The Taylor Swift & Arya Stark Comparisons In "Look What You Made Me Do" Are Driving 'Game Of Thrones' Fans Crazy
If you're plugged in to the two major entertainment forces of our time, Game Of Thrones and a certain blonde singer from Pennsylvania, then you might have felt a shudder of recognition on listening to "Look What You Made Me Do." Maybe you, like so many other people, think that Taylor Swift is copying Game of Thrones' Arya Stark in her latest single.
One of the most memorable moments in a GoT season jampacked with them was Arya literally wearing Walder Frey's skin in order to massacre his followers and strike their names off her revenge list in the premiere. As such, the T. Swift line, "I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined. I check it once, then I check it twice, oh," feels very murdery Arya indeed. Add to that both women's ability to evade death, with Swift claiming "I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time." It's no wonder Twitter is alive to the parallels that can be drawn between these two pop culture icons. And yet, people do not seem to be digging the 27-year-old mirroring the youngest Stark sister. Maybe it's just that Swift's reputation has suffered a few knocks post Kimye scandal, while despite her thirst for blood, Arya Stark is one of the fan favorites on the fantasy show. In any case, some folks are outraged on behalf of George R.R. Martin for Tay and Arya's seeming parallels.
Fans Were Upset About Character Development
George RR Martin did not spend years creating and fleshing out Arya Stark so that you could infect her with a Taylor Swift song https://t.co/g5yKxm4kEi— Jim Halpert (@darththawne) August 25, 2017
Except for the fact that Arya Stark is an interesting, valuable character and Taylor Swift's pettiness brings zero value to America in 2017. https://t.co/mBVQV6rfLf— sarah crawford (@_sarahcrawford) August 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Taylor is exactly who she's always been?
Some Were Outraged Because They Didn't Like The Song
Arya was the worst part of that last episode of Game of Thrones and also the worst part of this Taylor Swift song— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) August 25, 2017
is new Taylor Swift single written from Arya Stark's POV or what?— katie artie (@heyiamkate) August 25, 2017
also is it just... not good? #LookWhatMadeMeDo
The annoyance here seems to be about quality, or lack thereof.
But Also Maybe The Song Isn't About Arya At All?
After all, it doesn't have to be about Arya. It could be about another famous list keeper (Santa). Or heck, maybe it's an Arya song about Swift, not vice versa. She does know how to steal faces.
The Song Is Inspiring Twitter To Arya Stark Levels Of Savagery
So Taylor Swift think she's Arya Stark with this list of names? pic.twitter.com/i5h0H6QiiK— a buoy adrift (@MikelleStreet) August 25, 2017
A girl has no time for Swift, but a girl always has time to savage people who try and construct parallels between themselves and the fiercest woman in Westeros.
Folks Are Getting The Tiniest Bit Paranoid
I feel like Taylor swift has been keeping an arya type list. Cersei, the hound, Walder frey, Katy perry, Denver radio guy, me. #REPUTATION— Eric Chase. (@Eric_Chase) August 23, 2017
Which is totally fair. The promo video was a damn serpent — clearly the blonde is not playing around.
Whatever way you slice it, people have a lot of feelings about the comparison. But it isn't like this parallel came out of nowhere. Even way back in 2014, Swift was daydreaming about being an assassin in her video for "Bad Blood" — this just gives the same occupation a very 2017 TV spin.