If the final season of Game of Thrones has reinforced anything, it’s that you do not mess with Arya Stark. Granted, one would say that of Daenerys too, since she literally burns enemies. But what happens when you put these two immovable forces against each other?
Spoilers ahead if you haven’t caught up with the next to last episode
We’re probably going to find out during the finale Sunday. Daenerys has gone around the bend, driven to madness. Arya is bruised and battered but still standing. She had intended to kill Cersei herself, but Daenerys beat her to it while killing an abundance of innocent people.
Is Arya destined to kill Daenerys?
Melisandre planted a clue in season 8 episode 3 — “The Long Night” — when she talked to Arya during the Night King’s siege. The Red Witch recalled their season three meeting when she saw Arya’s future and predicted: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.”
The blue eyes turned out to be the Night King, whom Arya dispatched in what is arguably the most memorable moment of the last season so far. The brown eyes were Walder Frey, who Arya killed in season six.
The green eyes were long speculated to be Cersei’s. But in the most recent episode, Arya walks away from King’s Landing without slaughtering Cersei. Daenerys indirectly takes care of it herself when she goes on a dragon fire spree, burning down King’s Landing. It appears, as of now, that Cersei and Jaime Lannister were crushed under the rubble of the Red Keep.
Who else has green eyes? That would be Daenerys. Or at least some fans seem to think so. Daenerys’ eye color has never been specifically mentioned in the show, but in the books, they’re purple. And if you Google “Emilia Clarke eye color,” you get a bunch of different answers. According to Factinate, Clarke’s eyes are heterochromatic, which means that both of her irises are grey on the outer rim, but they are hazel on the inner rim. In the show, her eyes appear to be green.
After witnessing devastation, it’s likely Arya will take it upon herself to end Daenerys. Or, perhaps, it will be more circumstantial. Let’s say Daenerys goes after Jon Snow and Sansa Stark — Arya could step in to save her family.
Arya vs. Daenerys: Who will win?
Arya has been the breakout star of the final season. While she’s often known for her violent deeds, she also grabbed our attention by masterfully eliminating the Night King.
In episode 5, Arya came close to death several times as she ran from place to place, either dodging the fire of Daenerys’ dragon or ducking the rubble of the resulting destruction. The show mercilessly teased us by cutting away from Arya when it seemed like she was just about to buy it, but she persisted. And it’s not at all hard to imagine she’ll now have Daenerys in her sights.
Daenerys may be merciless, but she’s also a target. She has alienated even her potential allies by continuing the attack even after the town signaled their surrender. Many people have criticized this turn, arguing the writers’ setup has been clumsy, although that may be because they’ve had to shoehorn everything in to a short season.
Vox argues: “There was no reason for Daenerys to burn the city so systematically, to so deliberately target civilians who posed no threat to her. She’s been callous and even cruel before, but never murderous for the sake of being murderous. It felt as if Daenerys had become a monster simply because the show needed her to become a monster, not because it was paying off a thoughtfully developed character turn.”
But The Week defends the turn, saying: “If Daenerys were to have simply defeated Cersei and won the Iron Throne in ‘The Bells,’ the show wouldn’t have been worth watching … Thrones has never been about one-note characters (despite its propensity to occasionally write them), just as it has never been a show remotely interested in doing what is most expected of it.”
We don’t know if Arya will kill Daenerys, but it is likely she will take a stab at it.
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