5 People Game of Thrones's Arya Stark Will Likely Kill in the Final Season

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Arya Stark isn't just a fan favorite character in HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones. Her journey and growth have made her one of the most resilient and respected figures on the show. After seven seasons, she's gone from a tomboyish noble girl to a stoic and vengeance-fueled mystic assassin.

One thing that has remained consistent throughout her journey, however, is her famous list—an index of people who have wronged her so badly that she can only sleep at night by planning their gruesome deaths. Over the seasons, Arya has either crossed people off her list herself, or has been robbed of her vengeance by others or by natural deaths. While there are still a few people left on her list, these are the five she's most likely to kill in the upcoming final season.

1. CERSEI LANNISTER

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Certainly the highest profile person left on Arya's list, there's little doubt that nobody deserves to kill the current ​Queen of Westeros more than Arya. On top of that, she probably has the best chance at succeeding. Her gift for face-stealing and experience in assassination would make her a better candidate than the likes of Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, who would have to storm King's Landing just to get to Cersei.

2. THE MOUNTAIN

​While ​Arya has proven she can take down enemies much larger than herself, the Mountain is not only a monster onto himself but has also shown that he can easily crush smaller, faster enemies. One theory floating around is that the Mountain and the Hound will engage in the much-anticipated Cleganebowl which the Hound will win, but will offer Arya the killing blow, prompting her to forgive him.

3. ILYN PAYNE

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The mute, grizzly knight made a huge first impression in season one of the show as Joffrey's executioner and torturer. He earned his place on Arya's list for killing her father, Ned Stark, but he's more or less since faded into the background. He was last seen all the way back in season two and was only mentioned in passing in season four. Arya really should have no problem killing such a forgotten character, and she might even do it offscreen.

4. BERIC DONDARRION

While he might have betrayed Arya and sold off Gendry several seasons ago, Beric has proved himself nothing less than an ally to Jon in the intervening time. But if Arya has demonstrated nothing else through her character growth, it's that she can hold a grudge. She'll probably kill Beric—who no longer has a means of resurrection—at a very inopportune time, which will undoubtedly cause conflict between her and Jon.

5. MELISANDRE

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Though she'll probably be one of the last people Arya crosses off her list, the Red Woman's days are almost certainly numbered. Despite being unilaterally helpful to the protagonists ever since Stannis Baratheon got what was coming to him, Melisandre is pretty much universally disliked and doesn't have many allies to protect her from Arya's wrath. Her magic seems to be limited to those she can influence, which won't do much good against Arya's trusty sword Needle.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Samuel L. Jackson

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If you watch enough movies, you’re bound to spot Samuel L. Jackson. The 71-year-old star (he'll turn 72 on December 21, 2020) is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood, appearing in Oscar-winning films like Pulp Fiction (1994) as well as blockbuster franchises like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From his background as an activist to the origin of his R-rated catchphrase, here are some things you should know about the Oscar-nominated actor.

1. Swearing helped Samuel L. Jackson manage his stutter.

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Before he was one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors, Samuel L. Jackson had trouble speaking in front of others. He was bullied for his stutter as a child, and he avoided talking in school for nearly a year because of it. He eventually took the initiative to treat the issue on his own by researching breathing techniques at the library. He also came up with a unique anchor word: motherf***er. The expletive that helped him manage his speech impediment would also become his professional calling card later in life.

2. Samuel L. Jackson was an usher at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral.

The assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968 thrust a young Jackson into the Civil Rights Movement. Jackson, who was a sophomore at Morehouse College at the time, flew from Atlanta to Memphis a few days later to march in support of a garbage workers' strike. Back in Atlanta, he agreed to be an usher at MLK’s funeral when he heard they needed volunteers. In 2018, he wrote about the experience for The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “I remember seeing people like Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. People that I thought I'd never see, let alone have a relationship with later on in life. The funeral was pretty much a blur.” He later staged a lock-in at his college that got him suspended.

3. Samuel L. Jackson almost became a marine biologist.

Jackson attended college in the 1960s with the intention of becoming a marine biologist. After he held the lock-in at Morehouse, he saw a performance by the Negro Ensemble Company that inspired him to pursue acting. When his suspension ended, he switched his major to drama and joined the theater group that inspired him.

4. Samuel L. Jackson was a stand-in on The Cosby Show.

Before he made it big in Hollywood, Jackson worked as a stand-in for Bill Cosby during tapings of the sitcom. "I was the right height, and I was the right skin tone," Jackson told Vulture in 2012 about the gig. "We did the blocking, while they did the camera choreography because it was a three-camera show. For two to three years, they would put his crazy sweaters on me."

5. Samuel L. Jackson's famous Jurassic Park line was inspired by another film.

Not long before he found a permanent place on Hollywood's A-list, Jackson played a small part in Jurassic Park (1993). John “Ray” Arnold wasn’t the star of the film, but he did say one of its more memorable lines: “Hold onto your butts.” Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp recently revealed that he borrowed the line from director Robert Zemeckis, who uttered it before watching reshoots of his film Death Becomes Her (1992).

6. Samuel L. Jackson asked for a purple lightsaber in the Star Wars prequels.

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Jackson is such a big Star Wars fan that he immediately accepted the role of Jedi Mace Windu when George Lucas offered it to him. He did, however, make one request regarding the part: He wanted a purple lightsaber. Traditionally, lightsabers come in green for Jedi and red for Sith, but Lucas reluctantly agreed to make an exception for Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Jackson recounted the origins of his unique weapon on The Graham Norton Show: “We had this big arena, this fight scene with all these Jedi and they’re fighting or whatever. And I was like, well s***, I want to be able to find myself in this big ol’ scene. So I said to George, ‘You think maybe I can get a purple lightsaber?’”

7. Samuel L. Jackson is the highest grossing actor of all time.

Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in more than 150 movies, including blockbuster franchises like Star Wars and several of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including The Avengers series. So it’s not surprising that the actor has earned the distinction of being Hollywood’s highest-grossing actor. The combined box office earnings of all his films—which includes Avengers: Endgame, the biggest money-maker of all time—add up to more than $13 billion worldwide.

8. Samuel L. Jackson has his own wig consultant.

Jackson is bald in real life, but he has sported many iconic hairstyles over the course of his movie career. His ‘dos have become such a big part of his on-screen personas that he employs his own personal hair stylist and wig consultant. Robert L. Stevenson has used Jackson’s head as a canvas on dozens of films.

9. Samuel L. Jackson appears in Kill Bill Vol. 2.

After first collaborating with director Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (1997), Jackson made a brief cameo in his Kill Bill series. The next time you watch Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), pay close attention to Rufus the wedding piano player—he’s played by a familiar face.

10. You can hear Samuel L. Jackson on Amazon’s Alexa.

Jackson is known for his distinctive voice and colorful vocabulary. In 2019, the actor lent his vocal talents to Amazon’s Alexa. The Samuel L. Jackson Alexa option has many of the same capabilities as regular Alexa, including playing music, setting your alarm clock, and singing “Happy Birthday.” You can even let the feature use swear words for a more authentic experience.