Bran wanted to climb to great heights and see all around him. Arya’s not having it. Helpless, Arya had to remain hidden during her journey back home, and it was here that she began to … Now throw in her comforting lullaby. Just how epic? Arya seemed surprisingly startled at how fast the Faceless Men, embodied by the Waif, came for her last week, much to the confusion and consternation of everyone else who thought she should be smarter than that. While posing as Tywin Lannister’s water boy, she got within close killing range of her family’s arch-nemesis. Jaqen, for the record tries to act like this is some sort of test she’s passed. The next part of Arya’s treacherous trek involved the complete and utter disavowal of her self. The stage play in Braavos loosely based on the War of the Five Kings, titled The Bloody Hand, reappears briefly again in this episode. Arya understandably struggled. There she’d have to make the ultimate choice: Give up being Arya Stark forever in order to become a brutal blank slate who honors only death or return back home to Westeros, a place that assuredly held nothing for her but pain and anguish. After the antics of last week, it’s good to see her back with the players. In all forms. The mantra she used to calm her restless soul at night when her head hit the damp rocks of the Riverlands. But this was Arya’s list. First things first, at the top of the episode, Arya is being nursed back to health by Lady Crane, confirming that was her for the people trying to fantasize it somehow was not. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. But will it take? Knee-jerk reaction to “No One:” five best and worst moments, Go behind the scenes of season 7 with a new video about the special effects of Game of Thrones, 'Game of Thrones' releases some new season 7 photos, Yet more new images from Game of Thrones season 7—Sam, Bran, Daenerys and others. Now back with Sansa, in her family’s fortress, a haunting question stands firm: Can Arya truly be Arya again? After roughly running afoul of Jaqen, who himself wasn’t even a real identity but a placeholder for the cult’s many malleable members, Arya realized she couldn’t be the nameless “no one” the Black and White life required. They walked until they reached the temple forge. When this happened, an unwitting partnership was formed, and Arya’s dance with death, her initiate intertwining with the great beyond, would push her into an existential existence that’s only rivaled by Bran’s foray into foresight. Namely, the Waif. Though traveling companion Gendry would figure out who she was, everyone else hadn’t a clue, thus giving Arya her first true taste of “hiding in plain sight.” It was a trick that gave her unexpected thrills. But Lady Crane was promised to the Hall, and if Arya won’t do her job, someone else will. To either serve or avoid. Any form of death is their kink. Not only did she hide some of her personal effects, like her sword Needle, but she blatantly defied orders in order to kill someone on her own list. Build your custom WiC Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Game of Thrones and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. The only aspect she allowed to survive the crushing crucible she’d endured. Sansa wanted to marry a handsome prince and live in a castle. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In Braavos, Arya sought refuge, and tutelage, within the House of Black and White. The moment “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell. Everyone she knew had done murderous wrong against her family. Well, that’s to come…. Helpless, Arya had to remain hidden during her journey back home, and it was here that she began to accept, and enjoy anonymity. Therefore, the Faceless Men might choose to consistently show Arya the same face, simply so Arya can learn. The Waif tells Arya that a name has been promised to the Many-Faced God, and "no-one can change that." Back in Season 6, Episode 8 ("No One"), Arya is tasked with assassinating Lady Crane, an actress who plays Cersei Lannister in a play called The Bloody Hand. So what then made her turn back to Westeros and abandon an assassination? Jon wanted to have a cause, a purpose, and to feel needed by others. Arya would seemingly stumble upon the answer to all her murderous prayers in the form of Jaqen H’Gar, a Faceless Man from Braavos, who rewarded her kindness by killing off three people of her choosing, quite effortlessly. As much as she was willing to embrace the liberating thrill of reinventing herself, she couldn’t cut ties with her past. Behold what looks like it will be the most Arya Stark tatto ever: the words “No One” in red ink. From the traumatic tableau of her father’s execution to the stable boy she accidentally-on-purpose stabbed, to the presumed fate of her instructor Syrio Forel. It can be said that Ned’s kids – and we’re including Jon Snow here – were forced to come face to face with a perverse, funhouse mirror-version of their own fondest wish. Arya spoke nervously trying to steady her voice, "A girl kept a gift given to Arya Stark, a girl can never become 'No One' if a sword named 'Needle' exists to finish her list, a girl begs forgiveness." Arya is not yet a Faceless Man, she does not yet grasp the concept of being no one. But Lady Crane was promised to the Hall, and if Arya won’t do her job, someone else will. This both teaches Arya a lesson that you cannot fight fate, as well as the futility of fighting the commercial interests of the House of Black and White LLC. After dispatching the Freys off her list, she made her way towards King’s Landing where her ultimate prize awaited: Queen Cersei. She’s come back changed, for certain, but has she already resigned herself to death after having dealt so much of it? But Lady Crane was promised to the Hall, and if Arya won’t do her job, someone else will. The first wickedly harsh element Arya had to confront when her “adventure” began was death. At all times, she had to be someone else. And Arya wanted a life of adventure. it’s time to go back to Westeros where she belongs. It’s clear that, despite running into Hot Pie and Nymeria, and other touchstones from long ago, she’s willing to take a stab at her old life. She’s not No One. Now she’s caught between worlds. Let’s hope Arya’s able to balance the light and dark within her. "No One" is the eighth episode of the sixth season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 58th episode overall. Your privacy is safe with us. This week, the trailer clearly suggested that the showdown between the two of them this week was going to be epic. For those who worried that Arya’s condition from last week would be forgotten, it is not. And the potential for revenge. With cunning skills, a lithe lethality, and the Faceless Men’s many tricks up her sleeves, Arya returned to Westeros – not fully no one, but also not yet ready to be Arya. At no point could she be Arya Stark. While all the Stark children have seen their respective worlds spiral into trauma and violence (or even their own death) following the King Robert’s fateful visit to Winterfell, Arya’s transformation over the years is arguably the most shocking. One might think that Arya has found safety and a friend. The next part of Arya’s treacherous trek involved the complete and utter disavowal of her self. When Ned once told her she was destined to marry a high lord and birth many sons, she replied: “No, that’s not me.” But is she so far gone now, down a path of revenge and reckoning, that her only other option is a suicide mission to the Red Keep? From Cersei on down to the nasty knight who killed Syrio. So far young Arya had been inundated with death and forced to lose all aspects of her former self.