Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was eventful, to say the least. Arya and Sansa reunited! Daenerys rode a dragon into battle! Littlefinger sketched it up (as per usual)! Our heads are still spinning from everything that went down—but we’re particularly shook, in the best way possible, about something that happened to Arya. After six seasons, Winterfell’s most badass warrior finally got her hands on a Valyrian Steel dagger, a deadly weapon that first made its appearance in an early episode of Game of Thrones.
You remember this dagger, right? It’s what that assassin used back in season one to try to murder Bran after he discovered Jaime and Cersei Lannister doing the nasty. Said assassin was unsuccessful, of course; Bran’s dire wolf, Summer, fought him off. But the event created one of the biggest chain of events in Game of Thrones history: The war of the five kings.
Littlefinger told Bran’s mother, Catelyn Stark, that the dagger belonged to Tyrion Lannister, which fueled the tension between the families, thus leading to Tyrion’s capture and Rob Stark’s war on Joffrey. Catelyn’s husband, Ned, was last seen with the dagger, but Littlefinger swiped it from his desk after betraying him. He’s been sitting on it ever since.
Well, until last night. Littlefinger randomly decided to give the dagger to Bran—or so it seems at the moment, we don’t quite know his motive yet, but Littlefinger always has one. Bran then tossed it over to Arya after deciding he didn’t have any use for it now that he’s the Three Eyed Raven. Guys, that’s huge. For one, Arya’s been training nearly half her life to be a swordswoman. Now that she’s got both Needle and the dagger, she’s bound to become an even more deadly assassin (as her practice fight with Brienne of Tarth only proved).
But the biggest question it raises: What about the White Walkers? It seems Arya could have a huge role to play in Jon Snow’s—and really, all of Westeros’s—war against them. That’s what this theory suggests, at least. And it makes sense, when you think about it. Yes, we know Arya is lethal as hell with a weapon now. But let’s consider again what that dagger is made of—Valyrian Steel. A quick history quiz: What do we know kills White Walkers for good? Fire (including dragon, wild, and regular kind). Dragon glass, of which Jon just discovered an entire cave-full. And…Valyrian Steel.
There are only a handful of Old Valyrian weapons left: Brienne’s sword “Oathkeeper,” Jaime’s sword “Widow’s Wail” (both of which were melted from Ned’s sword, RIP), Jon’s blade, and “Heartsbane,” the weapon Sam and Gilly stole from the Tarly household. And, of course, the dagger that now belongs to Arya.
So it’s not far-fetched to think Jon Snow will ask her to join the Great War ranks. That’s a lot of artillery for their side of the war. It pretty much guarantees a victory.
OK,”guarantee” is a stretch—but it certainly increases their chances. Put Arya on the battlefield, y’all. She’s ready.