The Fascinating Biblical Meaning Behind Arya's White Horse on Episode 5 of 'Game of Thrones' | 22 Words

Game of Thrones is nearly at its end, and our beloved (as well as hated) characters are finally reaching the conclusions of their stories. Whether you loved or hated the latest episode (yes, we know, everyone hated it), there's one Biblical Easter egg you may have missed. Not only that, but it might explain something that everyone has found perplexing.

We're going to talk about Arya's horse.

Yes, after eight seasons, our girl is now a powerful assassin whose role on the show cannot be underestimated. But after she chose not to pursue her #1 target Cersei, people were left wondering what the heck she was even doing in this episode. And what on earth was up with that random horse?

The answers lie somewhere unexpected: The Bible. Yeah, we're going to bust out some Revelations to explain what is happening while King's Landing burns. Spoiler alert: Arya is, in every conceivable sense, Death.

As we head into the final episode of Game of Thrones, people have a lot of feelings.

There is a LOT of disappointment with the latest episode.

Some people are angry at the anticlimactic death of Cersei and Jaime.

Others wish Daenerys hadn't gone off the rails so intensely.

But the question that is on everyone's lips, the most important of all in Game of Thrones...

What the heck is up with Arya and that horse?

Yes, the episode ended with Arya inexplicably alive, despite the burning of King's Landing.

But even more inexplicable? She meets a beautiful white horse and rides away on it.

I mean fine, we all have a good pony fantasy.

But why here? Why now? What does it symbolize?

Arya, over a long and trying eight seasons, has risen to the top as a fan favorite.

So we had pretty high expectations for her heading into The Bells.

Not only that but she was kind of a BAMF in the last episode.

After killing the Night King, you better be pulling out all the stops if you want to look cool.

So people were...confused at what actually happened.

Which was not a whole lot. She didn't kill Cersei. She didn't get her final revenge.

How dare you take this away from us Game of Thrones!

Instead we got...the pet pony.

But the writers of Game of Thrones know what they're doing.

This isn't the first piece of major media that features a pale horse.

No, if you want to find the OG pale horse you have to go back a couple thousand years.

We're talking the Book of Revelation, i.e. the Bible.

Let's take a look at the original text, shall we?

"And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth." -Revelation 6:8

Are we saying that this episode metaphorically makes Arya into Death?

No, we're saying this episode literally makes Arya into Death.

Arya has been taking on the role of Death for years now.

In the most obvious sense, she has become a skilled assassin, playing Death by taking life.

But the Biblical Death had a more specific role.

We mentioned it above, but just in case you missed it, Death had a role given by Jesus, namely "to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth" those who deserved it.

Does that sound familiar?

Because it's what Arya has been doing ever since she started keeping that list.

Who do we think the Freys and the Night King are?

Clearly those who deserve to die.

And just as Arya is growing closer and closer to Death...

There are other characters who have taken on the roles of the other Horsemen.

Not to mention that the whole world seems to be tiptoeing closer and closer to the Apocalypse.

What with cities going up in flame.

One theory has some ideas for the other horsemen.

An obvious fit for the White Horseman, or conquest, is Daenerys.

But what about the Red Horseman, aka war?

Well this author suggests Cersei, but we could think of a few other options.  Literally any noble person in all of Westeros.

Last but not least there's the Black Horseman or famine.

The Night King certainly has a "black" ring to him, but one could also throw a certain Three Eyed Raven into the ring.

No matter how you parse the Horsemen, the imagery is there for Arya.

And the Biblical undertones don't bode well for our final episode in Westeros.

Death only shows up when the End is Nigh.

And the bells that are ringing in this episode? Yeah, they're the sound of that end.

So as we head into the final episode be warned:

Our prediction is that Arya will be handing out some whoop-a**.

Just as Daenerys grew into her role as Mother of Dragons by...well murdering thousands of people.

Arya will take on her final role as Death.

Even if we don't think we're ready for the final episode...

We're certainly ready to be there with Arya on that pale horse as she rides to her destiny.

Our girl has definitely grown up since her early days wishing to escape embroidery.

Gone from a tomboy to the embodiment of the most inevitable part of human life. They grow up so fast.

But we can't wait to see how her story ends.

Honestly, it's all up in the air at this point.

How are we supposed to wait for a whole week?

When we know...Death is coming.