Summer’s death in Game of Thrones season 6 meant that only 2 direwolves are probably alive- Ghost and Nymeria, whose fate is currently unknown at the time. Nymeria was last seen in season 1 when Arya had to chase her off after she bit Joffrey and therefore to prevent her from getting executed.
Nymeria hasn’t been mentioned on the show since but she has a role in George R.R. Martin’s books. In A Song of Ice and Fire series, it is strongly hinted that she roams the Riverlands and leads a huge pack of wolves. In fact, she is the one who pulls out Catelyn Stark’s body from the river, which ultimately led to her resurrection as Lady Stoneheart. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“By now [Nymeria] was tiring, and it was all she could do to pull the body back to shore. As she dragged it up the muddy bank, one of her little brothers came prowling, his tongue lolling from his mouth. She had to snarl to drive him off, or else he would have fed. Only then did she stop to shake the water from her fur. The white thing lay facedown in the mud, her dead flesh wrinkled and pale, cold blood trickling from her throat. Rise, she thought. Rise and eat and run with us.”
Though Lady Stoneheart has been cut from the show, Arya is currently in Riverlands having just killed off Walder Frey. This means that a reunion with her direwolf is definitely on the cards. In fact, in an interview with Mashable, Martin had mentioned:
“You know, I don’t like to give things away. But you don’t hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it.”
Also, in Time Magazine’s recent cover story on Game of Thrones, there is a mention of wolves being seen on the season 7 set. Whether it’s Nymeria and her pack or a pack of undead wolves, remains to be seen. What do you think? Will Arya reunite with Nymeria in the upcoming season? Do let us know in comments.