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Game Of Thrones Theory Suggests Arya Was Dead During The Final Season

Game Of Thrones Theory Suggests Arya Was Dead During The Final Season

Now that the dust has settled on the final ever series of Game of Thrones, you might think that all of the speculation surrounding some of the major events of the last, massively maligned, season.

Well, you'd be wrong. The debate rages on over on - you've guessed it - Reddit.

One particular theory that has gained a fair bit of traction online of late is the idea that Arya Stark, who vanquished the Night King and his army of the dead once and for all, was actually killed way back before that.

It's a bit of a strange one, but bear with us.

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So, remember when Arya was training at the House of Black and White in Braavos with the Faceless Men?

Well, you'll probably all remember then that Arya got stabbed up a whole bunch of times by a nameless assassin known only as The Waif.

It's fair to say The Waif and Arya didn't get on... Credit: HBO
It's fair to say The Waif and Arya didn't get on... Credit: HBO

To say that The Waif and Arya didn't get on is something of an understatement, and that spilled over into a violent incident in which Arya was shivved up pretty bad and dived into the harbour.

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Anyway, whilst the narrative after that would have us believe that Arya eventually made a full recovery and got her own back by killing The Waif, not everyone buys that.

She didn't miss. Credit: HBO
She didn't miss. Credit: HBO

Here comes the hot take.

Some reckon that The Waif then went on to kill the Night King whilst wearing Arya's face.

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Where's the proof, I hear you ask?

In the last season of GoT, Arya gave up on her kill list. She'd been checking names off that list since season two and the top two big-hitters on that list were Cersei Lannister and The Hound.

Towards the end of the penultimate episode, she's ready to fulfil the dream that she has held for years - she's in the building with Cersei, and The Hound is there too.

The Night King bit the dust at the end of Arya's blade. Credit: HBO
The Night King bit the dust at the end of Arya's blade. Credit: HBO
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But, she turns back at Sandor Clegane's request and doesn't kill either.

As one Redditor put it: "She had a list of people to kill, that was supposed to later serve as a sacrifice to the many faced God,

"In the books, she never gave up on this list. In the series, she got to the Red Keep and the Hound turned her away, telling her to be safe, because it was dangerous to hunt Cersei.

"It reminded me of how The Hound was on her list too... This just reinforces my Arya is the Waif theory."

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Hmm...it's a bit tenuous, but surely not as tenuous as the actual ending, right?

What do you reckon? Let us know over at Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]