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AGoT Arya 4

Syrio is dead. His really being Jaqen, etc. would greatly cheapen this gorgeous scene.

Elsewhere in this chapter:

  • The coincidence of Arya running across Hullen just as he dies is a bit much.
  • “This time the [dragon skulls] did not frighten her. They seemed almost old friends.” Foreshadowing?
  • Old Nan says: there are spiders and “rats as big as dogs” in the Winterfell crypt.
  • Great line: “she’d killed him, and if he jumped out at her she’d kill him again.”

AGoT Arya 2: “The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” Really? (more spoilery than usual)

Stark Degree of isolation from “pack” (other Starks and their direwolves) Status as of the end of ADwD Evidence for/against “lone wolf dies, pack survives” theory*
Ned Left Winterfell, but took two Stark children and two wolves with him (wolves were later killed and separated, respectively) Dead Mixed
Catelyn Left Winterfell alone, but eventually joined Robb and Grey Wind (Un)Dead Mixed
Robb Left Winterfell, with Grey Wind and (eventually) his mother. Dead Mixed
Sansa Betrayed her family, thereby perhaps symbolically becoming a “lone wolf.” Helped cause/allow her wolf to be killed and Arya’s to be driven away (by withholding the truth about the events surrounding Joffrey’s wounding). Has been separated from the other Starks since the end of AGoT. Alive Against
Arya Has been separated from the other Starks since the end of AGoT and from her wolf since early in AGoT; is now the most physically separated Stark. Alive Against
Bran Stayed in Winterfell until it was destroyed, but was gradually separated from the rest of the family; still has his wolf. Alive Mixed
Rickon Stayed in Winterfell until it was destroyed, but was gradually separated from the rest of the family; still has his wolf. Alive Mixed

*Dead, isolated Starks and live, un-isolated ones support the theory; live isolated Starks and dead un-isolated ones count against it

I’m not seeing much support for Ned’s theory here. (Of course, you could interpret the word “wolf” as applying to more than Starks, and say that families that stick together tend to do better. But the (theoretically) unconditionally kin-supportive Lannisters and kin-marrying Targaryens aren’t exactly doing well right now, either.)

Other stuff from this chapter.

  • Arya likes to play with babies. Who knew?
  • Arya’s stream of consciousness seems a bit cliche-ridden: “Arya finally felt safe enough to cry”; “hating them all, and herself most of all”; “then maybe she wouldn’t feel so alone”; “Arya, we need to talk” (jarringly modern wording there); “she had never loved him so much as she did in that instant”; “with wonder in her eyes.”
  • The Syrio stuff is wonderful, though.
  • We meet Fat Tom, who appears at this point to be a comic-relief extra (later he’ll be an easy-sympathy-generating extra).
  • Per Ned, Brandon Stark was wilder than Lyanna (and in this culture it would take a lot to be considered wilder than a woman who wants to swordfight).
  • Ned, regarding the saving of Nymeria (or something else?): “even the lie was … not without honor.”
  • WiC #5.
  • Ned: “You [Arya] need her [Sansa], as she needs you.” Foreshadowing?