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What message did Arya’s Costumes hide in “Game Of Thrones”

The hit TV show paid attention to every detail, and there was a lot more to the outfits than you might think.

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"Game of Thrones". Source: (Twitter).

The “Game of Thrones” series was one of television’s biggest phenomena for nearly a decade. The fantasy fiction with a heavy dose of drama and action captured viewers and is still considered a great example of quality TV, even if the ending was unpleasant. What can not be faulted, however, is the production and costume design. Each costume symbolized something and those of Arya Stark (Maisie William) were among the most elaborate because she was one of the most complex characters.

When the series began, Maisie was 12 years old.

At the beginning of the series, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, Arya is still a child and wears clothes appropriate to her age. However, since she comes from a prominent family, her outfits had to reflect a certain status, though she refused to leave them that way. Unlike her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), she would always wear them at the waist with a leather belt and later ripped off the sleeves of her suit to maneuver the sword more easily. Being a proper young lady was never one of her concerns.

In the following seasons of Game of Thrones, Arya no longer lives in a palace and flees the clutches of the Lannisters, who murdered her father. There, she must wear a suit that mimics that of his sword master, Braavosi. This not only helps her to go unnoticed, but also to hide the fact that she is a woman, which is essential for her survival.

That was something fundamental to this character from “Game of Thrones” and that had relevance not just in season two, but throughout the series. Arya was never the model of femininity in this society, but the further she got from the known, the more important it was that she knew how to stay hidden and protect herself. If she was discovered to be a woman, it would be practically impossible for her.

Her return to the family and the last big change


After training with the faceless men to get her long-awaited revenge, Arya returns to Winterfell and reunites with what’s left of her family. When she ceases to be “nobody” and regains her name, Stark, reverts to the grey color, characteristic of the family.

Its ending is one of the few that satisfied the viewers because it reflected the series’ growth and progress.

Not only does she respect the Starks with gray-colored furs, but she also honors her mother’s line, the Tullys, her mother’s family. This is reflected in all the shades of blue on her clothing. She also starts wearing hair like her father, Eddard, in the final season of “Game of Thrones” She also adds a fur-skin cape, something that highlights her roots in the north and its cold climate.

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