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Ned Stark's youngest daughter is HBO's Game of Thrones’ biggest tomboy. But don't expect a light tale of female rebellion from Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) — this little girl is growing up far too fast, and her violent streak appears to be more than a passing hobby.
In Season 1, Arya was reluctantly carted off to King's Landing when Ned accepted the role of Hand. Rejecting the social niceties expected of young ladies, Arya preferred to take sword fighting lessons from her "dancing instructor," Syrio. After her father's arrest, Arya escaped the castle by killing a stableboy and living on the streets. At the end of the season she came under the protection of Yoren, a Night's Watch member who promised to take her north disguised as a boy joining the Watch.
In Season 2, that plan went to hell after the Night's Watch group was attacked by Lannister scouts. Arya and her friends, including Robert's bastard Gendry and a boy named Hot Pie, wound up captive in Harrenhal, where Arya briefly became the servant of Tywin Lannister.
During the attack Arya saved the life of Jaqen H'ghar and two other prisoners. Jaqen, a member of a group of assassins called the Faceless Men, told her he owes her three deaths in exchange for the three lives she saved. She named the Tickler, Ser Amory, and then Jaqen himself, in a ploy to force him to help her and her friends escape. It worked. They left Harrenhal, and Jaqen even offered to take Arya to Braavos to learn to be an assassin. She turned him down; he gave her a coin in case she ever changes her mind.
In Season 3, Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie were found by the Brotherhood Without Banners, a Robin Hood-esque band of brothers who worship the Lord of Light. The Brotherhood also happened to have captured The Hound around the same time as they found Arya. He identified her, so the Brotherhood decided to keep her safe to trade to her family. They took her back to their hideout, where she witnessed The Hound's trial by combat — he won and was allowed to go free — and Beric Dondarrion's magical resurrection.
While the Brotherhood seems to be made up of decent people (relative to the rest of the population of Westeros), Arya was currently furious when they let Melisandre swoop in and take Gendry away in the name of serving their religion, so she ran away ... only to be found by The Hound. He took her to the Twins, meaning to trade her back to her family for money, but they came just as the Red Wedding was happening. At the end of the season, they are still traveling together, and Arya is looking darker than ever.
Arya was introduced in Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming."
Memorable Quotes (and moments)
- "Anyone can be killed."
- "I am not a boy, I am Arya Stark of Winterfell. And if you lay a hand on me my father will have both your heads on spikes. Now, are you going to let me by, or do I have to smack you on the ear to help you with your hearing?"
- Arya makes her first kill
- "I can be your family!"
- "Could you bring back a man without his head? Not six times, just once."