Arya Stark is one of the best-loved Game of Thrones characters. She is a tough, resilient young girl who has survived on her own while traveling through Westeros and seeing the worst humanity has to offer. Even if Arya is your favorite of the Stark siblings,  there are still a lot of facts that you may not have known about this pint-sized hero.

44. Little Lady

In the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Arya Stark is only nine years old. The actress who plays Arya in the Game of Thrones TV series, Maisie Williams, was 12 years old when she began playing the part.

43. Academia

Believe it or not, there are multiple colleges and universities that teach classes on Game of Thrones! Arya is a huge subject in all of these classes because of how her character challenges female stereotypes.

42. Scaredy Cat

Despite the fact that Arya is quite violent herself, Williams dislikes the graphic content on the show, and has been known to cover her eyes while watching. Um, sorry about the Red Wedding, Maisie.

41. Miss Independent

Even at a young age, Arya knew that she hated the idea of growing up just to get married off to a Lord. She wanted to be independent, and was bored with traditionally feminine activities. This caused some friction with her older sister Sansa, who is desperate to be seen as a lady. Even so, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, the actresses who play Arya and Sansa, are close friends in real life.

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