Back in May, promotional photos emerged for the seventh season of Game of Thrones that noticeably hinted at a Stark family reunion. Looking closer at the images, you may have noticed a very interesting detail attached to Arya's hip—the Valyrian steel dagger—which she finally got her hands on in the most recent episode.
The unique dagger first appeared in the second episode of the first season when an assassin tried to use it to kill Bran while he was in a coma. The man was fought off by Catelyn Stark and eventually killed by Bran's direwolf, Summer, but the mystery still remains of who actually hired the assassin to take out the young Stark.
Littlefinger revealed the steel dagger was owned by Tyrion, which initially set off the dangerous feud between the Starks and the Lannisters. At one point Ned had the dagger, but Littlefinger took it back until "The Spoils of War", where he handed it to Bran thinking he was the rightful owner. Emotionless Bran mumbled something about how "chaos is a ladder" and obviously had no interest in keeping it, so during the reunion with Arya, he gifts the infamous dagger to her. Now the the speculation simply shifts to, what will she do with it?
The dagger, dressed with a dragonbone hilt, is made from Valyrian steel, one of the few substances that can kill White Walkers. The steel's strength and ability to stay sharp forever could prove crucial in the battle with the ice creatures. The dagger is just another addition to the Stark's arsenal of powerful weapons, considering Jon Snow was given permission by Daenerys to mine the dragon glass (another substance that can kill White Walkers) from Dragonstone.
There is no question now that Arya is back in Winterfell that she will want to fight on the front line alongside Jon, but could she be the one to kill the Night King? After witnessing Arya's impressive showdown with Lady Brienne, she certainly has the elite training and potential to take down one of the biggest threats the North has ever faced. Or maybe she will go on her own mission to investigate who really hired the assassin to kill Bran and return the favor. It would be fitting to see Cersei die from the blade that initially set off the feud with the Starks.
Let's not forget how fast she has been crossing names of her 'kill list', so don't ever count out #AryaStark. Just like the dagger, she's small but unstoppable!
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO.
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