SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information on the Season 6 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones as well as speculation on Season 7. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
The Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones saw Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) cross another name off her list of people she has sworn to kill. Arya took on the face of another in order to kill two of Walder Frey’s (David Bradley) sons and feed them back to him by way of a pie. Once she revealed herself to Walder, she then slit his throat and watched him die in retribution for his involvement in the red wedding that saw the death of her mother and brother. So who else is left on Arya’s list?
Initially, Arya’s list was much longer than the current one according to Wetpaint. It included Joffrey, Tywin Lannister, Meryn Trant, Polliver, The Tickler, Amory Lorch, and the Hound. Arya has since stated to the Waif the Hound is no longer on her list. Both of the Lannisters, Joffrey, and Tywin are now dead, killed by others. Arya killed Polliver herself in the Season 4 premiere. She also killed Meryn Trant in Season 5 of Game of Thrones. The Tickler and Amory Lorch she killed indirectly as they were names she gave up to Jaqen H’ghar. However, her list is still extensive. According to Time, Arya’s list now includes the following:
“Cersei Lannister: falsely accused Arya’s father, Ned Stark, of treason and had him arrested, which led to his death
Ilyn Payne: beheaded Ned on orders from Joffrey Baratheon
Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane: tortured and killed people at Harrenhal, where Arya was imprisoned
Sandor “the Hound” Clegane: killed Arya’s friend, Mycah, the butcher’s boy
Melisandre: took Gendry away
Beric Dondarrion: sold Gendry to Melisandre
Thoros of Myr: sold Gendry to Melisandre”
For starters, if the book prophecy involving Cersei is true, then her name can be removed from this list as Arya will not get a chance to kill her. In Season 5 of Game of Thrones, fans were treated to a flashback of Cersei visiting a witch who told Cersei her future. The prediction was Cersei would see all three of her children die. This has since come true. However, in the books the TV series is based on, there is a second half to the prophecy.
“And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Important to note here is that “valonqar” is High Valyrian for “little brother.” So it seems, if the first part of Cersei’s prophecy is true, then the second half is likely to be as well. This means that Cersei will die at the hands of one of her brothers, both of whom are younger than her. However, considering this part of the prophecy has not yet been mentioned in the TV series, the potential is that it won’t be, which means Arya could still step in and kill Cersei.
Arya’s list is also malleable. At times she has added to and subtracted from the list as she has found out more information. So who else could she potentially add to her list? If she finds out Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) betrayed her father and sided with Cersei, he will be a surety on Arya’s list in Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Also, considering Melisandre (Carice van Houten) brought her half-brother, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), back to life in the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, she might find reason to cross her off the list as well.
Who do you think Arya Stark will cross off her list in Season 7 of Game of Thrones? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below!
According to a recent interview with Deadline, Game of Thrones will return to HBO with a shortened Season 7 in 2017.
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