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6 Best Arya Stark Fan Theories for Game of Thrones Season 8
The trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones begins with a close-up of Arya Stark. She’s bloody. She’s filthy. She’s panting heavily, and she looks terrified. Then, she breaks into a run, while her voice calmly narrates: “I know death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.”
It’s clear the youngest Stark daughter plays an important role in Season Eight, but whether she lives or dies or has a hand in a pivotal death remains to be seen. And, given her boundless new abilities as a Faceless assassin, fan speculation is rampant about what she can do in the endgame of this show. So, here we run down the best theories about Arya Stark going into Game of Thrones Season Eight.
Arya is Running From Her Own Dead Relatives
Let’s start off with a pretty grim theory. Seeing as she’s become a hardened Faceless assassin—one who can presumably best Brienne of Tarth—it would take quite a bit to terrify Arya in the way we see in the Season Eight trailer. The first look at the final season has Arya sprinting down a Winterfell corridor—running from some unseen thing chasing her. Fans have speculated that she might actually be running from the reanimated corpses of the dead Starks in the crypts beneath Winterfell. That certainly would be a very demented and extremely Game of Thrones twist.
Arya Will Die Fighting the Army of the Dead
Last season, Bran Stark handed Arya a Valyrian steel dagger. As a fan on Reddit points out, Bran looks upset to be giving it to her. As the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran sees everything, so it’s possible he knows of a terrible fate bestowed upon his sister by giving her the weapon.
Back to the Season Eight trailer: When two dragons fly overhead, Arya has the faintest hint of a smile, while everyone around her appears to be terrified. You’ll recall that one of Dany’s dragons, Viseron, died and was brought back to life by the Night King. According to this theory, Arya is smiling when she sees the dragons because it’s her fate to fight Viseron, the wight dragon, with her Valyrian steel dagger.
Arya smiles when she sees dragons in the Season 8 trailer.
Redditor blairacton writes:
I think Arya is too major of a character to just die to a regular wight or regular white walker, and if the Night King is going to die, Jon will be the one killing him, so that leads me to believe she will take down Viserion and die in the process. She has a valyirian steel dagger for a reason, especially since Bran gave it specifically to her, so there is no doubt that she will be fighting the army of the dead with it.
Arya Kills Cersei
Arya has had Cersei on her kill list for a long time now. She will finally get her way in the final season, according to multiple fan theories. One points to a clue about Arya’s sword-holding hand. Maisie Williams told TVGuide back in 2011: “I’m right-handed, and when Mom was reading the first book, she told me about Arya being left-handed.””
As a fan explains, the show creators have been liberal about making other changes from the book, so there must be a reason they insisted on Williams training with her left hand. Could it be because she will take on the identity of Cersei’s brother and former lover Jaime Lannister to kill her? Jaime lost his right hand in Season 3, so he’d have to kill Cersei with his left hand, thus making seasons of left-handed sword fighting make sense.
Arya didn’t actually kill Littlefinger
Remember how triumphant Arya and Sansa were when they finally got rid of the conniving Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish? Well, he might not actually be dead. Before Arya slit his throat, he was warned by a mystery blonde woman who says quietly to him, “Your time is up,” points out a very convincing YouTube theory. After that warning, Littlefinger gives the woman a coin. According to this theory, she was a Faceless assassin and Littlefinger was paying her to pose as him—so, Arya didn’t kill Littlefinger at all.
Arya and Sansa Both Die
There are lots of theories about the Winterfell crypt appearance in the first teaser. This one simply points out that the statues of Arya and Sansa seem to portray the characters at their current ages, while Jon’s looks like an older version of him.
Arya Stark’s statue in the Winterfell crypt.
Could it mean that Arya and Sansa are killed in Season Eight while Jon goes on to live a longer life?
Arya Wins the Iron Throne
This theory comes from clues dropped by Williams herself. In an interview with The Guardian, the actress describes her final scene as “beautiful.”
“I ended on the perfect scene,” she says. “I was alone—shocker! Arya’s always bloody alone. But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill, I had seen the tears and heard the speeches.”
Pair that description with this Instagram post from Williams.
Notice, specifically, the hashtag #lastwomanstanding.
Perhaps Williams is hinting that her final shoot is the last scene of the series, and that she’s sitting alone atop the Iron Throne. (Though it seems unlikely Williams would be so lackadaisical about such important hints.)