‘Game of Thrones’: Will Arya Stark Kill Cersei Lannister? Some Fans Think So

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Games of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 8.

Well, winter came and it was brutal (and very, very dark). But in one of the greatest moments in the entire series, Arya Stark proved her bravery and used her training to defeat a great villain when she stabbed the Night King. With one pointy end jab, the icy monarch and his entire army of wights plus ice-breathing dragon instantly perished, freeing Westeros from the threat of the dead.

A hard battle is done now, but that doesn’t mean our favorite characters can sit back and celebrate. The war for the Iron Throne is fully on and now it’s time for Daenerys and crew to head south and bring home a second triumph against Cersei Lannister. The one problem? Their troops are severely diminished and people are exhausted. Still, the trailer for Episode 4 shows Daenerys trying to rally the survivors for their final fight.

Who, if anyone, will take down Cersei? Fans of the show formulated an excellent theory, and it actually makes a lot of sense.

Arya Stark
Arya Stark | HBO

Melisandre may have been foreshadowing a Cersei/Arya showdown

The main reason people believe Arya might be the one to physically fight and possibly even kill Cersei is the prophecy that Melisandre recited during the most recent episode, which referenced something she said back in Season 3. Melisandre told Arya, “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes sealed shut forever. We will meet again.”

That prediction came true – Arya has been killing lots of people over the years. But in Season 8, Episode 3 Melisandre once again says the phrase, “Brown eyes, green eyes, and blue eyes.” The blue eyes obviously refers to the White Walkers and that’s the moment Arya realizes her destiny – to defeat the Night King.

Does Cersei have green eyes?

The books confirm that Cersei Lannister does indeed have green eyes, which proves that Arya Stark could be destined to kill her, too. It helps that Arya has had Cersei at the top of her hit list – even after several revisions – for years now.

Fans are currently hyped up over Arya’s brilliant defeat of the Night King, so it makes sense that they’d want her to continue winning battles and besting her enemies. But there’s a very good reason why Melisandre’s reference to “green eyes” may not have been a prophecy about Cersei Lannister.

Lena Headey as Cersi Lannister on Game of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersi Lannister on Game of Thrones | Helen Sloane for HBO

The order of the prophecy matters

When Melisandre recites the prophecy in Season 3, she says, “Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” But in Season 8, she revises the order to “Brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes.” This subtle shift may be intentional and prove that the Night King was the last major villain that Arya had to kill to fulfill the prophecy.

Plus, this is Game of Thrones, not Game of Arya. Now that the younger Stark had her time in the spotlight, maybe someone else will defeat Cersei. Could it be Sansa, who has more than one reason to hate her? One of Cersei’s brothers, Jaime or Tyrion? What about Daenerys?

One thing is for sure: Cersei Lannister has no shortage of enemies. The coming episodes are guaranteed to be filled with plenty of revenge and, hopefully, redemption too.