Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones,” including speculation of future events.
“Game of Thrones” season seven has been built up as the best time for long-awaited character reunions, and there’s one duo fans are especially anxious to see together again: Arya Stark and her direwolf Nymeria. Thanks to a Con of Thrones panel featuring the HBO show’s sound designer Paula Fairfield, people are now more hopeful than ever.
“The wolves have been an amazing thing,” Fairfield said. “I’ve done all the direwolf stuff and there’s a beautiful scene this season that I’m very proud of.”
Could she be referring to Nymeria?
Fairfield’s comment was very vague, but hopeful fans are thinking it could be a reference to Arya’s direwolf who was last seen on season one. The only other living direwolf on the show is Ghost — Jon Snow’s albino companion. And while we do hope to see more of Ghost on season seven, the prospect of having Arya and Nymeria reunite is way cooler.
In the book series, Arya forces Nymeria to run away (just like in the show) because she fears for her direwolf’s life after she attacked Prince Joffrey. Then threaded throughout the following books, we hear of a ravenous wolf pack terrorizing the riverlands. Arya also has “wolf dreams” in the books, where she appears to be temporarily warging into Nymeria.
You can see why we’re eager to have Nymeria reappear on the show, hopefully with a badass wolf pack behind her.
In addition to Fairfield’s comments, Time Magazine hinted at the presence of multiple wolves on the “Game of Thrones” season seven set. “During my visit, wolves described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy’ showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous,” Time reporter Daniel D’Addario wrote in a feature.
The combination of Fairfield’s hints and the Time magazine feature have us more certain than ever that Nymeria and her wolf pack will appear on season seven.
Fairfield also clued Con of Thrones attendees into the secret behind the direwolf’s sound — it came from her own dog, Angel, who has since passed away.
“I called [the direwolf scene] my love letter to Angel, because she passed just before the new year,” Fairfield said. “She is the source of ‘voice’ for the entire scene.”
The hosts of the podcast “Game of Owns,” Hannah Panek and Zack Luye, spoke with Fairfield at length about her work on season seven.
“When I watched this season, I swear to God I had like 13 near heart attacks,” Fairfield said. “I was crying inconsolably twice, and I couldn’t breathe for about half an hour after. It was crazy.”
Listen to the full panel from Con of Thrones on the Game of Owns website. “Game of Thrones” season seven returns on Sunday July 16.
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