A Game of Thrones – Chapter Seven: Arya

…wow, not posted for two weeks. And two comments to approve. Oops. Well, last week I was busy cleaning up for an inspection, which is going to also consume the next couple of weeks, so yeah. Still, a bit of free time right now can be spent in getting a chapter read, so here goes.

Reminders:

  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

…oh, ick. Myrcella is royalty, so she could embroider “Septa Mordane would be best used as a toy for men” and it would still be the best thing ever. I hate characters like that. *mutters*

I think I like Arya a lot better than Sansa, although I see a touch of self-pity in Arya’s comparison of her sister to herself. *cuddles Arya* OOH AND SHE HAS AN AWESOME NAME FOR HER DIREWOLF. Nymeria. I like that.

…if Arya was a bastard—that would seem, to me, to be an interesting coincidence; her father has sired two bastards and neither of them reflect their mother.

Jon is right, the Lannisters are proud. But Arya is right too; the woman is important too. …but I would wonder… if Arya did go with a wolf with a fish in its mouth, wouldn’t that appear to indicate that the Tullys are subservient to the Starks?

Jon looked down on the scene with a frown. “Joffrey is truly a little shit,” he told Arya.1 THIS THIS THIS SO MUCH THIS.

Interacting with a prince is a difficult thing. I remember, in A Knight’s Tale, no-one wanted to joust with Sir William Colville, for he was Prince Edward, and they were scared of retribution. And it’s only made worse by Joffrey’s truly being a little shit.

I would like to kill Joffrey.

…I applaud Theon for restraining Robb.

*hugs Arya and slips her a cookie*

1. Martin, George R. R. (2010-12-23). A Game of Thrones, page 70. HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Comments

5 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Seven: Arya”

  1. Siri Paulson says:

    Yay, more GOT discussions!

    At the beginning I immediately glommed onto Arya as the awesome one and wrote Sansa off as the goody-goody sister (like Laura and Mary in Little House on the Prairie, which I imprinted on at a young age…). But I eventually warmed up to Sansa. It’ll be interesting to see how your opinion of Arya vs. Sansa changes, or not, as the books go on and the characters evolve.

    I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Arya is not a bastard.

    As for Joffrey…yes he really is (a little shit, I mean, although *also* a bastard), but YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET. *ahem*

    • Dianna says:

      No, no, the chapter makes it clear she’s not one.

      But to explain my point in greater detail: if Martin had written Arya to be a bastard… what are the odds that both bastards of Ned look like him? Note that I don’t know much about genetics, never having studied it… but it seems unlikely to me that two bastards, whether birthed by two mothers or one, would both gain nothing from their mother, as it seems happened in looks, since both Jon and Arya look like Ned.

      The reality: Arya is trueborn and looks like Ned, that’s not surprising to me at all. Ned’s genes eventually showed up as it were. Still, sucks for Arya as she thinks Sansa is prettier than her because of looking like a Tully.

      Joffrey… I imagine there will be a lot of people wanting to kill him for being a little shit.

  2. Anna says:

    (Yay, internet is back woohoo!)

    Arya!

    I love Arya-chapters. On my first read-through (back when there were only three books, aahahahahahaha I am ancient), I came down pretty heavily in favour of Arya in the Arya vs Sansa debate – Arya’s much more proactive, and she rebels against her societal role and she has lots of interesting stuff happening in her chapters.

    These days, having read the books multiple times, I no longer take sides – I love both Arya and Sansa equally, for different reasons. But early on, yes, Sansa comes off as dreamy, naive and kind of annoying – mostly because we are first introduced to her more clearly through Arya’s eyes, and Arya’s perception colours ours.

    And oh my god, Joffrey. I remember being hugely impressed by the guy who plays him in the tv-series, because in the very first episode, where Joffrey has ONE LINE, the guy still manages to convey the general shitiness of Joffrey so well, that I wanted nothing more than to punch him in the face.

    • Dianna says:

      YOU’RE YOUNGER THAN I AM IF YOU’RE ANCIENT THEN WHAT AM I, A FOSSIL?

      Joffrey… I hope he dies.

      • Anna says:

        I meant “ancient” as in “I have been reading ASOIAF since before the fourth book was out oh my glob my inner hipster is showing”. 😛

        And you have many allies in the We Hope Joffrey Dies-Club. So, so many.

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