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Since being in the House of Black and White, Arya seems to be a little different. Sure, she traveled across the whole country and went to hell and back, but somehow after her battle in Braavos Arya had changed a lot of her behaviour:

  • She switched her hair from traditional Arya to "The Waif"-hairstyle.
  • She used to be right-handed, now she is fighting with her left hand (compare the Arya-Brienne fight in season 7, episode 3)
  • she has few to no characteristics left in her
  • she switched her communication style (from lying a lot to being honest)

One could assume that The Waif was victorious over Arya and is now impersonating Arya for a greater purpose.

Or did I miss the scene where The Waif finally gets killed? As far as I know the exact fighting scene is just the escape, followed by a "blackout fight" in the dorms where Arya sleeps.

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    “compare the Arya-Brienne-Fight in season 7, episode 3” — compare it to what? When did she fight with her right hand? – Paul D. Waite Aug 17 '17 at 11:31
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    She never was right handed... – Bebs V Aug 17 '17 at 11:31
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    Already has the answer here : movies.stackexchange.com/questions/78549/… – HBhatia Aug 17 '17 at 11:32
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    @Bebs she stabs the hound right-handed – Edlothiad Aug 17 '17 at 19:24
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    What would be the Waif's motive for going after the Freys? For threatening to kill Cersei? For going to Winterfell at all? – eshier Aug 21 '17 at 19:53
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Arya kills the waif in Episode 8 of Season 6.

Jaqen walking through the House of Black and White and finds a trail of blood. After following the trail he finds the Waifs face on the wall of faces.

The scene can be scene in the video below.

As for the rest of your points, I'll cover them one by one

1. Arya's new hairstyle is reflective of that of Ned in Season 1, similar to her dress style, it mimics Ned's outfit the last time she saw him

Ned looking like arya[1]

2. She was always left-handed. In this gif with Syrio Forel, we can see she's fighting with her left hand:

Left-handed arya[2]

  1. As for points 3 and 4, this seems to be some sort of character arc we missed, where Arya becomes this hardened killer that is very honest because she fears no one anymore. This being traits she'd learnt during her time at the Faceless Men and skills she's practiced since then. We see these traits in several scenes this season. This seems to be similar to Bran's sudden Three-eyed Raven skills.

@Mat's Mug suggested that Nymeria's taking to Arya in S07E02 suggests the certainty that it was Arya. Nymeria would likely have munched anyone else's head off. As the Nymeria and her pack are known for attacking Men, as in ASoS Arya wargs into Nymeria attacking the Bloody Mummers.

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    In the books (can't remember if the series paid much attention to it) Syrio Forel explicitly mentioned that Arya being left-handed is an advantage, due to people not being used to fighting against left-handed opponents. Arya took her right hand off the grip and wiped her sweaty palm on her pants. She held the sword in her left hand. He seemed to approve. "The left is good. All is reversed, it will make your enemies more awkward." – JAD Aug 17 '17 at 13:12
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    @TimB Nymeria (S7E2) would have made a single bite of the Waif. That Waif theory is outright nuts. "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell. And I'm going home." – Mathieu Guindon Aug 17 '17 at 13:30
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    @TimB I feel like Jaq'en would know what The Waif's original face looked like – Edlothiad Aug 17 '17 at 13:32
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    @TimB The Waif's face appears in the Hall of Faces after Arya kills her. Tough to come back after that. i.imgur.com/0pv2fZ2.png – Paulie_D Aug 17 '17 at 13:38
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In addition to the evidence mentioned above there are three more fairly strong bits of evidence:

Firstly there is her encounter with her dire wolf in the forest - it's unlikely the wolf would be fooled by a mask. It's also equally unlikely that the Waif would recognize the wolf. Not only does Arya recognize the wolf and call her by name but she then says "That's not you" in a clear reference to a conversation she'd had with her father many years previously and which again the Waif would not know.

Secondly this dialogue:

Jaqen H'ghar: Finally a girl is no one.

Arya Stark: A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell and I'm going home.

The Waif has no reason to lie to Jaqen and also no reason to go to Winterfell or to refer to it as "home".

And finally the elimination of the perpetrators of the red wedding. That was very much something Arya Stark would do (especially the way she did it) but not something The Waif would do.


It seems much more likely that the changes you see are the result of the intensive training and experience that she has been through. The lessons from Jaqen were psychological as much as they were physical and they have changed her.

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OR is Littlefinger the real Littlefinger or is Littlefinger being impersonated by Arya?

Since he watched Arya sneak into the room and find the letter, we haven't seen them together. Mayber Arya has killed LF and is now impersonating him to control Sansa... Probably not.

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    Still an interesting thought on this topic. – Max Aug 22 '17 at 8:25

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