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Sean Bean Says Arya Will Be The Only Stark Who Survives the Game Of Thrones

A prediction from Ned, who died in Season 1.
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Warning: This article (obviously) contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Oh, and winter is coming.

    The death of Sean Bean’s character, Ned Stark, on Game of Thrones triggered the events fans are still grappling with now. As the HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, enters its final season, only a few of Ned’s descendants are left alive—and chances are, not all of them will make it to the end.

    In an interview with Mashable, Bean predicted which of Ned’s children would be left standing—and ruling the Seven Kingdoms—when the series ends.

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    So far, the only Stark children still alive are Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Jon Snow, but as we learned last season, Jon is not Ned’s biological son, but rather the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. (There's also the matter of Jon Snow dying and coming back to life, but that's an argument for another time).

    Either way, Bean is counting on Ned’s youngest daughter, not the boy he raised as his own, to take over in the end. "Who's left?" he told the site, thinking it over. "Jon Snow is left, isn't he? But Arya would have to be it. Yeah Arya will last—maybe she'll be on the throne."

    Even though Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have recently joined forces, Arya’s not a bad bet for last Stark standing. After all, she’s a trained assassin and can change faces at any moment—and she still has a few enemies, like Cersei Lannister, left on her kill list. But since nothing is certain on Game of Thrones, here’s betting it’ll actually end up being one of the direwolves.

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    This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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