4 Reasons Arya Is The Most 'Millennial' Character In 'Game Of Thrones'
This weekend in New York City, the thermometer finally failed to hit "Why Did I Leave My Apartment?" degrees, and I celebrated by staying in my apartment and re-watching the last season of "Game of Thrones" in preparation for last night's premiere.
Should I have spent my time using the warm weather as an excuse to binge-drink in the backyard of a bar instead of binge-watching a show I've already reacquainted myself with by reading approximately 17,838 series recaps that appeared online this week?
Probably, but I wasn't going to let my poor time-management skills get in the way of my mission.
"Game of Thrones" contains countless parables and parallels connecting the fantasy world to our real one, and even though I've seen every episode in the series at least a couple of times, there's something I didn't pick up on until my most recent viewing.
I've always been a big fan of Arya Stark's storyline, but it wasn't until this weekend I figured there might be a reason I'm drawn to it: Even though the label might not exist in the Seven Kingdoms, Arya is easily the most "Millennial" character on the show.
She doesn't want to do the work needed to get the job she wants.
When Arya arrived at The House of Black and White last season, she entered the doors intent on learning the necessary skills to get her long-awaited revenge on those who wronged her friends and family over the course of the show.
Unfortunately for Arya, The Faceless Men have an established process and hierarchy that anyone who wants to serve the Many-Faced God must follow.
Entry-level assassins are tasked with sweeping floors and cleaning dead bodies, menial tasks that take up valuable time Arya feels she could be using to train to become the deadly force she wants to be.
Her impatience and sense of entitlement in the workplace are both traits that people love associating with the Millennial generation. I'm just glad to live in a world where companies don't blind their employees for overestimating their abilities.
No one loves to "drop everything and travel" more than she does.
The Internet is filled with stories of Millennials with poor impulse control (or rich parents) who decide to abandon their boring lives for exotic adventures -- with some people handling the transition more successfully than others.
Since she left Winterfell, Arya's adventures have taken her to King's Landing, Harrenhal, The Eyrie and across the sea to Braavos.
She might not be the most well-traveled character in the show, but she'd probably have more followers than you if Instagram existed in Westeros.
In fairness to Arya, she's never really had a choice when it came to abandoning her life in an instant and leaving for another land, but that's just a technicality.
She refuses to accept traditional gender roles.
From the start of the show, it's clear Arya isn't a big fan of doing what a "lady" is supposed to do.
She has a propensity for swordfights and swearing, she's never afraid to get her hands (and face... and basically every other part of her body) dirty and you won't find her braiding her hair like many of the other female characters on the show.
However, it never seems like Arya is actively rebelling against gender stereotypes. She does what she does because that's what she enjoys doing, and she couldn't care less about anyone who judges her for it.
In essence, she's the person we all wish we could be.
She loves lists.
If my time writing on the Internet is any indication, there is nothing Millennials love more than a good list.
The fact that you're reading this right now does more to bolster my argument than words ever could.
Of course, most Millennials seem to be more concerned with lists devoted to reminding them about things that happened in the 1990s, while Arya's preferred list focuses more on the people she'd use a sharp object to drain the blood out of if she got the chance.