41 Facts About Arya Stark


Arya Stark is a prominent point-of-view character in the novels with the third most viewpoint chapters, and is the only viewpoint character to have appeared in every published book of the series.

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Arya Stark is tomboyish, headstrong, feisty, independent, disdains traditional female pursuits, and is often mistaken for a boy.

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Arya Stark wields a castle-forged steel smallsword named "Needle" forged by Mikken the blacksmith of Winterfell, as a parting gift from her half-brother Jon Snow, and is trained in the Braavosi style of sword fighting by Syrio Forel.

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Arya Stark has five siblings: an older brother Robb, an older sister Sansa, two younger brothers Bran and Rickon, and an older illegitimate half-brother, Jon Snow.

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In contrast to her older sister Sansa, who is more praised for favoring activities traditionally befitting a noblewoman, Arya Stark shows no interest in the ladylike dancing, singing and sewing, and revels in outdoor activities and exploring, and is an excellent horserider.

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Arya Stark is a powerful skinchanger, developing purely on her own instinct the ability to telepathically control her direwolf Nymeria when sleeping, as well as a psychic bond with a street tomcat in Braavos.

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Arya Stark adopts one of the direwolf cubs that her brothers Robb and Jon discovered in the wild, and names her "Nymeria" after a legendary Rhoynish warrior queen.

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Arya Stark defends Mycah from Joffrey's torments and her direwolf Nymeria helps Arya Stark fight off Joffrey, wounding his arm in the process.

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Arya Stark remains blind in the service of the House of Black and White for half a year.

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Arya Stark continues to dream through the eyes of her direwolf Nymeria, but speaks of it to no one.

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Arya Stark seduces Rafford and lures him to her own room, before slicing his femoral artery, rendering him unable to walk.

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Arya Stark is portrayed by English actress Maisie Williams in the television adaption of the book series, this being Williams' first role as an actress.

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Arya Stark accompanies her father Ned and her sister Sansa to King's Landing.

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Ned arranges for Arya to have sword lessons with the Braavosi Syrio Forel, who later defends her from Ser Meryn Trant after Joffrey ascends to the throne and kills the Stark household.

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Arya Stark flees the Red Keep, accidentally killing a stable boy in her escape, hiding out as a beggar in the streets of King's Landing.

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Yoren prevents Arya Stark from witnessing Ned's execution and has her pose as a boy, "Arry", to avoid detection as she joins Yoren's recruits traveling north to Castle Black.

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The recruits are taken to Harrenhal, where Tywin Lannister recognises Arya Stark is a girl instead of a boy and takes her as his cupbearer.

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Arya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie encounter Thoros of Myr, a Red Priest who is a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of men sent by Ned to restore order in the Riverlands.

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The Hound is brought before the Brotherhood's leader, Ser Beric Dondarrion, and after Arya Stark accuses him of Mycah's murder Beric sentences him to trial by combat.

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Arya Stark is further enraged when the Brotherhood sells Gendry to Melisandre.

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Arya Stark manages to hide from Brienne in the confusion, and after Brienne leaves, Arya Stark takes the Hound's silver, leaving him to die.

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Arya Stark arrives in Braavos and is accepted into the House of Black and White by a man who wears Jaqen H'ghar's face.

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However, when she returns to the House of Black and White she is caught by Jaqen, who chides that Arya Stark has not dissociated from her identity and that as a result wearing another person's face will poison her.

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Arya Stark is tasked to assassinate an actress named Lady Crane but seeing Lady Crane is a decent person, Arya has a change of heart at the last minute and warns Lady Crane of the attempt on her life.

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Arya Stark arranges for passage out of Braavos but is stabbed by the Waif and barely escapes.

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Arya Stark leads the Waif to her quarters underneath Braavos and extinguishes the candle in the room, using her experience fighting blind to give her the upper hand and kill the Waif.

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Arya Stark kills Lord Walder Frey's sons, Black Walder Rivers and Lothar Frey, before cooking them in a pie that she serves to Walder Frey.

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Bran reveals his knowledge of Arya Stark's kill list through greenseeing and presents her with a Valyrian steel dagger, which had been given to him by Littlefinger.

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Outraged, Arya Stark confronts Sansa and is unconvinced by her explanation that she did so to try and save Ned's life.

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Arya Stark asks Gendry, who is forging dragonglass into weapons, to make her a special dragonglass staff.

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When Gendry gives it to Arya Stark, he tells her he is the bastard son of Robert Baratheon.

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Later that night, Arya Stark hears the signal alerting her that the White Walkers' army has arrived.

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Sansa and Arya Stark tell Jon they don't trust Daenerys, but Jon defends her.

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The Hound seeks out his brother, the Mountain, in his quest for revenge against his brother but urges Arya Stark to leave and give up her own quest for revenge to avoid a life consumed by it.

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Arya Stark tries and fails to save the smallfolk as Daenerys burns the city.

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Weeks later, Arya Stark joins the other lords and ladies of Westeros in a council to decide who shall lead the Seven Kingdoms.

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Arya Stark reveals that she is leaving Westeros to see what lies west of the continent.

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Arya Stark embarks on her voyage aboard a Stark ship and reflects on her family.

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Arya Stark killing the Night King was nominated for the 2020 BAFTA TV Awards under the "Must-see moment" category.

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Arya Stark is among the most popular characters in either version of the series.

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Arya Stark appears as a playable character in the 2022 platform fighting game MultiVersus, with Maisie Williams vocally reprising her role.

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