WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for that latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Bells," which aired Sunday on HBO.
The Battle of King's Landing has come and gone, and with it Cersei Lannister, now buried in the tunnels under the capital city's Red Keep following one last embrace with her brother Jaime as Daenerys Targaryen continued her fiery assault against all in her path. With Cersei's demise, longstanding fan theories that Arya Stark would be the one to kill the Lannister regent, prophesied to carry out her lethal revenge for all the death and misery the Lannisters have caused her family, went up in smoke. But while Arya may not have been able to personally carry out her vengeance on Cersei, the prophecy that she will kill someone bearing "green eyes" may yet come to pass by the series' finale.
The Red Witch Melisandre first met Arya during Season 3, long before the young Stark had become a trained assassin. Their encounter revealed the darkness within the girl, stating she would kill at least three different individuals bearing brown eyes, blue eyes and green eyes. After receiving extensive training from the secret assassin guild the Faceless Men in the House of Black and White, Arya left to return to Westeros and fulfill her revenge on those responsible for the deaths of her parents and brother, Robb Stark.
Arya has now fulfilled the first two parts of Melisandre's prophecy. First, she killed Walder Frey, the man responsible for the Red Wedding ambush that killed Robb and their mother Catelyn Stark as part of the Lannisters ongoing conflict with the Stark family. Next, at the end of Season 6, Arya killed Walder's sons, serving them to Lord Frey as a meal before slitting his throat. As the Freys all have brown eyes, the first of Arya's three prophesied targets had been killed.
Halfway during Season 8, the second part of the prophecy was fulfilled during the Battle of Winterfell. As Arya took refuge from the attacking undead swarming her ancestral home within the castle walls, the accomplished warrior had a brief reunion with Melisandre after Beric Dondarrion sacrificed himself to ensure Arya's survival. Pointing out that Beric had lived long enough to complete his own role in assuring Melisandre's prophecy about Arya came to pass, the witch reminds the young Stark of her words before the two part ways for the final time.
The next stage of Melisandre's prophecy is accomplished shortly thereafter when she surprises the Night King, stabbing him in the heart with a Valyrian steel dagger in the very Godwood where he was first created by the Children of the Forest ages ago. The Night King explodes into a burst of icey fragments, causing his associates to die with him, the blue-eyed figure marking Arya's second prophesied target.
With Arya and the Hound sneaking into King's Landing on a probable suicide mission to kill Cersei Lannister and avert the coming war, fans realized that the Lannister regent had green eyes, marking her as potentially the final target in Melisandre's prophecy. This was eventually proven false in the resulting Battle of King's Landing, with Arya instead understandably fleeing for her life as the entire city was consumed by dragon fire, and Cersei killed in the ensuing destruction. But despite this, Melisandre's prophecy and could still come to pass with a very different target: Daenerys herself.
While the novel's incarnation of the Mother of Dragons possesses purple eyes, Emilia Clarke's portrayal of the character on the HBO adaptation has green eyes. The entire season has been building up tension between Daenerys and the Stark sisters. With Arya particularly shaken by the brutality of Daenerys' assault on King's Landing and the numerous deaths of innocents including a pair of children that helped her escape, she may be the one to change the entire fate of Westeros once again.
Over the course of the series, Arya has grown into one of the most adept and accomplished fighters in all of Westeros. A master of disguise and incredibly deadly with a variety of weapons, the young Stark still has one person left on her prophesied list. And with the Seven Kingdoms now at the fiery mercy of Daenerys Targaryen, Arya's final target could be the Breaker of Chains herself.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.