Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on the geekilicious women who inspire us. Our crushes range from fictional female characters in our favorite genre shows, movies and books…to creators in geeky media. We celebrate you, oh women of geekdom!
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. If you have not seen this series, you are in for an epically beautiful, brutal, mind-blowing treat! Go to HBO and binge all seasons now, and get to watching season 8, which only has 2 episodes left! AGH!!
Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) is not a lady. That’s not her. She’s gone from a rambunctious tomboy to pawn, refugee, blind beggar, faceless man, world class assassin, to universe saver. She has seen and defeated death. She is not afraid to challenge every expectation.
Arya starts Game of Thrones a little girl. Her biggest nemesis is her sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner). She has a special bond with her “half brother” Jon (Kit Harington) and her dad (Sean Bean). It’s apparent that she’s no ordinary little girl. She would rather shoot arrows and chase cats than do needlepoint…until she gets a very special needle of her own. Once Ned dies, she is thrust into a dangerous world where she has to kill or be killed. She survives most of her family, fire, the King’s Road, Harrenhal, and “friendship” with the Hound (Rory McCann). Then, she goes to Braavos and learns that all men must die and all men must serve. While learning to kill, fight, serve and disappear, she tries to convince herself and others that a girl has no name. But, she is a Stark. She is a wolf. When she returns to Westeros, she enacts revenge for her family, the North and the living. And, she’s not done yet.
The Real Deal:
Arya had to grow up fast and, she was ready for the challenge. For the length of the show she has kept her wits, her needle and her list. Even when she went to Braavos and her identity was very literally threatened, her strength and her loyalty to her family came through. She is the craftiest, shiftiest character in the seven kingdoms. She is smart, talented, quick and very, very deadly. She is beyond strong. She is uncrushable.
Why She Matters:
Arya is an unconventional female character. She is not soft, nurturing, promiscuous or hysterical. Femininity, “frailty” and sexuality do not define her. In fact, she possesses a very ‘male’ ability to seek and destroy the enemies of her family. She’s not afraid to be alone. She needs no one. She’s a skilled and brutal killer… and maybe a sociopath and we love it.
So, let’s all be like Arya Stark. May we survive all odds. May we have a singular purpose that drives us to be our best and eradicates what is in our way. Let us be the loyal uncompromising friends that protect our loved ones in their darkest days.
Be Arya. Stick ’em with the pointy end.