There are plenty of fan theories surrounding Season 8 of Game of Thrones — is Daenerys Targaryen pregnant? will Jon Snow survive? — but the mystery around Arya Stark’s storyline on the final season of the HBO series is at an all-time high.
From completing her kill list to possibly finding love, fans have plenty of predictions for Ned Stark’s youngest daughter. So who needs spoilers when you have die-hard viewers who probably know more about George R.R. Martin’s tale of the fire and ice than show creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss?
But first, who’s left on Arya’s list?
Early on in the series, Arya began keeping a list of the people she wanted to kill, and she would repeat her list nightly almost like a lullaby. At its inception, Arya had 13 names to get through — but leading up to Season 8, Arya has only six names left, thanks to the deaths of Thoros of Myr (he froze to death), Tywin Lannister (Tyrion took care of his father for Arya), her Harrenhal torturers Polliver and Rorge, King Joffrey (who was poisoned), Syrio’s murderer Meryn Trant, and Walder Frey (both of whom Arya dispatched herself).
That leaves her with The Hound, Cersei Lannister, Ned’s executioner Ilyn Payne, The Mountain, and Melisandre. Luckily, Arya’s got the skills she learned at the House of Black and White in Braavos under the tutelage of the Many-Faced God of death.
How does Arya change faces?
As one of the “Faceless Men,” Arya is able to temporarily become someone else, and most fans agree that the victim has to be dead before Arya is able to take on their identity. Since Arya has learned to be a faceless assassin, it is also believed she has access to the selection faces in The Hall, which explains how she was able to transform into a servant girl before slitting Walder Frey’s neck in retaliation for the Red Wedding.
In Season 8, it is expected Arya will continue using her talent for transformation to cross off all the names on her murder bucket list — leading fans to some pretty interesting theories.