We continue with Day 8 of our Character Summary countdown with Arya Stark.
Arya is the third child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, and she’s also the youngest daughter. She is a very feisty young girl, who does not really share the interests of being a “lady” in the court. Her half brother, Jon Snow, gives her a sword as a gift to her before he leaves for The Wall. Upon knowing that all great swords have names, she names her sword “Needle.”
One day, Arya is practicing with a peasant friend, Mycah when Prince Joffrey and Sansa come across them. Joffrey’s taunts leads to an altercation and soon Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria, attacks Joffrey. Arya chases off Nymeria to save her from death, but Sansa’s direwolf, Lady is killed in Nymeria’s place. Also, Arya’s friend, Mycah, who was accused of attacking Joffrey is killed by the Hound, Sandor Clegane. Arya harbors a lasting enmity for the Lannisters and Clegane because of those incidents (quite frankly, understandable).
Arya later reveals to Eddard that she has a sword, and at first is hesitant for her to use bit, but soon changes his mind and hires a swordsman to train her, calling them her “dance lessons.” She learns quite a bit from Ferol.
Unfortunately, during the purge of the Stark loyalists, Arya is forced to escape and Ferol is killed. She ends up killing a stable boy who tries to take her sword. Her first kill.
Arya hides within the city, living on the streets, until the day of her father’s execution. She witnesses her father’s fealty plea, but is kept from witnessing his execution. A man named Yoren of the Night’s Watch shields her from that sight and takes her away.
Yoren begins the process of treating her as a boy as her true identity will have to be kept secret to keep her safe. Yoren takes her and other recruits to The Wall, with her new name as Arry.
Arya is played by Maisie Williams. It seems this is her only acting credit and for that, she does brilliantly. I’m excited to see how things progress with her character in the second season. Will she see her half-brother, Jon Snow again? Will she see any of her family? So far, Maisie has done well and I’m looking forward to seeing how she will handle her characters new developments.