5. A Pair Of Killers
Arya and the Hound continue on the road to the Eyrie, and Arya ticks off another name on her list, albeit one she adds just as she strikes it off. This character pairing is one of the most enjoyable on the show, and certainly of this season. Though the Hound himself is one of Aryas names, he has become something of a mentor to her as she learns more about killing, and their unlikely friendship is gently fostered by their shared passion for ending the lives of others.
In Season 2, Jaqen Hghar showed Arya the artistry of wetwork, revealing to her what she could one day become. He offered to teach her his craft, but at the time, Arya still had other priorities tying her to the living. Jaqen represents a romantic ideal; something for Arya to aspire to, like a budding musician or actor with their respective acclaimed idols but the Hound is her true mentor, the real-deal, so to speak; taking her in at ground level and showing her the realities of how the industry works.
Arya has come a long way from the little girl who didnt want to be a lady. She has a certain wisdom beyond her years, a darker, colder streak, and a strong sense of purpose. Her desire to deal death is not motivated by wickedness or evil however, but by a childs black and white understanding of justice. Ayra is one of the most well-developed characters in the story, particularly because she breaks many of the traditional molds for female characters in genre fiction. The Hound is also much more layered then he would like us to believe, and Aryas atypical character challenges his pessimistically close-minded view of how the world works.