Spoilers ahead for this past week’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Blood of My Blood.” It was an episode that brought back a few long-lost characters — shoutout, Benjen and Needle — and surprisingly, no one died in the entire hour!
Someone was supposed to die, though. Arya is given a task from Jaqen to prove, once and for all, that she’s ready to abandon her identity and give herself over to the Faceless Man. But a girl has lots of reservations about that, and when tasked to kill Lady Crane, the performer playing Cersei in the Game of Thrones play-within-a-show, she can’t do it. Arya is always going to be Arya, no matter what.
Though she doesn’t follow through with her task, there is one small OMG moment slipped into the conversation between Arya and Lady Crane. You probably missed it, because it’s so small and tiny, but when you realize what Arya says, you’re heart is going shatter into a million pieces.
The scene is this: Lady Crane has noticed Arya backstage, and assumes she’s a theater groupie. Lady Crane asks Arya how many times she’s seen the play, and Arya responds, “Three.”
But from what we’ve seen, she’s only seen the play twice. Why would she say she’s seen it three times then?
As Reddit user KyoTe44 points out, she technically has seen the play three times. She’s seen it twice in Bravos…and she’s currently living it right now. Talk about art imitating life; She watched Ned Stark’s beheading on the stage, and she witnessed it IRL as well.
WE SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, GAME OF THRONES. Clever girl, that Arya.