quote:Originally posted by fusionstorm:
I get why Arya didn't accede to the Hound's demand/request/plea. She knew that his "friendship" was not exactly genuine, and that with the ransom from her aunt off the table, she could be jettisoned by him quite quickly. Plus, she was aware that he had an infection from being bitten previously, and with his multiple wounds incurred in what looked to be a pretty remote and rugged area, the likelihood that he would suffer until his demise was what she preferred over a quick "prick" from her Needle.
There's also the "symmetry" aspect of the brothers Clegane both in grave condition with an unclear outlook of their continued existence going into next season.
The point is each changed the other. She's become hardened while he softened. I don't think he would have abandoned her and took him at his word that he was her protector. She however learned how to survive in this harsh world, (and Westeros is nothing is not harsh) especially as a young girl.