Fan theories are usually baseless. They’re made of nothing more than the writer’s imagination, and are created solely for entertainment. However, there’s one fan theory about Arya, one of the show’s major characters, that is solidly based on facts, so much so that it may actually be true. If you’re a fan of Arya, and you’re updated with this season’s episodes, you may want to read this very interesting fan theory.
A word of warning: there are spoilers ahead. If you’re not updated with the latest episode, you may want to turn away now or risk reading a major plot twist.
In Season 6, Episode 7 of Game of Thrones, the final scene depicts Arya confronting the Waif of the House of Black and White. At the start of the scene, Arya is seen walking on a bridge when she is confronted by an old lady, who is actually Waif. When the old lady got close to Arya, the former stabbed Arya in the stomach, and then proceeded to stab her a few more times. Now, instead of Arya being in a weakened state because of her wounds, she was able to summon enough energy to get out of Waif’s clutches, and jump into the river below. Now, here’s where it gets interesting.
Arya was surprisingly alive! Also, she seemed “very much ok,” being able to walk straight despite the wounds that she incurred. This event led to the theory of one fan nicknamed catNamedStupidity that Arya and the Waif may actually be the same person.
Here’s what the fan posted on Reddit.
So here are a few things, which are interesting about the waif.
1. She is only seen by either Jaqen H’ghar or by Arya.
2. She has an incredible back story, much like Mercy or Cat of the Canals.
3. She knows what Arya is doing, all the time. She knows when she lies. She can tell where she is at all times.
4. She tries to force Arya to leave. She makes her insecure.
So here’s my theory, get some tinfoil…
The waif is Arya. Arya is suffering from some sort of bi-polar dissociative identity disorder. A case can be made that when Arya came to the House of Black and White, the water that she drank induced this in her. In a way, The Waif isn’t real. Her only mission is to kill off Arya, the inner Arya, the one who can never be one of them.
This is why Jaqen H’ghar always wants the Waif to leave the room before he begins talking to Arya. He essentially wants Arya to stop behaving as if she has a dual personality. He just wants to talk to Arya. So the Waif leaves. Just when Arya is alone, she appears again.
When the waif asks Jaqen H’ghar, “You PROMISED,” it’s actually Arya.
Arya has finally asked to kill her inner self. A lot of people have observed that Jaqen H’ghar looks a bit pleased with himself when he permits the Waif.</em>
It’s very interesting to note that this is quite possibly the most fact-based theory made by a Game of Thrones fan. It’s quite far from what the other fans have been doing in the past, even from the ones published by sites who are jumping on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Take for instance, the Lottoland infographic entitled, “Which Game of Thrones Characters Will Emerge Victorious?,” which is a complete, opinion-based theory on which Game of Thrones character would win if they were pitted together in a Hunger Games sort of world. Of course, theories like that are baseless and moot, and made only for giggles, but the one recently posted about Arya and the Waif being just one person is really quite plausible.
Game of Thrones is currently one of the most successful TV shows in the world. Cinemablend reports that in Season 5, the show was able to garner over 20 million viewers, which is 900,000 more than the average viewers of its season 4. Game of Thrones’ season 6 finale, which will be shown in the next few weeks, is reported to be one of the longest episodes that the show has ever recorded.