GAME OF THRONES season eight could finally see Arya Stark exact her revenge on Cersei Lannister by taking her life, according to a fan theory.
While spoilers for the final season are currently thin on the ground given the distance until it returns to television screens – slated to be 2019 – the rumour mill continues to churn as viewers eagerly await the concluding six episodes of the HBO fantasy.
The latest theory, shared by Reddit user GiantOfALannister, depicts parallels between Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) and the third head of the dragon, also known as the character pipped to ride one of Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) mythical beasts.
This in turn mirrors the parallels between George R. R. Martin’s book character and legendary founder of House Lannister, Lann the Clever, with youngest Stark female Arya (Maisie Williams), who has been determined to complete her “kill list” since the death of her beloved mother and father in season three and one respectively.
The theory explains: “George R. R. Martin says the third head of the dragon does not necessarily need to be a Targaryen and Tyrion has many parallels and references to dragons. Tyrion is a ba**ard of Aerys II Targaryen, also known as the Mad King, and Tywin’s wife/first cousin Joanna Lannister, meaning he is Tyrion Hill and not Tyrion Lannister.
“Many people do not like this theory mostly because of personal distaste, but I think Tyrion being a ba**ard and killing off Tywin [Charles Dance], Jaime [Nicolaj Coster-Waldau] and Cersei [Lena Headey] would flip the narrative of the Rains of Castamere on his father and it is the ultimate irony.”
The fan goes on to say that Tyrion’s potential parentage parallels Lann because he pretended to be Garth Greenhand’s child “to steal inheritance from him” in the epic book series.
“Lann the Clever also snuck rats into Casterly Rock to turn the Casterlys on themselves, which parallels with the idea of Arya = rat connection and her sneaking into the Red Keep to kill Cersei,” the theory adds.
Meanwhile, Samwell Tarly star John Bradley West has hinted that all the characters will have their own trials to face next year, and will be placed in “alien” situations.
He told TV Guide: “Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they’ve never been placed in before.
“The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond… This season, I think, more than any other is stretching these characters.”