Maisie Williams says goodbye to Arya Stark with a photo of bloody shoes, hm…

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I know this post will probably get maybe 10 comments, but I really am trying to get people to maintain their sense of excitement for the final episodes of Game of Thrones, which won’t air until next year. Hopefully, they’ll air earlier in 2019, but who knows. What I do know is that one by one, the GoT actors have been saying goodbye to their show. Emilia Clarke said that when she read the final scripts, she was blown away by how f–ked up everything turns out. Other people seem to be prepping the audience for various disappointments. And Maisie Williams – aka Arya Stark – said goodbye with this very special Instagram:

Obviously, Arya’s final scenes will not be Arya-in-a-modern-setting. They will not involve Arya hanging out in trendy sneakers, getting a latte with Hodor (GAH). This IG is symbolic. And maybe she’s telling us that she got to wear sneakers for her final season because she was only being shot from the waist up? Who knows. Obviously, I have a theory. It’s spoiler-y, so….

SPOILERS BELOW

You know how Arya has the kill list? She’s gotten to personally scratch off some names on her list, like Walder Frey and Meryn Trant. Some of the people on her list were killed off by others, like Joffrey and Tywin. I think she took The Hound off her list at some point. But the person who has always been on her list? Cersei. My guess and my hope is that Arya Of The Many Faces will somehow manage to get to Cersei (maybe Arya wearing Jamie’s face) and Arya will be the one to kill that bitch. If that’s the final season of Game of Thrones… well, sh-t, maybe I’m okay with it? I mean, it’s not like Cersei is going to die by ice-dragon. OH GOD WHAT IF THEY ALL DIE BY ICE DRAGON?

Feel free to share your own bloody theories about what Maisie’s bloody shoes mean!

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  1. mia girl says:

    Ayra has to be the one to kill Cersei!

    • LadyMTL says:

      As long as Cersei dies, I don’t care if it’s a rabid bunny that does her in. :P
      That said, all of the blood on the sneakers makes me think that Arya possibly does get to personally scratch off a few more names from her list….

    • Kath says:

      Out of all of Cersei’s enemies, if Arya is the one who kills her, it would be the least satisfying to me. I mean, they shared like what, one scene in season 1?
      It’s not like Jamie, Sansa, Tyrion and etc, they are the ones that really suffered because of crazy Cersei. I would be way happier with Jamie or Sansa ending her (although the valonqar thing seems to point to Jamie)

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        Agree, Kath.

      • Becks1 says:

        That’s my feeling too Kath. I know Arya hates Cersei, but other people have MUCH “better” reasons to hate her.

      • Athyrmose says:

        Bingo. Since you’ve posted about it, I’ll leave that part of Maggy’s prophesy here, too.

        “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

      • ELS says:

        Any thoughts to a re-interpretation of the prophecy since Arya trained as a Faceless Man? The younger sibling, a faceless man, wrapped hands around her throat?

    • Arpeggi says:

      Jaime is the Kingslayer and he ought to be the one killing the Mad Queen. The last season is going to be a bloodbath and while I’m sure that Arya will go through a lot of her Kill List, she’ll end up killed too. There’s a price to pay for revenge

      • Olenna says:

        Jamie gets absolutely no sympathy from me (my jaded heart was full when Lady Olenna revealed Joffrey’s assassin to him) , but I agree. It would only be right and proper for the Kingslayer to put the mad woman down, permanently, and then Arya takes him out with the Valyrian steel dagger that Bran gave her.

    • WendyNerd says:

      If the show runners have any sense, it will be Jaime

  2. Becks1 says:

    That green dress is fantastic on her.

    I think Jamie will kill Cersei. Or maybe Sansa. I don’t think its going to be Arya.

  3. Jenns says:

    I hope Jon dies by Ice Dragon. It’s his fault the White Walkers got it in the first place. But, he won’t. However, I’m still pulling for the throne to be destroyed and no one takes it. Westeros as we know it should end. As for Cersi, I think Jaime kills her–after he’s turned into a wight.

    They have been keeping things locked down pretty tight on the set after all the leaks last season. They’ve also been orchestrating some interesting photo ops, so I wouldn’t put too much behind her Instagram post.

    There was a free preview of HBO this weekend, so I binge through all my favorite episodes of GoT. When that show is on it’s game, there is nothing better. Hardhome might be one of my favorite TV episodes ever.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Hardholme gave us the classic line: “I f*cking hate Thenns.”

    • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

      Nooooo! Not Jon! Why, Jenns? Also, how are the White Walkers his fault? What am I forgetting?

      Agree re “Hardhome”. I watched that one over and over. That’s when they had the perfect actor to play the Night’s King too. Season following, they switched him out for another dude with really close set eyes & different bone structure. It bugs the crap out of me. They had the PERFECT Night’s King to start with, damnit.

      • Jenns says:

        YES! Richard Brake was perfect at the NK. I guess his scheduling couldn’t allow him to do it and now they have a stunt guy playing the role.

        The WW aren’t Jon’s fault, but I put the wight dragon directly on his shoulders. He knew how dangerous the WW are. He got is a** handed to him in Hardhome, and yet he still decided to go north of the wall totally unprepared. And he didn’t even need to go past the wall to get a wight. It was a bad decision and a total failure and I think he needs to pay for what he did.

        But in the end, I think Jon and the NK fight again, and the NK kills Jon. Beric will give his life to bring Jon back and then there will be a third fight in which Jon(and possibly) Dany will win. What happens after that, I don’t know. But I’m still sticking to the theory that neither one or their child becomes King or Queen.

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        Wasn’t he (Richard Brake) the perfect blend of menacing, scary as $hit and intelligent looking?! Ughh! The new NK doesn’t do it for me :( . They probably thought “no big deal since he’s wearing prosthetics”, but they’re dead wrong. The NK in Hardhome is perfection.

        I do agree with you that the entire expedition of the magnificent seven going beyond the wall to capture evidence for Cersei wasn’t the brightest. 😂 It made for a good episode, but it was too reckless. And I got laughed at, but I’ll admit it – I cried with NK killed the smallest dragon. I’ve forgotten the names now.

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        You’re not the only one Martini. I was so upset my puppy came over to make sure I was okay.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Viserion is the name of the Ice Dragon. Danys named the dragons for the men in her life: her husband Drogo and her brothers Rhaegar and Viserys. Dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion

    • phlyfiremama says:

      Agreed. Hardhome was so visceral for me, that one & the episode where Hodor died are the two hardest hitting and most emotionally impacting pieces of TV it has ever been my horrified pleasure to watch. I literally had my hand covering my mouth for the last part of both episodes. Ooof.

    • My Hiddles says:

      I’ve wanted Jon dead since season 1. I can’t stand that girl-faced emo. I was so mad when they brought him back to life. Let him die die, please.

    • WendyNerd says:

      Actually it was Dany’s fault for sending him in that mission and not knowing how to train her dragons. And generally being an incompetent mess.

    • WendyNerd says:

      Ideal Cersei death:

      Daenerys learns Cersei won’t honor the ceasefire and flies the dragons to KL. The dragons and the wildfire combined destroy the city. Everyone burns in the streets. Dany flies into the throne room to find Cersei on the throne. Cersei tells Dany she will be the last ruler on the throne. Before Dany can do anything, Cersei whips another jar of wildfire from her skirts and smashes it. She and the Iron Throne melt.

  4. GOTCHU says:

    That would be poetic to have Cersei killed off by Arya while wearing Jamie’s face!

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    I have always thought that all the main characters would be killed off, with only some minor ones left. It won’t be a happy ending.

    My prediction is that only Sam survives and that Dany & Jon will have a baby, with Sam serving as regent to the child who is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne or whatever Westeros becomes after its all over. If any Stark survives it will be Sansa.

    I’m totally into the theory that Sam is the narrator.

    • EMc says:

      I like your theory.

      I will watch, but I’m not super excited. Mostly because I feel it’s been bungled by rushing thru too many plots. I hope a few of them survive, I am pulling for Tyrion, Jon and the mother of dragons.

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        I agree with you that it’s been bungled. The first few seasons had some very long, drawn-out parts with Daenerys…my gawd. Just like the book. And then they hit hyperspeed mode. It’s a shame. I still love the series, and I actually AM excited, but I hate that they’ve rushed through it.

    • tracking says:

      I like this theory, too.

    • Newbie says:

      I like this theory as well! The interesting thing is that i appreciate all characters in their own way. Even cersei! I respect her hussle and survival skills. #hillaryofthewesteros lol

    • Jenns says:

      While I think that Sam could be a narrator, I really hope the Dany/Jon child doesn’t take the throne. I would’t trust a Stark/Targaryen ruler and I feel that ending would go against what GRRM has said in the past about regarding the ending of the LOTR.

    • Shijel says:

      I think Dany’s a goner. She’ll be the Nyssa Nyssa to Jon’s Lightbringer. Who knows what will happen to the incest baby.

    • Erinn says:

      I think he’s the narrator, too. I think it’d make a lot of sense.

  6. Christine says:

    The ice dragon has me really worried. I think someone is going to have to sacrifice someone else, like Jon will have to let his auntie die to save someone or a whole lot of someones? Also what will the real dragons think of the ice dragons? Can Daenerys reach her dragon?

    • Miss M says:

      I think the ice dragon will be controlled by Jon. What do I know?! 🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. TQ says:

    Arya can’t kill Cersei as that goes against Maggie the Frog’s Valonqar prophecy about dying at the hand of the little brother. Plus I think that brings Jaime’s arc full circle, no? But killing Cersei wearing Jaime’s face would be fun!

    There are still enough folks alive on Arya’s kill list that she can kill next season (http://www.tvguide.com/news/game-of-thrones-arya-kill-list/). I bet she kills: Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion and Ilyn Payne next season. That would be amazing!

    And I think the Hound will kill the Mountain — again, arcs coming full circle.

    • Lex says:

      Cersei could be killed by her unborn child. That child is a ‘little brother’ to her other kids

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        Also Lex, wouldn’t Cersei’s children with Jaime be both their children and their siblings? Wait. I think I’m going Chinatown on GoT. Maybe their children together are actually both their children and their nephews/niece. Anyone?

      • Dinah says:

        I have a feeling that Cersei will bore her incest child/sibling, who will be turned into Ice Baby by the NightKing and proceed to kill her. Comes to full circle really!

      • Lex says:

        Hehe nah unless she banged her dad! They are children and nieces/nephews. Bleurgh

  8. Sparkly says:

    I’m still excited about Game of Thrones! I wish the wait wasn’t so long. I think you’re right about Arya killing Cersei using Jamie’s face. That makes her death prophecy kind-of true.

  9. noway says:

    I think they all die too, and I love all the clues from the cast. I would love it if Anya killed Cersei, but I think it’s too obvious. Probably Sansa will kill her or maybe Jamie and he somehow dies too.

    This is a long wait. I wish they would air it this fall.

  10. Kateeeee says:

    Thanks for this post… now I need to rewatch and reread everything! I never thought the end would be nice or tidy but I am still thrilled for it. I think Mr. Martin himself said early on that he saw everything ending with snow swirling over gravestones? Something like that. But I expect them to back themselves out of the “undead ice dragon” corner by using Bran or Jon, who could also warg in the books but didn’t really realize it. Shrugs, but it’s gonna be its usual blend of awesome/depressing either way!

  11. La says:

    Who knows what it means or if they are messing with us but Lena Headley commented “QUEEN” on that post 🤔

  12. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    “Wearing Jaime’s face”….nooooooooo! * SPOILERS** Jaime finally left Cersei & is heading North to fight the good fight. Then, he and Brienne will move to Tarth & have children. 🙄 Yeah, right. I don’t think anyone will get a happy ending in GoT. A girl can wish however.

    • PlayItAgain says:

      I would love it if Brienne and Jamie could have a moment—or three—to realize/admit their love thing before everything turns to sh*t.

      FYI, since valerian steel kills white walkers, Jon, Brienne, Arya, and Sam are the only ones with the right equipment. We’ll see how that works out.

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        Yes! Jaime & Brienne. <3

        Okay, when Tywin melted down the Stark Valerian steel sword, he had it made into two swords – one for Jaime; one for Joffrey. Jaime gave his to Brienne? Who has Joffrey’s sword? Hmmm

        I need to re-read and rewatch it alllll. We certainly have time. :/

      • Meggles says:

        Jaime takes it in S7, after he gives Oathbreaker to Brienne. Either Tommen had it or it was in Joffrey’s crypt, but Jaime is seen wearing it in S7 and Oleanna comments on his having Joffrey’s sword.

  13. broodytrudy says:

    Honestly, once Cersei and Jaime are dead, i’ll probably just check out until the finale. I’m so uninterested in the whining of Jon and Dany. And Arya deserves a better storyline than she’s gotten.

    *spoilers*

    I think Cersei will die in a collapse at the red keep when the NK heads for King’s landing. I’m 50/50 on Jaime dying there as well. I do hope that Jaime is somehow directly involved in Cersei’s death. I really need it to be poetic like that.

    • Jenns says:

      I really want Cersi/NK stare down. I feel like she needs to look him in those icy. blue eyes to see what she refused to acknowledge. I think the NK will fly to King’s Landing so he can build an army of the dead and bring it North.

  14. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I’m curious about Maisie’s #lastwomanstanding ! I doubt GoT would let her drop a spoiler that big! Ohhh $hit, I’m much too invested in this series. There are so many that I don’t want to see die. Even Cersei – although I know she deserves it, big time. I love love the actress who plays her. I’m drawing a blank on her name right now which pisses me off. She already should have won an Emmy. That final scene with Ellaria & her daughter?! Omg, so effing perfect!

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I need the Stark siblings to completely understand what each has gone through. Through Bran’s eyes and each other’s. No more guesswork lol. And as much as I love Lena Headey in everything she does, Cersei should die at the ‘hand’ of Jamie. But not quickly, I’m already mourning the end of GOT. And in spite of last season, I’m still a die-hard fan. I’m sure I’ll be okay with peripheral stories in the future, but this has been a glorious ride. Yes. Imma goober, right down to watching while drinking red wine in my dragon claw goblet.

    • Jenns says:

      Same. And while I’m sad that the show is ending, I’m actually really excited at the possible prequel that was announced. I had little interest in the prequels, but considering that they are going to explore some on the mythology around the first long night, the building of the wall and the history if the WW, I’m all in. After all the stories being told, I want to know what is true and what is a myth.

    • Elise says:

      Would love to have Arya kill Jamie, take his face and go to Cersei with “Jamie’s” hand intact and it’ll be an oh sh*t mic drop when she recites her kill list, stabs her and pulls off Jamie’s face to reveal herself.
      This offseason wait SUCKS!

    • Lightpurple says:

      I’m going to miss them. I miss them now.

  16. Cee says:

    This makes me so emotional for some reason.
    I want Arya to make it trough the bloodshed that’s coming. And I hope she completes her list.

  17. Christina S. says:

    I didn’t read through the comments so someone might have already mentioned this, but that witch said she would be killed by her little brother. Both Jaime and Tyrion are her little brothers so likely she’ll die by one of their hands. My thought is Jaime will kill her. It’s clear he’s fed up with her so maybe he finally decides to do something about it. I saw the post and immediately started talking about it. Will she die? Does she kill someone else? I hope this isn’t going to be a tearjerker every episode kind of final season. I feel Danerys is pregnant by Jon, it seemed kind of obvious of a foreshadowing ploy, but dying giving birth is a popular death for women and since she’s a dragon and he’s who he is it’s likely the birth of their baby will kill her during childbirth. Jon will probably die fighting and Tyrion will hopefully be the one who survives and can raise the baby. Their baby will be the true heir.

  18. Incredulous says:

    My guess? Jaime kills Cersei, which breaks him and he collapses onto the Iron Throne. When he looks up, there’s Arya and Brienne. Jaime wants to die but Brienne tries to talk Arya out of it. Both Jaime and Arya point out Brienne swore a sacred oath by both the Old Gods and the New. Arya kills Jaime and Brienne cracks, creating a new Jaime, so to speak.

  19. Div says:

    I don’t mind if Dany dies, but I’m going to be pissed if she dies to advance Jon “mary sue” trope Stark’s storyline via childbirth and/or Nissa Nissa sacrifice. I want the Iron Throne to dissolve and a gritty ending.

    • Jenns says:

      Totally agree.

      After 10,000 years of ignoring this threat, I want to see the WW push humanity to the brink. And then, hopefully, there will be a reawakening. But I honestly don’t know how they can justify putting anyone on the Iron Throne at this point.

  20. themummy says:

    Maisie would not be that sloppy or that obvious to let out such a huge spoiler. They all have a rather intense contractual obligation to not let spoilers out…and after all of these years I’m sure they have that down pat. That particular spoiler would render the entire season pointless. If anything, they enjoy messing with viewers’ heads to keep them guessing and interested. Also, the fact that the comment is attached to a photo of bloody sneakers…modern footwear that is not connected to the GoT world…and not GoT footwear is not without significance.

    Maybe she was the last of the women to finish filming her scenes, which they do not film in chronological order?

  21. Lucy says:

    This was a pretty great way of giving her farewell. Some people on the comments (on her IG, not here) are taking the picture and the hashtags a bit too literally, I think. I don’t know what to expect, really. I just can’t wait for the new season!! (Ok, maybe I do expect an Arya and Gendry reunion).

  22. phlyfiremama says:

    Red herrings. They are giving farewells carefully crafted & worded to fuel speculation~you KNOW that the cast’s tweets have ALL had to be cleared through various agencies in order not to give any actual information away. We also KNOW that there will not be a HAPPY ending, this is GOT after all. Also remember that things film not sequentially as they happen in the show, but as they have the actors and locations available so a character saying farewell at any juncture is not indicative of anything. Damn them for making us wait until 2019, though!

  23. Lex says:

    It would be the most satisfying if jamie or a white waller killed Cersei but what if its a recerse littlefinger death? Arya trains sansa up a bit, gets cersei in place and lets sansa do the actual murder? Hmmmm

  24. Snappyfish says:

    All Men Must Die. That was the original tag line for GOT. I would like to think Jamie kills Cersei for doing what he Killed the Mad King for attempting. I love the dragons and the theme in the book regarding the dragons is that they won’t hurt their mother. So I’m guessing Dany dies in childbirth like all the Targaryen women. As long as Arya & the dragons live, I’m good

  25. AngelaS says:

    You don’t have to keep me excited for the final season! I’m so excited for it. And I’m dreading it at the same time!

  26. Evie says:

    Arya and Brienne are my favorite GoT characters. They both need to survive, LOL! It would be so sweet if Arya was the one to kill Cersei.

    Meanwhile, all the best to Maisie Williams. She is a phenomenal actress and has a brilliant career ahead of her.

  27. BasicBitch says:

    Jamie will be the one to kill Cersei in the end… it’s part of the prophecy! Sigh I can’t wait

  28. JoJo says:

    I just took the post to mean that it was a bloody war, but more notably, her hashtag seems to give a spoiler that Arya survives while not many of the other central female characters do?

  29. Grant says:

    Of the Starks, I think that Sansa should be the one to kill Cersei. Sansa suffered so much more at Cersei’s hands than did Arya. Cersei psychologically tortured and gaslighted Sansa and then sat back and allowed her son to do the same… I mean, Cersei did nothing when Joffrey commanded Meryn Trant to strip and beat the ever-living daylights out of Sansa in the middle of court. Cersei certainly would have had Sansa’s head had Sansa not escaped Kings Landing after Joffrey’s assassination. Arya just wants to kill Cersei because Arya is more (overtly) vengeful than her sister, emphasis on “overtly.” I think there’d be some poetic justice if Sansa somehow took Cersei out too, given that Sansa’s own newfound cynicism and moral ambiguity is a direct result of Cersei’s (and Littlefinger’s) influence.