Who’s left on Arya Stark’s list and why does she want to kill them? Here are the all the names
11 April 2019, 17:31 | Updated: 18 April 2019, 12:36
As the hit HBO series Game of Thrones returns for the very last time, we take a look at who's left on Arya Stark's list - and who she's assassinated so far after training with the Faceless Men.
The youngest Stark daughter, Arya, has been a badass from the very start. From the moment she kicked Bran's butt with her archery skills in season 1, to when she served Walder Frey a warm slice of humble pie in his own home.
While her journey hasn't exactly been easy (she escaped from King's Landing after witnessing her father Ned's death, was blind at one point and was whacked with a stick more times than we can remember), Arya has always come out on top and has won herself a huge fan following.
A huge part of Arya's story is how she travelled to the House of Black and White in Braavos to train with the Faceless Men. Wanting to become a trained assassin, Arya learns their skills in order to avenge the deaths of her friends and family.
Every night, Arya Stark repeats the names on her hit list as she drifts off to sleep. The people named include those who have not only wronged her, but her family and friends.
So, as it's been a while, we feel it's important to have a quick little refresher on Arya Stark's list - and who she's managed to kill already. Here's everything you need to know about who is still alive and who might die at the sword of Arya Stark in the final season.
Who is left on Arya Stark's list?
1) Cersei Lannister - ALIVE
Currently presiding over King's Landing and sitting on the Iron Throne, Cersei Lannister was one of the first names to make it on Arya's list.
Not only did she give birth to psychopath, King Joffrey, she also gave many orders that resulted in Arya's family members' deaths. Cersei first accused Ned Stark of treason, which led to Joffrey beheading him in front of Arya and Sansa.
It was also the Lannisters who ordered the Freys to kill Catelyn and Robb Stark at the 'Red Wedding', as well as Robb's pregnant wife Talisa.
While we'd love to see a showdown between Arya and Cersei, it kinda feels right that Sansa gets the honour of killing the Queen, after all the pain Cersei afflicted on her. There's also all the theories about Jamie Lannister turning on his sister, but let's not even START that conversation.
2) Joffrey Baratheon - DEAD
In season 4 of the show, in the episode entitled 'The Lion and the Rose' - more commonly referred to as the 'Purple Wedding' - Joffrey married Margaery Tyrell.
At the wedding reception, Joffrey died in his mother's arms after ingesting poison. His murder was pinned on Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, but it was actually Margery's grandmother and Tyrell matriarch, Olenna, that poisoned his chalice. So, yaaay, he's dead, but it wasn't Arya that did the deed.
3) Ser Meryn Trant - DEAD
You may have forgotten all about Ser Meryn, but Arya hadn't. Not only was he ordered to apprehend Arya Stark in season 1, Meryn killed her swordfighting teacher, Syrio Forel.
In season 5, Arya Stark kills Ser Meryn while disguised as a prostitute in a brothel. Meryn beats three women he's been given for his own amusement, but when one of them (Arya) doesn't cry out, he sends away the other two and punches her. Falling on her knees, Arya then pulls away her face, revealing her true identity.
Arya stabs him in the eyes and chest. Then, with a very deadpan expression, tells Meryn she's going to kill him to avenge her friend and slits his throat.
4) Tywin Lannister - DEAD
The former head of the Lannister household was best known for his military prowess. While he trained his children Cersei and Jamie to follow in his footsteps, he resented his youngest son, Tyrion, for 'killing' his wife during childbirth.
Tyrion eventually was the one to end his father's life - not Arya - when he used a crossbow to hit his father in the heart... while he was on the toilet. What a way to go!
5) Walder Frey - DEAD
Okay, so this one was carried out by Arya... and it was EPIC.
In season 7, after four long seasons, we finally saw that creepy old dude get what's coming to him after the 'Red Wedding'. As you may recall (I mean, how could you forget??), Walder and his family turned on King Robb and his mother Catelyn while they feasted in his huge banquet hall. They first stabbed Robb's pregnant wife in the stomach, then shot Robb with arrows, before stabbing him in the heart. Watching in agony, Catelyn Stark cries out, then has her throat slit.
Disguised as a servant girl, Arya serves Walder a pie containing his sons minced body parts (yum). She then coolly tells him about his sons' fate, announces herself and slits his throat. Yasss, Arya!
"Who the fuck is Polliver??", we hear you say. And we'd be lying if we didn't have to do a quick Google ourselves.
Cast your minds back to the beginning, when Westeros was a simpler place but had a lot more people to keep track of. Polliver was a soldier for the Lannisters who not only attacked Yoren and the Night's Watch, but also steels Arya's sword Needle from her while holding her captive.
He uses her sword to stab Lommy in the neck after the boy got injured, Arya then tricks them into believing Lommy was Robert Baratheon's bastard son, Gendry, who is also among the captives.
Arya kills him in season 4, after taking back her sword. It is while she's travelling with The Hound to the Vale (he's trying to sell Arya to her aunt Lysa Arryn) that they come across Polliver in an inn. She seizes the opportunity to smash a pot over his head, then cuts the back of his knees. Saying the same thing Polliver did before he killed Lommy, Arya then ends his life by shoving the thin blade into his neck.
7) The Hound - ALIVE
Sandor is on Arya's list for killing her butcher boy friend waaaay back in season 1, when Joffrey, Robert and the Lannisters visited Winterfell.
Despite having a fair few opportunities to kill Sandor Clegane while they were travelling together in season 4, Arya didn't manage to murder him.
Brienne of Tarth, instead, fought him and left him for dead, as she was trying to keep her promise to Arya's mother Catelyn to keep her daughters safe.
After the conflict, Arya decides not to follow Brienne back to Winterfell.
She'll later discover that the Hound is still alive, helping Jon Snow out with the White Walkers. But for how long?
8) The Mountain - ALIVE(ISH)
Sir Gregor is on Arya's list because of his torture at Harrenhal. He's also a bit of a mean bastard, so, ya know, there's that too.
The Mountain is currently a weird zombie who acts as Cersei lapdog.
9) Melisandre - ALIVE
The red priestess has done some serious shit in her time (let's not forget what she did to poor Shireen), but it's fair to say she's started to learn that her actions haven't always been justified - or correct.
Arya wants her dead because she seduced her pal Gendry and then put leeches on his body during sex. She also took him away from the Brotherhood Without Banners.
In season 7, Melisandre was hanging out on Dragonstone trying to convince Dany to meet with Jon Snow, after he banished her from the north upon Davos' request.
While speaking to Varys, Melisandre says it is destined that she and him die in Westeros, meaning she probably already knows what's gonna go down in season 8. Only time will tell if it's Arya that is the one to kill her.
10) Ser Ilyn Payne
The tongueless soldier hasn't been on screen for looooong time, but we're guessing he's still alive? Sure, he didn't have much choice, but it was Ser Payne that beheaded Ned Stark.
11) Beric Dondarrion - ALIVE (AGAIN)
We're not gonna lie, we can't say we're too sentimental about this one. The dude's died and come back to life multiple times anyway, so what's another death?
He's currently with the Hound and Jon Snow battling it out against the White Walkers with his sword of flames.
12) Thoros of Myr - DEAD
In season 7, while trying to aide Jon Snow in bringing back a Wight to Cersei to prove the bigger, common threat, Thoros of Myr froze to death beyond The Wall.
When is Game of Thrones season 8 on?
The new series lands in the US on Sunday 14th April, 2019.
For those in the UK, it airs at 9pm on Monday on Sky Atlantic, or you can stream the show on NOW TV.