Arya’s Storyline in Game of Thrones

Arya’s Storyline in Game of Thrones  

Article by Becky

The show-game of thrones 2 seems comfortable with what it has become. The transitions between scenes, locations, and even worlds in this week’s episode are confidently handled, and that confidence seems reflected in how D.B. Weiss and David Benioff write, how Alan Taylor directs, and how the actors perform.

Often times, the trouble with world building on this scale is the struggle to make such varied characters relate to one another, but in Game of Thrones the shared experience that has gripped nearly every kingdom acts like a bridge between stories. There are other elements at play; such as, the general knowledge that Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) knows what everyone, everywhere, is up to at any given time – or that Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) can be counted on as long as the end helps satiate his lust for wealth and power. The difference is these are attributes given to well-established characters that have a history long before the War of the Five Kings.

In Game of Thrones 2, Tyrion, assuming the temporary role of Joffrey’s Hand, had to devise a way to fend off King’s Landing’s enemies, outside and in. Robert’s younger brother Stannis, violently devout to a new foreign religion, received Ned’s letter about Joffrey’s illegitimacy and took it as a call to arms. And since people seem to inexplicably love comparing Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings (apples to avalanches, anyone?), I’ll say that the Battle of Blackwater acted, in a way, like the Battle of Helms Deep; an epic clash that managed to tighten the reins on all the events that came before it.

Arya’s storyline in A Clash of Kings is one of the finest arcs in the entire series, but when the show flipped a few things around and made her Tywin’s cup-bearer, it got even better. In fact, aside from “Blackwater,” the thing I’ll probably remember the most about this Season was Arya and Tywin, and how much their scenes together helped show us both Arya’s strength and Tywin’s softness. After three episodes, things seem to end quickly rather abruptly between them, but the fact that Arya could still hold onto her rage, and want Jaqen to kill Tywin, spoke volumes about her need for balance and revenge. And kudos to young Maisie Williams for growing so spectacularly as an actress and being able to hang with a veteran like Charles Dance.

Finally, North of the Wall, Jon Snow is on his way to meet Mance Rayder, who we know will be a prominent character on Game of Thrones Season 3. And we were left with a visual even more stunning than Dany and her dragons from a year ago: that of White Walkers – seriously, A LOT of White Walkers – riding off to do… whatever it is White Walkers do.

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