Now Dave Hill, one of the show's writers, has revealed the identity of that character, and the performer who embodied that character has responded.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Ser Jorah.
Weiss and Benioff's show managed to stand on its own in eight seasons, thus Bloys wanted to leave it as "its own work of art" and not create shows directly from it - Arya for that matter. "Even up to the point when Cersei's with Jaime, I thought [while reading the script], 'He's going to whip off his face [and reveal it's Arya]' and they're both going to die".
The open ended nature of Arya's final scene seems as though it would be the ideal opportunity for HBO to swoop in and green light a spinoff sequel following her adventures.
"It was just really emotional", she told ET's Leanne Aguilera at Game of Thrones' final season press day last month. As actor Iain Glen reflects, it probably makes more sense that we don't have to think about it.
The final shots of the baby Stark sis shows Arya boarding a ship, looking very much in charge. Bran was proclaimed King of Westeros, Sansa declared first Queen in the North, Jon Snow went back beyond the wall, and Arya took off ina ship sailing west of Westeros in hopes of discovering what lies ahead in the unknown.
And Martin himself has come out and said he is working on more projects, some of which are connected to his literature.
I think [Goldman] has done a great job on the script and SJ Clarkson, the director, is prepping an unbelievable pilot.
HBO is hardly done with the world of Game of Thrones. But I would've loved some more scenes with me and Missandei. I think based on online reaction, which you do have to take with a grain of salt, it does seem split and I think that's about right - some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it.
Before the Stark kids bid their goodbye to each other, Arya told Jon she had no plan to return to Winterfell.