I’m sure Arya’s story will end as happily as possible, with family, in Winterfell. donewithwoodenteeth has a nice post about how marriage might factor into Arya’s future, and I definitely think that’s a possibility. In The Sworn Sword, Lady Rohanne Webber (short, thin, small breasted, skilled with her weapon) fell in love with Dunk (poor boy from Flea Bottom) and she wanted to marry him if she had been free to follow her heart; I can see some Arya parallels there. The ice zombie invasion is going to cause a lot of the old social order in Westeros to break down, and perhaps people wouldn’t care so much about a noblewoman marrying a commoner like Gendry, assuming Gendry survives. Or Arya could meet someone new in her future, idk.
“Explain to me why it is more noble to kill 10,000 men in battle than a dozen at dinner.”
This line from Tywin is never discussed. He’s never called out on it. It is implied to be a wise, tactical decision from a man who is humanized beyond all recognition.
He didn’t kill a dozen at dinner. His men murdered countless members of the Northern army during the Red Wedding, making his statement a blatant lie. Not only that, but the ‘dozen at dinner’ line ignores the cultural context surrounding it.
Every single religion in Westeros considers breaking guest right an unforgivable crime. There is no defense for an individual who commits such a heinous act. Call the show different from the books all you’d like, but the significance of offering bread and salt is discussed numerous times. Hell, Bran even tells the story of the Rat Cook right before the Red Wedding.
And yet the show never touches on this. It brushes by what made the Red Wedding so significant, going so far as to blame Robb for what happened. This isn’t only a huge middle finger to the Starks that goes completely against the material that the writers are supposedly adapting, but it makes no sense. The Boltons, Freys and Lannisters broke guest right. That’s it. That’s the heart of it. No gods nor men are supposed to excuse nor forgive their crimes; the entire concept is unthinkable.
Tywin gets away with it, the Boltons are shown as loved, and the entire point of the most iconic part of the source material is lost. If you think that the Lannisters aren’t the writer’s favorites, if you think that they treat the Starks fairly and that they understand what GRRM has written, take a closer look at what the show has done. This isn’t an adaption, and they need to stop calling it one.