Happy birthday Maisie Williams!!!
Yes, you guessed it right. I am one of those who will look at you as if you belong to another species when you say you don’t understand Game of Thrones. This is the only show I will ever inform you beforehand and with that said, if you were my enemy and you said you loved Game of thrones that’s the moment I start seeing a flicker of light in you. See why this is a big deal?
Now If you’re wondering who Maisie Williams is, perhaps you know her by her stage name. She is the famous Arya Stark who intimidates every challenge bestowed upon her in GoT. She is the description behind unleashing your inner wolf and in each season, she reminds fans why it is important to be patient as you prepare, for you never know when an opportunity will arise.
Williams character was born in GOT season 1 as Arya Stark the younger sister to Sansa Stark and the tomboy in the house of Eddard & Catelyn Stark. She is a bubbly little girl who loved swordsmanship since she could talk, and squabbles with her sister in almost every scene due to their differences: which are major and pronounced. Sansa’s dreams are in the lines of finding prince charming, getting married and wearing the prettiest dresses as the queen, ruling besides her king. Hence she cannot fathom why Arya would want to be a lowly knight, who will never get to enjoy the perks of living in a castle or rule a kingdom nonetheless.
Quite a beautiful dream Sansa had but as we all know in GOT you never know when it’s your turn to face the Westeros gods. Arya had the luck of being on the side, where people found themselves at the wrong place at the right time.
Often people died including: Eddard Stark– who discovered twincest in the Lannisters kingdom, Tywin Lannister– killed by his son in the midst of taking a dump, Petyr Baelish- who literally dug his own grave, but against all odds Arya proved why a girl has no name, a girl is no one, a girl can never be defined was more than just a mantra. This is one of the most controversial lines In GOT, with people bringing different perspectives to its meaning and in relation to the show.
What I know for sure is that when Arya became no one, it meant losing her desire for self-preservation and selfishness. A need that conflicted with her plans for revenge for a while, and even cost her, her eyesight. Her blindness literally showed the essence of shutting out the world to focus on yourself and more than this, believing in a higher purpose. That is when she gave in to the faceless gods assuming the identity of ‘No one.’
Her training with the faceless gods taught her that she could live for more than one purpose. She was complex and bigger than her vendetta. She could not be defined by one face and even though bottom line she was an assassin, that in essence shows that there is a place for everyone in this world. It all lies in the choices we make.
Arya becomes more than a knight, surpassing even knights like the “hound” who was begging her for his death.
True to her word she brought winter to 64 people starting from the Lannister’s camp to Lord Baelish in Winterfell.
Arya is depicted as mature and utterly loyal to her loved ones. At the peak of season 7, she had to forgive her sister who she believed slept with the enemy responsible for their family’s downfall. She later unites with her to take down the king of conspiracy and lover boy, Little finger. This demonstrates how even the biggest of enemies can be brought down, given that a people can put aside their differences for the greater good.
Arya witty and brave as ever admits she admired her sister Sansa, but how deep the sentence she utters is, can only be interpreted by the viewer who knows what transcended in the earlier seasons.
“I was never going to be as good a lady as you. So I had to be something else. I never could have survived what you survived.” – Arya Stark
In her recent tweet she shares her sentiments following the fire that has destroyed Notre Dame and we can’t help but feel the same, considering how monumental the cathedral was. It housed almost everyone’s childhood memory including the famous story; The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Interrupting my birthday to express how much pain I’m in watching the Notre Dame fire unfold. Such an incredible building. I’m so sad— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 15, 2019
Since the final season kicked off on the 14th of this April and today being Arya’s birthday, I have faith that she may be one of the surviving characters to see what will become of the Seven Kingdoms.
Sophia Turner (Sansa) as forthcoming as ever, in one of her interviews hinted that half of us will enjoy the end as the rest remain disappointed.
“I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon,” the 23-year-old actress said.
I wonder which half I am.
What do you think?
Do you ship Jon Snow and Danny even though we smell incest more in that relationship than we can the hound? No, wait, Will the mother of dragons survive to see the last of the Seven kingdoms?