Game of Thrones: Arya's Fate Revealed!

There is only one thing Game of Thrones‘ Arya says to death: Not this episode.

Yes, we know you Thrones fans are rational, reasonable folk. Still, in this post-Hodor era, we also understand that emotions run high when it comes to the possibility that beloved characters might not make it through to the next week.

That’s why< we’re happy to provide this public service announcement: Per HBO, Arya is, indeed, alive in this Sunday’s installment (9/8c).

On Tuesday, the premium cabler released its official synopsis for the episode, titled “No One.” Among the very brief, rather cryptic statements: “Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test.” (The others involve Jaime weighing his options, Cersei answering a request, and Tyrion seeing his plans come to fruition.)

In the most recent Thrones, Arya booked passage on a ship to Westeros, then was brutally stabbed by The Waif, who tricked her by wearing the face of a crone. Lady Stark tumbled off a bridge and into the water to escape her attacker, then later stumbled through a public market looking rather the worse for wear.

The face of Ned Stark’s younger daughter doesn’t appear in the preview for the episode, which you can watch below, but it’s generally believed that the person jumping off a roof (wall?) around the 30-second mark is Needle’s wounded owner.

Were you worried that Arya was going to join the rest of the dearly departed Starks? Sound off in the comments!


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  1. Jason Stoesz says:

    It was Jaquen, not Arya.

    • Mollymoo says:

      The faceless men can change faces – but not body types. Jaquen could wear her face, but he’d be a lot taller while doing it.

      • J says:

        Not totally accurate. In the books everything can change — it’s really a magical change. There are suggestions that the reason the Faceless Men want Arya is because of her magical abilities (warging). As far as the TV show, we don’t fully know what they will or won’t include. While I am enjoying it (mostly because I LOVE Arya), they’ve somewhat butchered this part of the story for the show, unfortunately.

  2. Mollymoo says:

    The waif also looks a little “Say wha?” and “Oh crap” look on her face in a few of those quick shots.

  3. Mimi says:

    Jaime and Brienne reunited. YES!

  4. Kevin K says:

    How will Arya is going to get out of the House of Black and White?

  5. samet says:

    Lady Crane is going to help her. indeed.

  6. Azerty says:

    I hope she get back at Westeros soon, or at least met someone else like Tyrion or Deanerys or the Greyjoy.

  7. Bill says:

    Is Podrick being abducted by Lady Stoneheart’s men in that promo clip for Episode 8?

  8. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Ayra can’t die her story isn’t done. Even tho. She’s bleeding to death somebody is going to help her and hopefully get to Westros, I think she could end up seeing The Hound or Khaleesi-Dany…..and I say it should be Dany.

  9. The simplest trope is it was all a test: The Faceless Men have to have a higher purpose than money for hire, and so Ayra’s conscience was tested. But if not, killing her assassin and giving Jaquen the face – a life for a life, releasing her from the House is the next most obvious.

    The Faceless Men could also be a Humanist counter to the two despicable religions – The Lord of Light, merciless pieces of shit involved with black magic, or The Seven Star Marxist whackos commanded by a tyrant who lusts for Tommen’s queen. They could be revealed as reasoned men, little wizards of Oz pulling the levers behind the curtains behind the Throne of Swords.

  10. tonin mario says:

    Arya and the Waif are the same person, mark my words! (Arya need to use the face of Walder Frey’s child-wife and kill him! Then meet with the Hound, but before she will meet her old direwolf Nymeria! Remember episode 2?)

  11. Andrew Graham says:

    After the savage attack there is blood pulsing up through the water.Remarkably there is not a single drop of blood on the waif’s light coloured sleeves.Notably the blade has reversed when the waif stands over the bridge.Arya is Arya and the waif is Jaqen.

  12. GoT_The_Best__Hurry_Up_Sunday! says:

    There are plenty of rumblings out there about the Waif and Arya being the same person. A lot of them point to J. H’gar and the Waif as never being in the same room together or at least never seeming to see/acknowledge each other. H’gar did acknowledge the Waif in the last episode, though, when she offered to kill Arya and he told her yes, but don’t have her suffer.

    One theory goes that the water she drank at the House of Black and White induced a disassociative disorder, one in which she needs to “kill” the inner part of herself; the part that would keep from becoming a Faceless one. The Stark part that she’s never really let go of.”
    It’s certainly a possibility as this show has always been chalk full of all kind of surprises and magic or drugs causing this to happen isn’t unheard of in literature, that’s for sure.

    I’m all for whatever gets her back to Westeros and her family and Nymeria. I’m not interested in her becoming a Faceless one. I want to see her pursue her own agenda and start knocking off some of the names on her list. I’d be awesome to see her use her assassin talents (and her warging ability) to help John and Sansa.

    And can we please have someone, preferably Sansa, order the extensive and severe torture of Ramsey Bolton and Walter Frey? The scene in the pre-season trailer showing the bodies on the X crosses lit on fire concerns me. I hope to heck it’s not Rickon on one of those burning crosses …. Ramsey and Frey, yes….. Rickon… NO. R.I.P. Osha.

  13. xyz says:

    Well not to spoil anything, but Arya is saved by Arya from the future. At some point, she got the speed force (AKA The Flash) and came back to this time and allowed a copy of Arya to get killed off. Arya also went back in time with the face of a certain first sword of Braavos to teach a nobleman’s daughter the water dance and set her on a life long journey…

    Naturally this will play out in a half hour comedy spinoff of GOT called; GOT: Arya Kidding Me?!

  14. Anonomiss says:

    It was arya