The first time Gendry hears the whispered voices saying, “Winter is coming,” he thinks it odd such a Northern phrase would be repeated so far South. But then the stories come, of the She-Wolf, a warrior who is said to ride into battle with a fearsome direwolf at her side. He knows, even before he’s told, that it’s Arya, fighting for her sister, the new Queen in the North.
When he finds her, at the Battle of the Twins, he’s transfixed by the sight of her. He understands then, exactly why they’re whispering the Stark words so far South, because she is the fury of winter come to life, the true vengeance of the North. She is beautiful and deadly and he knows the instant she throws her arms around him, there’s nothing that could ever separate him from her again.