Sorry, but that Arya scene we've been looking forward to on "Game of Thrones" was disappointing
Spoiler alert! If you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones yet, go do that and then come back and freak out with me over Sunday’s episode, “No One.”
This season of Game of Thrones has arguably been its best — slow-churning plot lines have finally switched gears, dead characters keep being brought back to life, and it seems like the war between the dead and the living has *finally* materialized past the repetitive mantra “Winter is Coming.” But last night’s episode, “No One” wasn’t great. Specifically, Arya’s story wasn’t great.
Here’s a recap of Arya’s entire plot line this season, if you need one:
Millions of us held our breath as we watched Arya run through the streets like Aladdin, bumping into fruit vendors and skidding into corners. And when Waif corners Arya (rather, vice-versa), we at least expected to SEE a show down. But nope. Arya and Waif are in a room and Waif informs her that even though Arya has Needle (which she hid and relocated, remember?), nothing will help save her. Which is precisely when Arya takes Needle and slices a candle in half, leaving her to Waif in complete darkness.
Which like, whatever. I get it. Arya has the advantage over Waif since she was blind for so long. But instead of seeing what happens, the scene ends as abruptly as when Arya first blew out that candle at the end of “Blood of my Blood.”
Don’t worry! I see what you did there, Game of Thrones!
That’s it. In the next scene, Jaqen follows a trail of blood, which turns out to be Waif’s face (complete with gouged eyes) with the rest of the face collection. It’s unclear whether Jaqen is pissed that Arya killed his protégé, or surprised, or even annoyed. He informs Arya that now she’s “No One” (but also, what? Killing Waif to protect herself constitutes as being No One? The amount of sense this makes = negative a million), but she replies to that by saying, “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell and I am going home!” FINE, but UGH.
I’m not the only one who thought Arya’s story was underwhelming.
Considering all the theories that came from just this one plot line, it’s a bummer that the real one was so forgettable. Like, there was that one theory that suggested Waif didn’t even exist — that she was actually a symbolic barrier Arya needed to defeat. Or that Jaqen disguised himself as Arya. Or that there were maybe multiple Aryas running around Braavos. Any of those would have been cooler than the real story written for last night’s episode, let’s be honest.
Luckily, the next episode, “Battle of the Bastards” looks it’s going to make up for this week’s mehfest. YASSS JON SNOW AND SANSA. Get it, Starks!