Brace yourselves, a potentially unsettling truth bomb is coming: Now that Game Of Thrones Season 5 has premiered, think it’s time we acknowledge the fact that everyone’s favorite, take no prisoners, pixie haired adolescent is not exactly a child warrior any longer. They grow up so fast! But make no mistakes about it, she's still a freakin' warrior — just like, older, at least spiritually. You see, Game Of Thrones' Arya Stark has had a rougher life than most, but she still manages to seize the day. Unlike the rest of us lazy schleps that have had twice the time to gain her sort of resolve and haven't had half of her hardships.
At this point, the pint-sized warrior is practically our elder, albeit by happenstance. I suppose that even those stuck in a seemingly warped Westeros time frame have to grow up eventually — if not time wise, then maturity wise. There’s no living with your parents when you’re jobless after college in Westeros. Because, uh, they’re isn't college in the Seven Kingdoms… and there aren’t a whole lot of parents left to live with, either.
That being said, I think it'd be prudent to reminisce on all the times the third youngest Stark made us look up to her, despite her age. Because really, no one can hold their own in a ruthless, unforgiving world and spew a Valar Morghulis quip with the same utter conviction as Arya can.
So, in honor of Arya’s unwavering spirit and courageousness, here are the 18 times Arya Stark was legitimately everything you ever wanted to be and more:
When she was an A+ student
Even though she wasn't actually graded or anything.
When she was covered in blood and made it look like an accessory
Blood, bronzer... same thing.
When she learned how to deliver a subtle yet poignant threat
Alright, maybe "subtle" isn't the right word.
When she sassed it up
Teenage-hood in Westeros is truly the pits.
When she told it like it is
What is a life without insults?
When she did what everyone wishes they got the chance to do to Joffrey
When she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself
She wasn't bluffing, either.
When she got poetic about her death threats
An apt use of descriptive language.
When she shot a scarecrow right in the balls
Now, he'll never sire any scarechildren.
When she gave Jon Snow the love and affection he deserved
You know why his name is Jon Snow? Because everyone is positively FRIGID towards him. So, thank you for having a heart, Arya.
When she made Sansa feel like the little sister
Little sis means big business.
When she Ceser Milan'd her dire wolf
The truest, purest friendship Winterfell has ever seen.
When she impressed The Hound
NOT an easy task.
When she refused to be patronized
Arya will be addressed however she damn well pleases.
When she "got down to business"
But, not to defeat the Huns. Close though.
When she didn't give a... ya know
Where is Michael Scott when you need a proper, "Boom. Roasted," hm?!
When she soldiered on, even though she was terrified
When she solidified that she was Westeros's feminist hero
Aside from Khaleesi, of course.
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