Since Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones ‘The Broken Man’ there’s been talk about two major events. Spoiler alert: Sandor Clegane is back and alive, and he’s gonna get his kill bill on…we don’t know who is first on his list but here’s to hoping its Cersei? The other spoiler ironically goes to the person that left him for dead – Arya Stark. Arya had left the house of Black and White and is on her way out of Braavos and trying to by passage on a ship. She takes a stroll through the town one last time and is approached by a cute little old lady. Only this lady ain’t so cute and definitely not old and is actually the Whaif in disguise. She stabs Arya a few times and really jabs the knife into Arya’s stomach, Arya manages to break free and tosses herself into the water below. The Whaif seeing the bloody water decides Arya’s dead and walks away smiling.
But then Arya breaks through the water’s surface and she’s alive! But badly injured and since she has nowhere else to go she walks through the bazaar clutching her bloody stomach starring at everyone’s faces and hoping the Whaif isn’t one of them to finish her off.
So that’s where we leave off with Arya, BUT the previews from episode 8 do show Arya jumping off a building and in the description it says ‘Arya is not alone’. Either way people, she’s alive. Our girls going to be okay. But while we wait to see what actually happens, let’s dive into the many theories of Arya Stark.
Theory #1 – Jaqen H’ghar
I mean the dude has an apostrophe in his name so you really don’t know what to expect from him. With those baby blue eyes, he’s like the Justin Bobby of Game of Thrones, one minute he’s evil and breaking your heart, and the other minute he’s scooping you up on his motorcycle and saving you from a really bad Brandy recording session. I still believe Jaqen H’ghar will come through for Arya, I don’t believe that he’s going to let her die after everything they’ve been through. I think the Whaif is pure evil and I’ll be completely surprised if Jaqen let’s that bi*** survive. You know, I just never saw Jaqen as a villain, as someone who would quickly turn his back on our girl, but I mean she did mess up a few times so maybe he’s done with her.
Theory #2- Arya Wasn’t Really Arya
People everywhere are going cray because let’s face it Arya > Sansa and everybody is freaking out right now. It’s hard for me to believe Arya would be walking around town and not having her eyes out for the Whaif. She knows she’s on Jaqens hit list now. Some people are saying that Arya could’ve been using one of the faces, so the person the Whaif stabbed wasn’t really Arya. But here’s what doesn’t make sense with this theory. If she really was using someone else’s face I think the writers would’ve went hard and then just killed fake Arya, maybe finished the episode with the shot of the bloody water. Why not use that Ace card if you can totally bring her back? (Maybe because this show isn’t as lame as The Walking Dead and Glenn doesn’t fake die 30 times) So there’s that, but also I think within her story, the stabbing adds a different type of struggle, we’ve never seen Arya this badly hurt, she’s always been able to count on herself but now she’ll have to find someone to help her out. (I find this theme resonates with the rest of her siblings as Bran was rescued by Benjen and Sansa connected with Jon.) It’s come to a point in all the Starks’ journeys where they can no longer make it on their own, they’re going to need outside help, and I think if you see the importance of that, then this theory might not add up.
Theory #3- She’ll Be Saved By the Play Actors
So I didn’t realize this until an interview with DB/DW that the play within a play scenes in Braavos are actually really important. I just figured it was a satirical way of looking at the events of the show and Arya happens to have to kill fake Cersei. But seeing how Arya stopped fake Cersei from dying, she might be the only person in Braavos that might actually want to help Arya and have the means to do it. Also how beautiful the irony would be that in the end fake Cersei ends up being the one to save Arya. It definitely is a believable theory, just look at Jon and his wildling friends. He decided to save them how many seasons back and they still stand behind him now. It just goes to show that any good deed isn’t forgotten in GGRM’s world, you just might have to wait a LONG time before you get something good.
Theory #4 – Syrio Forel
So fans everywhere are losing their sh** because last week we saw Sandor Clegane return from the dead, well he wasn’t really dead, he just never ended up dying. Which is also important to remember that it’s really, really hard to kill a Clegane brother. Now, people are believing in the power of ‘I need to see it to believe it’ which basically means we never saw Arya’s trainer Syrio Forel (who was from Braavos) actually die. We just heard clanging of swords from him and the night’s guard and we just assumed he was dead. I mean the dude was literally holding a wooden stick and was up against like 3 guards in full armour. In my opinion, I think he is dead, but again we didn’t see it happen so we don’t know. But that connection could still be there in Braavos, she could run into his wife or kid or something, but I just don’t know how they would know who she is / how she would know who they are. As I mentioned the description for episode 8 says something about ‘Arya is not alone’ and for some reason every time I say that in my head I hear Syrio’s voice, so maybe.
Theory #5 – Samwell Tarly
That is all I’m going to say about that.
Whatever happens, or whoever happens I think Arya will definitely make it through. I can’t imagine the writers killing her off now, there’s just so much more we expect from her. I’m still waiting on the day she meets Khaleesi. That will be like my Drake showing up on stage at a Rihanna concert, which did happen and I did see it, so Arya, get to werk.