With the finale of Game of Thrones encroaching, there’s the blood-churning anxiety and anticipation that inevitably comes along with it. As the show reaches its eighth and final season, fans are becoming restless; conjuring up endless theories, sharing memes, and reminiscing about their favorite characters (the ones who are alive, anyway.)
As a new fan of the show, the community surrounding Game of Thrones seemed a bit overwhelming and out of reach at first. I wasn’t sure of how I would connect to the show, and how long it would take me to do so before everything got spoiled. However, the one thing, or character that kept me watching, was Arya Stark.
For those who might be unfamiliar with the show, Arya Stark is a badass. I wouldn’t want to say much else, out of fear of spoiling the show for its potential suitors. However, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Arya is strong, non-conforming, and individualistic. Her rebellious, and quick-witted nature is what has managed to capture the hearts of many viewers over the years; ones who can’t help but root for her.
Arya’s a young girl, slicing men’s necks, sword fighting, and breaking down Winterfell’s idea of femininity. She rejects what she’s taught and questions every expectation that’s placed on her. Which is what I absolutely love about her.
My undying love for Arya is what led me to want to participate in the Game of Thrones antics. Combining my loves for music, Arya, creating playlists, and over-thinking.
While it’s easy to immediately connect Arya to the badass riot grrrl groups of the ’80s and ’90s I had to remind myself that Arya is a multifaceted human. Yes, Arya is a badass, but I feel like there’s also another side to her. One that’s slightly melancholic, which with all honesty nobody can blame her for.
I can’t help but feel that if Arya was a real person outside of the Game of Thrones universe, she would listen to Slowdive, but maybe, that’s my own projection and wishful thinking. While Arya isn’t verbal about many of her emotions on the show, I felt like some of the more melancholic tunes were still ones that could capture her aura. Winterfell is gloomy, and so is Arya.
I hope that at the very least, the playlist is enjoyable and capable of capturing her playful, confident, and slightly sad spirit.
With that said, here’s my take on Arya Stark’s All Men Must Die playlist.
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