Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t see vengence or revenge as the main theme in Arya’s character arc.
I always see posts in forums or on tumblr that say that “this won’t happen because Arya’s too set on revenge” or “all Arya cares about is vengeance” or “Arya became an assassain because she wants to kill the people on her list.”
I completely disagree. Arya definitely thinks about revenge and created her list for a reason, but I think people put too much stock in it. In A Feast For Crows, Arya doesn’t answer definitively to the Kindly Man (who can sense lies) or in her head about wanting to use what the tactics of the Faceless Men to kill the people on her list:
"Child," said the kindly man one day, "what are those names you whisper of a night?"
"I don’t whisper any names," she said.
"You lie," he said. "All men lie when they are afraid. Some tell many lies, some but a few. Some have only one great lie they tell so often that they almost come to believe it … though some small part of them will always know that it is still a lie, and that will show upon their faces. Tell me of these names."
She chewed her lip. “The names don’t matter.”
"They do," the kindly man insisted. "Tell me, child."
Tell me, or we will turn you out, she heard. “They’re people I hate. I want them to die.”
"We hear many such prayers in this House."
"I know," said Arya. Jaqen H’ghar had granted three of her prayers once. All I had to do was whisper …
"Is that why you have come to us?" the kindly man went on. "To learn our arts, so you may kill these men you hate?"
Arya did not know how to answer that. “Maybe.”
I don’t even think Arya knows what she wants from the House of Black and White beyond somewhere to go. The Kindly Man even calls her out on thinking that she has nowhere else. She didn’t choose to become an assassin because she wants to kill people (on her list or otherwise) but because she’s convinced that she has nowhere else to go. Her first instinct was to go to Jon at the Wall, but she didn’t have enough money to go there- her only choice of leaving the area infested with
I always thought that Arya’s storyline’s two main themes were identity loss and abandonment. Identity loss is common in ASoIaF and especially prevalent with Arya who has had to go by aliases since GoT. She even wonders if she only dreamed up Arya Stark as early as ASoS. Then the Faceless Men training happened and it became even more extreme. And abandonment for Arya is a huge part of her character. Rightly or wrongly, she feels abandoned by everyone she has relied on over the course of the series from Syrio and her father to Yoren and Jaqen to Gendry and Hot Pie. She’s the one who begins to think that her father was wrong in that the lone wolf and not the pack are the ones that survive. She tells herself that she has no heart and ignores any thoughts of believing that she can depend on people again starting at the end of ASoS:
"One day I’ll ride away on Craven, and he won’t be able to catch me, she thought, but she never did that either. Where would she go? Winterfell was gone. Her grandfather’s brother was at Riverrun, but he didn’t know her, no more than she knew him. Maybe Lady Smallwood would take her in at Acorn Hall, but maybe she wouldn’t. Besides, Arya wasn’t even sure she could find Acorn Hall again. Sometimes she thought she might go back to Sharna’s inn, if the floods hadn’t washed it away. She could stay with Hot Pie, or maybe Lord Beric would find her there. Anguy would teach her to use a bow, and she could ride with Gendry and be an outlaw, like Wenda the White Fawn in the songs.
But that was just stupid, like something Sansa might dream. Hot Pie and Gendry had left her just as soon as they could, and Lord Beric and the outlaws only wanted to ransom her, just like the Hound. None of them wanted her around. They were never my pack, not even Hot Pie and Gendry. I was stupid to think so, just a stupid little girl, and no wolf at all.”
I mean I do think that revenge is a part of Arya’s story, but not the main theme or as important as some fans make it seem. What do other people think?
Like the Merry Murderers from Chicago County Jail said:
(S)HE HAD IT COMING
(S)HE HAD IT COMING ALL ALONG
bitch your Arya girls and Sansa girls meta is so wrong I bet even LINDA thinks you’re crazy.
omg I got so many anon messages filled with worry, GUYS I’M OK, thank you for your corcern :’)
this guy was rude, drunk and ready to follow me all the way to my house, but I got my parents to meet me at the corner and safely walk me home, don’t worry!
Weooooooon, estai mejor? que onda? :/
Este weon se subio a la micro y se sento detrás mío. Al lado mío había otra niña. EN algún momento nos tomo a ambas de los hombros y nos dijo algo que no repetiré. Me achoré un poco y le grite “QUE ME DIJISTE?” y el weon se amurro y dijo “nada weona”
Luego le empezó a decir al caballero que estaba al lado suyo que “sabía donde se bajaba” y que “le iba a quietar todo weon todo” y purasm mierdas. El viejo se paro y se fue mas adelante y este weon se rió de él y le grito unas weas.
Luego quedaba solo yo y otra persona en la micro y este weon se paro y se sento en el asiento al lado de la salida (y cuando se paro se noto su estado de ebriedad.) Cuando me levante para bajarme él también se bajo. Yo salí por adelante y el se bajo por detrás y me empezó a seguir.
Menos mal les avise a mis padre por whatsapp y me esperaban en la esquina. El weon se dio cuenta y se dió la media vuelta, y en un par de árboles mas allá se puso a mear.
Fue horrible :/
A drunk guy just followed me home.
I’ve never been so scared. He kept saying weird stuff on the bus anc then he got down on the same bus stop than mine.
I hate men.
6 year old fan asks Sebastian a question.
When a guy takes off his sweatshirt and his shirt comes off too