Joffrey. Cersei. Walder Frey. Meryn Trant. Tywin Lannister. The Red Woman. Beric Dondarrion. Thoros of Myr. Ilyn Payne. The Mountain.
She whispers their names, one by one, every night before she goes to sleep. Arya Stark’s greatest driving force is vengeance, and those names along with a handful of others comprise her infamous kill list that keeps her pushing onward in the face of tremendous hardship.
Each one of them wronged her, hurt her family, or hurt her friends at some point or another, and while many of the names she’s added to her list over the years have been crossed off by her own actions or the actions of others, Arya has quite a bit of work left to do in the final season of Game of Thrones.
Before Season 8 begins, let’s recap where we’re at with Arya’s list, and start with the ones who are still walking around Westeros.
1. Cersei Lannister
There are many villains in Westeros, but few have caused as much death and grief as Cersei Lannister, whose one-track focus of keeping her children safe and in power at all costs leads to the execution of Eddard Stark and helps ignite the ongoing conflicts across the continent.
The main reason for Arya putting Cersei on her list is that Cersei allowed for the beheading of Ned. Right now, Cersei is in King’s Landing and has agreed to ally with Daenerys and the Starks, although she plans on betraying them as soon as possible.
2. Ilyn Payne
The executioner without a tongue, Ser Ilyn Payne was the man that swung the sword that killed Ned Stark. Although he hasn’t appeared since Season 4, as far as we know, the man is still alive, possibly in King’s Landing.
3. The Mountain
Gregor Clegane, the brother of Sandor Clegane, wreaked havoc throughout the Riverlands and lead his men to take the castle Harrenhal, where the Mountain and his soldiers tortured and executed untold numbers of innocent people. Arya was one of the few survivors of Harrenhal and saw the horrors the Mountain wrought.
Right now, the Mountain is sort of alive in King’s Landing. After being poisoned by Oberyn Martell’s spear, the former maester Qyburn managed to keep the Mountain in a zombie-like state, and he currently obeys all of Cersei’s orders. This name might be the toughest to cross off Arya’s list.
4. The Hound
Sandor Clegane was another name on Arya’s list from the early days. He earned his place by killing Arya’s friend Mycah after Joffrey accused Mycah of hitting him.
Over the years, though, Arya and the Hound seemed to settle their differences and begin to respect each other, and in a moment when Arya could have taken his life, she left him to die from his wounds. As far as Arya knows, the Hound died, but in reality he was nursed back to health and is currently headed toward Winterfell where Arya is, happy to hear that she’s alive. It’s quite possible that the Hound is no longer on her list.
The Red Woman hasn’t made a lot of friends in her time on Game of Thrones, least of all with Arya. In Season 3, Melisandra takes Gendry (Arya’s best friend) with the intent of sacrificing him to the Lord of Light by burning. Lucky for Gendry, he escapes before that happens but Arya doesn’t just let something like that go.
Melisandre is currently in Volantis, but has said that she will return to Westeros where she will die. Perhaps at the hands of Arya.
6. Beric Dondarrion
The last (possibly) living name on Arya’s list (for now) is Beric Dondarrion, the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners who has died and been brought back to life a handful of times. He’s the one that sold Gendry to Melisandre, knowing full well what the Red Woman wanted to do with him.
Last we saw Beric, he was at the Wall trying to stop the White Walkers and their army from invading, but the White Walkers broke through and we don’t know the current status of Beric. Without Thoros of Myr around to resurrect him, his next death could be his last.
7. Walder Frey
Now we’re into the names that Arya has crossed off her list. Walder Frey is certainly one of the most detestable people in all of Game of Thrones having hosted the infamous Red Wedding, in which the Freys murdered Arya’s brother Robb and her mother Catelyn, along with a large number of Stark bannermen and allies at what should have been a peaceful wedding celebration.
Arya, after developing the skills she learned from the Faceless Men, killed two of Walder’s sons, cooked them into a pie, and fed them to an unaware Walder. Arya revealed the cannibalism before unveiling her face and slitting Walder’s throat.
Arya took this one a step further and proceeded to disguise herself as Walder, poison a whole bunch of wine and propose a toast, killing a whole bunch of Freys that participated in the murders of her family.
8. Meryn Trant
Ser Meryn Trant was a knight of the kingsguard, most importantly under King Joffrey, and aside from being an all around horrible guy, he (probably) killed Arya’s combat instructor Syrio Forel. It wasn’t shown on screen, and Arya didn’t see it, but she assumed that Meryn killed the Braavosi.
Arya killed him in a brothel where Meryn was abusing young girls, slitting his throat.
When Arya and her companions were captured and taken to Harrenhal, Polliver took Arya’s lithe blade Needle and stabbed her friend Lommy in the throat. If that wasn’t bad enough, Polliver helped the Mountain in his torturing and killing of the people at Harrenhal.
After running into him at an inn, Arya stabbed Polliver in the throat with Needle.
Rorge was another individual who helped with the horrors at Harrenhal and personally threatened to rape Arya, even though she helped save him from dying in a fire. When Rorge and his companion Biter attacked Arya and the Hound on the road, Arya stabs Rorge in the heart with Needle.
11. Joffrey Lannister
And finally we’re onto the people on Arya’s list who are dead but she didn’t get to cross off herself. The first is the sadistic Joffrey who ordered the execution of her father Ned. Joffrey did a myriad of other horrible things, effectively causing the deaths of Mycah and Sansa’s direwolf Lady, and abusing Sansa.
Joffrey died at his wedding, poisoned by Olenna Martell and Petyr Baelish.
12. Tywin Lanniester
Aside from being the head of the (mostly) horrible Lannister family, Tywin Lannister orchestrated the Red Wedding with Walder Frey, ordering the deaths of Robb and Catelyn Stark. Tywin also oversaw the war against the Starks, commanded the Mountain to invade the Riverlands, and tormented his son Tyrion.
Tyrion killed Tywin with a crossbow while he was sitting on the toilet.
13. Thoros of Myr
Along with Beric Dondarrion, the Red Priest Thoros of Myr sold Gendry to Melisandre, knowing that she wanted to burn him alive. Thoros of Myr died north of the Wall, dying in the cold after he was wounded by the White Walkers’ wights.
When Arya saves the Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar, he promises her three lives for the three she stole from the Faceless God. Arya names the Tickler, who was torturing people at Harranhal, and then Ser Smory Lorch when he became suspicious of Arya. To help Arya escape in exchange for his own life, Jaqen also killed a whole bunch of other guards.