Internet men are displeased that Arya got to be the hero instead of a fellow dude
Ever get the distinct feeling that no matter what we do, we simply can’t have nice things? As most Game of Thrones fans spent yesterday rejoicing over the glorious ending in which Arya Stark was the undisputed MVP, some were left… wanting. Wanting a man to have been given the big moment, that is. Because that’s a very brand-new thing that’s never been done before!
Yes, the brave men of the internet have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure that Arya was the hero and Jon Snow was the zero and also, to call her a “Mary Sue” — that’s a literary term meaning “a fictional character, usually female, who is seen as too perfect and almost boring for lack of flaws, originally written as an idealized version of an author in fanfiction.”
Which some Twitter folks were quick to point out — Arya is anything but.
Before you call Arya Stark a Mary Sue lemme hit you with some goddamn fact.
1. Trained by the best swordsman in Westeros.
2. Trained by the best assassin
3. Studied/Watched the brilliance of Tywin Lannister
4. Studied/trained with The Hound
Shes a full bred warrior, fuck off.
— Matt of House Kryze (@MattSoms17) April 29, 2019
Wait wait wait. Some folks are calling Arya a "Mary Sue" when she spent the entire series — seven whole seasons — training to be a master assassin?
It takes 3-4 years to become a deployable Navy SEAL, but Arya is a Mary Sue? pic.twitter.com/RyClK15P10
— RAGING LIT PROF (@TraylorAlan) April 29, 2019
Men: Dragons, witches, frozen living dead all plausible.
Also men: a WOMAN is the hero? https://t.co/B1vbujYlzV
— Maria Guido (@mariaguido) April 30, 2019
People calling Arya a Mary Sue? Did you JUST tune in yesterday? She's been training as an assassin for 8 FREAKING SEASONS, and this was the payoff.
— Blake Northcott ⚾️ (@BlakeNorthcott) April 29, 2019
Aside from the Mary Sue accusations, men were just flat-out upset over the ending because reasons.
Unearned? Really? Because anyone who watches this show realizes she’s spent her entire character arc “earning” this moment
Sorry, but that ending was unearned.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 29, 2019
He later clarifies that he’s actually just upset we don’t know how Arya got from “encouraging words” to stabbing the friggin’ Night King, but something tells me he wouldn’t want or expect a whole long backstory if someone with a penis had done the stabbing. Just a hunch.
There was too much episode there not to set that final moment up better. What happened between “encouraging words” and “awesome flying stab delivered directly to the most heavily defended guy on the field?” How did she get there? How did she get past all those dead?— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 29, 2019
And FYI, they did set up the hell out of that ending. If you were paying attention instead of nit-picking over the fact that a young, fierce, female character ended up winning it all.
from jon telling her “stick em w the pointy end” to syrio teaching her “not today” to her time in braavos to making a kill list (and making progress) to recapping w sansa that ned would clap while she shot a single arrow over and over, she’s been training her whole life for this— ball of anxiety (@brandnewella) April 29, 2019
Meanwhile, this guy’s all “where’s the man character we were promised?”
My issue isn’t the who, it’s the how and why. Have Arya being a wight that shanks him? That works. I think anyone making that dive sucks. It was deus ex machina.— Tim McCarthy (@timmccrthy) April 30, 2019
Also, the lore issues. Wtf is the prince that is promised, dragon has three heads and all that?
TV writers who make female characters the heroes SUCK, ok? THEY SUCK.
How? How she can do that? Bran was completely surronded, Jon was alone. That's total bullshit. Writers changed the story just because Arya is a fan favourite...they did the worst fanservice move ever. Joe Is right: the TV writers just sucks.— Bruce (@TheTechnicianIT) April 30, 2019
This guy is really super upset that Jon Snow even came back only to see a Lady Person do the cool part. Worst episode OF ALL TIME.
Ok, that has to be the worst Game of Thrones episode of all time. I mean, really? Fucking Arya? Why even bring back Jon snow? So fucking stupid. Thanks for building up the night king for 7 seasons just to do that lmao.
— William Cox (@williamcox54) April 29, 2019
This bro basically threw Arya a “thanks Obama” for her role in ending the Night King’s reign. Now winter’s NEVER coming thanks to a GIRL.
The ending kinda sucked. They way too overpowered the villain and then had to resort to a gimmick to kill him. Spent 2 shows lamenting and then 3/4 survived. No Howland. No children. No isle of faces. Beyond stupid battle plan. So winter isn’t coming. Thanks Arya.— pepeisacat (@pepeisacat) April 29, 2019
More angry menfolk. They’re literally endless.
Yeah I loved how Sansa gallop her ass off in an open field to save rickon or how Arya had to fight off a shit load of walkers and a dragon just to get to bran, but yeah Jon sucks lol https://t.co/f5pFVH0iEs
— Matt Medina (@matt44_matt) April 29, 2019
Let’s be extremely clear here — no one handed anything to Arya Stark save for her weapons that, through hard work, blood, sweat, tears, the loss of many loved ones, and a stint of not even being able to see, she taught herself to masterfully use. With both hands. She earned that ending more than possibly any hero ever and the sad men of the internet will just have to deal with it.