So, Jon Snow made it clear he’s willing to kill Littlefinger if he touches Sansa again in Sunday’s Game of Thrones. But the duplicitous Lord Baelish will soon be left alone with Sansa at Winterfell when Jon journeys to speak with Daenerys Targaryen and her advisors about the oncoming war. Sansa will have Brienne of Tarth to protect her, but there’s a chance that job might fall to someone else in Sansa’s ultimate time of need.
In Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards,” Sansa tells Jon, “No one can protect me, no one can protect anyone” when Jon promises to protect her from Ramsay Bolton. It’s a bit of a dramatic throwaway line, but some Game of Thrones fans are taking it to mean more, as “No One” is a title of sorts that Arya garnered while working with Jaqen H’ghar and the Faceless Men this past season.
With Jon on his way out and Arya trudging toward Winterfell, it feels likely that the two might miss each other, robbing fans of a satisfyingly emotional reunion. But, in the meantime, Arya and Sansa might have a reconciliation for the ages. And Arya might be the “No One” to save Sansa.
Arya certainly proved she’s capable of just about anything with Season 7’s opening sequence, which saw her murder the remainder of the Freys in revenge for the infamous Red Wedding. She never fit in too well with the Faceless Men and didn’t live up to their standards, but she certainly learned a few tricks along the way.
And, sure, Brienne is there to protect Sansa just like she promised, but Brienne, despite her loyalty, is still a warrior. She’d much rather be in the fray than sitting around and guarding Sansa. For Brienne to achieve anything, Sansa’s going to need a new protector; and who better for the job than her estranged little sister who just so happens to now be an assassin?
After Sansa and Arya’s rocky relationship in Season 1, it would be the perfect way to reunite the sisters and point out the love they have for each other despite their differences. In fact, they complement each other perfectly, calculating and capable in their own ways. Arya needs a strategizer with political know-how at her side, while Sansa requires a savvy warrior for physical protection.
Sansa can take care of herself in a lot of ways, but it would be oh-so-satisfying to watch Arya stick a blade in Littlefinger’s back.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing Sunday nights on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern.