One of Game of Thrones's central storylines has always been the Starks against the Lannisters. So far, the Lannisters have gotten the best of the Starks, since they’ve killed Ned Stark and were behind the killings of Robb and Cat Stark. The Lannisters have finally suffered some losses as well with the deaths of Joffrey and Tywin, but the Starks had nothing to do with either death. With Cersei the only hateable Lannister left, will the living Starks ever manage to get any revenge?
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First, let’s take a look at the Starks we have remaining: Rickon, Bran, Sansa, Arya, and half-Stark Jon Snow. Rickon hasn’t shown up again in the books since he took off with Osha, so we can take him out of the equation. Bran and Sansa's TV plots have just about caught up with their respective runs in the books, so they won’t be getting any revenge any time soon.
So that leaves us with Jon Snow and Arya. If the show continues to follow the books next season, Arya should train to become a Faceless Man assassin, while Jon becomes Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and gets himself stabbed. Arya seems like our best bet at some kind of vengeance, but who is left for her to kill?
Of the villains who’ve crossed the Starks, the only ones living are: Cersei, Theon Greyjoy, Roose Bolton, and Walder Frey. Theon has suffered enough, so seeing Arya take revenge on him would seem like overkill.
Cersei is going to come crashing down in Season 5, but again, it won’t be because of the Starks. In the books, Cersei accuses Margaery Tyrell of sleeping around, and as a result she herself ends up being accused of the same thing, of which she is 100 percent guilty. She is then forced to strip naked and walk through King’s Landing to atone for her sins, and she will also eventually have to undergo a trial by combat.
Roose Bolton, meanwhile, arranges a marriage between his son Ramsay and Arya. However, since the real Arya is in Braavos, Roose uses a fake Arya. Stannis has an army and is marching against Roose. Though the battle has yet to take place in the books, we suspect that if Roose is going to die, it will be in this battle.
That leaves us with Walder Frey.
While we don’t have any evidence that this will happen, we would love to see Arya take out old Walder. The Starks are terrible at getting revenge, but if this happens it would at least partly atone for all of their other missed opportunities. Hopefully it will happen during Walder’s next wedding!
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