As Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams made their long-awaited Game of Thrones reunion in season seven's fourth episode on Sunday night, the actresses admitted that the emotional meeting between Sansa and Arya was extremely awkward to film. "The Spoils of War" featured Arya Stark, Bran and Sansa all interacting together for the first time in a long time, and it was awkward, to say the least. Our relationship is so close, but it's only that fun side, never the business side. We can only guess how exactly she intends to use it (or we can ask Bran, since he claims to have seen everything), but rest assured it'll play an important part in the episodes to come.
OK, HBO, we'll take The Adventures of Needle and Oathbreaker now. In a separate interview with Newsweek, Christie even said that the fight helps Brienne and Arya form a bond of "deep respect and pure love". As the Three-Eyed Raven, he can see everything that has happened ever and even though Littlefinger isn't now on Arya's list, he's done plenty that would earn him a spot there if she knew about it (betraying Ned, killing Lysa, and, most horrifically, turning Sansa over to Ramsay Bolton for marriage).
"I would hope that it stirs some emotion in you, that this girl who has been through what she's been through and has experienced numerous insane and bad things she's experienced, and come out the other side stronger for it, is finally coming home", said Weiss.
It's not easy being besties IRL when you're playing the Stark sisters. The women traded stories of the sexism they had faced in wanting to become fighters, and of kind fathers who had shown reluctance at first- "fighting was for boys", they were both told-but had eventually given in and encouraged their interest. Emotionless Bran mumbled something about how "chaos is a ladder" and obviously had no interest in keeping it, so during the reunion with Arya, he gifts the infamous dagger to her. But coming home isn't all it's cracked up to be, as Arya quickly realizes once she passes through the gates into Winterfell. "It results in a change in her-her ability to think for herself and not just guard, not just protect, but to start to have an opinion and formulate [ideas]". Admittedly, Daenerys didn't realise quite how much risk she was taking on flying near the Lannister's new dragon-killing machine, but you can bet she'll be back. Perhaps Brienne's greatest influence on Arya as a mentor will be teaching her honor and mercy, qualities of a true knight that Brienne has over numerous "knights" of Westeros. "Do you know what the realm is?"