This is a silly meta, but for whatever reason I just felt like taking some ASOIAF women and aligning them with the Seven—so here we are. I don’t think that individual characters are meant to fill the roles of the Seven. This was just for fun.
Father // Arya
The Father represents judgment and is prayed to for justice. The song goes: “The Father’s face is stern and strong/he sits and judges right from wrong/he weighs our lives, the short and long”.
So I chose Arya for a few reasons. I think judgment and the desire for justice are both integral parts of Arya’s character—and indeed, these two things are often connected. Right and wrong are important concepts to her, just as they are to the Father, a fact that I think is lost on some people. For instance, she is upset when the BWB don’t kill the Hound:
If there were gods, why didn’t Lord Beric win? She knew the Hound was guilty. (ASOS)
Arya tends to pass clear, strong judgments. An example of this would be her judgment regarding, again, the Hound when she leaves him to die:
Arya stepped away from him. “You don’t deserve the gift of mercy.” (ASOS)
(She does later think of how she should have killed him. I think it’s an interesting situation that does sort of parallel the Father—Arya, judging from above, deciding whether or not to give the gift of mercy. Another thing to note is that now that Arya is with the FM, they are working to train her judgment out of her.)
Arya is highly concerned with the idea of justice, a trait she shares with her father. Right and wrong are black and white to her. But as this meta points out, her sense of justice has become distorted due to what she’s gone through. In fact, Arya is so concerned with justice that she goes and kills Dareon, a Night’s Watch deserter, herself:
Dareon had been a deserter from the Night’s Watch; he had deserved to die. (ADWD)
Though the FM do want to rid Arya of her judgment and sense of justice, as the meta that I linked points out, Arya is still concerned with the idea of it as is illustrated by an exchange where she deems that the FM should have killed an abusive father rather than ‘give the gift’ to his daughter.
Arya’s sense of justice is, I think, highly important. And so she was my first choice for Father.
Mother // Daenerys
The Mother represents motherhood and nurturing, and is prayed to for fertility and compassion. She embodies the concept of mercy.
Dany is my pick for Mother for a few reasons. The first should be obvious—motherhood is everywhere in her arc, from the dragons that she birthed in flame to all of the people who call her ‘Mother’.
"You must be my children," she told the dragons, "My three fierce children." (ASOS)
And then there’s this:
They were all smiling at her, reaching for her, kneeling before her. “Maela,” some called her, while others cried “Aelalla” or “Qathei” or “Tato,” but whatever the tongue it all meant the same thing. Mother. They are calling me mother. (ASOS)
Dany is the only character who has represented motherhood on such a huge scale—the irony of this being, of course, that she was told she was infertile. (She may actually have suffered a miscarriage in ADWD.) Either way, when I think of motherhood in this series my first thought doesn’t go to Cersei or Catelyn but to Dany. And she truly does think of her people and her dragons as her children, referring to them as such multiple times and exhibiting a fierce, protective love for them. To Dany, her ‘children’ come first. And what’s interesting is that these children are not of her own blood—these are smallfolk, slaves. And she loves them anyway, a rare sight in Martinworld.
Dany has also shown marked compassion, another trait of the Mother. It is not a constant—she is capable of behaving in ways that are not compassionate at all—but it’s still noteworthy. From the time she ordered all of the rapes to be stopped in AGOT to her crusade to end slavery, Dany can be incredibly compassionate, even to a fault. I’d say it’s actually one of her defining traits.
Another reason I chose Dany as Mother is because of her fondness for children, as is exemplified by her relationship with the cup bearer Missandei. She is gentle and loving with the young girl. She mothers those around her frequently.
Dany does not embody mercy—in fact, she is frequently merciless—but her connection to motherhood is so intense and character-defining that I had to choose her as the Mother.
Warrior // Cersei
The Warrior represents strength in battle, and is prayed to for courage and victory.
Brienne, Asha, or even Arya (Catelyn saw Arya in the Warrior’s face) would be better choices for Warrior. But I thought it could be interesting to go with Cersei, who doesn’t even wield a sword. Cersei fights her own kind of battle, and she confides to Sansa that she “would rather face any number of swords than sit helpless like this” in ACOK during the Blackwater. Funnily enough, she also echoes the Warrior in her derisive comments about the frightened women:
"…they will return to their husbands and fathers full of tales about how brave I was, how my courage inspired them and lifted their spirits, how I never doubted our victory even or a moment." (ACOK)
She even gives Sansa a bit of advice, illustrating how she views life as a sort of battle, by saying:
"You little fool. Tears are not a woman’s only weapon. You’ve got another one between your legs, and you’d best learn to use it." (ACOK)
Interestingly, Sansa reflects how Septa Mordane used to say that the Warrior and the Mother were but two faces of the same god—and Cersei is fiercely protective of her children.
And perhaps most tellingly, at one point Cersei thinks:
Oh, for a sword and the skill to wield it. She had a warrior’s heart, but the gods in their blind malice had given her the feeble body of a woman. (ADWD)
There’s also the fact that her brother Jaime seems to represent the Warrior—and Cersei views them as ‘one person in two bodies’, as she says in AGOT. So while Cersei is an odd choice for the Warrior, it almost works to me.
Maiden // Brienne
The Maiden represents innocence and chastity. She is usually prayed to to protect a maiden’s virtue.
Sansa is usually said to be the Maiden, but Brienne also fits. She’s even called the Maid of Tarth.
And Brienne does possess a striking innocence, or perhaps an idealism, and it’s made all the more apparent due to her harsh circumstances. Brienne’s story is a study in apparent contrasts: beauty and the beast, maiden and knight. Her maidenhood even comes into question in ASOS when Jaime rescues her:
"You are still maiden, I hope?"
Her broad homely face turned red. “Yes.”
"Oh, good," Jaime said. "I only rescue maidens." (ASOS)
The Maiden is known for her beauty, and that’s where things get kind of interesting. Brienne is known as Brienne the Beauty, though mockingly. But the fact remains that she possesses a notable inner beauty and goodness that many overlook. At one point Jaime reflects on how he used to think Cersei was the Maid, but is actually the Stranger. Perhaps Brienne is the one destined to be the Maiden—in Jaime’s eyes, at least.
And just as the Maiden is prayed to to protect a maiden’s virtue, Brienne’s mission (which she is utterly dedicated to) is to find Sansa Stark and take her underneath her protection. On multiple occasions people reassure her that the Maiden is looking out for her ‘sister’. Brienne’s story is really tied to the Maiden in so many ways that I had to label her as such.
Smith // Sansa
The Smith represents crafts and labor. He is usually prayed to for strength, or when work needs to be done.
You might be thinking that this has nothing to do with Sansa. It’s definitely the most tenuous one, because I’m basing it mostly on something that hasn’t happened yet. I think that Sansa is going to help rebuild Winterfell.
The funny thing about Sansa is that at the beginning of the series, her head is filled with dreams of the south and King’s Landing. Catelyn even thinks to herself of how well Sansa would do there—the irony being that Sansa’s fairytale dreams are ultimately shattered. And the Stark who lost her wolf ends up actually growing closer to her family’s roots as the series progresses.
One of the more blatant examples of Sansa discovering her northern identity is the building of the snow castle in ASOS.
It was only a castle when she began, but before very long Sansa knew it was Winterfell…. Soon her gloves and boots were crusty white, her hands were tingling, and her feet were soaked and cold, but she did not care. The castle was all that mattered. (ASOS)
And keep in mind this prophecy:
"I dreamt of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow." (ASOS)
This obviously refers to Sansa, and seems to at first predict Sansa tearing apart the doll in her snow Winterfell. But when one takes into consideration the fact that the woman’s other prophecies all referred to rather notable deaths, it seems unlikely that it would simply be referring to the ‘death’ of a doll—to me, anyway. I suspect the doll is a red herring.
I think that the castle is either Winterfell or maybe somehow the Eyrie (Sansa refers to the Eyrie as a ‘castle made of snow’ in AFFC) and that the giant is either Ser Gregor or Littlefinger, whose original family sigil was the titan of Braavos. My bet is it being Littlefinger.
One of the biggest issues with this is the fact that Sansa keeps slipping further into her Alayne identity. I think she’ll need to fully reclaim her identity as Sansa Stark to slay the giant in the snow castle. But I do believe Sansa’s journey is headed home again. I think that the wolf-less Stark who yearned for the south is going to end up back at Winterfell.
In short: I put Sansa as the Smith because I think she’s going to have an important role in rebuilding Winterfell, though I’m not so sure about her storyline beyond that.
Crone // Melisandre
The Crone represents wisdom. She carries a lantern and is prayed to for guidance.
I see Melisandre as the crone for a few reasons. For one, although she looks young, it is probable that she is quite old. She says that she has practiced her magic for “years beyond count”. Catelyn also notes how the Crone has as much beauty as the Mother, and Melisandre is described as very beautiful.
Secondly, I also chose her as the crone because of her relationship with light and fire. The Crone is depicted with a lantern, as ‘lighting the path’ of those who follow her, and Melisandre follows the ‘fire god’, the Lord of Light. She even burns effigies of the Seven and is thought of as ‘the red woman’. Maester Cressen notes how ‘candles dance’ in her red eyes, and how hot her skin is to the touch.
Most importantly, just as the Crone is prayed to for guidance, Melisandre’s chief role is as Stannis’ adviser. He looks to the priestess for guidance, despite not believing in her red god. Not to mention her gift of magic and prophecy, which are both often associated primarily with wisdom.
The Queen of Thorns also could represent the Crone, but I prefer Melisandre.
Stranger // Lady Stoneheart
The Stranger represents death and the unknown, and is seldom prayed to. Outcasts sometimes associate themselves with this god.
Arya was the obvious choice for Stranger (and she fits perfectly—she even serves Him of Many Faces, who is, indeed, the Stranger), but I decided to cheat and go with Stoneheart. Because, after all, while Arya may deliver death, Lady Stoneheart is even more intimate with the concept—she’s experienced it. Another reason I didn’t choose Arya is because I think/hope her path will lead her back to Westeros soon, and that she will never fully embrace the FM but remain a Stark in her heart, whereas Stoneheart is consumed by killing.
She’s currently dealing death left and right at the helm of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Known also as Mother Merciless and the Hangwoman, Stoneheart kills without hesitation or remorse. Brienne also notices this:
Behind it sat a woman all in grey, cloaked and hooded…. Grey was the color of the silent sisters, the handmaidens of the Stranger. (AFFC)
Stoneheart is even known, additionally, as ‘the Silent Sister’. And silent sisters are considered the Stranger’s wives.
Sam notes that the Stranger’s face is the ‘face of death’ in ASOS, and both living Catelyn and Sam think how the Stranger makes them uncomfortable. Lady Stoneheart, with her torn throat and startling visage, has much the same effect on people. They are both mysterious hooded figures that come to represent death. And, much like the Stranger, Stoneheart is not exactly human.