Arya Stark crossed a third name off her ever-growing kill list during the Season 6 finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but she’s far from done.
During “The Winds of Winter,” which aired Sunday, the youngest living Stark girl (Maisie Williams) managed to exact her revenge on Walder Frey (David Bradley) over the killing of her brother, Robb Stark (Richard Madden), and mother, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), at the Red Wedding in Season 3. She does it employing tricks she learned while staying with Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) at the House of Black and White in Braavos. Disguised as a servant girl, Arya manages to slice up Walder’s sons, feeding them to him without his knowledge. She then gets close enough to him to reveal her true identity before slitting his throat.
Walder was just one of many Arya has promised herself she’d kill. She began gathering the names on her list in Season 2, when Yoren (Francis Magee) — the Night’s Watch recruiter bringing her, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and a host of other hopefuls to The Wall — revealed that he’d had a similar list. He tells her he recited the names on it to himself every night until he was able to kill Willem, the man who killed his brother, and Arya starts doing the same.
Arya’s list had only a few names at first, but has grown significantly in four seasons. Below are the names of “Game of Thrones” characters Arya has promised to kill:
Ilyn Payne: Payne (Wilko Johnson) was the man tasked with swinging the sword that beheaded Arya’s father during Season 1 of “Game of Thrones.” He was among the first people on her list. Arya has not yet had a chance to kill him, however.
Cersei Lannister: Arya has been harboring a hatred for the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms (Lena Headey) since early on in “Game of Thrones” as she is to blame for the beheading of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). Cersei accused the former warden of the North of treason, which eventually led King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) to sentence Arya’s father to death. Cersei is still alive.
Joffrey Baratheon: Cersei’s eldest son was the king at the time of Ned’s trial. He forced Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to look on as her father was beheaded. Joffrey was killed at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) during Season 4, although it was not Arya’s doing. He was poisoned by Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) and Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen).
Tywin Lannister: King Joffrey’s grandfather orchestrated the events at the Red Wedding, which took place during Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.” He also happens to be dead, although it was his own son, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who killed him.
Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane: While traveling together throughout several seasons, Arya and the Hound (Rory McCann) grew to tolerate one another. She initially had him on her list for killing her friend Mycah (Rhodri Hosking) in Season 1. The Hound and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) battle during Season 4, episode 10, leaving the former member of the Kingsguard gravely injured. Rather than help him, Arya leaves him to die. Or so she thinks.
Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane: Arya first met the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in Season 2, when she was taken to Harrenhal against her will. During her time there, she and the boys with her, along with several other people who were already being held there, are tortured and killed by Ser Gregor. Arya has not come face-to-face with the Mountain since then. He was killed in a Season 4 duel with Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), but has since been brought back to life and is as strong and menacing as ever.
Melisandre: The Red Woman (Carice van Houten) is not popular in Westeros just now. In Season 6, episode 10, she was sent away by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) forced her to reveal what she’d done to Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) in Season 5. Arya has disliked Melisandre for quite some time, as she is responsible for Gendry having been taken away. Arya has not yet seen Melisandre again, and the Stark girl may never do so because the Red Woman was expelled from the North.
Beric Dondarrion: Along with a friend, Beric (Richard Dormer) sold Gendry to Melisandre in Season 3. Arya has not had a chance to kill him, but several others have done it. However, Beric continues to be brought back to life through some sort of magic beyond the understanding of himself or his companion.
Thoros of Myr: Thoros (Paul Kaye) was raised in the Temple of the Lord of Light. He was supposed to become a Red Priest, but instead fell into an unholy life. Despite this, he appears to have the ability to resurrect Beric, with whom he is traveling. He assisted in selling Gendry and accordingly earned a spot on Arya’s list. He is still alive on “Game of Thrones.”
Meryn Trant: After leaving the Hound for dead in an earlier season, Arya made her way to Braavos. There she finds herself staying with the Faceless Men, being trained to become no one by Jaqen H’ghar. He instructs her to get to know a particular man in Braavos by hanging around the ports and studying his dealings, but she gets distracted from her mission when she spots a familiar face: Meryn (Ian Beattie). Instead of stalking her assigned target, Arya begins tracking Meryn: She borrows a face from the Many-Faced God and kills him inside a brothel he frequents.
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