Even if you haven't watched this week's instalment, you would have to be living under a rock not to hear about that unexpected Arya And Gendry Game Of Thrones scene.
We were first introduced to The Stark Family when Game of Thrones was first aired in 2011. At that time Arya Stark was just 11 years old, a talkative child that was eager to hold a sword. Now 18 years old, viewers have a hard time accepting Arya as anything other than a child. In the wake of the battle between the living and the dead, Arya understands that a highly probable fate is death. Not wanting to die a virgin, and understandably so, she sets her sights on Gendry. Gendry, the rather buff looking blacksmith who seems to only spends his time banging at weaponry, finally bangs something other than weapons. I hang my head in shame for my slightly crude inuendos to paint the scene.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their reactions to a grown-up Arya Stark.
Arya: I’m not the red woman, take your own bloody pants off.
— King Zigtendo (@zigtendo) April 22, 2019
— Yahia?? (@limnx_x) April 22, 2019
Arya Stark: pic.twitter.com/1c6qyAScSS
— ManKind (@LaBar_of_Soap) April 23, 2019
The scene has also sparked much debate about Arya Stark's sexuality. In an article on Buzzfeed, it states 'this face after sex with a dude can only mean one thing'
Arya: “Yep, I’m definitely gay” pic.twitter.com/vZ3s2rXjPO
— Clypi (@clypi) April 22, 2019
happy for Arya and a nice lil consensual empowering moment of sex on the show but Arya Stark not being a powerful lesbian is the LEAST believeable thing in this show about zombies and dragons #GamefThrones
— maria “chronic acid reflux” harfouche? (@MariaHarfouche) April 22, 2019
In my humble opinion, that is the face of any girl that has just had sex for the first time. The face that says "is that is? Is that what everyone's been raving about?". If this sounds familiar, I assure you it gets better. More than likely Ayra is fearfully contemplating the upcoming battle and the future of her family and loved ones.
Articles like this with the headline "We Can All Agree That Arya Stark Is Actually A Lesbian, Right?' enforces damaging stereotypes. Can we please for the love of god just stop sticking labels on people so we think we have them 'figured out'.