Game of Thrones' final season laid waste to a lot of characters' development, but if there's one clear winner of this last stretch of the show, it's Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). A Girl got the surprise glory of taking down the Night King with her very quotable "Not Today" badassery, and she managed to survive her kill list being completed -- even if it meant she didn't have the pleasure of taking down Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) herself.
In the end, Arya did what she could to ensure her siblings' safety, which was to help convince Jon Snow (Kit Harington) they'd be easy marks for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to destroy next, before attending to that lords and ladies council and dipping out of Westeros for good.
Her story this season was mostly refreshing, as she exhibited rare agency in her sexual relationship with Gendry (Joe Dempsie), refused to acquiesce to the kind of domestic lifestyle she never wanted, attained some closure with The Hound (Rory McCann), learned to let go of her all-consuming penchant for revenge, and finally got the chance to try and see what's west of Westeros, just like she said she wanted to in Season 6. In all, a pretty good finish for the someone who used to be No One.
That last shot of her sailing for the great unknown gave fans a hankering for an Arya the Explorer-style spin-off, though, and since we don't yet know what all three of the in-the-works companion series will be about, some fans suspect one might be devoted to her journeys. Or, at least, they hope so.
Indeed, if any character on Game of Thrones has proven they can carry the action alone, it's Arya. She spent much of the series away from her family, on the trail with Sandor and then off to Braavos training to be a Faceless Man. Her individual journey was sometimes tedious, but seeing so much resilience, bravery, and brutality come in such a tiny package was often very thrilling.
Whether she could still captivate without all that bloodlust motivating her is still a major question mark, but it's possible.
Such a series seems highly unlikely, however, given the actress' own words of late. Maisie Williams has recently spoken up about the effect her show-based fame has had on her mental wellness and said in a podcast (via MTV News), "Honestly, I want a normal life. I don't want any of this crazy, crazy world because it's not worth it." In other words, she's probably not going to be eager to jump back into an even more individual spotlight any time soon.
That said, it's still very fun to imagine what an Arya Stark spin-off might entail. Would she help extend the cartography of Westeros, or just figure out that the world is round and end up in Essos? Would she happen across Drogon, who is probably hanging around the lost city of Valyria right now, or even run into Daario Naharis and the Second Sons in Meereen? Would she return to Braavos to help train more stealth assassins? The possibilities are numerous, and the fact that anyone's still curious about her future means that the show subverted expectations by giving her a satisfying ending on Game of Thrones, even if we still want to see more from her.