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Ned talks with Arya in her chambers

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Official Synopsis – When Ned checks in on Arya in her bedroom, she’s holding her sword, Needle. She tells her father she asked Mycah to practice with her, and now the boy is dead. Ned assures her it wasn’t her fault – or Sansa’s. He even allows her to keep the blade – if she promises not to stick her sister with it. (Source: HBO)
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FLASHBACK:  Mikken making Arya’s sword as Jon watches.


Arya is unsheathing Needle privately in her room as Ned knocks on the door.

Arya Stark: Go away!

Eddard Stark: Arya, open the door.

Arya opens the door for her father. 

Eddard Stark:  May I come in?

Eddard walks into the room and closes the door behind him. 

Eddard Stark:   Whose sword is that?

Arya Stark: Mine.

Eddard Stark: Give it to me.

After Arya places the sword in Eddard’s hand, he examines it while walking away from Arya.  

Eddard Stark:  I know this maker’s mark. This is Mikken’s work.

Eddard stops and turns toward Arya. 

Eddard Stark:  Where did you get this?

Arya remains silent. 

Eddard places his finger on the tip of the sword. 

Eddard Stark:  This is no toy. Little ladies shouldn’t play with swords.

Eddard sits down. 

Arya Stark: I wasn’t playing. [Pause] And I don’t want to be a lady.

Eddard Stark: Come here.

Eddard motions his daughter to come sit next to him. Arya joins him. 

Eddard Stark: Now what do you want with this?

Arya Stark: It’s called Needle.

Eddard Stark: A blade with a name. And who were you hoping to skewer with Needle? Your sister? Do you know the first thing about sword fighting?

Arya Stark: Stick ’em with the pointy end.

Eddard Stark: [laughs] That’s the essence of it.


FLASHBACK:  Arya’s friend Mycah being bullied by Prince Joffrey.

Arya Stark: [grief stricken] I was trying to learn. I asked Mycah to practice with me. I asked him. It was my fault.

Eddard put his left arm around Arya. 

Eddard Stark: No, sweet girl. You didn’t kill the butcher’s boy.

Arya Stark: I hate them! I hate all of them. The Hound, the Queen and the King and Joffrey and Sansa.

Eddard Stark: Sansa was dragged before the King and Queen… And asked to call the Prince a liar.

Arya Stark: So was I! He is a liar.

Eddard Stark: Darling, listen to me. Sansa will be married to Joffrey someday. She cannot betray him. She must take his side even when he’s wrong.

Arya Stark: [confused] But how you can let her marry someone like that?

Eddard at first is not sure how to respond. 

Eddard Stark: Well… Look at me. You’re a Stark of Winterfell. You know our words.

Arya Stark: Winter is coming.

Eddard Stark: You were born in the long summer. You’ve never known anything else. But now winter is truly coming. And in the winter, we must protect ourselves, look after one another. Sansa is your sister.

Arya Stark: I don’t hate her. Not really.

Eddard Stark: I don’t want to frighten you, but I won’t lie to you either. We’ve come to a dangerous place. We cannot fight a war amongst ourselves. All right? Go on. It’s yours.

He gives the sword back to Arya. 

Arya Stark: I can keep it?

Eddard Stark:  [chuckles] Try not to stab your sister with it.

Eddard walks over to the door. 

Eddard Stark:  If you’re going to own a sword, you’d better know how to use it.

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