Why Arya Told Nymeria on “Game of Thrones” This Is Not You

In the second episode of Season 7 after six seasons, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was lastly reunited with her direwolf, Nymeria. Arya camped in the woods by herself with her horse on the way up north to rejoin her family at Winterfell. She was approached by a pack of wolves there who appeared to have thought they had found an easy meal.

Arya got ready for a fight by drawing her sword, Needle. The wolfpack’s leader then showed there, and Arya saw that her direwolf, Nymeria, was still alive. Since the second “Game of Thrones” episode, Arya hasn’t seen Nymeria until now. The dire wolf bit Joffrey Baratheon’s arm as he threatened Arya with his sword at that point, defending Arya from the menace.

Jack Gleeson played Joffrey Baratheon. In the woods, Arya set the direwolf free because she was certain Nymeria would be executed for attacking the prince. To persuade Nymeria to leave, Arya even had to throw rocks at her. Even though Nymeria is enormous now, the heartbreaking reunion between a girl and her wolf in Season 7 Episode 2 of “Stormborn” took place many years before.

After briefly reuniting with her former pet, Arya begged Nymeria to travel with her back up north to Winterfell. But in a sorrowful moment, the wolf turned away and led her pack back into the woods after refusing. That’s not you, Arya said as she put a stop to the conversation.

Why Arya Told Nymeria on Game of Thrones This Is Not You
Why Arya Told Nymeria on Game of Thrones This Is Not You

As she recalled saying something similar to her father, Ned Stark (Sean Bean), way back in Season 1, Arya showed some significant knowledge in the exchange. When Ned first saw the miniature sword, Needle, that her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) had crafted for her at Winterfell back when all the Starks were still living and (mostly) healthy, Arya and Ned shared a tender moment.

Ned had questioned Arya about why she wasn’t interested in the ladylike pursuits that her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) finds so appealing, such as sewing, attending court, and being courteous. He was told by Arya, “That’s not me. It was at that time that Ned decided to sign Arya up for her “dance lessons.”

Fans will remember that Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou), a renowned swordsman, taught Ned how to fight instead of how to dance because he recognized what Arya was telling him about who she is. Knowing that Nymeria belongs with her pack, Arya expressed the same to the dire wolf.

Arya responded, “That’s not you,” realizing that expecting Nymeria to resume her role as a pet wouldn’t be genuine to Nymeria. Arya occasionally has “wolf dreams” in which she imagines herself to be Nymeria in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, on which “Game of Thrones” is based.

Why Arya Told Nymeria on Game of Thrones This Is Not You
Why Arya Told Nymeria on Game of Thrones This Is Not You

This is similar to the nightmares Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) once had in which he was his dire wolf, Summer. Those visions foreshadowed Bran’s learning to utilize his warg talents to control Summer and Hodor. However, it appears from this exchange between Arya and Nymeria that we won’t be seeing much more of the dire wolf in the future, and it’s also unlikely that we will see Arya pick up any cool warg skills.

Arya is more of a lone wolf (oops), therefore it’s for the best that way. You can’t disguise yourself as a random person, enter a magnificent mansion, and kill the master of it while your direwolf pet is lingering around to alert the authorities.

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