When Greenbeard saw Arya staring at him, he laughed and said, “The lightning lord is everywhere and nowhere, skinny squirrel.”
“I’m not a squirrel,” she said. “I’ll almost be a woman soon. I’ll be one-and-ten.”
“Best watch out I don’t marry you, then!” He tried to tickle her under the chin, but Arya slapped his stupid hand away.
I definitely think Arya and Gendry will meet again. Like I have a fair amount of confidence on this. Besides the fact that there are indications of romantic interest on both parts and how Gendry definitely seems upset about Arya in his one appearance since their separation, it’s just logical that Arya will go to where Gendry is.
The Riverlands, I have speculated, could be Arya’s destination when she returns to Westeros. It just makes sense considering all the facts.
What connects Arya to Westeros and her old life? Her family and her bond to Nymeria primarily.
And who is actually looking for Arya still? Brienne, the Brotherhood Without Banners, and the Wall/Ramsay plot.
Looking at it, it seems like the Riverlands makes sense.
- The BWB are there. They are introduced to us through Arya, she has close bonds with a few, and is held with affection by others. Besides, they have been searching for her for a while as we have been reminded over and over. It makes sense that Arya will meet up with them again. There’s no other reason I can see that will make them get involved in what’s to come otherwise. They definitely are not fans of Jaime or Brienne, the other POVs that they have dealings (or future dealings) with.
- Lady Stoneheart. I think Arya may be the one to kill her. The whole concept of the “gift of mercy” that Sandor tried to instill in Arya hasn’t really played out yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes to play with LS. Also, so much involving LS we see through Arya- Arya as Nymeria saves her body, Arya’s former companions the BWB are the people she travels with, we have the whole “wolf with a fish in it’s mouth”, “can you bring back a man without a head?”, and “you should have saved my mother” stuff just waiting to play out completely. Arya fixates on Catelyn’s death way more than Robb’s too. This could be why.
- There are only so many ports that Arya can enter into Westeros from. The Saltpans seems logical compared with other options. And since it was the way she left, it makes sense that it would be the way she gets back.
- Nymeria. Full stop. Nymeria isn’t leaving the Riverlands. She has been there for five straight books. And now she has the pack to consider. Even for Arya, I can’t see Nymeria leaving the place she’s been so long without reason. I think Arya’s going to have to pick her up to be honest. The pack, too. I feel like it must have some significance (see here,) since it has been so heavily referenced. It’s one of the chekov’s guns waiting to go off. Nymeria’s in the Riverlands, Arya’s definitely reuniting with her, I think she’s going to have to go to her though- after all, she’s the one who against her will drove her away. There’s definitely hints that Nymeria was chasing after Arya in ASoS though,
- Brienne’s there and not looking like she can leave any time soon (what with the BWB.) She’s looking for Arya, too.
- Arya continues to feel connected with the Riverlands even in the House of Black and White. She even thinks about how it’s snowing there. She sees it through Nymeria’s eyes.
There are a few minor reasons why as well, but those are the big ones.
If she goes back to the Riverlands and meets up with the BWB again, I am sure she’ll see Gendry.
So yeah, I think she probably will meet Gendry again. Of course, nothing’s certain though. But the odds of this are good in my opinion.
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The direwolf was the sigil of the Starks, but Arya felt more a lamb, surrounded by a herd of other sheep. She hated the villagers for their sheepishness, almost as much as she hated herself.
Well, Gendry is very perceptive and smart actually. It’s funny because I think some people write him off because Arya calls him stupid a lot… but she also calls everything and everyone stupid- including herself a bunch of times.
But Gendry is definitely astute as you said.
“She’s no use,” Gendry repeated stubbornly. “Her and Hot Pie and Lommy, they’re slowing us down, and they’re going to get us killed. You’re the only one of the bunch who’s good for anything. Even if you are a girl.”
Arya froze in her steps. “I’m not a girl!”
“Yes you are. Do you think I’m as stupid as they are?”
“No, you’re stupider. The Night’s Watch doesn’t take girls, everyone knows that.”
“That’s true. I don’t know why Yoren brought you, but he must have had some reason. You’re still a girl.”
“I am not!”
“Then pull out your cock and take a piss. Go on.”
“I don’t need to take a piss. If I wanted to I could.”
“Liar. You can’t take out your cock because you don’t have one. I never noticed before when there were thirty of us, but you always go off in the woods to make your water. You don’t see Hot Pie doing that, nor me neither. If you’re not a girl, you must be some eunuch.” Arya, ACoK
He deduces Arya’s a girl just by noticing she leaves to go to the bathroom. He also is notable for being a boy in the sexist Westeros society who concludes, even after figuring out Arya is a girl, that Arya is more useful to survival than two other older boys. I think he gets a very good feel for people once he gets past his intense instinctual distrust and suspicion of everyone.
Also, when they meet up with the Brotherhood the first time, Arya’s obviously suspicious from the get go… and Hot Pie obviously not. But Gendry also gets it and knows not to reveal his name:
“Will you give us your names like honest men?” the singer asked the boys.
“I’m Hot Pie,” Hot Pie said at once.
“Aye, and good for you.” The man smiled. “It’s not every day I meet a lad with such a tasty name. And what would your friends be called, Mutton Chop and Squab?”
Gendry scowled down from his saddle. “Why should I tell you my name? I haven’t heard yours.”…
“An inn?” The thought of hot food made Arya’s belly rumble, but she didn’t trust this Tom. Not everyone who spoke you friendly was really your friend. “It’s near, you say?”
“Two miles upstream,” said Tom. “A league at most.”
Gendry looked as uncertain as she felt. “What do you mean, friends?” he asked warily…
“One of us should watch the horses,” she said, wary.
Tom overheard her. “There’s no need for that, Squab. Come eat, they’ll be safe enough.” “I’ll stay,” Gendry said, ignoring the singer. “You can come get me after you’ve had some food.” Arya, ASoS
Arya also always discusses plans with Gendry first for a reason- about taking the inn’s boat to sail to Riverrun, about escaping Harrenhal, about the moss and knowing they were being led in the wrong direction, ect. Gendry usually gives smart responses and asks good questions.
There’s another thing people rarely comment on as far as I’ve seen- Gendry is very good and keeping Arya’s names straight. He never reveals her gender or says the wrong nickname/her real name. Hot Pie messes up and calls her Arry to the BWB almost immediately, but when Gendry doesn’t have the right name, he always defaults to girl or something instead.
When the man in the Peach hits on Arya as well, Gendry went about intervening well if you think about it. By claiming she’s his sister, that’s a way better way to approach the situation than just charging up and saying go away for no reason. Gendry seems to pick up and create stories at the drop of a hat actually.
And I do think you’d have to have a little quick thinking skills for this one:
“Never mind about Ser Lyonel.” He drew her aside by the arm. “Last night Hot Pie asked me if I heard you yell Winterfell back at the holdfast, when we were all fighting on the wall.”
“I never did!”
“Yes you did. I heard you too.”
“Everyone was yelling stuff,” Arya said defensively. “Hot Pie yelled hot pie. He must have yelled it a hundred times.”
“It’s what you yelled that matters. I told Hot Pie he should clean the wax out of his ears, that all you yelled was Go to hell! If he asks you, you better say the same.” Arya, ACoK
Also, Gendry’s obviously far more aware of social status distinctions than Arya in some ways. I always get the feeling that one of the main reasons that Gendry joined the Brotherhood is because he was aware enough to know that a bastard blacksmith couldn’t just go and be friends with a princess. This idea seems to be supported by the fact that leading up to his decision to stay with the BWB, Gendry starts increasing his comments about Arya’s social status or just seeming aware of it more even though he stopped in the beginning of ACoK. It’s probably because, despite being outlaws, the BWB actually treated Arya more befitting of her status than anyone else Gendry’s seen her interact with (they call her milady and mention her family.) So I think that was a display of intelligence.
I love the pained look, too! I find it so funny and a great descriptor of a character who’s thoughts we don’t get to see.
Gendry’s very clearly intelligent, especially with the juxtaposition between him and Hot Pie/Lommy. But Gendry is the only one besides for a Faceless Man, trained in the art of observation and interpreting truths from lies, to pick up on Arya’s gender.
Besides, Gendry’s super suspicious- I would call that a smart quality to have in Westeros to be honest. He seems a pretty decent judge of character, too, what with trusting Arya and Beric while distrusting Lommy and knowing to leave Rorge, Biter, and Jaqen alone. Although by AFFC, he seems to not trust or like anyone really.
But yeah, he’s smart and astute.
Arya watched and listened and polished her hates the way Gendry had once polished his horned helm.
Every night Arya would say their names. “Ser Gregor,” she’d whisper to her stone pillow. “Dunsen, Polliver, Chiswyck, Raff the Sweetling. The Tickler and the Hound. Ser Amory, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, King Joffrey, Queen Cersei.”
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