Game of Thrones is over and while many were somehow hoping for a spin-off featuring Arya Stark, it has been confirmed that it wouldn’t be happening.
Arya Stark, played so masterfully by Maisie Williams is a confirmed fan favourite and her character arc was one of the more satisfying bits of the Game of Thrones finale.
We all watched her grow from scrawny little kid to woman who could even demand sex from the guy she had a crush on.
At the end of the show, Arya is seen traveling west of Westeros, a land that she claims that no one knows what lies there. The youngest female Stark had always been a bit of an oddball and free spirit, something which was displayed when she refused the advances of Gendry even though she liked him.
A voyage to a place no one knows seemed like a perfect setup for a spin-off which would follow Arya Stark as she discovered a new world and faced off with different difficulties on the way.
These hopes were dashed however, when an HBO exec, Casey Bloys, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show — this Game of Thrones, Dan and David’s show — to be its own thing. I don’t want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That’s why we’re trying to do things that feel distinct — and to not try and re-do the same show. That’s probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn’t make sense for us.”
So, that sucks. It seems it really is goodbye to Arya Stark and we already miss her terribly.