Raise your hand if you personally screamed at your TV / laptop when Arya threatened to cut off Sansa‘s face during the last Game of Thrones?
With that one scene, it seemed like this season’s flaky writing – which had already sent Jon’s band of merry men on a plausibly insane mission north of the Wall – had come for everyone’s favourite little murderer.
In the course of two episodes, Arya had gone from ethical assassin (remember, she left the Faceless Men in part because she wasn’t comfortable with murdering people who, in her mind, didn’t deserve it, e.g. Lady Crane) to literally threatening to murder her own sister.
It inspired more than a bit of editorialising over whether we the audience had placed too much faith in Arya making the right decisions purely because we liked her as a character. This is the girl who fed Walder Frey his own dismembered sons baked into a pie, for chrissakes. Surely everything she’s seen and done has fucked her up a little bit past the point of a healthy reunion with her once-hated sister.
But one Reddit thread that’s gaining a fair bit of traction reckons Arya’s endgame isn’t to murder Sansa at all, but rather to lure Littlefinger into a trap of his own making.
Not a bad theory, no? At the very least it would explain Arya’s sudden random desire to actually be Sansa, something that, to the best of my knowledge, has never once been referenced in either the books or the show.
‘Beyond the Wall‘ director Alan Taylor told the Huffinton Post that “something is coming very soon between them, and it will be violent but surprising.”
“I love the fact that these two come back, they’re both lethal, and I just want to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die. But you’re not sure which one.”
Sure sounds like death is coming for someone, at any rate.
But if none of this proves to be Arya’s endgame, and the sisters let Littlefinger of all people manipulate them into hurting one another, then I’m going to flip my goddam shit.