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Sophie Turner Said What We Are All Thinking About Arya Stark After Game Of Thrones' Battle Of Winterfell

Proud sister.

There are not many things so wholesome as the tight friendship between Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. The Stark sisters might not always get along on-screen but there off-screen counterparts are nothing but cheerleaders for each other.

* Spoilers ahead from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 *

In the much-anticipated Battle of Winterfell, Arya Stark was the great hero we knew she always could be. She literally saved everyone from joining the army of the undead so thank you very much to the power of young, capable women, who also happen to be trained in the art of assassination.

 

Arya’s defeat of the Night King had fans bowing down to her in full celebration mode, including, of course, Sophie Turner.

Turner posted a video to her Instagram Story to add her own commentary about Arya’s heroism in the 11th hour and no doubt her general grit throughout the episode.

“Arya really is that bitch. YES. YOU. ARE. BITCHHHHHAAAAAA!” she says in the post, tagging Maisie Williams.

The finger snaps really top it all off. This is the universal reaction to Arya Stark after Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell. She really is THAT bitch, and now there’s only a few people on her list left to deal with. If we didn’t believe Arya was capable of killing Cersei before, I think we all believe it now.

The Theory Of How The Mad King Fits Into Game Of Throne’s Final Season Explains So Many Unanswered Questions

Aerys Targaryen ain't finished with us yet.

It’s the final season of the long journey that has been Game of Thrones, so naturally, we are thirsty for all loose ends to be tied up in complex little knots. One of those loose ends might just be the Mad King’s story arc, which we thought was ancient history.

Buried beneath the many, manyGame of Thrones theories inundating the internet and conversations everywhere, there are some suspicions about the role Aerys ‘Mad King’ Targaryen plays in the final season. There are two key theories that you should be across.

The first is unashamedly my own, and it explains the identity of one of the only non-generic White Walkers we’ve ever seen. This guy:

This was the first White Walker leader we were introduced to and in early seasons he was even mistaken for the Night King. As things progress we meet the actual Night King – a baldy – and this white-haired undead dude appears to be the leader of the Night King’s army.

 

This is seen clearly in the season seven finale when white-hair leads the troupes from the ground while old mate Night King rides his newly-zombified dragon and destroys the wall.

So who is this White Walker heading the undead army? Could it be no other than Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King of the famously white-haired Targaryen house?

The connection to the Targaryens fits in with the resemblance of the White Walker spiral symbol to the Targaryen house sigil, and contextualises the White Walker’s motivation to march onto King’s Landing.

Those flowing silver locks just seem too Targaryen to be a coincidence, and we know the Targaryen’s can be unforgiving.

The second theory involves our very own Brandon Stark and the supposed madness of Aerys Targaryen. It’s complex, stay with me.

So the core of the theory is that Bran is talking to the Mad King from the future, and the Mad King can hear him, just as Hodor heard into the future, and a young Ned Stark heard something when Bran tried to communicate with him.

Variations of the theory have garnered new life on Reddit, where the evidence is being collated. Aerys Targaryen was said to have heard ‘voices’. Aerys Targaryen descended into a paranoid obsession with collecting wildfire and was killed by Jaime Lannister after his outbreak of repeatedly demanding to “burn them all” – seemingly referring to the people of King’s Landing.

But as the theory goes, the calls to “burn them all” could be a message from Bran from the future, perhaps attempting to set up the capital to defeat the inevitable coming of the White Walker army.

We know Bran visited this moment in history during his vision at the end of season six. He sees the Mad King gone ‘mad’, and he sees Jaime kill him.

Whatever ends up happening, I hope it’s as wonderfully complex as these theories that are cropping up. Game of Thrones’ final season has definitely brought out everybody’s flair for creative writing and we will miss it when it’s over.

The Minor Game Of Thrones Characters Whose Deaths Nearly Ruined Us

Relive the trauma to prepare yourself for the final season.

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Although a lot of major characters have been killed off Game of Thrones (it’s kind of its thing), it’s the demise of some of the more minor characters that really punch a hole in your gut past the point where recovery seems possible. Watching characters become collateral damage to the action of the main crew can be just as, if not more upsetting than watching Ned Stark beheaded, or the massacre at the Red Wedding.

So because we are masochistic, Game of Thrones-obsessed emos, we’re going to honour those more minor characters by dredging up the painful details of their deaths.

#1. Shireen

Sweet Shireen Baratheon, daughter of Stannis Baratheon, you deserved so much better. Shireen was marked with grayscale since birth but she grew up to be a bright, well-read, gentle young girl. She taught Davos Seaworth how to read, and adored her father in spite of the fact that he kept her hidden away.

We will never get over episode 9, season 5, ‘The Dance of Dragons’, when Stannis let Melisandre burn Shireen alive as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. The scene was horrific to watch and the only thing that ends up coming of it is Shireen’s mother’s suicide.

This was perhaps the lowest low point of Game of Thrones.

#2. Ros

Ros was renowned for her beauty and never did anything to deserve what she got. She was a sex worker who was popular from a town outside Winterfell, but unfortunately ended up at King’s Landing.

She died a particularly graphic death in season three at the hands of King Joffrey, who used tied her up and used her as a live shooting target. The saddest part is that it is simply because of her profession that she is treated as subhuman and disposable.

The tragedy of Ros’s death is part of what made Joffrey’s death so satisfying.

#3 Rickon Stark

Although Rickon was a Stark, we barely knew him compared to the rest of the clan. The emotional weight his death carries for the rest of the characters who we know and love is a big part of what makes it so upsetting to watch.

But watch it we did, in season six’s epic ‘Battle of the Bastards’ when Ramsay Bolton murders him in an unbearably sadistic that is signature to his character. Ramsay pretends to release the young Stark boy back to Jon Snow ‘unscathed’, only to shoot him down by arrow right in front of Jon. The trauma is still raw.

#4. Tommen Baratheon

Again, Tommen is technically a part of one of the show’s main clans, and actually sits on the Iron Throne, but he never gets a chance to really become a key player. After watching his wife Maergery Tyrell – along with a huge chunk of the King’s Landing royal court – being killed by his mother’s Wildfire explosion, Tommen takes his own life in season six.

It’s hard to watch the murders, but suicide is always harder. Tommen was too sweet for the Lannister way and we would have liked to see him survive via alliance with a Lannister enemy. He was actually an innocent kid and he was so young.

#5. Hodor

All Hodor ever did was help, and that will forever be his legacy. He sacrificed himself to the Wights by “holding the door” for as long as possible to protect Bran, and it was one of the most upsetting, and revealing episodes of season six.

While watching his final moments, we discovered that Hodor’s act of self-sacrifice actually shaped much of his adult life. The mental impairment that causes him to only say ‘Hodor’ is actually caused from this moment, as Meera’s calls to “hold the door” take hold of a young Hodor through Bran’s time bridging.

Hodor might never have been a main player vying for the Iron Throne, but his death will always be one of the most heartbreaking to watch.

The Great War is nearly here, and as a look back on all the beloved characters we’ve lost along the way, Foxtel have created a Grave of Thrones. You can pay your respects to the Old Gods at Fearnley Grounds in Sydney’s Centennial Park from April 12 to 14.

Game of Thrones the final season streaming April 15. Only on Foxtel.

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