'Game of Thrones' Creators Explain Arya Stark's Bittersweet Reunion

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for episode two of Game of Thrones' seventh season, "Stormborn."]

"That's not you."

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) tosses those words into the wind, watching as her long-lost direwolf disappears once more into the distance. It's a confusing sentiment, albeit one that echoes something Arya said earlier in the series, as Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss rightly point out in a behind-the-episode featurette.

"We last saw Nymeria when Arya made her run away because she wanted to save Nymeria's life," says Benioff. "She knew Cersei was going to kill her if she found her, and when she finally finds Nymeria again — or Nymeria finds her — she of course wants Nymeria to come back home with her and be her loyal companion again. But Nymeria's found her own life."

"'That's not you' is a direct reference to what Arya herself said to her father when her father painted this picture for her of the life she could have as the lady of a castle and marrying some lord and wearing a nice frilly dress," adds Weiss; in the scene he references, Arya responded to Ned's pitch: "That's not me." Weiss continues: "Arya's not domesticated. It makes total sense the wolf wouldn't be either. Once the wolf walks away, at first she's heartbroken to have come this close, but then she realizes the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she was that wolf."

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