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Here's The One Problem With That Arya–Brienne Fight Scene

Spoiler/nitpicking alert.

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Let me start by saying that I love Arya and I am personally rooting for her to murder everyone still on her list.

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When Bran gave Arya the dagger from Littlefinger I grinned with glee.

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And then when she showed up to practice with Brienne with both Needle AND the dagger, I was literally bouncing in my seat.

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It showcased all the lessons she learned from Syrio Forel, Jaqen, the Waif, and the Hound.

I can't wait to see what she'll learn from Brienne.
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I can't wait to see what she'll learn from Brienne.

It was an amazing fight... but I have some beef.

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You cannot parry Brienne's sword with a smallsword!

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Honestly it probably would've shattered.

I'm sorry, but it's not possible! Now, if Needle was enchanted with super strength somehow, this would make sense. But I'm pretty sure it's just a regular smallsword Jon gave her.

Brienne was right when she said it was too small.
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Brienne was right when she said it was too small.

I should also say that in high school and college I had a very nerdy hobby.

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I used to like to go to stage-combat workshops up and down the East Coast hosted by SAFD (the Society of American Fight Directors).

And through Dueling Arts International I got certifications in unarmed combat and rapier and dagger (my personal favorite, and not far off from Arya's new arrangement!).
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And through Dueling Arts International I got certifications in unarmed combat and rapier and dagger (my personal favorite, and not far off from Arya's new arrangement!).

Now, I know that doesn't make me the biggest expert in weapons in the whole world, but I do know a couple things.

Smallswords are designed for one thing, and that's speed.

They're long, sharp, fragile, and very light, even lighter than a rapier. Smallswords are made for poking (yes, with the pointy end) and not necessarily to withstand impact. Historically, the best smallsword fights were over in only a few seconds, because you're supposed to get in and get out before anyone can touch you.
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They're long, sharp, fragile, and very light, even lighter than a rapier. Smallswords are made for poking (yes, with the pointy end) and not necessarily to withstand impact. Historically, the best smallsword fights were over in only a few seconds, because you're supposed to get in and get out before anyone can touch you.

The weapon Brienne is practicing with is built very differently.

Hers looks like a blunt arming sword, which is much heavier. Brienne uses swords that are heavier than they are sharp and they're made for hacking. They're good for fighting in close proximity and are designed to take a beating, but not for fast maneuvers.
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Hers looks like a blunt arming sword, which is much heavier. Brienne uses swords that are heavier than they are sharp and they're made for hacking. They're good for fighting in close proximity and are designed to take a beating, but not for fast maneuvers.

Even if Arya had the beefiest arm in the world and was much stronger than Brienne (and come on, is there anyone in Westeros stronger than Brienne?), Needle still wouldn't have been strong enough to block the force of her sword.

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Maybe Brienne was taking it easy on her...?

Now, I still believe that Arya could've won in a fight against Brienne.

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I think Arya is fast enough that she could've water-danced circles around Brienne and tagged her before Brienne could've landed a blow.

Look at those moves!
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Look at those moves!

She even proved that earlier in the episode when she dodged the guards at the gate.

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But being able to block Brienne with a smile on her face? I'm sorry, but...not today.

TL;DR: If Arya had tried to parry Brienne with Needle it probably would've broken.

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Sorry!

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