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"That's not you."
Arya Stark[src]

Nymeria is one of six direwolf pups found by the children of House Stark. Nymeria is adopted and raised by Arya Stark.

After she leaves Arya, she becomes the leader of a huge wolf pack in the Riverlands.

Arya named her after Nymeria of Dorne, the warrior-queen of the Rhoynar who lived a thousand years ago.

Biography

Season 1

Nymeria bites Joffrey

Nymeria bites Joffrey in defense of Arya.

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.[1]

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Arya says goodbye to Nymeria in "The Kingsroad."

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.[2]

Season 7

Nymeria Stormborn

Arya approaches her old direwolf.

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. Arya 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.[3]

Appearances

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 Episode 65 Episode 66 Episode 67

Image Gallery

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GhostFamilyTree
Ghost
(Jon's direwolf)
 
Nymeria-S7
Nymeria
(Arya's direwolf)
 
SummerFamilyTree
Summer
(Bran's direwolf)
Deceased
 
Shaggydog logo
Shaggydog
(Rickon's direwolf)
Deceased
 
GreyWindFamilyTree
Grey Wind
(Robb's direwolf)
Deceased
 
LadyTheDirewolfFamilyTree
Lady
(Sansa's direwolf)
Deceased

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 likewise 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 hunderds 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".

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