In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, a gutwrenching reunion was both had and lost. As Arya Stark was reunited with her Direwolf Nymeria, a creature she had not seen since Season 01 where she was forced to let her go else watch her die for attacking King Geoffrey. It was very unexpected, as was what followed.
Arya asked Nymeria to join her, but the direwolf declined, which made Arya say “That’s not you.” What did that line mean? Well, Game of Thrones has often excelled at character growth, and that goes especially for Arya. As showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explain to IGN, this was a callback to what Arya believes about herself:
“‘That’s not you’ is a direct reference to what Arya herself said to her father when her father painted this picture for her of the life she could have as a lady of a castle and marrying some lord and wearing a nice frilly dress,” said Weiss. “Arya’s not domesticated, and it makes total sense that her wolf wouldn’t be either. Once the wolf walks away, at first she’s heartbroken to have come this close, and then she realizes the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she were that wolf.”
“This scene hearkens back to Season 1. … When she finally finds Nymeria again, or Nymeria finds her, and she of course wants her to come back home with her and be her loyal companion again, but Nymeria’s found her own life.”
The question now is, where does Arya go? Will this meeting make her change her path once again? Or, will she steel herself and do something else? We’ll have to find out next week.