How Does Arya Stark Survive 'No One'? 'Game of Thrones' Fans Have Theories
Arya Stark was left in a bad way at the end of "Game of Thrones" Season 6, Episode 7(or was she?), and she would appear to be the "No One" of the Episode 8 title. But all may not be as it appears.
Here's HBO's synopsis for the Sunday, June 12 episode, "No One": "While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test."
"New test" being how to recover from being stabbed by the Waif?
Arya is suspiciously absent from the photos HBO shared to promote Episode 8, but she and the Waif are shown in the promo:
If Arya has enough strength to jump like that, and basically be a Bourne/Bond/Avenger superhero, is she really that damaged? Maybe it's not even her...?
There are theories out there about Arya's fate -- some of them are wild, one or more of them may be true. Perhaps Arya wasn't Arya when she was stabbed. Maybe she was Jaqen H'ghar, testing the Waif to see if she would follow his instructions and make Arya's death painless. After all, where was Needle during all of this?
Others think that the Waif doesn't even exist, and Arya is Tyler Durden-ing with the Waif as her darker inner self, and she is killing off what is left of Arya Stark to truly become No One. That one's heavy. But the argument on Reddit has merit. #WaifClub
There's also the possibility that Arya could seek help from Lady Crane to be healed, although those were some serious stab wounds to just patch up ... unless she was fake bleeding, using props, to lure out the Waif and set a trap? Our Arya would've known better than to be that naive and slow on the bridge, so that never smelled right from the start, but would she have been so forward-thinking as to know she'd be stabbed in the belly? Eh.
If that was Arya, and she was really stabbed, and she does need help, maybe she too can be revived Jon Snow-style. (Red priests and priestesses specialize in stabbing revivals -- ask about their June specials!) Or perhaps Jaqen can help her, and give up his own life for her since she did say his name as a life to take, way back when. No idea.
A new batch of Episode 8 photos just came out, including one with the Waif, and a mysterious man in shadow behind her. Doesn't this look like Syrio Forel?
The Powers That Be usually avoid major (or even minor) spoilers in photos, so maybe we're just supposed to think that's Syrio?
What's your theory on how Arya not only survives that stabbing, but manages to do the stunts shown in the "No One" promo?
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