Who loves "Game of Thrones" direwolves? Everyone. That's probably the reason why a lot of them already died. But Nymeria and Ghost are still alive and the long-awaited reunion between Arya Stark and Nymeria will happen in the next episode of the show. "Game of Thrones" fans are hyped, but most of them don't know why this reunion is going to be epic.

Arya and Nymeria: a quick recap

Arya's direwolf Nymeria bit Jeoffrey Baratheon's arm in the first season of the show to defend Arya when Joeffrey was threatening to gut her. Arya, fearing for Nymeria's life, forced her to leave. Shortly after, Cersei Lannister ordered the wolf's execution, but, as Nymeria was nowhere to be found, Sansa's direwolf Lady was killed in her place (may she rest in peace).

The show didn't tell us much about Nymeria after the accident. We only know that she's running loose in the Riverlands, in the same region where Arya is wandering at the moment...

Nymeria in the book series

In George R.R. Martin's Book Series, Arya has a few "wolf-dreams" and a warg bond with her direwolf. In "A Clash of Kings," while she's marching toward The Wall with Yoren, she hears talk of a monstrous, fearless wolf who leads a pack near the Gods Eye. Lord Mooton of Maidenpool set out to hunt the wolf with his men and his hounds, but when he found the mysterious wolf, he barely managed to withdraw, losing his hounds in the encounter.

In "A Storm of Swords," Arya sees Nymerya attacking Iggo and other Bloody Mummers in a wolf dream.

In the dream, Nymeria kills those men, and they were actually hunting down Arya and Gendry. As these events clearly indicate that Nymeria still loves the young Stark.

Nymeria's army

There is more: in "A Feast for Crows," Septon Meribald talks about a pack of hundreds of wolves near the Trident. Guess who was leading them?

The fearless Nymeria, of course! In the same book, a Frey man tells Jaime Lannister that those wolves attacked a Frey baggage train and Ser Dermot tells him that the beasts killed two Lannister sentries.

With hundreds of wolves in her pack, we can say Nymeria built her own army in Westeros, and, beyond any doubt, she hasn't forgotten Arya, and she hasn't forgotten who the Stark enemies are.

Because, you know, "the North remembers."

The Arya-Nymeria reunion in the show

Fans don't know how closely the show will follow the books, but it's likely that this reunion is going to be an exciting and moving one. Although we don't know if we're going to see Nymeria leading a gigantic pack in the TV series, we can say one thing for sure: in the "GOT" season 7 episode 2 promo, she looks thirsty for Lannister blood.

Don't forget: the second episode of "Game of Thrones" season 7, titled "Stormborn," will air on Sunday, July 23, on HBO.

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