All Men Must Die… and All Women, Too.
The sixth season of Game of Thrones is seeing higher consistent ratings than any of the previous seasons, and it’s not surprising to see why.
With the stakes higher than ever both in Westeros and Essos, and the various character plot lines are starting to come together in ways that could only mean major action, drama, and–as George R. R. Martin has taught us time and time again–death.
One of the most popular characters on the show, Arya Stark, portrayed by actress Maisie Williams, has shown impressive character growth this season as she continues to become a member of the notorious society of assassins, the Faceless Men. With her Stark roots and love of family holding her back, however, the end of episode 7 left Arya’s fate at a dramatic cliffhanger, and now multiple theories abound as to what will happen next.
Naturally, there are some serious SPOILER ALERTS ahead, so be warned. But also be warned that this crazy fan theory might just blow your mind.
A girl has no name. Or does she?
A Girl Is Literally No One.
Since the end of last season, Arya has been brutally beaten time and again by the Waif (actress Faye Marsay) in her quest to become an elite assassin. The Waif, who typically appears as a young woman–although her true form is unknown–is a dedicated servant of the Many-Faced God and continuously expresses her doubt in Arya to Jaqen H’ghar, the assumed identity of the Faceless Man who has been training Arya.
The Waif’s torment of Arya is nonstop. She always knows where she is. She always knows what she’s thinking. What’s more, only Jaqen and Arya seem to see her, as no one ever reacts while the Waif is, say, violently assaulting Arya on the streets of Braavos. At this point in Arya’s development, the Waif is the youngest Stark girl’s biggest enemy.
Then again, Jaqen previously taught Arya that in her quest to becoming no one, Arya’s biggest enemy is herself. Which leads us to think…
Valar Morghulis, Valar Dohaeris.
The Waif and Arya are one in the same.
All men must die, and all men must serve. So to become no one and serve the Many-Faced God, must a girl die first?
This twisted fan theory would mean that George R. R. Martin, or at least the Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, have been setting us up for a MAJOR Fight Club-esque psychological plot twist that even Bran couldn’t have seen coming.
It’s no surprise that Jaqen H’ghar has liked Arya from the start, back when they met in Season 2, and that in spite of her failed assassination attempts on others in Braavos, he still pined for her success. When the Waif announced Arya had refused to kill Lady Crane in episode 6, Jaqen didn’t look at all surprised, as if he knew she would stay true to her Stark nature. Could it be that he still expected her to retain her conscience on her journey to becoming a Faceless Man? Could the shocking (but unsurprising) attack at the end of episode 7 be the final stage in Arya’s transition: the present killing the past? After all, only Arya and Jaqen seem to be aware of the Waif’s existence.
We think so! And considering that the upcoming episode 8 is entitled “No One,” we won’t be surprised for a major development in Arya’s storyline.
If you still aren’t buying the Fight Club twist, that isn’t the only wild theory about Arya, the Waif, and Jaqen we’ve heard this week.
More spoiler alerts ahead!