Why Hot Pie Is to Blame For the White Walker Invasion on ‘Game of Thrones’
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Why Hot Pie Is to Blame For the White Walker Invasion on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Game of ThronesArya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie got acquainted while they were captives of the Lannisters in Season 2 and then the Brotherhood Without Banners in Season 3 — but they went their separate ways soon thereafter.

We knew we’d see Arya in Season 7, we had good intel that we’d see Gendry, but we had no idea we’d see Hot Pie!

At the time, we were happy he reappeared, but now we’re not so sure. One fan is making us think he’s responsible for the White Walker invasion…

Arya reunited with Hot Pie in this season’s second episode, when she stopped at the Inn at the Crossroads, his place of employment.

And it was Hot Pie who told her that Winterfell was back under Stark control.

Jon Snow came down from Castle Black with a Wildling army and won the Battle of the Bastards,” he told her.

“He’s King in the North now.”

Actor Ben Hawkey — a baker in real life, by the way — previously told Entertainment Weekly he never thought he’d return to Game of Thrones.

In fact, he wasn’t even watching the show when he got the call in August 2016.

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“It was a really big shock. I wasn’t expecting to be coming back at all,” he said.

“I was confused. I didn’t know why they needed me, to be honest. I only recently just watched all the episodes. I hadn’t seen any of it.”

Ben was certainly happy to see his character re-emerge in Westeros, but Redditor abdo0000 was not.

And this fan explains why in a post titled “Why Hot Pie Should Be the Most Hatest Character in GOT.”


“Yes, Hot Pie is the reason behind all of this,” the Redditor writes.

“It’s all because of him,” abdo0000 continues.

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“If he didn’t tell Arya that Winterfell is under [Stark] control, Cersei could be dead now, Jon and his company won’t get a White Walker, they won’t go beyond the Wall, Viserion would be alive, the Wall won’t fall.

“And all Westeros would be united against the Night King.”

In other words, Arya should have simply gone to King’s Landing and assassinated Cersei, as was her plan before she heard news of the Stark victory at Winterfell.

If she had, Jon and his crew wouldn’t have needed to travel beyond the Wall to retrieve a wight as proof that the army of the undead is real.

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Then Jon’s crew wouldn’t have needed Daenerys to rescue them, which means she and her dragons would have stayed far from danger.

And then the Night King never would have been able to kill dragon Viserion, resurrect him, and use him to blow a hole in the Wall.

That logic checks out, as far as we’re concerned, though Arya is just as much to blame since she postponed her assassination plans.

Still, this Hot Pie-hating thread just goes to show how one person’s seemingly-innocuous decision can sway an entire war, Butterfly Effect style.

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(On the bright side, at least Arya’s return to Winterfell meant she and Sansa could get revenge on Littlefinger.)

Thrones fans are eager to see Hot Pie shoulder the blame, though. abdo0000’s post has been upvoted over 4,000 times as of the time of this post.

It has also attracted over 240 comments, many of which are just Thrones-related Hot Pie puns, like “The Pie That Was Promised,” “Valar doughaeris,” “What is hot may never pie,” and — our favorite — “Chaos is a larder.”


Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019 on HBO.