Decoding the white horse on last night's episode of Game of Thrones

Anna Bonet
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From Cosmopolitan

** Spoilers ahead! Stop reading if you haven't seen Season 8, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones **

After over an hour of blood, death and fire on last night's episode of Game of Thrones, we're still reeling. Daenerys went crazy! Jaime and Cersei died! What on earth happened to the bells meaning surrender!

Then, in the closing scenes of the episode, we see Arya alive and riding off on a white horse. Confused as to where this white horse came from, how it got there and what it means? Here's the deal.

The horse belonged to Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company. He's seen riding it at the beginning of the episode:

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How it made it out of the battle alive, we're not quite sure. Anyway, it has multiple potential meanings. A lot of fans have pointed out that in the Bible, a white horse signifies death. In Revelations 6:8, it says “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death".

It's also not the only white horse we've seen throughout Game of Thrones. Earlier in the same episode, the little girl Arya tries to save is carrying a toy white horse, which is later seen lying in the sand. In season one, Khal Drogo's first gift to Dany was a white horse, which later died. And of course, Ned Stark himself had a white horse.

The one thing these white horses have in common is the fact they're all tied up with death, or being killed. Does this mean Arya is the Angel of Death? And if that's the case, perhaps she's riding off to bring an end to Daenerys. Just saying.

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