For the last five seasons on Game of Thrones, we’ve watched the Stark children first suffer, and then scatter themselves all over Westeros. With the start of Season 6, it seemed that maybe things would start looking up for them. For starters, Jon Snow is not dead anymore!! Put that one in the Stark WINcategory.
As for the remaining clan — Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, and (until Sunday) Rickon Stark — things finally got so bad that it was time for things to get better. While we haven’t seen Bran in a few episodes, we have seen Sansa, Arya, and of course, Jon. You might have missed the fact that these three siblings (/half-siblings) have something major in common — and not just blood. Over the last season, they’ve all completely shed their former identity.
At the end of “Oathbreaker,” “No One,” and most recently, “The Battle of the Bastards,” Jon, Arya, and Sansa have all made life-altering choice, and then walked away from it.
Jon, gave up his position on the wall, and walked away.
Arya, gave up her life as a Faceless Man, and walked away.