Season 5, Episode 10: Mother’s Mercy
Arya takes on another face and kills Meryn Trant, Gone Girl style.
After spending what seemed to be an inordinate amount of time attempting how to become “no one,” Arya can’t help but take a stab at eliminating one of the men on her list. Pun. Intended.
After seeing Meryn Trant (the man who killed her water-dancing teacher, Syrio in Season 1) arrive in Braavos with Mace Tyrell, she very quickly abandons Jaqen’s orders to kill The Thin Man so she can seek her personal revenge. As Arya spies on Trant’s visit to a brothel, we learn that not only is he the same reprehensible human being that we last saw, but he’s also a pedophile. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), this makes it easier for Arya to infiltrate the ranks of young prostitutes to have her chance at making Meryn Trant another Game of Thrones blood geyser. When Meryn Trant is unable to get so much as a whimper out of her after hitting repeatedly her with a rod, he banishes the other girls so that he can beat her until she delivers the response he desired. When she finally lifts her head and removes her face (well, not hers), she reveals herself, pulls out a knife and proceeds to stab Meryn Trant’s eyes out, leaps on top of him, viciously stabs his chest, does her serial killer speech, and then slowly slits his throat. Prison inmates are furiously taking notes. She would also pull this move with Walder Frey in Season 6, but not before making him eat Toe Pie. Hot Pie would be proud.
This moment makes the cut because it was the first sign that Arya was going to have an incredibly difficult time being No One. After all, it’s kind of hard to simply forget a growing list of murder targets that you recite every night before you go to bed. This showed that Arya is still very much driven by revenge, that she is going to use whatever tools in her arsenal in order to exact that revenge, and when she finally has all the pieces in place, she’ll have no issue with making it rain bad guy blood all over the place.