “tutelage” with no other than Tywin Lannister.
Meeting Jaqen H’gar to eventually become no one.
When she meets Melisandre for the first time.
Her time with the Hound, probably the closest thing she had ever had to a father during her really formative years.
Training in Braavos to become a Faceless Woman.
“When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers.”
“Tell Sansa her sister’s home.”
Finally, having a relationship with her sister to expose Lord Baelish’s ploys.
A girl knows what she wants.
Becoming the Night King slayer.
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