Warning: This post is dark and full of spoilers for "Game of Thrones" Season 6!
OK, Arya kidding us with the latest "Game of Thrones" cliffhanger?
In Sunday's episode, "The Broken Man," we saw Arya let her guard down around a sweet old lady who turned out to be the Waif in disguise. The Waif stabs Arya in the stomach, Arya escapes into some water -- and then nothing.
Asked whether Arya is in any real trouble, "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly: "Yes. She defied the Faceless Men once, and now she does it twice. She’s been well-trained, but she’s up against [professional killers]."
All signs say a girl is in serious doo-doo ... or is she?
A scene in the preview for Episode 8, which also shows up in the Season 6 trailer, appears to show Arya looking pretty spry as she leaps from a rooftop -- possibly being chased by the Waif. (If this were a Tony Hawk video game, we'd all be talking about the massive air she gets on that jump.)
Besides that, we've already seen a number of clues that Arya is making it back to Westeros this season. Remember Melisandre's foreshadowing back in Season 3 when she stated: "I see a darkness in you. And, in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes ... eyes you'll shut forever. We will meet again."
The "eyes" part could allude to all the people Arya will kill, but the most important bit here is the suggestion that Arya and Mel will meet up again. (And probably have another super-weird conversation.)
So, look on the bright side, Arya -- you've got that to look forward to. (Sorry.)
Recent interviews also indicate that Arya will return to Westeros and become a lady with a stone-cold demeanor and a heartless way of doing things. OK ... what we're trying to say is that she'll become Lady Stoneheart.
To a lesser extent, there's also evidence that Arya and the Waif are the same person, which actually seems to be supported by some of Cogman's other comments to EW. The producer said Arya's story is part of an "ongoing arc" in which she's "battling her own humanity and her reasons for being part of this guild" of Faceless Men. That could easily fit with Arya battling a split-personality disorder.
It's also strange that Arya would not be on the lookout for people coming after her. Something weird is going on, and it seems clear that Arya will soon be back in action.
But, above all, here's what the show needs to give us:
HBO, do you even realize howl much we need this reunion?
Without it, life would be ruff.
"Game of Thrones" Season 6 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.