CAUTION: Spoilers ahead!
If you weren’t sold on how much of a badass Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark is before the season seven premiere, there is definitely no denying it now.
The start of the newest season did not disappoint fans who have been speculating what the future has in store for their favorite characters, with over two million people tweeting about the premiere episode, which makes it one of the most tweeted about episodes of Game of Thrones ever.
Fans were not disappointed by the cold open after seeing Arya wearing the face of Walder Frey, the man she killed in the finale of season six, to poison the men of his family who took part in the murder of her brother, his wife and unborn child and her mother at the Red Wedding.
Fan favorites like Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, or Tyrion Lannister are obvious choices, but Arya Stark has transformed into a sharp, unyielding force in the world of GOT, especially after losing her parents, brothers and friends and being separated from what family she has left since season one.
Fans have watched Arya mature into the strong (and intimidating) woman she is now, so it was no surprise the reactions people were having as she smiled while walking through the crowd of dead men after saying, “The North remembers.”
Maisie Williams, who plays Aria Stark, talked to Entertainment Weekly about the premiere episode saying, “It’s so f—ed up! Even Arya is surprised she has so much power. In that last moment she’s staring out at all those men dying, she’s turned into a bit more of a monster than she’s ever realized. I don’t think she’s sad about that but she’s got it on her mind.”
With more people on Arya’s kill list, including Queen Cersei Lannister, The Mountain and The Red Lady (Melissandre), many fans are wondering who the next target is for Arya. The last we see of Arya in the episode is her sitting around with Lannister soldiers, claiming she’s going to kill the queen, which makes them all laugh.
As for the end of the show, many wonder who will be seated on the Iron Throne. Maisie Williams also expressed her feelings on that, saying she hopes it is Jon Snow, but deep down wishes for it to be Arya Stark. “I’ve always had this fantasy in the back of my head — I don’t think it’s a good ending and fans might not like it — but that somebody would sit on the Iron Throne at the end and then they whip their face off and it’s Arya instead,” she says. “I’ve always had that dream.”