Game of Thrones season 8 has aired and we thought it’s the right time to revisit Arya Stark‘s legendary kill list. Maisie Williams even tweeted some names out to get fans hyped the Friday before the premiere. By killing Walder Frey in the finale of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, Arya not only crossed a major name off her legendary kill list, but also at last demonstrated the payoff of nearly two seasons of Faceless Men training.
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 12, 2019
The young Stark — who entered the House of Black and White an inexperienced, albeit scrappy, fighter — is now a cruel murderer able to slitting a man’s throat with a grin on her face. But while killing the man who orchestrated the Red Wedding was undoubtedly a fulfilling moment, her mission for reprisal is nowhere near complete.
With some people on her list still alive and (mostly) well, Arya has her work cut out for her over the course of the final season. Here are the names and crimes of everyone she intends on gifting to the Many-Faced God.
Read on for who is left on Arya Stark’s kill list.
Cersei wrongly accused Arya’s father, Ned Stark, of betrayal and had him arrested. Those actions led to Ned’s death. Cersei presently rules over King’s Landing where she’s protected by the Mountain and others. Arya would have to travel back there to meet her.
Ilyn Payne beheaded Ned on orders from Joffrey Baratheon. It’s possibly he’s still alive in King’s Landing.
Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane
The Mountain tortured and killed people at Harrenhal, where Arya was imprisoned. He now stands beside Cersei as her protector, so Arya will likely have to go through him to reach the queen anyway.
Sandor “the Hound” Clegane
Despite the kinship that the Hound and Arya struck up during their travels, the Hound did kill Arya’s friend, Mycah, the butcher’s boy. It’s blurred whether he remains her list: Arya told the Waif that she no longer wanted to kill the Hound.
Melisandre took Gendry away when Beric Dondarrion sold him to her. At the time, she also told Arya that the two women would “meet again.” It surely looks that way: Melisandre said in season seven that she’s destined to die in Westeros, where Arya happens to reside.
Beric proved himself an opponent of Arya when he sold Gendry to Melisandre. Beric has redeemed himself since — journeying with Jon beyond the wall to capture a wight — but that doesn’t release him from Arya’s revenge. A recent trailer showed that Beric survived the White Walkers’ attack on the Wall. He’ll likely be heading to Winterfell next.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Maisie Williams — who plays Arya on the HBO drama — spoke about who she believes her character will prioritize on the list. “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 — they’re on par with each other,” she said.
Cersei, the Mountain and Ilyn Payne can all conveniently be found in King’s Landing, making that the most logical place for her to carry on her mission. But it’s implausible she’ll be able to make her way South before the confrontation with the White Walkers in Winterfell. Likely, her reprisal will have to wait until later in the season.