By Megan McCluskey and Eliana Dockterman
Updated: April 21, 2019 10:45 PM ET | Originally published: June 28, 2016

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

With Game of Thrones building to its series finale, it’s time to revisit Arya Stark‘s legendary kill list.

In season 8 the young Stark — who entered the House of Black and White an untested, albeit scrappy, fighter — proved that she might be willing to let a few things go, at least until the war between the living and the dead is settled. Encounters with former enemies Beric Dondarrion and the Hound weren’t exactly pleasant, but they didn’t end in bloodshed either.

By bringing justice to Littlefinger in season 7 and murdering Walder Frey in the finale of the sixth season, Arya has not only crossed most of the major names off her infamous kill list, but also finally demonstrated the payoff of nearly two seasons of Faceless Men training.

But her obsessive quest for revenge is nowhere near complete. With some people on her list still alive and (mostly) well, Arya has her work cut out for her over the course of the final season: Will she hunt down Cersei? Or try to kill the Night King?

Few Thrones characters have evolved as much as Arya, and it looks like the assassin might be easing up on on some of her targets. But she could still end up encountering everyone on it before the series ends. So with that in mind, here are the names and crimes of everyone who’s been on her kill list on who she intended to gift to the Many-Faced God.

Read on for who is left on Arya Stark’s kill list.

Beric Dondarrion

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Beric proved himself an enemy of Arya when he sold Gendry to Melisandre. Beric has redeemed himself since — journeying with Jon beyond the wall to capture a wight — but that doesn’t absolve him from Arya’s vengeance.

After surviving the White Walkers’ attack on the Wall, Beric meets Arya again in Winterfell in the second episode of season 8. Arya appears to confirm that she removed Beric from her list of victims with a joke. “Was he on your list?” The Hound asks Arya about Beric. “For a little while,” Arya responds.

Sandor “the Hound” Clegane

Rory McCann in Game of Thrones
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Despite the kinship that the Hound and Arya struck up during their travels, the Hound did kill Arya’s friend, Mycah, the butcher’s boy. It looks like he may be forgiven: Arya told the Waif that she no longer wanted to kill the Hound, and and if their brief encounter season 8 is any indication, it’s safe to say he’s definitely off.

Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey in Game of Thrones
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Cersei falsely accused Arya’s father, Ned Stark, of treason and had him arrested. Those actions led to Ned’s death. Cersei currently rules over King’s Landing where she’s protected by the Mountain and others. Arya would have to travel back there to confront her.

Ilyn Payne


Ilyn Payne beheaded Ned on orders from Joffrey Baratheon. It’s possibly he’s still alive in King’s Landing.

Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as The Mountain in HBO's Game of Thrones.

The Mountain tortured and killed people at Harrenhal, where Arya was imprisoned. He now stands beside Cersei as her protector, so Arya will likely have to go through him to reach the queen anyway.



Melisandre took Gendry away when Beric Dondarrion sold him to her. At the time, she also told Arya that the two women would “meet again.” It certainly looks that way: Melisandre said in season seven that she’s destined to die in Westeros, where Arya happens to reside.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Maisie Williams — who plays Arya on the HBO drama — spoke about who she believes her character will prioritize on the list. “If I had to put them in order of who she wants dead the most — just three of them — it would probably go Cersei, Melisandre, then the Mountain or Ilyn Payne — they’re on par with each other,” she said.

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Cersei, the Mountain and Ilyn Payne can all conveniently be found in King’s Landing, making that the most logical place for her to continue her mission. But it’s unlikely she’ll be able to make her way South before the confrontation with the White Walkers in Winterfell. Likely, her revenge will have to wait until later in the season.

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