Maisie Williams as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones. I don’t think that I have ever cheered so much for a character on television in my life. However, when I watched Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3, Arya had my undivided attention. Please note some spoilers are ahead. All of Arya’s scenes had me on the edge of my seat. Watching her fight the White Walkers was incredible and her character embodied female empowerment, but to a new level. While some of the other male characters hid in the corner or gave up, Arya refused to back down and continued to fight. Her father and Syrio Forel would be more than proud!
Maisie’s performance went viral on social media, as many fans began posting with the #NotToday hashtag. Melisandre reminded Arya of Syrio Forel’s teachings when she asked her, “What do we say to the God of Death?” which brought everything full circle for Arya. All of the lessons and everything that Arya has been through brought her to this very moment, as she now faces her most difficult challenge yet.
I love that Arya didn’t triumph with mere strength. Rather, she uses her wit and her skills to outsmart her opponents, proving to be more than worthy of being the one to get that game winning shot later on in the episode. Arya is a hero and she has been one of my favorite characters on the show since the very beginning. She has grown up so much and I feel like we have all been there every step of the way, watching her mature and transform into a powerful warrior with a fire within her that cannot be put out.
What’s next for Arya? I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to her victory. Arya really did save the day, but the fight is not even close to being over, as we still need to tackle the fight for the Iron Throne. It looks like it may be time for Daenerys to face off against Cersei, but one should never underestimate our girl and my hero, Arya Stark! I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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