Warning: this article is dark and full of spoilers…
After so much pain and suffering for the Stark family, Game of Thrones’ most longed for reunion stirred up plenty of emotions.
The sight of Arya and Sansa embracing before their father’s burial place was a rare moment of genuine happiness in George RR Martin’s brutal and unforgiving universe.
Like many sisters, the pair had always been chalk and cheese and their sometimes viscious squabbles were some of the most relatable parts of the first season.
However, they are no longer the innocent children they were when they parted at the point of Ned’s execution, and all rivalry and mischievous pranks appear to be put aside for now.
sansa's smile finally seeing arya again i'm in the icu pic.twitter.com/9l0wLKbJjw
— kinsey (@sansacstark) August 4, 2017
Sansa to Arya: "he was happy when he saw me, when he sees you his heart might stop"
Sansa's never been so right in her entire life
— cris (@mardyjon) August 4, 2017
Real life besties Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, who play Arya and Sansa respectively, have been watching the moment right alongside thousands of weepy fans.
With her usual sense of humour, Maisie tweeted at Sophie saying: “Honey, I’m home,” in direct reference to Arya’s return to Winterfell.
Maisie and Sophie’s real life friendship is just as sweet as their on screen one, and decidedly less volatile.
They have given themselves a joint name ‘Mophie’ and even have matching Game of Thrones tattoos.
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It’s so exciting to see the Stark girls back on screen together at last, back in Winterfell where they belong…
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.