Warning: this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season seven, episode two, ‘Stormborn’, which aired in the US last night.
Last night’s (June 23) episode of Game of Thrones was quite an emotional rollercoaster for Arya Stark fans, given that she had not one but two major reunions with old friends.
In ‘Stormborn’, Arya first bumped into Hot Pie (remember him?), who – unsurprisingly – has been making pies ever since we last saw him a few seasons back.
But the most anticipated and heart-wrenching reunion was still to come as the episode also featured the young Stark’s meeting with her long-lost direwolf, Nymeria, who we last saw all the way back in season one.
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If you remember, Arya set her beloved pet free after she was being hunted down for biting Joffrey’s arm in the early season, which went a long way towards making audiences love Arya even more.
And last night we finally got that long-awaited reunion after Arya is approached by a pack of wolves in the woods – although, heartbreakingly, it doesn’t go as we’d imagined it would.
In the meeting, it appeared as though Nymeria was the direwolf pack leader and seemed reluctant to go with Arya again after so long without her master.
But then Arya looks at the wolf and says, “It’s not you,” leading us all to believe that she mistook the giant wolf for Nymeria.
However, star Maisie Williams herself seemingly confirmed that it was in fact her former pet in a new interview, telling Entertainment Weekly: “Ever since the show got rid of Nymeria, it’s one of the questions I’ve been tweeted the most.
“It’s even nicer that they don’t live happily ever after. Nymeria has created her own world and created her own pack and isn’t ready to be Arya’s pet.
She continued: “To be someone’s pet would reverse everything she’s learned. So they almost just regard each other and go their separate ways.”
And if you need further proof that it was Nymeria that Arya encountered after all, you would have to cast your mind back to season one, when Arya’s dad Ned Stark predicted his daughter would go on to marry a lord.
When faced with the prospect, Arya responds: “That’s not me.”
Using the line as a throwback so many years later suggests that it is Nymeria that Arya encountered, but for the direwolf to return to Arya’s side as her pet would not be right for the wolf, who’s made her own life in the years they’ve been apart.
BRB, we’re still crying.
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