WARNING: This post contains spoilers for both the Game of Thrones television series and The Song of Ice and Fire novel series. It also contains a theory that may spoil Season 7’s finale. Do not read if you don’t want it spoiled!
Alright, I’m getting about sick of these myself, but I had another epiphany about the Season 7 Finale. Where’s Arya? I wondered. She’s been so important in so many ways and there are no released images of her in the last episode nor does she appear in the trailer. Or does she?
Here’s the deal:
It struck me that during the first episode of the season, Arya didn’t steer clear of that group of Lannister soldiers. She’s a skilled swordswoman and assassin, but there were eight of them. So why didn’t she make a wide circle and avoid them entirely? Or just nod and keep riding? It wasn’t the food or drink she was after; it was something else.
Now, this scene has been severely criticized for having a cameo by Ed Sheeran. A lot of people thought it was Maisie Williams having a dream come true to have him on the show. A lot of people thought the scene was stupid and extraneous. Having watched the full episode twice through and now this particular scene about four to five times, as well as having a lot more faith in the Game of Thrones than most people have, I disagree. Fully. This scene wasn’t gratuitous or filler. Why? Because Arya tells the truth of it at the end of their encounter, “I’m going to kill the Queen.”
How will she kill the Queen? The same way she killed Lord Frey. With a face and a knife. And when I realized this and watch and rewatched the scene with Arya and the Lannister soldiers for the third and fourth time, it became obvious by the faces she made. There was discomfort, to be sure, vigilant caution, too. But something else. Guilt. She knew why she approached the group, slowed down, and joined them. But they were being all nice and decent and human. And there’s a split second after they all have a good laugh about, “I’m going to kill the Queen,” that Arya looks at them and has a portent look on her face.
Moreover, she looks over the blackberry wine guy’s shoulder to take stock of what they have.
Lookit- Eight soliders in full Lannister armor with lions on their swords pommels and hilts. She could and would pass as a Lannister soldier. She only needs a face.
Like she says in her confrontation with Sansa in Season 7’s episode 6, “I wanted to be a knight, to pick up a sword like father, and go off to battle. Neither of us got to be the other person, did we? The world just doesn’t let girls decide what they’re going to be. But I can now. With the faces, I can choose. I can become someone else. Speak in their voice. Live in their skin.”
And earlier, when Sansa going through her things, she pulls two faces from Arya’s bag. One is clearly Lord Frey and the other is an unknown young man.
So going on my hunch, I went back and watched that scene with Arya and the eight Lannister soldiers a couple three more times. And is it just me, or does this one look like the face above?
So, Cersei is still on Arya’s list. There’s the big, bad parlay going down in the King’s Landing dragon pit, and Arya just may have the perfect way to end the Westeros squabbling with one sinister move. All she needed was a face. And she may have gotten it in the first first episode of the season.
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