Game of Thrones season 8 is almost upon us, and Westeros is in a bit of a mess. Not only have you got Jon Snow getting his man bun in a twist over his aunt, Daenerys Targaryen, no one quite knows what the hell pregnant Cersei is plotting and Jaime quite literally just wandered off.
And then there’s Arya, adding faces to her little Faceless Man sack at an alarming rate. The last time we saw the young Stark, she was slitting the throat of Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. After a season of believing that Sansa was secretly a baddie plotting to take down her brother and take over Winterfell (and she still could be, if this theory is anything to go by), fans watched as the sisters united and turned on sneaky Littlefinger in front of everyone.
With the sly traitor out of the picture, it looks like they’ve got everything sorted in the North, ready for Jon and his new beau’s return.
But what if Littlefinger isn’t actually dead? One YouTuber, Neo, has explored the possibility that he’s actually still out there in Westeros somewhere – and this is how he managed to avoid death.
We all know that the Faceless Men have the ability to shape-shift (Arya spent what felt like 349 episodes learning how to master the art, remember?), so what if Littlefinger paid a Faceless Man to die in his place?
In season seven, episode five, Littlefinger is seen talking to an unknown woman. YouTuber Neo suggests that the lady in question warned Littlefinger that his days were numbered in Winterfell, and he pays her with a coin not dissimilar to the one that Arya used to pay a man in Braavos. The theory continues that the woman was a Faceless Man, initially in the North to kill Arya, but Littlefinger instead convinced her to act as himself so that he could scuttle off safely.
Fans on Twitter appear to believe it, too.
Does it all add up, though? Would a Faceless Man really sacrifice themselves for a power-mad random? And can they use faces of people that are still living, and that aren’t first peeled off and put in their little satchels? Plus, where would Littlefinger hide out considering he has absolutely no allies left?
Not sure about this one, but it does give us something to look forward to.
Bring on April 14th.