I received a lot of meta questions while I was on hiatus. (Thanks for them, btw. I love discussing my fandoms.) So I hope you guys aren’t bothered by long texts on your dashboards. If that’s the case, please blacklist #msg tag, because that’s what I tag all my answers with.
Knowing what I do now, especially post-RW, I would have said Tywin Lannister, Walder Frey and Roose Bolton. (Though in a society such as Westeros, three names are too few. I’d want to include a lot more, but I’m thinking politically at the moment, and from a Stark perspective, since you asked about Arya.)
However, I’m a 24-year-old person who knows where the story was headed, whereas Arya was a 10-11 (I think she was, in Harrehal?) year-old child who has no ability to see the future. After all, aside from being scary, what cause did Arya have to want Roose dead, seeing as she thought him a bannerman to her brother?
She does regret her decision to not name later, if you recall. She remarks that none of the other men she named were of any importance, and Tywin Lannister was the real enemy. But by then, it was too late.
And Walder Frey is of course out of the question for Arya. She didn’t know him (she may have known that the Lord of the Crossing was named Walder Frey but I reckon that’d be it) and the Freys never tormented her or did her any harm at that point, and they were fighting for Robb as well.
Given her age and most importantly, the situation she was in at the time, I don’t think her choices were unreasonable or unintelligent. (And her naming ‘Jaqen H’ghar’ as her third choice was a very clever move, I think we all can agree.) I reckon if I were of age with her, I’d make similar choices. And Weese actively threatened her safety, as well. He physically and mentally abused her, and who blame a child (or even a grown person) for wanting him dead?
As an unrelated note, may I just point out that Arya naming Chiswyck reveals such a significant trait of her character? For those who don’t remember, Arya names Chiswyck after overhearing him telling the other soldiers about a gang-rape he participated in. She didn’t know this girl. IIRC, Chiswyck never beat her or threatened her like Weese and Polliver. But she was so disgusted and horrified by the action that, she named him over the dozens of people who did her harm personally. Every time I read something about Arya being a 'sociopath' (let’s not even get into how ableist it is to use that word without having proper education to make that diagnosis) or ‘lacking empathy’ I want to print out that page, cover a rock with it and throw it at the people who make such claims.
i’ve been running this blog for a year and following some amazing and talented people for a year, so here’s my first follow forever. thank you so much for always brightening my day, i really appreciate you guys so much. and thanks to all the lovely people who are somehow still following me ily x
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Guess who’s back?
(If anyone makes Slim Shady jokes, I’m going to start throwing punches :D)
I’m leaving for work soon so I won’t be around for a few more hours, but I have nothing to do tonight so hurray. Can’t wait to catch up with you all.
One day, she promised herself as she lay abed, one day she would allow herself to be less than strong. But not today. It could not be today.
there’s no more stars.
Mist and shadow; cloud and shade.
All shall fade. All shall… fade.
History became legend, legend became myth.