Now that Arya Stark is back in Westeros, we're hoping for a big Stark family reunion in "Game of Thrones" Season 7. But actress Maisie Williams is not.
As far as we know, Arya doesn't know that Sansa, Jon, and Bran are still alive, or that Rickon just got killed by Ramsay Bolton. She wouldn't know that her beloved bro Jon was just named King in the North, or that Sansa was forced into a couple of not-so-great marriages and has become pretty badass herself. This is not the little bird Arya knew. But Arya is certainly not the mussed-haired little girl her siblings knew either. She's a stone-cold killer of ... how many at this point? And she's not done, with several names -- including Cersei, Melisandre, and The Mountain -- still on her list.
Maisie is currently doing some important work, joining fellow GoT stars on a recent trip to a Syrian refugee camp with the International Rescue Committee. While there, she talked to People about what she'd like to see ahead for Arya:
"I'd love for her to be a bit of a lone ranger. I'd love for her to be kind of like The Hound. I don't really want her to reunite with her family because I don't think that they're the same people anymore or that she's the same person anymore. I think she's better off on her own. I'd love for her to be alive, actually, and be her own boss."
That sounds realistic, but also sad. It's hard to imagine Arya just readjusting to family life at this point, and she may be better off on her own, longterm. But Team Stark could use her particular set of skills right now. And doesn't she miss them? If she has closed her heart to her siblings, then maybe she is closer to No One than we thought.
Meanwhile, Sophie Turner told The Hollywood Reporter a Stark reunion would be "wonderful" but also very different from the past:
Jon and Sansa reunited this season. Bran is hopefully heading south from beyond the Wall. Arya is back in Westeros. As the story builds toward the end, the stage is set for a Stark reunion. But what would that even look like at this point, given everything they've gone through since the start of the story?
I think the Stark reunion would definitely be different. A lot of dynamics will have changed. They all split up and were basically trying to get back together for so long, but they've all changed so much in the meantime. They're all carrying different motives now. It would be very interesting to see them back together now, but it wouldn't be the family dynamic that they're used to ... maybe for better or for worse. I think Arya and Sansa's spats would be gone, and they would realize that they totally love each other, and there was no point in fighting. I think Jon and Arya's reunion would be wonderful, as well as Bran and Jon's. It would be wonderful, but we would see how long it would last, and how frustrated they would get with each other, having been isolated for so long, all of them.
What do you think -- yay or nay to Stark reunion in Season 7 or Season 8?
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