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    TWoW - Arya Stark

    It might be worth checking out the discussion here: Looks like GRRM wrote her Braavos chapters way back in 2012 and has sent them to a map-maker who used Winds content to create the newest Braavos map with several new unnamed buildings and the added garden/green isle at the Sealord's Palace. I think in her Winds chapters for Braavos, Arya will be on another apprenticeship that will bring her into the elite of Braavosi society. Perhaps as a handmaid to a courtesan. If that does happen in Winds, I would imagine GRRM has already foreshadowed it in this AFFC Arya Chapter: "You believe this is the only place for you." It was as if he'd heard her thoughts. "You are wrong in that. You would find softer service in the household of some merchant. (Cat of the Canals living with Brusco) Or would you sooner be a courtesan, and have songs sung of your beauty? Speak the word, and we will send you to the Black Pearl or the Daughter of the Dusk. (Winds of Winter content) You will sleep on rose petals and wear silken skirts that rustle when you walk, and great lords will beggar themselves for your maiden's blood. Or if it is marriage and children you desire, tell me, and we shall find a husband for you. Some honest apprentice boy, a rich old man, a seafarer, whatever you desire."
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Sean Bean Predicts which Stark will last to the end of Season 8: He is promoting the new Hitman 2 so it's nice to get some new interviews from him that touch on Game of Thrones as well. Talking about Ned's death: https://mashable.com/article/sean-bean-hitman-2-game-of-thrones/?europe=true#p4eudn_XNaqO
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    The Stark sucession crisis and Arya the unlikely

    This whole topic is so refreshing. Nice try @Lord Varys
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    A Question about Skulls

    That's not the only encounter Arya has with the dragon skulls. Why not post both passages?
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    End game predictions for all the characters?

    A book reader to come to that conclusion? That is just odd to me. As a book reader, I thought you'd recognize the importance of Arya's realization that giving up her eyes would be worth it if it meant she could go back to being Cat of the Canals. Why was that so significant? What kind of life did Cat of the Canals have that Arya yearned for more than ever getting her eyesight back? Cat was a girl who had a family, a home, and lived a normal life among all kinds of people from all over the world. She would do **extra** work (when Brusco's daughters had their moonblood) and surround herself with the normal activity and every day living of Braavos. She isn't incapable of living a normal life. But returning to the North and her home would never mean she will have a run of the mill "normal" life either. That won't be the case for any surviving Stark. Yeah, you're not really seeing the big picture and the eventual progression in Arya's character? You seem rather content to keep her exactly as she is, facing no choices in the future that could possibly change her in any way? GRRM is not done with Arya, not even close. He isn't incapable of loving, especially considering the progression his character is going through at the moment. You really should try and envision the "end game" and don't look at these characters in such a static way. And Arya doesn't want Winterfell? Even the show writers used "Odysseus Homecoming" as the inspiration for Arya's return to Winterfell. It's a big deal for her and it's always been in her heart no matter how hard it's pushed down. While in the HoBW: "When you smell our candles burning, what does it make you think of, my child?” Winterfell, she might have said. I smell snow and smoke and pine needles. I smell the stables. I smell Hodor laughing, and Jon and Robb battling in the yard, and Sansa singing about some stupid lady fair. I smell the crypts where the stone kings sit, I smell hot bread baking, I smell the godswood. I smell my wolf, I smell her fur, almost as if she were still beside me. Arya, AFFC It will be much darker, we agree on that. But if he "planned a girl for jon" it would be with Dany, and if not... it wasn't Sansa he had in mind when he wrote his Outline either. lol To a lot of people, it makes zero sense. What do you mean "too sweet"? How is your preferred pairing not cliched? If you seem so fine with Jonsa then why are you so opposed to Jonrya?
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    End game predictions for all the characters?

    You believe in Jonsa and think Arya will be just die and fade away in her direwolf? That combo... Why am I not shocked? Doubt any of that will ever happen, but you know, we shall find out soon enough. And Dany is not even worth considering her future endgame? Seems like people who favor Sansa (from the responses so far) can't see much of a future for Arya or Dany. Again... how completely unshocking is that?
  7. LOL. I think you're rather mistaken. Arya is a main character. She has more POV chapters than any female character and GRRM has stated she is one of the main characters (his favorite Female POV to write).
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    The role of Jon Snow in TWoW

    She's just a creature now? I see your hate for her runs deep. Dehumanizing her to this level says a lot. Arya has never stopped loving or feeling or caring. She still enjoys living a simple life and showing kindness to strangers and making friends, memories of her home and her moonlit dreams. Simply reducing her to an inhuman monster is grossly unfair to the writing and the character. She isn't a creature not worth loving. If you can't see that, luckily many others can. Jon of all people would understand what she has been through and love her nonetheless. Your deep aversion and bias against Arya won't change that.
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    Secrets of Braavos by Jonathan Roberts

    What about other entrances into the HoBW? "Eleven servants of the Many-Faced God gathered that night beneath the temple, more than she had ever seen together at one time. Only the lordling and the fat fellow arrived by the front door; the rest came by secret ways, through tunnels and hidden passages. They wore their robes of black and white, but as they took their seats each man pulled his cowl down to show the face he had chosen to wear that day. Their tall chairs were carved of ebony and weirwood, like the doors of the temple above. The ebon chairs had weirwood faces on their backs, the weirwood chairs faces of carved ebony." So 9 of the other FM came through secret underground passages and tunnels that lead into the HoBW. The Lordling and the Fat Fellow entered through the front door like Arya once did. Perhaps, these two FM are returning from Westeros as well?
  10. I'd love to read more of your ideas of how Arya is revealed to the North? Do you think this will all happen by the next book? Also this topic my tickle your fancy as well:
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    Secrets of Braavos by Jonathan Roberts

    Do you think it could be a non-Braavosi chapter as it seems it's not a part of the set Jonathan got? Someone else mentioned that if she does go to the Sealord's Palace, she may ask about the previous First Swords of Braavos and we'd learn more about Syrio!
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    Secrets of Braavos by Jonathan Roberts

    The chapters Jonathan saw Wow! Great work getting to the bottom of this. I have a question... Jonathan said those were a set of completed chapters. Did George indicate he was still writing Arya chapters after 2012?
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    New interview with the Guardian UK Maisie describes the last scene she filmed when she wrapped in July: She will say, however, that her final scene was “beautiful. I ended on the perfect scene. I was alone – shocker! Arya’s always bloody alone. But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill, I had seen the tears and heard the speeches.” How was her own speech? “It wasn’t something I planned, but in that moment I realised what the show meant to me.” She went off to her trailer for a little while, to be alone, then they went for a fancy meal. “And drank a lot of sake.” “I got to the end and I didn’t want more. I had exhausted every possible piece of Arya. And this season was quite big for me. I had a lot more to do.” https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/oct/17/game-of-thrones-maisie-williams-interview-marvel
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I think people on other forums have asked and the answers is No. In fact, the only other living character that ever got a statue made was Joffery because he was a pompous egomaniac. Everyone else was dead before they got a statue.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I know the girl who tweeted this and she is a huge Sansa fan, she was front row for the event. She also confirmed the stuff about the corset and wanting the necklace and Kit & Maisie keeping their swords...etc before other media agency reported it. So you can go ahead and assume accurately that it is indeed true.