Game of Thrones: Episode 8, “No One,” HBO Sunday, 9 p.m. ET

Just three episodes left and fans are holding their breath waiting for several critical storylines to play out.

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Did The Waif kill Arya Stark? Is this really The Waif? Photo: HBO/Helen Sloan Game of Thrones
Did The Waif kill Arya Stark? Is this really The Waif? Photo: HBO/Helen Sloan

SAN DIEGO, June 12, 2016 Let’s choose violence this week on “Game of Thrones.”

Fans have seen the promos several times featuring Cersei Lannister with the fearsome Mountain standing behind her, asserting she chooses violence. Will the showdown threatened by her cousin and former lover turned enemy Lancel finally take place?

The Mountain is one bad actor and he's about to be unleashed. Photo: HBO
The Mountain is one bad actor and he’s about to be unleashed by Cersei Lannister. Photo: HBO

The last time The Mountain was in a trial by combat, he gouged Oberyn Martell’s eyes out.

Another Lannister showdown is looming of a different kind. Based on this week’s photos released by HBO, Brienne of Tarth will cross paths with Jaime Lannister for a reunion at Riverrun. These two went from being captor and captive to partners to perhaps more, and then adversaries due to their different objectives. Brienne is one of our favorite characters. Don’t break her heart, Jaime.

Brienne of Tarth arrives at Riverrun. Guess who else is there? Jaime Lannister. Photo: HBO Game of Thrones
Brienne of Tarth arrives at Riverrun. Guess who else is there? Jaime Lannister. Photo: HBO

Tyrion and Varys are back, strolling through the streets of Meereen. They aren’t hard to spot, but everything looks calm. In “Game of Thrones,” this means all hell is going to break loose. The preview promises Tyrion’s plans bear fruit. Our new Red Priestess Kinvara also returns. Will the Lord of Light be an ally or an enemy?

Varys and Tyrion Lannister stroll the streets of Meereen. Photo: HBO
Varys and Tyrion Lannister stroll the streets of Meereen. Photo: HBO

At the end of Episode 7 last week, Arya Stark appeared to suffer mortal stab wounds aftr running into The Waif. Or was it the Waif? Was it really Arya Stark? In the confusing world of the Faceless Men, we can’t be sure anyone is really who they appear to be. Whoever we think is Arya was left wandering through the streets in Braavos on the verge of bleeding to death.

The title of this week’s episode is “No One,” the objective of Arya’s training to relinquish her identity and become Faceless at the House of Black and White. There are numerous fan theories about what’s going on: Arya and The Waif are really the same person, and this is all happening in Arya’s mind as her new identity tries to kill off her old identity. Or The Waif is Jaqen, testing Arya. Or, Arya changed her face with someone else, and she isn’t the one who was killed.

We don’t care which theory is right, as long as Arya Stark is still alive. George R.R. Martin has said several times Arya Stark is one of his favorite characters, second only to Tyrion Lannister who Martin considers his alter ego. We’re cautiously optimistic. Cautiously since this IS “Game of Thrones” after all.

The Red Priestess Kinvara calls The Lord of Light to Meereen. Photo: HBO Game of Thrones
The Red Priestess Kinvara calls The Lord of Light to Meereen. Photo: HBO

Arya’s sister, Sansa Stark, wrote a letter in the last episode after she, Jon Snow and Ser Davos failed to gather enough allies to make a solid assault against Ramsey Bolton at Winterfell. Most observers think Sansa wrote to Littlefinger, asking him to bring his forces from The Vale and join their team. The price for his help may be high, but the new Sansa seems willing to pay it.

Be part of our Live Fan Chat as we watch all the action in the last three episode of Season 6. We know they will be action packed.

“Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 8 – “No One” airs Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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