Could Arya Stark Still Be Serving the Faceless Men in Game of Thrones?

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Since the latest episode of Game of Thrones, titled “The Long Night,” Arya Stark has been the source of many discussions among fans. We knew Arya was tough, but now she's clearly proven just how fierce a fighter she is. But what if the assassination of the Night King was all planned by the Faceless Men, the organization that turned Arya into the fierce assassin that she is?

Reddit fan u/lxBATESxl is convinced that Arya was actually doing the Faceless Men’s work in killing the Night King, and that Jaqen H'ghar let her take some faces from the House of Black and White when she left to go back to Winterfell two seasons ago. Jaqen likely wouldn’t have allowed anyone to take faces, however, he might have if he knew Arya was going to use them to embark on a mission that would save the Seven Kingdoms.

But the Redditor brings up another prediction that’s even more of a twist. What if the members of the Faceless Men were really doing the bidding of the Iron Bank, who knew that without their help, Winterfell would fall and King’s Landing would be next? We know that the Iron Bank awarded Cersei a large loan, so if they used the Faceless Men to safeguard King’s Landing, their deal with Cersei would be safe as well. It’s an endless chain of mutual protection that would ultimately protect the Iron Bank more than anyone else.

The user speculates:

"The Order is known for taking a sacrifice or payment in order to carry out an assassination. I tend to think that the Iron Bank could have paid the order for the assassination of the [Night King]. The Iron bank had recently given a sizable loan to Cersei and are typically good about ensuring that their gambles/loans always pay out in the end. If the [Night King]’s army were to win the battle of Winterfell, Cersei's army would stand no chance once the [Night King] collected additional troops and moved to King’s Landing. By paying the Order, they are covering their bet on Cersei."

So basically what the Redditor is arguing is that the Faceless Men put it in Arya’s head that she was capable of killing the Night King, and pushed her to carry out their plan for them without her knowing their real intentions. “I don't think that Arya is aware that there was a price paid for the [Night King]’s assassination. I think that she is serving the order somewhat unknowingly,” the user adds.

This seems like a really elaborate plan, and with only three episodes left, it’s hard to imagine all of this coming to fruition. However, we have been suspicious as to why Jaqen just let Arya leave the Faceless Men back in the Season 6 episode “No One.” It all seemed far too easy.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]