New Game of Thrones Fan Theory Suggests How Arya Could Kill Daenerys

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thronesahead.

In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Bells," we saw firsthand through Arya Stark just how much destruction Daenerys Targaryen's attack on King’s Landing caused. Viewers followed the trained assassin as she ran alongside thousands of innocent civilians trying to get away from Drogon's fire, and Arya nearly died herself. She saw all of the massacred people in the streets, along with buildings falling left and right, but she managed to escape the city in the final moments of the episode.

This wasn't the first time we saw Arya use her intense survival skills to avoid death in a battle this season; she memorably survived the Battle of Winterfell and saved the Seven Kingdoms by killing the Night King. So of course, the next outcome fans have started to speculate about is whether or not she will do this again by killing the Khaleesi.

Since it looks like Daenerys has fully become the Mad Queen, many believe she has to be killed in the finale, and one new theory argues an interesting way Arya could do it. As reported by Inverse, Redditor hoowuurd believes Arya will use Grey Worm's face to commit the act, after she and Jon Snow decide they must kill both the Unsullied leader and the Mother of Dragons. As we saw during the siege of King's Landing, Jon's perspective changed once Dany and Grey Worm began killing again after the city surrendered, so it wouldn't be a stretch to believe Jon knows they need to end another possible reign of a tyrant. And now that Missandei is dead, there's no reason for Grey Worm to ever leave Daenerys's service.

"Arya will use Grey Worm's face to kill Dany, and set it up to look as if either Grey Worm killed Dany and then himself, or just flee the scene and leave it a mystery to the realm," the user argues.

We're sure many fans would be behind this move, as it would mean we would get to see Arya use what the Faceless Men taught her one last time. She brought faces back with her to Winterfell, as Sansa Stark discovered in the season 7 episode "Beyond the Wall." We haven't seen Arya use any faces this season, and it seems a shame to end the series without at least one more trick like this.

We don't see where Arya is headed once she rides out of the chaos in "The Bells," but she's probably going to find Jon. And even if Arya doesn't actually kill Daenerys, we can bet that she will have a huge part determining where Westeros goes from here.

[h/t Inverse]

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now


If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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