I've never seen you say anything about this in particular, but forgive me if I'm wrong: what were your thoughts/feelings on the Mercy chapter? And how do you think it informs the rest of Arya's TWOW chapters in terms of sexuality and such?
let it be known: i loved this chapter. i actually think its a shame all the focus was on the scandalous bits* because it took away from a lot of great stuff like in terms of structure and pacing, this was one of grrm’s best chapters. the writing is tight! i wish he could get his shit together like this for the rest of this book lol (but going by the other preview chaps he wont) its fast paced and exciting. the the descriptions are really great too. you can tell grrm has fun writing braavos tbh. he likes that spooky atmosphere. the theatricality elements were my absolute favorite though. arya setting up her own play while she’s acting in another that was just so delightfully meta. i figured arya’s apprenticeship would be in mummery because it just works so well with her identity arc. this has been arya’s life for years. thats one reason i think we’re coming to a close with this part of arya’s arc. shes been forced to take on role after role for years but now shes mastered it. and she’s made the same choice she always does too. THE NORTH REMEMBERS AND THE MUMMERS FARCE IS D O N E. ((seriously the contrast between aryas mummery and the stuff going on in the north!! why am i the only one who cares?)). sexual assault aside; i liked arya’s banter with bobono. thats the part of this chapter where i feel like arya was the most like herself, as opposed to mercy. which has interesting implications. the wolf dream and bran watching/calling aryas name was the cherry on top of all this.
*ok lets talk about the scandalous stuff now lol. i definitely dont think we’ve heard the last of arya’s sexuality. i expect her impending “flowering” will be a big deal too. that’ll be within the next chapter or two. but i don’t see arya using it as a weapon on the regular. i feel like this really was a special case and fits in with the fact actress!arya playing a part. like i said with bobono we see arya acting arya like and she’s not having his shit or playing along at all. i’m not thrilled about arya’s willingness to use her sexuality however i do like that she knows how to expose this weakness in men and use it to hurt them. because fuck men like raff thats why.