There were a few moments during the “Game of Thrones” premiere on Sunday night that you could have easily described as fantastic, but our personal favorite is one that featured Maisie Williams front and center. After all, how many opportunities do you have to see a character really understand their own mortality?
In killing Polliver, Arya Stark found a sense of power within her that she hasn’t quite tapped into before, and that is most likely amplified by courtesy of the feelings of revenge and rage within her over losing both of her parents and her brother Jon Snow. She’s a person at the end of her rope, so what does she have to lose by going on some sort of crazy killing spree with The Hound? The two may have an endgame in getting to the Veil, but before that happens, Arya may have an interest in killing almost every person who stands in her way.
For more on that, just take a look at what Williams had to say on this big moment to Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s kind of frightening. She hasn’t done much that’s really that effective. In this moment after she’s killed Polliver, she’s realized her own power as well. It was about being in the right pace at the right time. I think she’s also trying to show The Hound too — I got this list and I can do this if I want to. She’s definitely kind of changing and putting on a more brutal approach to things. It’s a lot more risky, as well, she’s not afraid of death.”
There’s almost nothing with this story yet to criticize or even examine that closely. Is it a little bit of a stretch that someone as small as Arya could inflict a ton of damage? Sure, but she’s craft, sneaky, and lets The Hound do a good bit of the dirty work. This is why we don’t particularly mind.
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