Who's still on Arya's kill list from Game of Thrones? HBO's fantasy drama returns for season 8 on April 14, finally revealing who (if anyone) will sit on the Iron Throne and who won't make it through to the end. Theories on who will survive both the White Walkers and George R.R. Martin abound, but there are a few things that may make some deaths a little more likely than others. Things like having their name on a to-kill list held by one of the most impressive assassins in the series right now: Arya Stark.
Arya started life on Game of Thrones as a rebellious tomboy, more interested in learning how to fight with a sword than dance and embroider. By season 7, though, all that had changed, and Arya has become a stone cold killer. She was trained with a sword by a Braavosi master, who also taught her the basics of sneaking unseen. From there, she learned from The Hound as he dragged her all over the country trying to ransom her, before she fled to Braavos and the House of Black and White, training under the Faceless Men to become a master assassin.
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Along the way, Arya's lost a lot of those close to her. Driven by thoughts of revenge, she has kept a list of all the people who have wronged her that she intends to kill... and she's making some impressive progress so far. As we enter the final season of Game Of Thrones, here's everyone on Arya's to-kill list, who is left, who she killed herself, and who had their name struck off thanks to someone else doing the dirty work.
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Game of Thrones Characters On Arya's List Already Dead (But Not Killed By Arya)
Three names were struck from Arya's kill list thanks to other people, although there's little doubt that she would have preferred to do the deed herself. Joffrey Baratheon was one of the first names to make the list for sentencing Ned Stark to death (when he was promised mercy) and having him beheaded. It was this event that launched Arya's list of doomed men to begin with, although she soon started adding plenty of other names. Joffrey, of course, was poisoned at his own wedding - a plot by Olenna Tyrell to prevent her daughter from having to actually be married to the little royal psychopath.
Joffrey's grandfather, Tywin Lannister, also made the list for his hand in killing Arya's family members. Tywin orchestrated the Red Wedding where Robb and Catelyn Stark were murdered, almost before Arya's eyes (she was just outside the castle walls at the time, about to be reunited with her family). The patriarch of the Lannister family was ultimately killed by his own son, Tyrion; shot through the heart with a crossbow while on the privvy.
Finally, Thoros of Myr was added to Arya's list for his crimes of allowing the Hound to leave the Brotherhood Without Banners, and for his part in selling Gendry to Melisandre, rather than allowing him to remain with the Brotherhood. Thoros, however, is now dead - frozen to death on a mission North of the Wall with Jon Snow, and his body burnt.
Game of Thrones Characters On Arya's List She Killed
The list continues to shrink, with Arya happily dispatching no fewer than four of her targets over the past few Game of Thrones seasons. This is, of course, in addition to the other men that she has killed along the way, but that didn't warrant a spot on her list first.
Polliver, the man who initially stole Needle from her and killed her friend Lommy, was the first of the men on her list that Arya was able to do away with. Traveling with the Hound, the two found a group of Lannister soldiers at an Inn and attacked the Hound. Terrible idea, of course, because he killed most of them, leaving a couple for Arya. One of these is Polliver; Arya took her sword back and then slowly stabbed him through the throat with it - exactly the same way that he killed her friend Lommy. This is definitely the moment that audiences started to see just how brutal and deliberate Arya's kills can be.
Rorge must be the person who has the dubious honor of the shortest possible time on Arya's list - he is only on it for a few moments before she strikes him down. Initially, Arya met Rorge as a prisoner being taken to the Night's Watch, who then became a Lannister soldier at Harrenhal. From the start, Rorge was threatening to Arya (or Arry, as she was going by then), threatening to 'f**k her bloody'. When the Hound and Arya run into Rorge some time later, Arya remembers him, but tells the Hound that Rorge isn't on her list because she doesn't know his name. The Hound then asks him his name, and as soon as Rorge gives it, Arya puts him on the list... and then stabs him through the heart a second later.
Next up was, Meryn Trant. This vicious Lannister soldier and Knight of the Kingsguard was the one to kill Arya's swordmaster, Syrio Forel, back in Game of Thrones season 1. Arya crossed paths with him again in Braavos, while she was training with the Faceless Men. He visited a brothel and, just in case anyone was under the impression that he was just a dutiful soldier who killed Syrio because it was his job, Ser Meryn reveals that his personal tastes are for extremely young girls, and that he enjoys beating and abusing them. Arya is able to use this, and her training, to get alone with him... at which point, she gouges out his eyes and then repeatedly stabs him to death.
Finally, Arya uses her Faceless Man training again, to take out the odious Walder Frey. The man who hosted the Red Wedding and killed Robb and Catelyn Stark was a high priority on Arya's list, and this kill shows how cunning she has started to become in recent seasons. Not content to simply slip in and kill him, Arya killed his sons, turned them into a pie, and then fed the pie to him... before finally slitting his throat.