NutBurz Posted July 25, 2016 Share Posted July 25, 2016 Just an entertaining thought - what if Arya´s relation with the Waif is a big homage to the genre best represented by Fight Club? I´m fairly sure this must have come up in the past, sorry if it´s repetitive. My hypothesis here would be that the Waif is someone Arya met when she first got there, and which Jaqen might have impersonated (or not) after she went blind in order to create a split personality that represents what she would become in case she tried to become No One. The waif is generally better than Arya at everything concerning being a Faceless Man, as if she had been there for a longer time - except at the end of the arc when she shows clear signs of letting her feelings affect the job. That´s because after Arya went blind, the real waif probably just went on being a faceless man elsewhere, and the new waif is just a projection of the vengeful girl that Arya is. That would explain why major scenes that happened in public between them seemed to have drawn so little attention, and why the waif is so unprofessional towards the end. She was just swinging her rod into the air when she thought she was blindly fighting the waif, and she was never deeply stabbed in the gut or chased down the streets. When she sees the statue and think of herself when she first arrived, her fears and wishes, she realises she would really suck at being No One, she´s vengeful, she has a personal list of names she´s eager to kill on the other side of that sea. And then her subcouncious reminds her of what a Faceless Man would do to her - what Arya No One would do to her - if she simply left the job undone. Either way, a face will be added to the wall - hers or Lady Crane´s. She uncounsciously decides for Lady Crane. So she wounds herself in the belly, jumps in the water and makes a little scene in the market, then looks for lady crane. Now she has her trust, she only needed to get her offguard. Lady crane doesn´t react to a stranger because it´s just Arya. Arya doesn´t want to rationalize the things she´s doing, so she keeps the fantasy that she´s ultimately dueling the waif, and beats her when she "returns to her origins" using Syrio´s moves. Jaqen is not quite sure what happened - Lady Crane´s face is in the wall, so he assumes that No One Arya won - "congratulations" and etc - and then she tells him she´s actually Arya Stark, and that she´s leaving. He´s proud that she was able to realise she could not truly become no one, that she would just become an empty vengeful thing if she forgot why she wants to kill all those people in the first place, which is precisely because she is Arya Stark. I think their coin helps support this notion of duality, as well as the glaring "House of Black and White". What do you think? Not saying it´s the truth, but it kinda makes sense, right? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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