Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, “The Bells,” was nothing short of wild. The Battle of King’s Landing went down with Dany going full Mad Queen and torching the whole city.
Super not chill.
While this mess was going down, Arya gave up on her mission to kill Cersei, and instead attempted to help people save themselves from the fiery onslaught.
And we all know how that went.
After the chaos, fire, and destruction, Arya found herself alone on a destroyed street with an unharmed white horse covered in blood.
And while the moment was very surreal, it actually bears resemblance to a particular passage of the Bible:
for anyone curious about the arya/horse scene at the end: pic.twitter.com/fOPUbm1c7c
— H (@holden_hill) May 13, 2019
This part of the Bible talks about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — and, specifically, how Death rides a Pale Horse.
So, does this mean Arya symbolizes death?!
There she goes…literally riding that pale horse. Probably off to kill Dany.
Given Arya’s strong ties to death — serving the god of death with the Faceless Men; killing the Night King, who himself was an embodiment of death — it seems to line up.
There was even a little foreshadowing happening in this episode — the little girl Arya tried to help was carrying a wooden horse toy.
Probably not a mistake that it was a white horse, either.
The horse was also a fun little callback to the one Arya got to keep back in Season 4, Episode 1, “Two Swords.”
In “Two Swords,” Arya asked the Hound for her own pony, which he refused. But after a fortuitous run-in with one of her enemies, Polliver — she killed him, took Needle back — she got her very own white pony.
Of course, some fans have theories that Bran warged into the horse that showed up post-massacre:
— liz (@suupercuut) May 13, 2019
This was basically Bran turning into a horse showing up in King’s Landing to save Arya pic.twitter.com/vhTXnWtAvq
— King Cersei (@DeionHD) May 13, 2019
But the general consensus is that it was very, well, unexpected:
who left this horse on this old town road pic.twitter.com/E74WI1zfjU
— clio (@cliomiso) May 13, 2019
Arya: I must get out of here….
— kyle (@kayleeykremee) May 13, 2019
— Mohit Here (@MohitKumar14Th) May 13, 2019
— ghostie (@kingreptile420) May 13, 2019