Away from the fire-breathing dragons and battles to save humanity, a fractured relationship has been making Game of Thrones fans uneasy for weeks. Arya and Sansa Stark looked thrilled to reunite earlier this season, but since then, things in Winterfell have devolved into a paranoid mess.
(WARNING: Game of Thrones spoilers will follow.)
And it's only going to get worse, according to Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor. He has been making the rounds following the latest episode of Thrones, "Beyond the Wall," which left the two sisters in quite a contentious situation. And rather than ease any concerns about where their relationship is headed, Taylor decided the best move was to pour more gasoline on the fire.
"I love the fact that these two come back, they’re both lethal, and I just wanted to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die, but you’re not sure which one," Taylor told Huffington Post. "Arya is certainly lethal and sort of threatening, but when Sansa sends Brienne away, who is Arya’s natural protector, something is coming very soon between them, and it will be violent but surprising."
If you were hoping both sisters would make it through to the other side unscathed, that's not good news! While Taylor doesn't say explicitly that someone is going to die, he doesn't make it seem like any differences between the two characters will be solved amicably.
Perhaps this is a red herring, and in the end we'll see the Stark sisters team up to take out Littlefinger, who put the wheels in motion for this stand-off between them in the first place. That would be the conclusion many Thrones fans are happy with, and with the direction the show is headed in, the whims of the fans seem more critical to the show direction than ever before. And let's face it: watching Littlefinger finally get iced after years of scheming would be pretty damn satisfying.
But who knows! There's only one episode left this season, and we might not have a lot of time to linger on the Winterfell plot line once the battle against the White Walkers kicks into gear during the final season. Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.