On the way to Winterfell, after Arya met her direwolf Nymeria again and Nymeria went away enter image description here

Why did she say "That's not you."?


This has been explained on HBO's official MakingOfGameOfThrones Website:

Back in Season 1, Ned Stark comes across his younger daughter balancing on the stairs in a Red Keep hallway. Sitting together, he offers Arya a glimpse of what her happy future could be: marriage and children. Knowing herself even then, the young girl looks at her father and simply says, “No, That’s not me.”

Now in Season 7, Arya asks her direwolf to come home with her, but is rejected by the creature. Disappointed at first, she realizes that, just like her, Nymeria is not meant to be tamed.

This is what the Show-runners had to say about the scene:

David Benioff: This scene hearkens back to Season 1.


D.B. Weiss: "That's not you" is a direct reference to what Arya herself said to her father when her father painted this picture for her of the life she could have as the lady of a castle, and marrying some lord, and wearing a nice frilly dress.

Arya is not domesticated and it makes total sense that her wolf wouldn't be either. And once the wolf walks away, at first she's heartbroken to have come this close, then she realises that the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she were that wolf.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 2: Inside the Episode (HBO)

Credits: This has been answered on MoviesSE by Ghoti and Chips. You can view the whole answer here.

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    I had hoped the phrase meant, she noticed something was off with her wolf and bran was in its head, to say hi or something :/ – Philipp Jul 26 '17 at 13:41
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    @Philipp I thought arya meant that it was just a different dire wolf and that she mistook it for Nymeria. I was a big confused lol and now I feel stupid. This is way better. – Martin Dawson Jul 26 '17 at 20:39

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