Season 6 of Game of Thrones ended with Arya striking Walder Frey off her kill list. After baking Lothar Frey and Black Walder Rivers in a pie that she serves up, she delights in slitting their father’s throat and watching him die. But what’s next for Arya? As Season 7 approaches, FANDOM looks at five possible storylines for everybody’s favourite Faceless assassin.
Finishing Off the Freys
As a trained Faceless Man, Arya is now able to assume the identities of those she kills. So how about this?
Arya puts on Walder Frey’s face to trick the existing Freys, bringing them together to slaughter them in a Red Wedding-style revenge attack.
She would then head to Winterfell, no longer under the guise of Walder Frey, to finally meet back up with siblings Jon and Sansa who have since reclaimed their rightful home. And we’re left to sit back and enjoy this long-awaited reunion.
Unite the Armies
Alternatively, Arya could unite the armies of the Twins and travel north. Currently without a leader, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to make this happen. We could then see them become the first – expendable – army to meet the White Walkers and their troupe of wights head on, leading to a satisfying slaughter for Game of Thrones fans to witness.
As viewers invested in certain characters, we don’t really want to see the men of the North or Daenerys and her armies meet this fate, which is a highly likely scenario if they’re the first to encounter the White Walkers directly. There’s still plenty to find out about how to combat this army of the undead after all, and they’ll need to learn from others’ mistakes!
Setting a Frey Trap
Following Walder Frey’s dispatch, perhaps Arya could find herself posing as her latest victim a bit longer than we initially suggested. She’d relish the opportunity to lead the remaining Freys on. By pretending to be Walder Frey and encouraging them to ride north together, she could lead them right into the – ahem – fray, to meet their horrific fates at the hands of the White Walkers. She could then reveal her identity and make a plucky escape.
Season 6 left Edmure Tully locked up in a cell, according to Walder Frey. Edmure had been imprisoned by Walder Frey after the events of the Red Wedding, when Edmure married his daughter Roslin and a slaughter ordered by Frey ensued, resulting in the deaths of Catelyn and Robb Stark. Edmure did manage to spend one night with his new wife, of course – during the bedding ceremony – who immediately fell pregnant with a son Edmure has never seen.
Arya could free her Uncle Edmure from the dungeons and rally Riverrun soldiers to ride North. Promising Edmure the chance to reunite with his wife and son would be enough to get Edmure on board, and Jon would get a strengthened army.
Introduce Lady Stoneheart
Lady Stoneheart is one character from the books that fans want to see but who hasn’t yet made an appearance. For those that don’t know, Lady Stoneheart is zombie Catelyn Stark – a resurrected version of Arya’s mum.
If Arya were to team up with Lady Stoneheart, there would be plenty more killing to look forward to from these two. That is what Game of Thrones is known for, right?
In the books, Lady Stoneheart hooks up with the Brotherhood without Banners and spends time going after Freys. Catelyn is brought back to life in this form by Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood, and Thoros of Myr, a red priest like Stannis Baratheon’s former right-hand woman, Melisandre. Thoros is known to have reanimated Beric several times over. Both Beric and Thoros have featured more prominently in the series of late.
As Season 6 stomped on towards its finale, mentions of Catelyn picked up, suggesting she is far from a fading memory. Brienne steadfastly stood by her oath to Catelyn despite her death – a suggestion we could yet see her again.
In the books, the story of Catelyn’s resurrection involves Thoros saying he won’t bring her back because she’s been dead too long. This leads to Beric agreeing to give his own life for hers. Although Catelyn has been out of the picture since the tail-end of the third season, following this storyline could get round the notion that her body might be too decayed to resurrect.
‘Game of Thrones’ returns for Season 7 on July 16 in the US and in the early hours of July 17 in the UK.