Arya's whereabouts and actions in the forthcoming novels
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:40 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:41 PM
Edited by feardeathbywater, 22 May 2012 - 11:41 PM.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:14 AM
Besides the assassin stuff, Arya is also being trained as an intelligence-gatherer. Her warging ability will greatly enhance her effectiveness in that role. (Beside the obvious spying potential, she should be able to intercept ravens by warging them.)
She will likely be sent by the FM to Pentos to infiltrate Illyrio's household. This will allow a reprise of the Illyrio-Varys scene from aGoT. She will eventually have a confrontation with Dany, who has yet to learn about her father's crimes. Arya will ultimately become Dany's Mistress of Whisperers.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:30 AM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:20 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:01 PM
I don't know if Arya will fail to convince him and be thrown out (or might they try to kill her?) or convince them and keep it a secret (at which point she could take an assignment of someone she knows but lie about it) or actually become no one and abandon all ties to her past, only to be sent off and recover herself when she is forced to go after someone she knows (Sansa?).
Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:35 PM
a) It is one of main characters
A lot of people across the world have a reason to kill her
c) Arya-assasin plot is pointless if far main target is supposed to be minor character
d) characters with highest numbers of POVs are Jon, Tyrion, Arya and Deanny - and only Deanny is person Arya don't know
e) Faceless man seekeing methods of killing dragons to finish contract are simpliest explanation of Citadel infiltration
f) Dany just happens to have an 11-year-old servant who had a lot of book time... And Arya just happens to be training for taking faces..
Edited by dreamcatcher, 23 May 2012 - 03:36 PM.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:01 PM
Hmmm. My spidey sense senses a WoT parallel.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:29 PM
I think that she will learn a lot at the temple of the many-faced god. Then she would get back to Westeros (I don't believe in any cliches like she would be sent to kill Jon or Sansa, FM can't kill people they know, though Dany might pass, and I would be very happy if Arya kills Dany). I also think that Arya will get her revenge from Cersei (Maggy the frog's prophecy). Then she will get her wolf army. The last battle in the realm wouldn't be for the throne, it'd be against the Others. If she survives the tasks that are set for her, then she would even participate in the fight against the Others. I hopes she survives both.
I have to admit 2 things: 1. My opinion's kinda biased, as Arya is my favorite POV. 2. She may have identity struggles/issues (what I'm saying is that it wouldn't be the only thing she does).
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:10 PM
I recall from an interview that GRRM said that he doesn't inflilct pain or hatred on the Starks, the Lannisters do, and the rest of Westeros.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:24 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:33 PM
I was just thinking after reading your post, perhaps she runs into Sansa unrecognized but not without encounter, Arya grants her three deaths. But I don't think Arya will follow orders from the FM to a T, we're in her head and she's mostly thinking of Arya and past events.
Yeah, I don't think she'll be sold short by Martin, from reading, I honestly think Arya is one of his favorite characters, maybe not right behind Tyrion but certainly up there.
Edited by cancerman, 23 May 2012 - 07:34 PM.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:12 PM
My hopes: Arya will travel back to Westeros after going rogue with FM. There she'll seek out Varys and take his face. She'll then control the kid army, Varys's birds, and combine that with her wolf army leading them all with Nymeria to destroy every Southron household. After she's done she'll be so depraved that she'll resort to wandering the continent as the Stranger, escorting any misfortunes traveler to hell.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:16 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:02 PM
I tend to agree with you; logic and common sense stand to reason that the FM wouldn't entrust such a delicate and dangerous task with such a n00b...The only counterlogic I can see is that I'm pretty sure the Kindly Man is not convinced that Arya is 100% committed to forgetting her identity. He might send her on such a high profile mission as a challenge to prove herself. Either way, the end result is the same-- Arya will not remain a FM for much longer, and will def return to Westeros.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:03 PM
I expect Needle to become important again at some point. A scenario which seems possible to me is that in order to irrevocably join the FM, Arya will have to destroy Needle. The FM are so damn omniscient, there’s no way she can hide something under their doorstep without them knowing, I guess. (Btw, when Arya arrives at the temple, the kindly man mentions the “cold cup”. Sounds like drinking that is the ritual for joining the FM. I wonder what effects that potion might have.)
So, if it comes to that, what’s gonna happen? Obviously, I very much hope she won’t give up Needle and her identity. And if she doesn’t? So far, the FM have seemed very relaxed about the possibility of leaving, even offering her the opportunity. But is that attitude going to hold? I doubt it.
Some further speculation: If Arya isn’t just going to leave Needle to rot at the temple, and if she doesn’t take it with her to Isembaro, she isn’t leaving Braavos/the temple for good right now.
And after all, there’s still quite a lot of stuff on her training plan: paralysing the arms, legs, and stuff. It doesn’t seem likely that she’s going to complete the training as intended by the FM unless she stays with them for the last two books.
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