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Here’s the cold-hard truth: Arya Stark saved the premiere episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 when she pulled the ultimate “gotcha” and massacred the Frey family in what had to be one of the series’ best revenge plots. But if you thought that her badass adventures were done, you couldn’t have been more wrong.
Aside from being far more entertaining than last week’s episode, “Stormborn” finally gave the youngest Stark daughter something to live for besides vengeance: hope that she can once again unite with her siblings, Jon Snow (well, as far as she knows, he’s her brother) and Sansa.
While getting her grub on at a local pub, Arya reunited with her old pal Hot Pie, who informed her that not only is Snow alive after killing the Bolton family, but that he’s also King of the North. Though she had vowed in “Dragonstone” that she would carry out her mission to kill Cersei, it now appears that the queen’s demise will be put on hold while Arya forges a plan to get back to Winterfell.
Of course, Arya doesn’t know that, a) Snow is about to embark on a journey to meet with Daenerys Targaryen, and b) that Sansa, who kind of seems to be emulating the ruthless Lannister matriarch, is not only at Winterfell, but is also in charge during her brother’s absence. This is a huge turnaround for Snow, who completely belittled his sister when she questioned his leadership vision in the premiere episode.
The mere thought of Arya joining forces with either of her family members was enough to set the internet ablaze, with commenters straight up freaking out on Twitter. Here are some of the fiery reactions:
— mace tyrell’s ghost (@duckandcover) July 24, 2017
— . (@malikdelena) July 24, 2017
— Ariana Romero (@_ArianaRomero) July 24, 2017
Arya’s going to Winterfell. OMG IF THE STARK KIDS REUNITE I WILL CRY TEARS OF JOU. #GameofThrones
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) July 24, 2017
IF YALL DONT GIVE ME A JON ARYA REUNION…I WILL FIGHT EVERYONE AT HBO #GameOfThrones
— Tara Dikoff (@lass_words) July 24, 2017
But the possibility of seeing her family again wasn’t the only surprise Arya received. Before she got far on her journey, Arya found herself surrounded by a vicious pack of wolves led by none other than her old direwolf Nymeria. The majestic beast ultimately turned down Arya’s proposal to accompany her on her northern travels, giving people everywhere all of the collective feels.
— Emily (@ejweeks) July 24, 2017
— Issac Rodriguez (@YoQuieroHomero) July 24, 2017
WHEN I SAID I WANTED A NYMERIA ARYA REUNION I DID NOT MEAN RIP MY HEART OUT!! #GameOfThones7
— Lizisnotonfire (@lizzielu252) July 24, 2017
To say the scene was devastating would be an understatement. In the end, Nymeria didn’t eat Arya and her horse, so…look at the bright side? Besides, Vanity Fair reports that this may not be the last time we see the direwolves, noting that GoT author George R.R. Martin once told Mashable, “You don’t hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it.”
Big things are happening, people, and we’re so here for it.
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