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Near the end of Game of Thrones S07E02, Arya was surrounded by wolves and Nymeria was amongst one of them. I (and most of the GoT fans) thought Nymeria is going to reunite with Arya finally, however Nymeria walked away and left Arya.

So why did Nymeria do that?

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    Highly related (maybe not an exact duplicate of the question, but covered pretty much by the answer): Is Arya Stark hallucinating in “Stormborn” (S07E02)? – Napoleon Wilson Jul 24 '17 at 22:42
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    "surrounded by dire wolves" No, those were wolves. Only one direwolf. – BCdotWEB Jul 25 '17 at 8:28
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    She did not go with Arya because the cost of CGI would be too high 😂 – noobmaster69 Jul 28 '17 at 4:48
  • Other question's answer may cover this. But question is not same and should not be marked duplicate. – Panther Jul 29 '17 at 5:59
  • Just to add, I suspect it may also be a convinient plot device so that Nymeria and her wolf gang will show up and cross Arya's/Starks path again later. Just a friendly reminder that not only have they both changed, but also that Nymeria is still "out there" and she has her own little army of direwolves to fight in the big fight.... – Darth Locke Mar 30 '18 at 15:46
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This is discussed in the after-episode conversation with the writers. They are showing that Arya and Nymeria (like most of the Starks and their Direwolves) share personality traits.

They reference back when Arya is talking with her dad about being a "exemplary woman" and she says "That's not me". When she meets Nymeria again, she realizes that, as much as Arya has made a new place for herself, so to has Nymeria. She is no longer Arya's pet. She is her own wolf and has found her own life. This is why Arya says "That's not you" - she realizes that her connection with Nymeria is gone and she needs to move on.

It's discussed in The Independent here. Not sure if the video is generally available outside of HBO.

During a post-episode discussion, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained how the phrase was a callback to season one. One early episode sees Ned Stark tell his daughter that she will one day be a lady and get married, to which she replies: “No. That’s not me.”

Benioff describes how Arya wants Nymeria “to come back home with her and be her loyal companion again. But Nymeria’s found her own life.”

The video is here:

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    This is why Arya says "That's not you" - she realizes that her connection with Nymeria is gone and she needs to move on. I'd slightly rephrase that. The connection is still there, but Nymeria has simply outgrown the phase of being a pet at Arya's beck and call. Arya is going home, and Nymeria loves being a wild wolf too much to want to go with Arya. Arya could maybe have commanded Nymeria (we don't know if it would have worked), but Arya chooses to let Nymeria lead the life Nymeria wants; because Ned once did the same for Arya (the swordfighting that was referred to as "dancing lessons"). – Flater Mar 30 '18 at 8:56
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She's moved on

Bryan Cogman, who is the show's main scriptwriter (including the writer of that particular episode) and also co-executive producer recently said on Twitter:

...She [Nymeria] doesn't go with her [Arya] because too much time has passed and she isn't a pet anymore. She's got her own thing now.

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  • The Twitter link has gone, and the image is so low-resolution as to be mostly unreadable. Does anybody have the original thread saved? Möoz please ensure you provide only high-quality media in future! – Lightness Races with Monica Apr 24 at 12:35
  • @Lightness Well the main part is easily readable, and I've also transcribed the important bit, the rest is useless guff. – Möoz Apr 24 at 21:39
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Arya wants Nymeria “to come back home with her and be her loyal companion again. But Nymeria’s found her own life.” That’s not you’ is a direct reference to what Arya herself said to her father when her father painted this picture for her as a lady of a castle and marrying some lord and wearing some frilly dress. Arya’s not domesticated and it makes total sense her wolf wouldn’t be either. Once the wolf walks away, at first she’s heartbroken to have come this close. Then she realises the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she were that wolf.”

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    What does this add to the already existing answers? – BCdotWEB Mar 30 '18 at 8:28

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