Viewers were left with plenty of questions after Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, most of them based on frustration over the plot and/or the pacing.
Did Dany’s homicidal heel turn make sense? Was it unsatisfying to see Cersei not get killed off by one of her enemies? Is Tyrion the dumbest Hand of the King or Queen to ever hold that job?
But at least a handful of fans also have a far more practical question or concern.
They’re wondering: Is Arya dead?!?
The youngest Stark daughter entered King’s Landing on this penultimate installment of the epic drama in order to slay Cersei herself.
However, just as Arya and The Hound arrived at their destination (the latter intent on finally killing his brother), Arya was talked out of crossing a name off her list by her very unexpected good friend.
The Hound convinced Arya (pretty darn quickly, some might say) NOT to pursue a life based on revenge because, well, take a look at him and his unhappiness.
At this, Arya turned around and tried to make her way out of the rubble.
Buildings collapsed all around her.
Fire rained down.
Men, women and children were blown into bits by Dany and her dragon.
And yet… Arya survived. The episode ended with her coming across a mysterious white horse and riding it away from the battle and, presumably, to safety.
Did she really, though?
A new theory has emerged online in which some Game of Thrones fans believe Arya is actually dead.
They cite the number of times she somehow made her way through near-death situations on the episode, along with the alleged identity of that random white horse.
Remember the animal leading the Golden Company at the outset of the 80 minutes, these social media users ask?
It looks almost identical to the horse who rode in to save the day — but that horse was killed in battle. So you know what this has to mean, right?
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure Arya is dead too,” one user writes, adding:
“She got all burnt up and a building fell on her. They made a point of showing us the death of the horse and the countless deaths of Arya. And yet they both rise from the ashes.
“If this isnt some lord of light shit, I’m gonna be pissed.”
Many viewers, of course, are already pissed over how this season has gone.
They really don’t know whether the finale can save the show or not.
At the very least, however, these same viewers are hoping or assuming that Arya kills Dany, perhaps using the fancy changing face technique she learned while training to be an assassin.
This might be difficult to do if Arya is dead, however.
Are you buying this theory at all?
And where do you stand on Game of Thrones Season 8? Can it possible be redeemed?