Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones was a slow build of tension between sister Sansa and Arya Stark. Even from Episode 1 of the series, the two never saw eye to eye, but after Sansa lied for Joffrey following the infamous incident by the river involving the butcher’s boy, things only got worse. Plus, when Ned Stark was executed and Arya went off on her own, it seemed like the two would never have a chance to make amends.
This past season looked to either finally offer them the opportunity, or send them on a course towards conflict. Even director Alan Taylor hinted at as much in what we can now see was a clear misdirect. All along, the real orchestrator of tension was one Petyr Baelish (aka Littlefinger). Just as he’d managed to turn Catelyn Stark and her sister against each other, he tried to do with Arya and Sansa. However, after several seasons of cold world experience, the two became more than aware of this deceit. The result saw Littlefinger meet the end of Arya’s blade — a just end, as he was one of the main turncoats who led to Ned’s death. After begging for his life, Arya coldly slit his throat and left him to bleed out.
While this is great news for most of the good players involved in this game of thrones, Brienne of Tarth — despite her loyalty to Sansa — may not see this as true justice, actress Gwendoline Christie hinted to Express.
“Brienne doesn’t believe in dispatching a life unless it’s absolutely necessary. Unless it’s official. Look at the way she beheaded Stannis. She essentially read him his rights. Although it was loaded with emotion for her, she presented it in a very official, formal way, with great nobility. So I don’t know how Brienne will react to people taking matters into their own hands at Winterfell. Brienne is about a code of honor, a code of conduct, and she never kills anyone just for the sake of it.”
So what does this mean? Will Brienne end up as a thorn in the Stark’s side when all said and done? Does her honor run so deep that she can’t see the justice for what it is in this instance?
“It’s complex, though, because Brienne’s made her oath to Catelyn Stark to protect the Stark girls.”
Perhaps this could end with Brienne actually learning to let things go, but in Game of Thrones, it’s always difficult to predict that sort of thing. For all we know, Brienne may not discover the circumstances of the murder at all. Only Season 8 will hold the answers.
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