This story was originally published on July 7, 2017.
In a show full of killers, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) has proven to be one of
' most deadly characters. In fact, the teen has left a trail of bodies behind her stretching from Westeros to Essos. And that trail is only about to get bigger, if Game Of Thrones her final moments in season 6 are any indication.
At the heart of Arya's long list of slayings is her infamous kill list, which she used to recite every night. Now that the youngest Stark daughter is no longer trying to convince the acolytes of the House Of Black And White she's “No One,” the kill list is back in full force.
But, it's easy to forget who's on Arya's kill list and how exactly they got there. To help you prepare for
, we put together the complete explainer on all the people who are unlucky enough to be on the list, how they wronged Arya, and whether she's offed them just yet. Scroll through the gallery to get all the bloody details. We recommend you pray to The Seven your name isn't on here.
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Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) Why is she on Arya’s kill list?
: The former queen regent (and
current queen regnant
) had a major hand in the execution of Arya’s father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) all the way back in season 1. Arya is completely aware of Cersei’s murderous manipulation and wants her revenge.
: Alive, well, and sitting on the Iron Throne.
Walder Frey (David Bradley) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: The Lord Of The Crossing murdered Arya’s brother Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and her mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) in a little incident called the Red Wedding. Walder killed Game Of Thrones’ original King In The North because Robb didn’t marry one of his many, many, many daughters. The Frey patriarch killed Catelyn because he’s petty. Status: Dead. Arya killed Walder at the end of season 6 finale “Winds Of Winter” after feeding him pies made of his own sons.
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: He was the mastermind behind that Red Wedding we were talking about. Status: Dead. But, Arya didn’t kill him — his son Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) did in season 4 finale “The Children.” Tyrion shot his father with multiple arrows as Tywin sat on the toilet.
Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?
: The King’s Guard member murdered Arya’s season 1 sword fighting instructor Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou) in episode 8, “The Pointy End.”
: Dead. Arya killed Meryn in the season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy” with the
Game Of Thrones’ most expensive death
. She repeatedly stabbed him, wounding him in the eyes and stomach.
“The Red Woman” (Carice van Houten) Why is she on Arya’s kill list?
: Melisandre kidnapped
Arya’s best pal Gendry (Joe Dempsie)
from the Brotherhood Without Banners in season 3’s “The Climb.” The “witch,” as Arya called the Red Woman,” handed over two bags of gold in exchange for late king Robert Baratheon’s (Mark Addy) bastard.
: Alive and currently banished from the North by Arya’s older half-brother (and
newly crowned King In the North) Jon Snow
Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: Beric is the de facto leader of the Brotherhood and accepted Melisandre’s gold, giving Gendry to the Red Woman. This happened essentially at the exact moment orphaned Gendry announced he wanted to join the Brotherhood. Status: Alive and reanimated by the Lord Of Light multiple times.
Thoros Of Myr (Paul Kaye) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?
: The red priest also sanctioned Gendry’s kidnapping and implied harm.
: Alive and
set to make a big impression
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Ilyn Payne (Wilko Johnson) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: The King’s Landing executioner is the man who officially killed Arya’s father Ned Stark. Status: Alive, but unseen since Season 2’s “Blackwater.” Ilyn’s real-life portrayer Wilko Johnson announced he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, leading Game Of Thrones to phase the actor's character out of the series. Thankfully, Johnson’s health has made a comeback.
Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: When Arya was trapped in Harrenhal throughout season 2, Gregor tortured countless captives. This is obviously something Arya wouldn’t like. Status: Alive, but reanimated by Cersei’s Rasputin-like disgraced maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser).
Rorge (Andy Beckwith) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: During Arya’s time with the Night’s Watch recruits, Rorge threatened to rape the young girl “bloody” with her own sword. Status: Dead. Arya killed Rorge in season 4’s “Mockingbird.” She was unable to add Rorge to her list until that episode, since she didn’t know the criminal’s name. When Rorge randomly attacks Arya and The Hound (Rory McCann) in the Riverlands forest, the Hound asks his assailant his name. As soon as Rorge answers the question, Arya kills him.
Joffrey “Baratheon” (Jack Gleeson) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?
: Joffrey’s sadistic behavior led to the execution of Arya’s friend Mycah, “the butcher’s boy,” in season 1’s “The Kingsroad.” Joffrey also demanded the execution of Arya’s father, Ned.
: Dead. But, Arya didn't kill him. That honor goes to
Petyr Baelish and Olenna “The Queen of Thorns” Tyrell
. The pair enacted an elaborate assassination plot, where they poisoned Joffrey at his own wedding in season 4 episode “The Lion And The Rose.”
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) Why is he on Arya’s kill list?: The Hound is the one who actually executed Mycah. Status: Alive — but Arya doesn’t know that. The Stark daughter left The Hound to die in season 4 finale “The Children,” following his brutal sword fight with Brienne Of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Arya refuses to put a slowly dying Sandor out of his misery.