Out of all the characters in Game of Thrones did you ever think that Arya would be one of the few that would be remembered the most? She’s one of the biggest surprises out of the whole show and quite honestly she’s been one of the best that’s been allowed to develop no matter how many critics have risen to the challenge of putting her down. Arya Stark, the Wolf Girl, is one of the best characters still remaining when it comes to the show. Personally I’m hoping she’s still standing once the smoke clears and the end is finally revealed, but given her violent nature as of late it remains to be seen if that will happen.
Think of it this way however, in the first season she was a waif of a girl, a tomboy if ever there was one and the type that would rather practice archery and swordplay instead of doing lady-like things like knitting and learning how to be proper. She wanted so badly to be a fighter that it should have been obvious that she might have a chance to develop later on. I mean come on, she was one of the Starks that actually survived the debacle at King’s Landing and went into hiding. Plus, with all she went through in the years after you have to assume that she’d either break or become like a piece of hardened iron.
The one thing that should have tipped people off as to which direction she would take were her lessons with Syrio Forel, the first sword of Braavos. She might not have managed to get in enough lessons to be deadly right away, but the few movements she was given were enough for her go on and eventually become a very well-rounded fighter. Now would she be able to go toe to toe in an all-out brawl like the Hound? Probably not, but given that he came to care about her that’s not an issue any longer. If she came up against the Mountain however she might find a world of problems that she couldn’t handle. But that’s the Clegane Bowl we’re waiting for, Arya has another name on her list that might be just a little more enticing.
For all we know at this point Cersei Lannister is not a fighter in the least. The books haven’t alluded to it in any way, shape, or form, and from what we’ve seen on the show she’s little more than a schemer that relies on the strength and loyalty of others to do her bidding. In a fight with Arya she might be the least effective opponent ever. And sadly for her, she’s on Arya’s list. Now it’s just a matter of getting to King’s Landing, if such a thing will be possible with army of the White Walkers descending towards the north.
Arya needs to survive I believe, but in Game of Thrones virtually anything can happen, and even favorites can be taken out when you’re least expecting. Unless the opponents are of the undead variety however I do believe that Arya can hold her own.