Game of Thrones: Arya Stark’s journey to Season 8

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Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO /

We’re just a little over a month from Game of Thrones’ final season premiering. We’re taking a look at each character’s journey to this point. Here’s Arya’s story.

Arya Stark is arguably one of the most popular characters currently on Game of Thrones. She is also one of the few left who has been around since the very first episode. She is a survivor who has fought her way to where she is over the past seven seasons. She has gone through great lengths to be reunited with her family, and also to seek revenge on the people who have wronged her family.

As we wait for the eighth and final season to premiere on April 14, let’s take some time and look back at Arya’s journey to this point, season by season.

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Season 1

Arya’s story begins in Winterfell. Dissatisfied with all the training to become a lady, particularly needlework, Arya would rather practice sword fighting and shooting arrows with her brothers. This creates a very tense relationship between her and her sister, Sansa. However, it allows her to become very close with her brother Jon.

After the King comes to visit, and names her father, Ned, his hand, and Sansa becomes betrothed to his son Joffrey, Arya leaves Winterfell and journeys with her father and sister to King’s Landing. This will be the last time she sees Winterfell for a long time.  Before she leaves, she is given her direwolf, Nymeria, and Jon gifts her a sword, Needle.

On the road, Arya begins to learn the challenges she is going to face in King’s Landing. She witnesses the injustice of Joffrey ordering the execution of her friend for striking him. And witnesses the execution of Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, while Nymeria is able to escape into the woods.

In King’s Landing, Ned realizes Arya’s passion for fighting is not going away, so he hires Syrio Forel, from Braavos, to train her. After her father is executed, Yoren, a recruiter for the Night’s Watch, takes her into his care. He cuts her hair and passes her off as a new recruit. As the season ends, the goal is to get Arya to Jon Snow at the Wall.