Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth's Sword Fight Proves That the Best Fighters in Westeros Are Women

Someone please pick Sansa's jaw up off the floor.

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This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, "The Spoils of War."

This week's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Spoils of War," saw the return of yet another Stark to Winterfell. That's right, people, Arya is finally home (opens in new tab).

After reuniting with her sister and brother (and dealing with some guards who didn't believe she even was Arya Stark), she decided to dive back into training—with the best best swordsman in the North. Or should we say swordswoman? Because obviously the best of the best is Brienne of Tarth.

Arya might have declined Bri's offer to serve and protect her when they met back in Season 4, but she was impressed by someone who could beat The Hound and needed to spar with her personally.

And it. Was. Awesome.

Arya impressively held her own against Brienne, in spite of Bri's size and experience. When asked who taught her to fight, Arya slyly replied, "No one."

Season 7 has been Game of Thronesmost feminist yet (opens in new tab) (not that that's necessarily a high bar to clear) and this fight scene proves that's not changing any time soon.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.