The Game of Thrones TV show and the book series are full of subtle hints and foreshadowing that leave the fans and theorists wonder what will end up happening in the end-game. Some of these include: Sam being the narrator of the entire story, Varys the ‘Merman’ theory, and many more. Such is the theory of Arya Stark and Gendry ending up together as man and wife.
It’s a matter of a long-debate among many theorists and YouTubers if this would actually end up happening. Well, we believe that since the final season and the final two books are on the way, all we can do is speculate:
Hints in the TV series:
“I have a son, you have a daughter”
In the pilot episode of Season 1, the King Robert Baratheon arrives at Winterfell to name Eddard Stark his hand. He visits the Crypts of Winterfell and mourns for his betrothed Lyanna Stark and says to Ned, “If your sister had lived, we would have been bound by blood… well, it’s not too late…I have a son, you have a daughter, we’ll join our houses.”
In reality, Robert had no trueborn sons and all of his bastard children except Gendry (along with Edric Storm in the books.) are dead. So, it’s highly probable that we will see the only surviving heir of House Baratheon marrying Arya in the final season.
“I can be your family”
Gendry, Arya, and Hot Pie, who break out of Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen H’ghar, come across the Brotherhood without Banners. Hot Pie finds a living serving as a baker at and an inn, while the other two continue their journey with the brotherhood.
Arya begins learning archery with Anguy, while Gendry works as a blacksmith, helping the brotherhood with their armour and weaponry. In the fifth episode of the third season, they both argue over whether to continue with the Brotherhood or not. Arya wants Gendry to go North with her, to serve Robb Stark’s cause. But, he disagrees and says that he’s done with serving people.
“These men are brothers. They’re a family…I’ve never had a family,” he says.
“I can be your family,” says Arya.
“You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be ‘my lady’,” Gendry replies.
So, we can expect this two-minute-scene to pay-off in the final season as now that all major characters in the story are coming together, bringing a major reunion at Winterfell. If keenly observed, the ‘Stark theme’ playing in the background can also be heard, which was played a number of times when reunions took place – whether it’s Jon and Sansa, Bran and Sansa, or Arya and Sansa.
Hints in the Books:
Arya’s first P.O.V. Chapter
A YouTuber named Bridge4 pointed out that it is foreshadowed in the very first P.O.V. chapter of Arya. While she is learning sewing with Sansa and the other ladies of Winterfell, Septa Mordane praises Sansa’s work and comments,
“Arya has the hands of a blacksmith.”
This is a subtle hint of Arya connecting with the blacksmith in the show, none other than Gendry of House Baratheon.
Arya and Gendry as friends
In the books as well, Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie’s meeting with the Brotherhood happen in a similar fashion, except a dialogue of Gendry. In a Storm of Swords, trying to protect Arya, Gendry confronts the Brotherhood and says,
“She’s not alone.”
Another instance is when Yoren’s party to the Wall get captured by Lannister men. Yoren is killed. Gendry and others are captured, apart from Arya, who later realises that she cares for her friend. While trying to save Gendry, she gets captured too.
Two hearts that beat as one
“Two hearts that beat as one” is a song sung in the books. For the first time, it is sung by Tom Sevenstrings, a singer in the brotherhood at Peach in the Stoney Sept. Arya and Gendry share glances and smile upon this. Another instance is when it is sung by Mance Rayder present at the wedding of Ramsay Bolton and “fake Arya”- Jeyne Poole (Sansa in the show).
With the reference of Arya in the two instance where this song is sung makes it probable that she and Gendry will end up together.
When Arya becomes possessive for Gendry
During one of the journeys of the two, they happen to be in a brothel. Some men there try to bother Arya. Gendry protects her by telling them, “She’s my sister. Leave her be.”
Arya doesn’t like being called Gendry’s sister. She angrily replies, “Why did you say that? You’re not my brother.”
Gendry possibly understands that she has a crush on him and tries to tease her by saying that he’ll sleep with one of the girls in the brothel. This upsets Arya. In her another P.O.V., she angrily tells Gendry to go back to the brothel, which clearly shows her jealousy and possessiveness towards him.
Beyond the books and the series:
We already know that George RR Martin has suggested a bitter-sweet ending for Game of Thrones. We can’t entirely figure out what ending would that be? Which characters will die and who will survive in the end game of the series? But, one thing is probable that many characters will end up becoming something they never wanted from life – Jon a king, Daenerys losing claim to the Iron Throne, and who knows, even Arya would have to settle down as a lady after she cuts off all the names from her ‘kill-list’.
And, who would be a better suitor for her than Gendry, the last living heir to House Baratheon?
So, what do you think would be the end-game for Arya’s character in the series? Tell us in the comments.
Does Melisandre’s ‘Green Eyes’ prophecy predict Arya killing Daenerys?
“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.
Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.
Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.
But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.
Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.
If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.
What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!
Here’s what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.
White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.
It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.
Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
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We might finally get to see Cleganebowl in the next Game Of Thrones episode
Fans have been waiting for the Clegane brothers to clash for so many seasons now that it would be heartbreaking if they passed that up completely. But fret not fandom. There are several hints that Cleganebowl is well and truly coming, and might actually happen Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5. Read on!
The last time we have seen Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane come face to face was the Season 7 finale. Hound did not miss the opportunity to remind Mountain that the fight is still on. The Mountain didn’t respond except glowering menacingly but then he hasn’t been very talkative for some time, has he? But that scene was the first time the makers openly acknowledged and gave credence to what up till then have just been theories.
Hints galore in episode 4
The first three episodes of Season 8 had been preoccupied with the Dead. But Sandor Clegane is right back on track with episode 4. He says “there is only one thing that will make me happy” when Sansa talks to him, which is a clear indication to facing his brother. The next time we see the Hound he is striking out alone on a horse. Arya catches up with him and they share some good old warm and fuzzy insults.
Sandor then again says, “I have unfinished business in King’s Landing.” He is not interested in the war; he would have left with Jon Snow’s army then. So why is he going to King’s Landing? Obviously, to face his no. 1 nemesis and elder brother Gregor.
It’s even by supported narrative logic. The Mountain protects Cersei, and it would be necessary to eliminate him before anyone gets to her. Now Arya is obviously going to King’s Landing, and both Cersei and Mountain are on her List. It makes sense for Arya and Hound to team up again to execute their revenge.
What is Cleganebowl theory?
The Cleganebowl theory goes back beyond the show, it started with the book series fans. Sandor and Gregor’s enmity begun back into their childhood, Gregor would bully his little brother endlessly and once pressed his face onto a hot brazier over a small fight about a toy.
The fire burned away one whole side of Sandor’s face, made him a complete cynic, and gave him a deep-seated fear of fire that made him defect from the Battle of Blackwater and would have done the same in Battle of Winterfell except for Arya and Beric. Hound has repeatedly said that he considers killing the Mountain to be his destiny. It was the one thing that kept him standing through all injuries and hardships. He is not the cold-hearted cynic he once was, but the hate still burns.
Right from Season 1, we are told that Sandor has vowed to kill his brother one day and by Season 7 it has almost become a destiny. Even the actors Rory McCann (Hound) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain) have been hyping about it off-screen. As Game of Thrones completes its journey in just two more episodes, Cleganebowl seems imminent.
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