In the very first episode of Game of Thrones in 2011, the very first scene at Winterfell was about the children: Septa Mordane praising Sansa for her elegant embroidery; Bran trying and failing to land an arrow in a target while his brothers laughed; Arya showing him up from twice the distance, hitting the bullseye with a cocky smile.
They used to be two little girls who were treated largely as a joke: Sansa, the romantic, dreaming of a future where she would be Joffrey’s queen and have his babies and Arya, sparring with a stick at enemies made of shadows.
Now Sansa is the Lady of Winterfell, shimmering with iron in every step, and Arya is one of the greatest assassins the Seven Kingdoms has ever known, dancing in the water of life and death.
When Arya and Sansa meet each other again in the crypt, the way Ned and Robert met each other after so long, they see each other first as they were: as the children who threw food at each other, who teased each other, who were playing a kind of game.
If the Stark children have become who they were always meant to be, Westeros is becoming something that none of its former patriarchs could have foreseen: a land where almost all of the power has fallen into the hands of the women they once mocked and condescended and feared, one that they may need to rebuild entirely once the waves of fire and ice have finally passed over it.
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