Valar Morghulis

serena malyon illustration art valar morghulis the things i do for love a song of ice and fire game of thrones arya branCaution, this post contains minor A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones spoilers.

This illustration follows the path of Arya in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I wanted to chronicle all of the death that she has encountered on her journey. I’ve included every target on her “list” and every person that she has killed. For every mark who is dead, I’ve included how they died in some small way (The Tickler’s many stab wounds, the bite marks on Weese, etc).

The burning holdfast in the bottom half of the illustration represents the attack on the nights watch in A Clash of Kings. The two towers burning represent the Red Wedding at the twins. While these events were pivotal in Arya’s journey, I felt that by the fifth book, she no longer allows herself to dwell on the events that have transpired, she is simply overcome by bloodlust for the men who did it.

The decaying face and the skull both represent the House of Black in White in Braavos. They hint at the masks that Arya now wears.

This illustration was created as a companion piece to Things I do for Love.

serena malyon illustration art valar morghulis the things i do for love a song of ice and fire game of thrones arya bran

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 Copyright Serena Malyon 2015

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3 thoughts on “Valar Morghulis

    • Thanks very much Nathan, I really appreciate it! SFAL gave me a lot of direction for my portfolio, so I’ll be uploading lots of new work in the coming months.

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