Maisie Williams mentioned that season five of Game of Thrones is the end of Arya. There are many questions over what that means. Will it mean her death or is it just a chance in her character?
The last three seasons has seen the youngest Stark female travel Westeros in search of her family. It started with the search for her mother and brother, only to be there just as they were killed at the Red Wedding in season three. Season four ended up being her journey to The Vale, only to find out that her dear Aunt Lysa was dead, too.
It just has not been a great time for Arya, but Williams seems to have had a lot of fun playing the character. There has been action and a lot of changes. The young, long-haired Stark girl has now taken a darker path. She has killed, and even left an enemy to die a very painful and slow death rather than showing him mercy—the Hound at the end of Game of Thrones season four.
One thing is for certain, the character is still alive in the books A Song of Ice and Fire. Arya even shows up in various points after sailing to Braavos in search for answers and a future.
The spoiler is more of a cryptic message. It is possible that the show runners could choose to deviate from the books. They have certainly done it in the past, but not on such a major scale. Is it possible that they will bring an end of Arya’s journey after season five of Game of Thrones?
It is more likely that Williams’ comment was directed at the Arya that fans had come to know and love. She is no longer the sweet and innocent Arya Stark, who preferred sword fighting to needle work. A lot has happened since that very first episode, and now she is likely learning to be an assassin.
There is the possibility that the comment was aimed at the character’s transformation. She may even completely change her name to remove herself from the tainted and unfortunate Stark line. Despite the Lannisters being hit with a number of blows in Game of Thrones season four, the Starks are still seen as the unlucky family. Many believe that only Arya and Sansa live, but have little ideas as to where any of them are.
There are a lot of questions surrounding the future of Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin is not writing quickly enough for the show, meaning that the show could spoil the ending. It is possible that the show is going to start deviating further and create its own ending to avoid ruining the story for those waiting for the books. That could mean that characters are killed off sooner than in the books, even characters that Martin has not planned on killing. It could mean that Williams’ comment can be taken literal when she says that season five is the end of Arya in Game of Thrones.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham