Disregard Jon Snow – there’s numerous proof it will be Arya Stark who kills Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones finale. The big twist of season 8 has been Dany taking up her status as the Mad Queen, in controversial episode “The Bells” devastating King’s Landing atop her dragon, Drogon, raining fire erratically down on foe opponents and innocent bystanders alike.
It’s pretty apparent now that the Game of Thrones series finale will be worried with bringing an end to Daenerys’ short sovereignty. But the question remains as to whom. Tyrion has long been anticipated to deceive his Queen, and as recently as last week it was speculated Jon could have to murder his aunt/lover. However, now a third prospective murderer has appeared.
Arya Stark was push into the thick of Mhysa Dany’s city razing, and as she rides away on a white horse – one shrilly evocative of the one Drogo gave to Dany in the series premiere – there’s only one rational destination. Here’s why an Arya murder effort on Daenerys in the Game of Thrones season 8 finale not only feels unavoidable, but would be the conclusion of her whole eight-year-long storyline.
The Night King Wasn’t An End To Arya Stark’s Character Arc
From basically day one, Arya Stark’s Game of Thrones character arc subjected her to the vagaries and casual cruelties of daily life, even more so than for Jon Snow (who had to kill one of his advisers, Qhorin Halfhand, and saw the other, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, be butchered) or for Sansa Stark (who was subjected to the recurring torturer of both King Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton).
This, sequentially, nourished in her the greedy craving for reprisal, an inspiring aspect which led to her survival through an infinite series of disagreements on Westeros and her ultimate training to become a Faceless Man on Essos.
And it is here that we begin to notice just what sort of toll the demands of reprisal take on Arya. Though packed with brutality, being of service to the Many-Faced God in the House of Black and White offers a life of constancy and, seemingly, completion for the young girl, allowing her to be the person that Westerosi society would never permit.
Arya, though, simply cannot let go of the past and the countless betrayals that led her to run away from the Seven Kingdoms in the first place; all of the guidance to make her an almost-supernatural murderer would now be transmitted towards her original need for vengeance, doubling down on her path rather than permitting it to be forwarded to, perhaps, more fruitful ends.
All of which has set her for her part in Game of Thrones’ final two seasons, in which she alone slaughtered House Frey and, in addition, helped to expose – and perform – Lord Petyr Baelish’s betrayal and stop the army of the dead in its tracks (Littlefinger and the Night King ended up being two main names that she didn’t even know should be on her list).
The entirety of Game of Thrones has been devoted to Arya Stark becoming the definitive of murderers, but there’s still one huge obstacle left.
Arya using that capability to achieve authentic alteration in the course of Westerosi history would refine this ride, and killing the Dragon Queen after she just massacred thousands of innocents would be just the way to do it. It would also be something of an paradox, as Arya has already spent the past few years aiming to murder the queen sitting the Iron Throne.
Killing Daenerys Would Be A Fitting Tragedy For Arya After Leaving Cersei
After seven-and-a-half years of becoming the outstanding combating machine and cruel murderer that she now is, and after being resistant to any persuasions to diverge from that brutal course (counting a marriage offer by the new lord of Storm’s End, Gendry Baratheon), Arya Stark seemed at last prepared to plan a new path in “The Bells,” and she is persuaded to do so by none other than Sandor Clegane.
The Hound is able to be successful where the likes of Jaqen H’ghar and Brienne of Tarth unsuccessful because he has earned her begrudging reverence.
His (what she considers is) clear-eyed and unwavering insight of the earth means his life has also been devoted by the compulsive need for vengeance (in this case, against his brother, Gregor Clegane, who is accountable for his physical deformity and ensuing emotional nature).
Seeing what devastating consequence such a battle causes, and understanding that the looming death coming up for them both is, by explanation, inferior to living, Arya at last turns away, selecting the future over the past for the very first time in Game of Thrones.
But after watching what level of devastation Daenerys Targaryen inflicts in a nearly off-handed way, it appears Arya’s pristine sense of intention will at present once again be counted by temper and a need for fairness.
It is, retrospectively, the only, catastrophic conclusion that Arya Stark could ever expect to have; one that is thematically steady with her journey up to now and, at this late phase in the game, pretty foreseeable.
In addition, it’s a turn of events that’s delivered all the more dreadful by the counterpoint that Dany unexpectedly provides – while Arya is picking to disregard if not essentially to absolve, Khaleesi has chose to surrender to her base intuitions and her own newly-sharpened desire for revenge.
Arya Killing Daenerys Completes Game Of Thrones’ Historical Parallels
For the entirety of these final two seasons, Game of Thrones has intentionally made the effort to paint a parallel between Daenerys Targaryen and her late father, the Mad King Aerys; King’s Landing will require to fall in both of these situations, with the only question being how, accurately, it would do so.
Eager to ensure that Aerys II Targaryen’s plan to level the whole capital city with secret reserves of wildfire wouldn’t get finished with Dany’s three gigantic, fire-spewing dragons, her advisors advised her to keep away from a straight-on attack at all costs and to instead keep up a blockade, starving Queen Cersei Lannister and her forces out of the Red Keep.
Now that the twists of fortune have pounded her to going down the very similar course that her father couldn’t accomplish – the Mad King was slain before his ultimate, deadly command could be executed – the historical cycle needs to be fulfilled with murder by someone from within Daenerys Stormborn’s own rank and file.
Obviously, the exact situations don’t assemble flawlessly: back then, it was Ser Jaime Lannister, a member of Aerys’s own Kingsguard, who did the action, while now it will be Arya more than expected lunging out of the shadows once again and trying to plant a Valyrian dagger into Dany’s stomach.
Earlier, death and devastation on a huge extent were barred, whilst, in the present, innumerable thousands of bodies (or, at least, their ashes) will require to be piled up and the city cleared of the near-ubiquitous debris.
But this historical boom will persist to blast out until it at last disappears into void as Aerys already has and Daenerys will do in the name of fairness. There is one final disparity in this parallelism that needs to be accounted for, and it’s a remarkable one: what the killer’s luck will eventually be.
As a member of House Lannister and as an individual who flipped from the losing to the winning side of the revolt against the crown, Jaime was spared any important effect – actually, he continues to keep his disdainful position as a member of the Kingsguard for decades to come (until his own son, King Tommen Baratheon, finally strips him of his position).
Then again, there is no plausible way in which Arya will be able to flee the implications of her proceedings, even if her killing endeavor fails; it’s tough to visualize that Grey Worm, particularly, the commander of Daenerys’s forces, would let anyone escape with the assassination of his queen, the only thing he has left in the whole earth.
Could this indicate death awaits Arya Stark in the Game of Thrones series finale – the very same destiny she was, miserably, already expecting.
Game of Thrones concludes Sunday at 9pm on HBO.