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Over the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark has grown into a formidable woman. She's killed her way through the Seven Kingdoms, developed a badass, sometimes ruthless way of looking at things and made sure wrongs are turned right.
WARNING: GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD
But after all she's been through, many fans have forgotten that she's a young woman with wants and needs.
Well, viewers certainly realised that after the latest episode where Arya gets intimate with Gendry.
While there was some sexual chemistry in the opening episode, no one was expecting for the pair to connect so quickly. It's not hard to see why, the latest episode counts down to the most epic battleS in Seven Kingdoms and TV history.
The characters are either bunkering down in relative safety or getting ready to fight.
Gendry gives Arya the dragonglass weapon she asked for and then asks him about his sexual history. It all seems like weird questioning until she tells him that they'll both probably die soon and she wants to know what it feels like to be with a man.
The reaction online has been very divided with some people cheering Arya on and others being grossed out.
OH MYYYYY GHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I KNEW IT I KNEW IT AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #arya- :m:ⓘⓝⓕⓞⓧ (@meankittysuga) April 22, 2019
C'mon #Arya you're still a kid for us. #GameofThrones #GOT8 #GOT7 pic.twitter.com/92XehhRlMG
- Deys Eez (@0l0l0i0) April 21, 2019
#arya #gendry #GameOfThrones guess winter wasn't the only thing that came pic.twitter.com/zkFHa9SbSO
- Owen Wilson's nose. (@Zahra4eva) April 21, 2019
I stand corrected #Arya will make a man outta #Gendry this season
- No one (@jaywin758) April 22, 2019
#Arya fucking got laid :grin::blush:.....
Interesting. Never thought I would see something like that in the #GOT . Go #Arya pic.twitter.com/mBGoC3YBMR
- Khalid Muhammed Kabir (@Mr_King_Kong1) April 22, 2019
Well, if you think that's gross then you'll probably hate the idea that Game of Thrones author George R R Martin initially wanted Arya to fall for Jon Snow. While we're aware that there's a disturbing amount of incest going on in the show, that would certainly be a step too far.
When Martin was plotting the outline for the original book franchise (A Song of Ice and Fire) back in 1993, he described how Arya would have fallen for Jon after joining him on his journey to the Wall.
According to excerpts reported by Insider in 2017, the outline read: "Wounded by Lannister riders, they will seek refuge at the Wall, but the men of the Night's Watch give up their families when they take the black, and Jon and Benjen will not be able to help, to Jon's anguish.
"It will lead to a bitter estrangement between Jon and Bran. Arya will be more forgiving... until she realises, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night's Watch, sworn to celibacy.
"Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon's true parentage is finally revealed in the last book."
Look, not really a fan of that one to be honest. Thankfully the TV show led Jon to have sex with his aunt and not his half-sister.
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