(WARNING: The following contains giant, Wun Wun-sized plot SPOILERS for 'Game of Thrones' recent season finale — Season 6, Episode 10. Proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood Three-Eyed Raven suggests is wise.)
Now, in the wake of Game of Thrones' recently screened season six finale, you could be forgiven for having more questions than the average episode of Jeopardy. After all, between the thought-provoking themes and character beats, open-ended plot threads and potentially season seven-defining Easter eggs, Game of Thrones' final episode for the best part of a year raised a whole lot of them. Perhaps the most intriguing of all, for those of a vengeance-shaped inclination, though?
Who Is Arya Going To Kill In Game of Thrones Season 7?
After all, as we saw just saw in one of the season's biggest (and, for anyone still struggling to cope with the trauma of the Red Wedding, best) surprises, Arya's search for vengeance seems to be back on track:
With Walder Frey now crossed off her list, though, it seems time to take a look at just who Arya will be heading after next season - something very much helped along by EW recently reaching out to the young woman who plays Westeros' deadliest Stark - Maisie Williams - to ask her just who she thinks Arya will go after next. Her thoughts?
"Arya still has a medium-length list of people she wants dead...But if I had to put them in order of who she wants dead the most, just three of them, it would probably go: Cersei, Melisandre, then The Mountain or Ilyn Payne."
All of which make a fair amount of sense, seeing as they're all directly responsible for either the death of her father, the torture of a whole lot of innocents, of the the nefarious kidnapping of her close friend Gendry. However, with more names on the list, it seems as good a time as any to take a look at...
Just How Might Arya Kill Off The Folks On Her List?
Now, that list is, admittedly, much shorter than it once was, with Tywin Lannister and Joffrey Baratheon both having met their respective demises at the hands of others, and Arya herself having dealt with Ser Meryn Trant, Polliver and, most recently, Walder Frey. That, however, still leaves...
Now, Cersei may just have church-murdered her way into ruling Westeros, but that doesn't mean that Arya isn't going to be gunning for her in season seven - and with those handy-dandy face-changing powers of hers, who'd bet against her? The biggest question, in the end, is probably whether Cersei can survive whatever else is coming long enough to have Arya do the deed...
Having just been cut adrift from her 'prince that was promised'-related duties by a surprisingly merciful Jon Snow, Melisandre seems likely to be riding south - and thus towards a likely far less forgiving younger Stark. Whether her path will cross with Arya's remains to be seen,, though - and there's always the chance that Gendry will turn up before that happens, thus rather eliminating the need to actually kill Melisandre.
Someone for whom death is surely coming, though?
Or, rather, it clearly already has come, but somehow been delayed substantially. Whether Arya will actually be the one to finish off the man once known as Gregor Clegane remains to be seen (more on that below), but if there was ever a horrifying zombie that deserved a painful death, it'd be him. After all, season six essentially left him with his own torture and sexual assault chamber. The man is clearly going to die horribly...again.
Now, we haven't seen Ilyn Payne since season two, as the man who plays him - Wilko Johnson - was away receiving treatment for apparently terminal cancer. He miraculously survived, though, and is apparently eager to return to the show as soon as possible - making Ilyn Arya's most likely short-term target. An early season seven appearance could, it seems, be swiftly followed by an unpleasant beheading (if Arya's throat-slicing revenge upon Walder Frey is any indication).
At which point we take our leave of the definite entries on the list, and delve into those who were definitely on there in the past, but might now have been excised. First up?
Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr
Now, the Brotherhood's two key leaders may have made it onto Arya's list by virtue of selling Gendry to Melisandre, but it's unclear whether they're still on it. Were Melisandre to meet up with the pair, though, and begin a R'hllor-themed plot of some sort, then don't be too surprised if Arya turns up shortly after and does something awful to them all. The wild card in all of that, though?
After all, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane and Arya have something of a love/hate relationship - one that could just as easily end in Arya unceremoniously setting the Hound on fire as it could with the pair teaming up to take down Cersei and The Mountain (Clegane-Bowl lives!) in a glorious close to, say, season seven.
With The Hound apparently having teamed up with the Brotherhood in season six, though, there's also the distinct possibility that he and Arya will meet once more in very different circumstances - circumstances that might just strain the pair's already complicated relationship to breaking point. Would Arya be able to bring herself to kill her mentor/captor - or could confronting his newfound desire to do good force her to rethink her whole plan for vengeance altogether?
We'll most likely find out...in ten months or so. In the meantime, the big question now?
What do YOU reckon?
Who'll Arya kill next?