Why Arya and Jon Won't Reunite in 'Game of Thrones' Season 7


Although Sansa Stark and Jon Snow’s reunion in Game of Thrones Season 6 was touching, there’s one Stark reunion that fans anticipate most: Jon and Arya. Unfortunately, Bran Stark hints that won’t be happening in Season 7.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, told TV Guide on Tuesday that a potential Stark reunion would be “bittersweet.”

“I think it would be bittersweet,” Hempstead-Wright said. “They’ve been away for so long and they’re all very different people. Bran’s like a tree wizard, Arya’s an assassin, Sansa’s like very politically conniving now. I don’t know if any of them would really connect in the way that they used to.”

While his words are true, Arya and Jon have always been the closest of all the Starks. There’s no way that her reunion with her long lost brother (but really cousin) would be anything other than sweet. She’s hung on to her beloved sword Needle — which Jon gave her back in Season 1 — for six seasons to signify her connection to home. She’s literally killed for it.

This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a Stark reunion. In the first episode of Season 7, Arya told a group of Lannister soldiers she was heading to King’s Landing after The Twins. But they also talked about homesickness, which suggests A Girl might take a detour to Winterfell before King’s Landing.

Jon, however, won’t be at Winterfell for much longer. He’s got to go to Dragonstone to get the Dragonglass he’s looking for, and the Season 7 trailer shows him with the Brotherhood Without Banners in the far North, likely at Eastwatch-by-the-sea.

Arya will probably have a “bittersweet” reunion with Sansa and possibly Bran, but her sweet reunion with Jon won’t happen for some time. Just as she narrowly missed seeing Catelyn and Robb again or her Aunt Lysa, in the show’s typical fashion, they’ll likely just miss each other.

Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing on HBO.

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