arya and syrio

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WALDER FREY is sitting at the high table, eating and drinking. The rest of the dining hall is empty. A handmaiden approaches and sets down a platter of pie on the table in front of him.

WALDER: You’re not one of mine, are you?

HANDMAIDEN: No, my lord.

WALDER: Didn’t think so. Too pretty.

WALDER slaps the handmaiden on the buttocks and smiles.

WALDER: Where are my damn moron sons? Black Walder and Lothar promised to be here by midday.

HANDMAIDEN: They’re here, my lord.

WALDER: Well, what are they doing, trimming their cunt hairs? Tell them to come here now.

HANDMAIDEN: But they’re already here, my lord.

WALDER looks around the hall. The handmaiden points to the pie.

HANDMAIDEN: Here, my lord.

WALDER pulls back the top layer of the pie. A finger protrudes from the center of the slice.

WALDER breathes heavily.

WALDER: What…

The handmaiden reaches up to her face and pulls it away, revealing her true identity is ARYA.

My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. You killed my mother. You killed my brother. And the last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die. -Arya Stark to Walder Frey before she slits his throat open with a table knife

Arya’s list

Joffrey Baratheon - Dead former king and all around asshat.
Cersei Lannister - Mother of Joffrey and overall manipulative bitch.
Walder Frey - Betrayer of Robb and orchestrated the murder of Robb & Catelyn.
Meryn Trant - Member of the Kingsguard whom Arya blames for the death of Syrio Forel
Tywin Lannister - Head of house Lannister, father of Cersei and Jaime.
Mellisandre (the Red Woman) - Stannis’ influential cohort, wanted to kill Gendry for blood magic.
Beric Dondarrion - Leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, sold Gendry out to Mellisandre.
Thoros of Myr - Member of the Brotherhood Without Banners, sold Gendry out to Mellisandre.
Ilyn Payne - Executioner (“King’s Justice”) who beheaded Ned Stark.
Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) - Knight who works for house Lannister.
Sandor Clegane (The Hound)

This is most likely a incomplete list. As long as she lives, until old as Old Nan, the old gods be willing, the list will undoubtedly grow. Each person who has done her wrong being scratched off one by one, either meeting their fate at her hand or winding up dead by another before she can get to them. Karma in human form, personified in the disguise of small girl with many faces and lethal skills, who does not bat an eye lash when given opportunity to achieve deadly justice and balance the scales by avenging the harm done to anyone she loved. She might appear a psychopathic killer to those who don’t know her history or her heart, but she’s not. She is deadly if you have seriously crossed her family or friends but her moral compass is true and right and points north with precise accuracy always. A young woman now, who has seen and felt personally the evil that exists in the world. Shining, quick and razor sharp as Needle, given to her as a wee girl. From a brother who could see into her and know her hearts desire. A gift of love that would both protect her while torn and seperated from her kin and later be the instrument of laying low her family’s enemies and avenging their murders. A survivor, a shadow and assassin, a keeper of lists. A manifestation and living extention of the old god’s arm in action always loyal to the north. A orphan and sister slowly finding her way home. A girl with a name, Arya and the noble surname Stark.

- Cautionhorsey

aflatoffkingsroad  asked:

What do you think Arya gains, thematically, from each of her companions from Syrio through Yoren, through the Brotherhood, through to the Hound? How, if at all, do they compound or compliment or build on her "becoming Batman" arc?

Interesting question!

There are many lenses through which one could view Arya’s mentors (I’m assuming you don’t mean comrades like Gendry and Hot Pie), but for me, the most compelling one is how they all contribute to the question of what one does in the face of widespread, systemic, seemingly unstoppable injustice. Syrio dies a classic Glorious Death to buy Arya time to escape; he can’t save himself from Meryn Trant, but he can save her. She then accompanies Yoren on his trek through the hell that is the war in the Riverlands, and observes as Yoren stubbornly sticks to the values of the Night’s Watch even in the face of that hell. The Brotherhood consider themselves king’s men despite said king’s death, and fight an uphill battle in defense of the smallfolk against all the nobles, including Arya’s own family. The Hound tells her (as he told Sansa) that all of this is bullshit because the world is awful, but his actions gradually reveal that he too still wants to be a true knight. Arya is left to sort among these lessons and decide how she is to live. 

Jaqen H’ghar: Arya Stark…how do I begin to explain Arya Stark?

Gendry: Arya Stark is flawless.

Syrio Forel: I hear her sword is insured for 10,000 dragons.

Varys: I hear she does oyster, clams, and cockles commercials…in Braavos.

Yorren: One time she met Gendry in King’s Landing—

Hot Pie: —And he told her she was pretty.

Meryn Trant: One time she stabbed me in the eyes…it was awesome.