In what should have been a welcome reunion between two sisters, Game of Thrones season 7 has found Arya and Sansa Stark at loggerheads, thanks in large part to Littlefinger's calculated meddling. Sansa instead appeared to be anxious about Arya. If it weren't for her father Ned, she would never have even been allowed to touch a sword, yet alone thrust it through the glass ceiling.
With Arya missing from the footage for next week's episode, Sansa is seen wearing a dark hooded cloak, reminiscent of the Grim Reaper. "Back in Braavos, before [.] there was a game I used to play - The Game of Faces". She was tortured, detained, and raped in return. The world doesn't let go and decide what we are going to be.
Whether they choose to embrace the fact or reject it, Westerosi women are near-powerless to determine their own destiny.
As cold as she appears, Arya's still a Stark and will always be one. In the meantime, keep checking for more updates and news about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. The rules, Arya figured out long ago, are better off disregarded. She fears this letter falling into the wrong hands because she knows just how fickle the lords can be, pointing to their wavering support of Jon to back up this observation. "The rules were wrong". At long last, for the first time since the first episode of season 1, the three living Stark children were reunited and shared a scene together. But the hard truth is Arya is more like Sansa than she thinks; in fact, at this point, while Sansa has grown into a responsible political leader skillfully looking out for the well-being of her people, Arya has become more myopic and self-absorbed than Sansa was at her childish worst.
Arya might be a trained assassin, but she's been out of Westeros for years, has no idea what it takes to run a great House, and doesn't understand why Sansa doesn't want to solve all her problems with death and destruction.
All of this came to a head in last week's instalment, "Beyond the Wall", and though some fans have criticized the subplot brewing between Arya and Sansa as weak and inconsequential, Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor told Huffington Post that that dispute will lead to "violent" and "surprising" consequences. "Did they put a knife at your throat?" In it, Maisie Williams's Arya directed serious anger-that tiptoed the line between passive-aggressive and aggressive-aggressive-at her older sibling. She's also furious at Sansa for daring to look pretty at her father's unexpected execution. Yes, Sansa in Season 1 was preoccupied with the ideal match and marrying her "beloved Joffrey", but everything after the death of their father has been a fight for survival and escaping the nightmare version of the princess fantasy. Like any other level-headed person, Sansa asked Arya why she had them in her room. "Where did you come from?" She gave Sansa another bitter lesson about the power of using "what lies between your legs", and during the Battle of the Blackwater, invited the noblewomen of King's Landing to join her in Maegor's Holdfast, where Ser Ilyn Payne stood ready to ensure that, in the event of defeat, they will be executed rather than captured and raped.