***Spoiler Warning: This post discusses Game of Thrones events through Season 7, Episode 6. Spoilers***
Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode this past Sunday featured two disturbing scenes between the sisters Stark, both of which left viewers on edge about tension between the fan favorites. Seemingly having fallen hook, line and sunken dragon for Littlefinger’s machinations, angry that Sansa had “betrayed” their family, Arya confronted Sansa over the note she’d written to Robb long ago, and under duress. Later, as Sansa anxiously searched her sister’s room and discovered just what a girl’s been up to, Arya’s behavior verged on threatening,
but could it have been for show? After all, if those ridiculously long play scenes in Bravos taught us nothing, surely someone learned how to put on a very fine threatening act …
And, consider that very last moment where our focus was once again directed to the Catspaw dagger, which Littlefinger recently gave to Bran, who passed it to Arya who in turn, fancily flips it to Sansa.
That scene was odd and worrisome. Why is Arya so aggressive toward her only sister; after they’ve already lost so much of their family and with so many enemies around them, shouldn’t Arya be protective rather than threatening Sansa? It’s something that’s bothering a lot of fans, with some going so far as to call Arya’s behavior “psychopathic”.
In a post-episode interview, “Beyond the Wall” director, Alan Taylor potentially creates even more concern with his comments about the sisters. Speaking about what he wanted to create with that scene between the Stark women, his intentions were apparently near-murderous.
I think both characters have been through absolute hell since the death of their father in very different ways, and have turned into absolute lethal individuals. We’re very aware of how lethal Arya is, because she’s displayed it over and over again. But I love the fact that the tables do turn back and forth between them; it really is a shifting back and forth of power between them in those scenes we had. And when Sophie says she won the Battle of the Bastards, she’s right. I love the fact that these two come back, they’re both lethal, and I just wanted to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die. But you’re not sure which one.”
Taylor also gave quite a disturbing hint at this week’s season finale events.
Something is coming very soon between them, and it will be violent but surprising.”
While your first thought might be — does he mean they’re going to have an actual physical fight? — upset, or even filled with anger, what if the comment is further, sly misdirection?
The pieces have all been put in place for Sansa to be in danger.
- Arya is seemingly angry and eerily sinister toward her sister.
- Sansa sent away their protector, Brienne (of effing Tarth!), leaving the Starks alone with Littlefinger.
- Taylor hints at violence between Arya and Sansa; Sansa has the Catspaw dagger.
But, not for one second do I believe these sisters, who’ve both been through unimaginable horrors, are really about to turn on each other. Taylor’s words refer to another.
Either Sansa will come to her own discovery about what Littlefinger’s been up to, something will happen between them, Bran will warn her, or Littlefinger will simply go one step too far in deed or affection, and Sansa will get into a physical altercation with him. Alternately, Arya will go after Littlefinger, and he’ll somehow get the upper hand, with Sansa stepping in to stab him with that fateful dagger. I’d expect Arya to save her sister, though Sansa saving Arya would be a grand way for the scene to turn. We’re meant to think the sisters are at odds, but in the end, they’ll defend each other against a common foe.
The surprising, violent thing between them will be Baelish’s murder.
Game of Thrones just shy of eighty minutes, seventh season finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf” is directed by Jeremy Podeswa, and airs on HBO this Sunday, August 27th.