May 25th, 2016
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Season 6 Episode 5 yet, this post will reveal some of what happens in it. If you have seen it, read on…unless you don’t want to know what might happen next. What follows are not spoilers, since I have no inside knowledge of what’s going to happen next. These are merely predictions based on plot analysis. The may be right, or they may be wrong. Either way, I think they’re plausible, and I’d even likely (say, 60-40), given the various hints that have been made.
“She don’t need more education
She don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm while stick fighting.
Leave the girl alone.” —
First question: Will Arya kill Lady Crane (the actress). I am predicting that she won’t. Instead, I believe she’ll kill the younger, less talented actress, who Arya believes hired the Faceless Men to kill Lady Crane.
But if Arya doesn’t kill Lady Crane, won’t Jaqen be really pissed at her? After all, he did say that “a girl has been given a second chance; there will not be a third” and that “one way or another, a face will be added to the hall [wall].” By that, we are meant to assume (as does Arya) that he means her face will be added if she doesn’t kill Lady Crane.
Note however that Jaqen never explicitly told Arya to kill Lady Crane, though he did strongly imply it. Perhaps the real test is for Arya to realize who she’s really supposed to kill. And who might that be, you ask? Why, the young, less talented actress, of course.
Why do I say that? Because the Faceless Men are not in it for the money (at least that’s my reading of them, though it’s based more on hope than direct evidence). Sure, they make plenty of money from their assassinations, but their real motivations (ever since the days of their slave revolt, as Jaqen so conveniently hinted before sending Arya out on her mission) are justice, mercy, and balance. And unless there’s something about Lady Crane and the younger actress that we don’t know, it’s pretty clear what the right moral decision here is.
Arya will agonize about this for a while, because she thinks she’s supposed to kill Lady Crane, and that her own life will be forfeit if she doesn’t. Plus, she really wants (or think she wants) to become a Faceless Man, and she thinks that killing an innocent woman is the price she must pay to do so. But ultimately, Arya will make the right decision: after much build-up, she will kill the younger actress.
She will then go back to Jaqen, and she will tell him that she took the life she was meant to take, and that a face will be added to the wall, as instructed, to which Jaqen will respond: “Now you are ready.”
That, you see, was the test: whether Arya would understand what the purpose of the Faceless Men is: to balance the scales of justice, as well as those of life and death, and to kill only those who are inalterably suffering, or would make others suffer.
So, Arya has now passed the test, and is now ready to become a Faceless Man. If she accepts (there is a chance she’ll decide not to), then what will her first big assignment be? She might have a few smaller jobs first, but her first big assignment will be to…
Help Daenerys Targaryen, of course! Daenerys, like the Faceless Men, is on a crusade to defeat injustice, and especially to end the scourge of slavery. The Faceless Men share both of those goals with her, so it’s natural that they would want to help. It may take a few episodes for Arya, Tyrion, and Daenerys to get on screen together, but I predict that it will happen. (Or, it could even happen in the next episode…)
Do I really think that’s what’s going to happen? Well, in part it’s what I hope is going to happen, because I don’t want Arya to kill Lady Crane (unless of course it turns out there’s something evil about her that we don’t know). If I’m wrong about Arya deciding to kill the young actress instead, with no repercussions from Jaqen, then I predict that Arya will refuse to kill Lady Crane and leave the Faceless Men. But that’s not nearly as interesting in story terms, is it? That’s why I’m sticking with my main prediction.
BTW, remember the “little girl” in Season 3 that Ser Barristan Selmy saved Daenerys from by killing that scorpion thing? Some people thought at the time that she was one of the Faceless Men, but she wasn’t. She was actually one of the Qarth warlocks. The Faceless Men wouldn’t have done such an amateurish job, and if they had failed the first time, they would have kept trying until they succeeded.
|Another Brick in the Wall||Another Face in the Wall|
|We don’t need no education||She don’t need more education|
|We don’t need no thought control||She don’t need no thought control|
|No dark sarcasm in the classroom||No dark sarcasm while stick fighting.|
|Teacher leave them kids alone||Teacher leave the girl alone|
|Hey, teacher:||Hey, Waif:|
|Leave them kids alone||Leave the girl alone.|
|All in all it’s just another||All in all it’s just another|
|Brick in the wall.||Face in the wall.|
|All in all you’re just another||All in all it’s just another|
|Brick in the wall.||Face in the wall.|
|“Wrong, do it again!”||“Wrong, do it again!”|
|“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding.||“If you don’t beat me in stick-fighting, you can’t assassinate anybody.”|
|How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”||“How can you assassinate anybody if you can’t beat me in stick fighting?”|
|“You! yes, you laddy.”||“You! yes, you girlie.”|
|Poems, everybody. The laddy reckons himself a poet.||“A Faceless Man, everybody. The girlie reckons herself a Faceless Man!”)|