ravenous reader Posted August 22, 2017 Share Posted August 22, 2017 Why did Arya give Sansa the dagger? That's the key to making sense of the sisterly dynamic. Answer that -- and we might understand where the D's are going with this. Remember that instead of writing organically cohesive stories like GRRM, they tend to write with a particular outcome in mind, then fill in the gaps around it (Weiss even said as much in the accompanying 'Inside the Episode'), a style which leads to a certain farcical narrative disjunction. So, for example, they needed to get a dragon into the Night's King's possession, so the whole quest north of the Wall was constructed around and leading up to that particular endpoint; likewise, they needed to get the dagger into Sansa's hands, so the whole cat-and-mouse between the sisters and Littlefinger was arranged with that endgame in mind. The clear endpoints belong to GRRM; the bumbling patchwork constructions around them ever since season 5 to the D's. Another way of framing my question is to ask why Arya is deliberately arming Sansa? Cast your minds back to season one, specifically that pivotal drama at the Trident, in which Sansa was notably disarmed of both swords and words, partly as a consequence of her own choosing. She was the only one without a weapon. Arya and Mycah both had sticks. Additionally, Nymeria appeared from nowhere to save the day on Arya's behalf. Joffrey had his steel sword 'Lion's Tooth' (which Arya ended up pulling...). However, Sansa came to the fight without a weapon, after being persuaded into leaving Lady behind, who was also then taken from her, after she failed to give faithful testimony in defense of her family, leaving a permanent wound. In the surprising gift of the dagger, Arya is giving 'Lady' her bite back. We're back at the Trident symbolically, with the same constellation of archetypes at play, the sisters up against a dangerous lying bully, and the outcome largely up to Sansa. To me, it constitutes a challenge from Arya to Sansa: 'You say you're a wolf, you say you've changed, you say you're one of the pack; so here's your teeth, no more excuses -- now, be a wolf, Lady of Winterfell !' Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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