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  1. Something has changed in the way Arya sees her pack. Before she considered them her brothers and sisters: "The fight was short but bloody. The hairy man went down as he unslung his axe, the dark one died stringing an arrow, and the pale man from Lys tried to bolt. Her brothers and sisters ran him down, turning him again and again, coming at him from all sides, snapping at the legs of his horse and tearing the throat from the rider when he came crashing to the earth." - Arya, ASoS ~*~ "She was strong and swift and fierce, and her pack was all around her, her brothers and her sisters." - Arya, ASoS ~*~ "A great pack of wolves, with her at the head. She was bigger than any of them, stronger, swifter, faster. She could outrun horses and outfight lions. When she bared her teeth even men would run from her, her belly was never empty long, and her fur kept her warm even when the wind was blowing cold. And her brothers and sisters were with her, many and more of them, fierce and terrible and hers. They would never leave her." - Arya, ASoS ...and several more. But in ADwD, she creates a distance and starts referring to them as her "grey cousins". Why the change? In Dance: "The night is dark and full of terrors. Not for me. Her nights were bathed in moonlight and filled with the songs of her pack, with the taste of red meat torn off the bone, with the warm familiar smells of her grey cousins. Only during the days was she alone and blind." - The Blind Girl, ADWD ~*~ "Game had become scarcer since the snows began to fall, but last night they had feasted. Lamb and dog and mutton and the flesh of man. Some of her little grey cousins were afraid of men, even dead men, but not her." - The Blind Girl, ADwD It's weird because in Jon's chapter in his wolf dream, the samething occurs: "In another place, his little sister lifted her head to sing to the moon, and a hundred small grey cousins broke off their hunt to sing with her." - Jon I, ADWD
  2. I'm surprised too. Deserves way more attention and consideration. The theory is spectacular! Still waiting to read any new updates? The whole bit about the Valyrians second-lifing dragons. Just amazing! "What is actually happening in Dany's wake the dragon dream is she too is on the verge of second lifing a dragon. The ghosts who are cheering her on are Targaryen's of the past who had second lifed a dragon, she is passing in their footsteps. But they have come and gone, that's why they're ghosts, why their raiments have faded, and why their swords are pale fire. Their swords were once red, they were once the dragon's fire, but their time has come and passed, their fires dwindled. That's what Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes represents, the dragon's fire." -Chrisdaw
  3. Well people have predicted many things for Arya's future and often the idea that she dies, or wanders off into the World unable to live a "normal" life with people because she is too damaged or a free spirit and is too wild or she just dies from seeking her bloodthirsty vengeance...etc. There doesn't seem to be any room for something where we see Arya settle down and the foreshadowing in the books suggests she may be forced to. The show is hinting at that different side to her personality which could dictate or hint at what she ends up doing.
  4. We just have to accept D&D's subpar writing and placing logical expectations on them doesn't seem to be right anymore. Whatever they end up doing, it will happen, shortcuts and all. Character consistency and a narrative that makes sense just isn't at the top of their priority list. For example, Arya had to leave Braavos, they didn't know how because GRRM never told them those details. So D&D wrote whatever to get from point A to point B which is what they will continue to do. I think we'll see more setup for S8 in the coming episodes. Yup with the time jumps they have to use... the Long Night needs wrap up in less episodes.
  5. But I think you're making the mistake of thinking D&D will get to the endgame in a logical way that requires sufficient built. They don't care about time frames, character motivations or basic consistency...etc. If they need a character to do something or be somewhere - that's what they'll write towards. And again, regarding Arya specifically, they have already dropped hints you haven't really addressed yet. Why make a reference to the way she looks in Ep2? Or the fact that she has no problem being a called a Lady even though they were borrowing heavily from S1 setups/scenes/nostalgia which they could have injected into that moment before she sparred with Brienne. The take away: Arya is pretty and doesn't mind being a Lady.
  6. I know. Why do you think they are so closely styled similar? Sophie said they do it deliberately to show who character is inspired by and projecting. Which suggests to me that Arya will be doing more to support Jon's cause in the North when the inevitable weakness among the Northerners arises or if Sansa tries to take power for herself, if she's ever tempted at least.
  7. What will their reunion be like: https://i.redd.it/b8vy6p0f13fz.gif
  8. But they already said they would eventually come to the same ending as GRRM. If Arya was meant to do something big at the end or not die for example. If it's not happening in the books, I don't think they'll do that in the show for a main character endgame. What are the chances Arya ends up married by the end of the series? @Gaz0680 Doesn't Sansa have her own endgame? Why would they give her Arya's? If that was the case, they would just give her Nymeria and Arya's warging powers...etc.
  9. I think that will be important for future episodes where Arya - who is also styled and looks like Jon - will be defending him against the Northern Lords + Sansa who get frustrated that he isn't back from his trip down South. I think we'll see Arya making friends with Lyanna Mormont as well as they probably have a lot in common. S7 is setting up for everything that will come in S8. Do you think D&D will add some time jumps in the really long eps in the final season? The Long Night can't be over in just a few months considering the last one was a generation long. At least enough time for Dany to give birth at the very least.
  10. Exactly. D&D also planned some Bran dialogue where he is surprised Arya go to Winterfell so quickly because he thought the storm would slow her down. That shows the writers understood the urgency Arya would be feeling to get back home. Family has always mattered more to Arya than anything else in the world. And we can see the subtle changes the writers are putting into her character: Highlighting a pretty she is and that she doesn't mind being called a Lady.
  11. The minute she heard Jon was at Winterfell, she rode home and gave up her List and revenge and going South. Why do people not look at this with more weight and just gloss over it? The writers revealed their inspiration for Arya's return to Winterfell as "Odysseus Homecoming".
  12. It's Valyrian steel, with dragonbone (that fire can't burn) and dragonglass (frozen fire). A weapon like this isn't meant just for LF. Like Bran said, he doesn't care about LF. He sees the bigger threat and if you look at the way Bran gave the dagger to Arya... that was a little strange, like he was doing something very important and meaningful. A catalyst moment. I think she is killing some Whitewalkers.
  13. Is she a Faceless Man though?
  14. Notice Brienne called her "My Lady" and Arya didn't mind? Especially when they are harking back to S1 moments nostalgia - wouldn't throwing in "But I'm not a Lady" type of line be appropriate if that was where her mind set was still at? Seems like Arya is evolving in a lot of different ways it seems.
  15. Dude, you need to chill out.