As we reach the long awaited conclusion to one of TV’s most gripping television series, an interesting fan theory has popped up regarding two of the most tenured characters.
A bulk of the show takes place in the northern kingdom of Winterfell. This is where we met the Stark family. We fell in love with them, and especially their direwolves.
When we first met Arya, the youngest Stark daughter, she was a bit of a tomboy. She didn’t want to grow up and marry a lord and become their lady. As she said, “That isn’t me.”
Arya’s older sister Sansa was the complete opposite. She was ecstatic to learn she would marry the then-prince Joffrey and one day become queen. Ah, we were all so naive back then.
Things… didn’t quite work out that way. Of all the houses in Westeros, the destruction of the Starks hurt the most. We’ve seen the deaths of Ned, Catelyn, Robb and Rickon, and the surviving members of the house have been through a lot.
Arya is now a master assassin. She’s better at killing things than George R.R. Martin himself. She received these skills training with the Faceless Men, and was awarded the title of “No One” from Jaqen H’ghar.
Meanwhile, Sansa escaped captivity from the Lannisters and the Boltons and is finally home in Winterfell where she belongs. But this isn’t a “happily ever after” (as if we’re ever going to see that in this show). They are surrounded by enemies on all sides, and Sansa is doing her best to lead the northerners.
A fan theory that’s been circulating since the end of last season suggests that Arya will be the one to protect Sansa and their kingdom. Sansa said that “No One” can protect her or anyone. Well, guess who just showed up in Winterfell? No One.
The emotional reunion was several seasons in the making. Sadly, Arya just missed (what she thinks is) her bastard half-brother Jon Snow as he left for Dragonstone. Arya and Sansa never got along in the past. Hopefully they’ll finally learn to work together now and Arya can protect Sansa, because there are enemies even within their own walls.
No one in the series has played the long con more expertly and more viciously than Littlefinger. He’s always been behind the scenes, manipulating events and gaining power in the ensuing chaos. Arya is onto his schemes, and he’s trying to turn the siblings against each other. Hopefully they won’t fall prey to his machinations. It would be a fitting, satisfying conclusion to have the daughters of Lord Baelish’s unrequited love be the ones to do him in.
After all, there’s a lot of revenge they need to exact besides just Baelish. Most of all, on the current queen of the Seven (more like five at best) Kingdoms, Cersei Lannister. Now would be a good time to do it, as Cersei is distracted by another enemy.
The mother of dragons has spent the last six seasons amassing her army, and now she’s ready to take back her birthright. She has the literal fire power to do so. The problem is that there’s a bigger threat than even Cersei out there.
There’s an enormous army of zombies marching towards The Wall. They’re hell-bent on killing every living being and adding them to the hoardes of White Walkers. The Great Game has never been this complex or this deadly.
This season has been full of reunions and old faces. The bastard son of former king Robert Baratheon, Gendry, finally made his return to the series and joins a dream team lead by Jon Snow as they march north of The Wall. But who will protect the realm while they’re gone? And who’s good enough to be a love match for this badass hunk? As Sansa said… “No One.”
To survive to the end, Arya and Sansa will have to work together. We’re so close to finally seeing how this all wraps up. Who will wind up on the Iron Throne? Honestly, I’d all be happy with literally anyone.