How Arya Could End Up on the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones

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*Spoilers ahead.

After the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Long Night," showed Arya Stark successfully demolishing the Night King in the most impressive display of dagger-catching we've ever seen, we can't help but root for her to win it all. A new fan theory, posted by Redditor DreadChord, lays out the path for Arya to make it all the way to the Iron Throne. While it might be a bit of a stretch, and sort of depressing, it's still got some plausibility. According to the theory:

"Daenerys' vision from the house of the undying has a scene with no one sitting on the throne, while the throne room is covered in snow. I suggest, Jon dies and Arya truly ends up taking to the no-one persona, adopting Jon's face and behaviour and masquerading as Jon, king on the iron throne. She kills Cersei as Jon, fulfilling simultaneously both the Valonqar prophecy and the green eyes prophecy, Valonqar loosely since Jon seems to think of Arya as [his] little sister."

"No one" is the identity that the Faceless Men take on, and when Arya completed her training in season 6, Jaqen H'ghar told her, "Finally, a girl is no one." While Arya replies to this by boldly stating, "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home," prompting her journey back to her family, the Redditor still believes there's a chance she could take on the identity once again.

The "Valonqar" prophecy mentioned here refers to a passage in A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—not the TV series. As a child, Cersei Lannister is told by Maggy the Frog that she would be killed at the hands of a "Valonqar," a High Valyrian word meaning "little brother." While there are plenty of theories interpreting this to mean Tyrion or Jaime Lannister, or even somehow Cersei's unborn child as being the one to kill her, this fan theory is one of the more out-there translations of the prophecy we've heard so far. But Game of Thrones is known to give us some unbelievable twists.

While we don't think we're ready to see Jon Snow die, there's no denying that the Seven Kingdoms would be in good hands under Arya's rule.