- "That's not you."
- ―Arya Stark after Nymeria refuses to accompany her to Winterfell.
After she leaves Arya, she becomes the leader of a huge wolf pack in the Riverlands.
Nymeria was adopted as a pup along with the rest of her siblings when Eddard Stark and his entourage came upon the pups and their deceased mother. At the request of Jon Snow, the pups were spared a quick death and each Stark child adopted one as their own. Arya names her direwolf after a fearsome warrior-queen.
Arya trains her to help her pack for the journey south to King's Landing. In front of Jon, Arya demands Nymeria bring her her gloves, but she merely stares at Arya, obviously not understanding. She accompanies her as far as the Crossroads Inn.
During a fight between Arya and Prince Joffrey Baratheon in which Joffrey knocks Arya down and threatens to gut her, Nymeria protects Arya by biting Joffrey's arm. Arya, fearing for Nymeria's well-being, takes her away and forces her to leave. After the incident, Queen Cersei Lannister orders Nymeria's execution even though it was Joffrey who started the fight. However, as she is nowhere to be found, her sister, Lady is killed in her place despite her innocence and the protests of Arya and her sister, Sansa.
After Hot Pie tells Arya that Jon Snow is now the King in the North, she changes her mind and heads to Winterfell instead of King's Landing. When she stops to take a rest and get a fire going to warm herself, she is surrounded by a pack of wolves. However, one of them turns out to be a direwolf, appearing a lot larger than the others. Arya recognizes Nymeria, who appears to be the leader of the pack. As Arya approaches the direwolf she raised, she tells her that she's going home and asks her to come with her, but Nymeria refuses and leaves along with her pack. Arya realizes that Nymeria has a new life now and isn't attached to her anymore.
|Season One appearances|
|Winter Is Coming||The Kingsroad||Lord Snow||Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things||The Wolf and the Lion|
|A Golden Crown||You Win or You Die||The Pointy End||Baelor||Fire and Blood|
|Season Seven appearances|
|Dragonstone||Stormborn||The Queen's Justice||The Spoils of War||Eastwatch||Beyond the Wall||The Dragon and the Wolf|
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Nymeria is an exuberant and playful wolf, but is also fiercely defensive of Arya Stark. Arya names her for Nymeria, the warrior-queen of the Rhoynar who led her people to safety in Dorne, a thousand years before the events of the series.
Nymeria's fate is not revealed in the books, although while in the House of Black and White, Arya frequently dreams that she is a direwolf leading a pack of grey wolves in the Riverlands.
After Brynden Tully escapes from Riverrun, Nymeria helps him indirectly by delaying his pursuers: Jaime sends Ser Addam Marbrand and Ser Dermot of the Rainwood to find Brynden; the next day, Ser Dermot returns and reports that his party was attacked by a pack of hundreds of wolves, led by an enormous female direwolf. The wolves killed two sentries and horses. Hearing that, Jaime wonders if the she-direwolf in question is the same one that mauled Joffrey.
According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Nymeria" is pronounced "Nigh-MEER-ee-uh", as opposed to "Nih-MER-ee-uh".
The Stark Direwolves