Is Arya Already Dead?
A few weeks ago, The Last Harpy youtube channel outlined a theory about Arya "nobody wants to be true". Could the Stark girl be dead and subsequently portrayed by the faceless assassin, the Waif?
Let's break this theory down:
We see Arya defeat the Waif and bring her bloody face to the House of Black and White in the season 6 episode "No One"-or do we? As the video argues, we never actually see the Waif's demise. Arya knocks the candles out with her sword before the fight begins. Presumably the Stark is more skilled at battling in the dark, but we cannot be 100% sure she actually won, as we only see a pitch black room. The Waif has proven to be a better fighter than Arya, after all.
Another factor to consider is Jaqen H'ghar's statement upon seeing Arya in the House of Black and White: "finally a girl is no one". How does this actually make sense? We saw Arya's inability to truly lose herself, as she failed the Many-Faced God several times. Are we sure he's talking to Arya or the Waif? Arya could finally be "no one" because she is just a face on the wall.
The video also delves into the timeline of this theory: when exactly Arya was killed if she indeed was. Her demeanor is definitely different when she is trying to hire a ship to take her away from Braavos and she is way too conspicuous in the city when she knows the Waif is following her on orders to kill. Could the deed have already been done? However, most fans subscribing to this theory believe the Waif murdered Arya in the dark room.
Want more proof? The video tells us to pay attention to Arya's hands. Arya is supposed to be left-handed but when she tosses the bags of money to the ship captain and kills Walder Frey, she uses her right. Could this be a coincidence or could it mean we're not actually watching Arya anymore?
Of course, we can probably rest easy. It would be unlike the Waif to continue Arya's kill list and check off Walder Frey or even leave Braavos for that matter. However, Game of Thrones is definitely not beyond pulling this kind of trick.
You really never know.