Arya's reclamation of her identity was great, and the moment she took her revenge on Walder Frey was sweeter than the finest dessert. Even the final battle with the Waif, with the Terminator-inspired chase scene, made for some thrilling viewing. But, bloody hell, everything before that called for a lot of patience.
Continuing on the same strands of Season 5, with Arya training to become a Faceless Man, aka No One, the first few weeks were all rather repetitive. She'd sit on the street, then the Waif would come along and give her a beating with a staff. Every so often Jaqen H'ghar would pop up to deliver an oh-so-cryptic message about what a girl must do, and who a girl must be.
It gave us some more enjoyable moments when she was tasked with killing Lady Crane, largely thanks to the hilarious way key events we know so well were reenacted (and the talent of Essie Davis), but it still felt like the story was treading water, and that it had been for some time, all just waiting for the right moment when Arya could become herself again (because she was never going to abandon her identity completely). Arya's story has always been about identity, and so her getting that back and then doing those fan-pleasing moments mentioned above worked really well, but it's a shame that it was dragged out in the House of Black and White for so long.
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