5 People Game of Thrones's Arya Stark Will Likely Kill in the Final Season

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HBO

Arya Stark isn't just a fan favorite character in HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones. Her journey and growth have made her one of the most resilient and respected figures on the show. After seven seasons, she's gone from a tomboyish noble girl to a stoic and vengeance-fueled mystic assassin.

One thing that has remained consistent throughout her journey, however, is her famous list—an index of people who have wronged her so badly that she can only sleep at night by planning their gruesome deaths. Over the seasons, Arya has either crossed people off her list herself, or has been robbed of her vengeance by others or by natural deaths. While there are still a few people left on her list, these are the five she's most likely to kill in the upcoming final season.

1. CERSEI LANNISTER

Lena Headey in 'Game of Thrones'
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Certainly the highest profile person left on Arya's list, there's little doubt that nobody deserves to kill the current ​Queen of Westeros more than Arya. On top of that, she probably has the best chance at succeeding. Her gift for face-stealing and experience in assassination would make her a better candidate than the likes of Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, who would have to storm King's Landing just to get to Cersei.

2. THE MOUNTAIN

​While ​Arya has proven she can take down enemies much larger than herself, the Mountain is not only a monster onto himself but has also shown that he can easily crush smaller, faster enemies. One theory floating around is that the Mountain and the Hound will engage in the much-anticipated Cleganebowl which the Hound will win, but will offer Arya the killing blow, prompting her to forgive him.

3. ILYN PAYNE

Wilko Johnson in 'Game of Thrones'
HBO

The mute, grizzly knight made a huge first impression in season one of the show as Joffrey's executioner and torturer. He earned his place on Arya's list for killing her father, Ned Stark, but he's more or less since faded into the background. He was last seen all the way back in season two and was only mentioned in passing in season four. Arya really should have no problem killing such a forgotten character, and she might even do it offscreen.

4. BERIC DONDARRION

While he might have betrayed Arya and sold off Gendry several seasons ago, Beric has proved himself nothing less than an ally to Jon in the intervening time. But if Arya has demonstrated nothing else through her character growth, it's that she can hold a grudge. She'll probably kill Beric—who no longer has a means of resurrection—at a very inopportune time, which will undoubtedly cause conflict between her and Jon.

5. MELISANDRE

Carice van Houten in 'Game of Thrones'
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Though she'll probably be one of the last people Arya crosses off her list, the Red Woman's days are almost certainly numbered. Despite being unilaterally helpful to the protagonists ever since Stannis Baratheon got what was coming to him, Melisandre is pretty much universally disliked and doesn't have many allies to protect her from Arya's wrath. Her magic seems to be limited to those she can influence, which won't do much good against Arya's trusty sword Needle.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

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Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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