On Game of Thrones tonight, Arya had a crazy encounter with a pack of wolves and one really large wolf. Was that Nymeria?
Spoilers through Season 7 Episode 2 below.
Arya was by herself when her horse started really freaking out. Soon, one wolf appeared, then another, then another, and another. She was surrounded by growling, fierce, angry wolves.
That’s when a giant wolf showed up. Arya immediately though the wolf was Nymeria, but she wouldn’t let Arya touch her.
Arya asked the wolf to come with her to Winterfell, and the wolf just turned around with her pack and left. It was at this point that Arya said, “That’s not you.”
Does that mean this wasn’t Nymeria after all?
The wolf that Arya saw was definitely a direwolf. You can tell by the size, which dwarfed all the other wolves. But there are other direwolves besides the Starks’ wolves. During King Robert Baratheon’s reign, no direwolf was seen south of the Wall in nearly 200 years until the Starks’ wolves were found. But the Stark direwolves aren’t the only direwolves in all of the show’s universe. There are likely more direwolves living north of the Wall. The Stark direwolves are simply the only direwolves that we are aware of. Besides, Nymeria’s father was never seen, and could be anywhere, fathering other direwolf pups.
So yes, it’s possible that we saw a direwolf that wasn’t Nymeria tonight. However, that’s probably not the case. The wolf probably was Nymeria, gone wild and not attached to Arya anymore.
Here’s a photo of Nymeria from Season 1:
Now here is a photo from tonight:
The markings on the wolf’s face from tonight were markedly similar to the markings on a young Nymeria. More than likely, we did see Nymeria tonight.
And in fact, there’s another reason to believe the wolf was Nymeria. When Arya said “That’s not you,” she likely wasn’t meaning that this literally wasn’t Nymeria. Instead, she was referring to Season One, when Ned told her that being a princess involved wearing frilly dresses, and she said, “That’s not me.” She’s referring to accepting who Nymeria is now and giving her the freedom to be her true self.
What do you think? Did Arya see Nymeria? Let us know in the comments below.