Game of Thrones S7 Primer: Arya Stark & Jaqen H’ghar

Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, David has read the books, and Earl just read them waiting for Season Seven, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.

Arya Stark

Youngest daughter of Ned Stark.
We started off with Arya as a tomboyish little girl running around Kings Landing. She witnessed her father being killed, but was smuggled out of King’s Landing by one of her father’s freinds to head toward the Wall, where she could be dropped off enroute. During the trip, she freed 3 men from a cart, and earned the right to name 3 men to die by Jaqen H’ghar. Even so, Arya and the others were captured and ended up as a servant of Tywin Lannister, who in retrospect gives her some hard lessons on life. She was able to escape with Jaqen H’ghar, Gendry and Hotpie. After successfully escaping, Jaqen gives her an iron coin and tells her to give it to any Braavosi and say “Valar morghulis” if she ever needs to find him. They run into the Brotherhood Without Banners, and after being seperated from Gendry she escapes from the Brotherhood Without Banners but is captured by Ser Sandor Clegane “The Hound” who wants to sell her to her mother, but then came upon the Red Wedding. Next he turns to the Vale to sell her to her aunt, but her Aunt has died, something that almost breaks the young girl. She’s been trained with a sword, but didn’t kill anyone until late in Season 3, when she killed a man for bragging about putting Robbs Direwolfs head on a stake.

He won’t be the last. The Hound almost seemed like a second father to her, before he lost a duel with Brienne of Tarth and most likely died. Not trusting Brienne, Arya decides she wants revenge, and finds a Braavosi boat, and goes to the temple of the many-faced god, to become a faceless man. During her training, she comes across Ser Meryn Trant, whom she kills for his deeds back in Kings Landing. Back at the Temple, Jaqen H’ghar tells her that she took a life that wasn’t hers, and is struck blind. Cast out of the House of Black and White, she is beggar on the streets, getting beaten on by the Waif – another person from the House. Jaquen H’ghar finally allows her to begin training again and her sight starts to return. Her next mission is to kill an actress, but during her work she finds out that her understudy is the one that wants her killed. She basically walks off on the House and kills the Waif when she comes after her, adding her face to the Hall of Faces in the House. We don’t see Arya again until she shows up in Westeros, killing Walder Frey and his two oldest sons.

Jaqen H’ghar

Saved by Arya, while he was enroute to the Wall. He gives her the power over him to kill three people. She names 2 and declares him the third if he won’t help her and Gendry and a few others escape the Lannisters, she relents, and unnames him. He leaves her, but gives her an Iron coin, and says if she meets any of his people, she needs to say “Valar Morghulis” (All Men Must Die) if she needs help. Out of family options (she thinks) Arya shows up at the house of Black and White to become a faceless man. Her first mission is to take out an insurance man that is cheating people, but Arya is distracted by the appearance of Meryn Trant, she fails. This costs Arya her sight, but she is allowed to continue training. We don’t see Jaqen after Arya kills the Waif when she is sent after Arya.

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