El Ranatico Loco, on 09 June 2012 - 04:53 PM, said:
Six episodes of no character development is not really a good result of "we have to slow her story down". If you have to slow it down, find something meaningful to replace it with.
From my perspective, the character development in general hasn't been the strongest aspect of the show (1), so this doesn't only apply to Arya's character. However, it hasn't really bothered me that much either, because ultimately, I found Arya's scenes to be one of the most enjoyable this season (even though I did miss certain events here and there). One could discuss the merits of a scene in terms of 'meaningfulness', but if a scene can captivate me for some reason or another, I'm less concerned about whether there's a deeper meaning to it or not.
Someone -- D&D I expect -- got enamored of the Dance-Williams scene ideas, and so we get three of them. I recall writing after the second one, "Gosh, I hope they don't go to that well again," and of course they did.
I guess they did it to annoy you
(there are actually four scenes, BTW, although they didn't talk much in the last scene). I found these scenes to be both enjoyable (the dialogue and acting) and intruiging (the contrasts between Arya and Tywin, Tywin's behaviour and suspicion towards Arya, etc), I only wish there had been some kind of payoff in the end.
(1) It can't compete with the character depth of the book, but that's not what I'm expecting either. I'm enjoying the TV series primarily for its (own) plot, acting, dialogue and visuals.