Warning: Contains spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 6
We have had an interesting ending to an otherwise dull episode this week (Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7). We saw Arya Stark being stabbed by the Waif multiple times. However, Arya did manage to stay alive by jumping into the river.
Now, we all know that the title of Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 is “No One” and its synopsis reads,
While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test.
Clearly, Arya isn’t dead. Then what just happened there? And how can she stay alive? Well, the fans have come up with some crazy theories explaining what might have happened. The first one says:
1. A test for the Waif
This theory suggests that it wasn’t the real Arya Stark who got stabbed pointing to the fact that Arya’s costume got changed and she wasn’t carrying her needle. Also, her mannerisms seemed way off her usual self. Fans have also pointed out that in a particular scene, a girl (whose back is shown) crossing Arya (who got stabbed) appears to be wearing Arya’s clothes and having a similar hairstyle.
Then who was the person who got stabbed? Fans are of the view that it was Jaqen wearing Arya’s face who was testing the Waif. He wanted to test if the Waif followed his orders or not. He had previously given an order to the Waif saying that she must kill Arya without making her suffer. If the Waif is not following Jaqen’s orders just like Arya, she must also be killed and this is what might have happened in the episode.
This theory seems a bit far-fetched because as per what has been shown in the show about the House of Black and White, faces of only those people who are dead could be worn and it seems that a face becomes available only by cutting it off the corpse. But we know that Jaqen possesses much more powerful skills and he does not actually wear a face to assume someone else’s identity. Another point that supports this theory is that Jaqen also worships the Red God, the same God who Melisandre worships. So could he also have magical powers like Melisandre? Only if he possesses such powers could he have worn Arya’s face.
2. Arya Stark and the Waif are the same person
This theory explains how Arya and the Waif could be the same person. According to the theory, Waif is actually the alter ego of Arya and if she manages to kill Arya, Arya will truly become “No One” (the next episode’s title!).
We have covered this theory before and you can read the detailed theory here.
3. Getting stabbed was part of the plan
The second theory says that it was Lady Crane who helped Arya fake her own death. According to this theory, Lady Crane set Arya up in this whole scene by putting pouches of pig blood under her jacket.
This set up would allow the Waif to believe that she had done a lot more damage to Arya than she actually had. Since Arya was seen moving around the street holding a bloody gut with blood dropping all along the way, fans believe that it will lead the Waif into the dark cave where Arya was last seen with her needle giving her an advantage over the Waif.
Another point giving weight to this theory was that Arya had previously seen the face the Waif was wearing.
But there is one big loophole in this theory – it puts a lot of belief into the capability of Lady Crane helping her actors pull off such effects (faking a death). If we are to take her stage plays as an example, below image tells us how she had faked deaths before:
Well, we doubt this theory though we are not rejecting it altogether.
4. Arya planned a major face/off assassination
This theory is too crazy to be true. It says that Arya had stolen many faces from the House of Black and White and used them to kill the Waif. So the Waif used Arya’s face to lure her out of hiding by booking a ship on her behalf. And Arya (wearing another face), seeing her own self there, assumes that it must be the Waif wearing her face, she attacks her. So in a nutshell, Arya and the Waif swapped faces.
Only the next episode will tell which theory is true.