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

HBO
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'
HBO

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.

Doctor Strange 2 to Begin Filming This Year, According to Reports

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Marvel Studios

The fate of our favorite Marvel heroes was very unknown after ​Avengers: Infinity War, and now we have even more questions about what's to come after next year's Avengers 4. As of right now, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the lone movie slated to be released after the fourth film in the Avengers series.

However, now we know there is another movie expected to begin production soon. Speaking at Fan Expo Vancouver on Saturday, Benedict Wong, who plays Wong in the MCEU, teased that he will not only reprise his role for Avengers 4, but also for a Doctor Strange sequel which should begin filming at the end of the year.

Earlier this year, ​reports came out that Benedict Cumberbatch was receiving a major payday to reprise the role of Dr. Strange. And screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has already ​provided some details of his plans for a potential sequel.

"Marvel movies work in threes. They also work outside of their threes. Some of the better Marvel films have more than one villain in them," Cargill, whose involvement with the sequel has yet to be revealed, stated. "Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it."

If Wong's teasing is to be believed, then we can expect to hear something about Doctor Strange 2 pretty soon.

New Avengers 4 Tease From the Russo Brothers Has Marvel Fans Confused

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Marvel Studios

​There are few things the Russo Brothers enjoy more than teasing Marvel fans as we await the release of Avengers 4. Last month, they posted a photo of Joe Russo sitting in the middle of the movie's set, which sparked speculation about the film's unknown title.

Now, another cryptic tweet from the Russo Brothers is out and it's even more puzzling than the last one.

​​Captioned "#wrapped," the photo is just an image that's crazy bright. It's confusing, but leave it to Marvel fans to speculate on its meaning.

​​Some believe it's War Machine's proton cannon ...

... while others are actively manipulating the photo to see if the meaning is hidden in plain sight.

We'd like to give ​a huge shout-out to the fans who are admittedly as confused as we are.

Whatever this image means, we are sure the Russo Brothers won't be the ones explaining it. Their
dedication to keeping mum on any details about theirs films is admirable—even if their stars aren't so great at secret-keeping.

Avengers stars have ​accidentally spoiled a few things about the movie.

Earlier this month, Chris Evans ​announced that the fourth Avengers movie would be his last as Captain America.

​​If the brothers plan to make their tweets even more ambiguous as the release date nears, they can keep them. Our eyesight is going to suffer is we keep squinting this hard.

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