[WARNING - This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones S4.]
At the end of Games of Thrones season 4 quite a few characters were heading off in entirely new directions - both figuratively and literally. For Arya Stark, the young wolf has spent much of the past three seasons on the run, traveling throughout the Riverlands in a desperate attempt to reunite with whomever remained of her family.
Since fleeing King's Landing, Arya has been disguised as a boy and her dirty, ragged appearance used to hide her noble heritage. She has survived countless encounters with dangerous characters like The Mountain and Tyrion Lannister, but it was during her time spent traveling with The Hound that we witnessed Arya grow from a scrappy kid into a young woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself.
When season 5 begins, Arya won't be in Westeros anymore, but across the Narrow Sea in the free city of Braavos. No longer needing her boyish disguise, costume designer Michele Clapton felt it was time she had a makeover and gave Arya a look that would reflect her new location as well as her status as a young woman.
EW has the reveal of Arya's new costume design (below), which actress Maisie Williams absolutely loves, calling it "very neutral, very plain, but clean!" - emphasizing how happy she is to no longer be covered in dirt all the time.
Take a look at Arya's new costume design and let us know what you think of it!
It'll likely take audiences a moment or two to get used to Arya in a dress seeing as she hasn't worn one since back when her family was whole. Its simple design, cropped jacket and sensible shoes, however, all appear to be in line with Arya's 'no fuss' aesthetic. Still, there's no denying it's a dramatic transformation, so much so that when Williams arrived on set in her new get up no one recognized her!
Williams, during her EW interview, also mentioned that it will be a symbolic moment for Arya when she discards her old attire in favor of the new, saying it, "was such a release" and required "no acting" on her part. “This feels totally like a next chapter,” Williams added, and considering how much both she and Arya have grown while wearing for years what is basically the same outfit, that comes as no surprise.
What do you think of Arya's new duds? Does the new costume fit her character? What would you have changed? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
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