WESTEROS – Game of Thrones fantasy leagues expect a flurry of roster moves after the show’s latest injury report updated Arya Stark’s Week 6 status from “Doubtful” to “Questionable.”
Fan theorists have been quick to point out that the changed injury designation does not automatically mean that she will appear on Sunday. Still, the improved status means fantasy owners who put Stark on their bench should consider starting her, even if injuries may limit her usual production value.
The “Doubtful” status came after several punishing episodes for the show’s star. Arya suffered a major blow to the head in Week 3. She returned to the episode and appeared again in Week 4, but getting hit by a ton of bricks in Week 5 left her bloodied and dazed, and she required assistance to leave the field of battle. Per HBO’s concussion protocol, Stark has not appeared since last Sunday.
The sudden status change comes amid viewership concerns for the political thriller-turned-Michael Bay explosive spectacle. Chronic under-performance has turned consistently high expectations during off-seasons from a blessing to a curse. Outsiders have grown increasingly critical of showrunner personnel decisions, and fans have begun clamoring for changes. Inside sources confirmed that upgrading Arya’s status is a last-ditch effort to save the show’s season.