Arya's Winterfell Moment Should Have Not Been A Surprise For Us From The Very Beginning
‘Game of Thrones’ has shown a remarkable way of developing characters through the past ten years, and Arya Stark has changed a lot. Not only did she become an incredible assassin by training with the Faceless Men, but she was the true savior of Winterfell and humanity. Everyone was surprised by that twist, but they shouldn’t have been. Let’s analyze this further!
RUTHLESS LITTLE LADY
Jaws dropped to the floor last week after audiences watched Arya lose her virginity with Gendry right before the White Walkers reached Winterfell. Most people still viewed her as the 11-year-old girl from Season One, and it was one of the most unexpected moments of the show until April 28's episode when she became the real MVP of the Battle of Winterfell.
In the heat of the battle against the wights, who had decimated the Dothraki and overtaken all the defenses, she stood her ground. Arya killed wight after wight before she had to run away to take cover. At this time, people were afraid that she wouldn’t make it, but Beric Dondarrion and the Hound saved her.
Unfortunately, Beric did not survive, and according to Melisandre, he would not be brought back to life because he had served his purpose in the eyes of the Lord of Light. Melisandre was also a huge part of this battle, despite all the mistakes she made in the past. She looked at Arya meaningfully, and the young Stark remembered something the red priestess told her years ago.
"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."
Melisandre starting telling her, “Brown eyes, green eyes…” and Arya agreed because she had killed many people. However, the red woman, then, looked at her meaningfully and added, “And blue eyes.” That is when Arya understood something that most audiences did not get until the end of the episode: she had to kill the Night King.
Not many people expected Arya to be the savior of this battle as the series had implied that it would be Jon or even Daenerys. Moreover, after the scene with Arya and the red woman, they distracted us with other problems. Jon was even on his way to Bran but was blocked by undead Viserion. Fans despaired when the Night King reached for his sword to kill Bran, but Arya showed up out of the darkness and saved the day.
ALL THEORIES WERE WRONG
One of the reasons why it was so surprising is that everyone believed in the Prince Who Was Promised prophecy as well as the theory that it would be Jon. All that got thrown out of the window in Episode Three. Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, talked to EW about that scene, "It was so unbelievably exciting," but she was worried about the fans and their reactions.
"But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn't deserve it. The hardest thing is in any series is when you build up a villain that's so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise, people are like, 'Well, [the villain] couldn't have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.' You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, 'Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn't it?'"
Jon Snow has already been a hero throughout the whole show. Daenerys freed the slaves in Essos and has been an amazing female leader for years. Even Jaime or Brienne would have been awesome options for the Night King-killer, but the fact that it was Arya is completely reasonable as well.
ARYA WAS PERFECT FOR THIS
After witnessing her father get beheaded by Joffrey Baratheon, and finding out that the Lannisters plotted to kill her brother and mother, Arya started a list of people she had to kill. However, she needed to train before accomplishing it, and so, she became part of the Faceless men. Cersei Lannister is still one of the people on her list.
But, killing the Night King was actually closing a circle on her life. It goes back to Season Seven Episode Four when Littlefinger gave Bran the Valyrian steel dagger. It is important to remember that Bran was almost killed with that same weapon, and Littlefinger blamed the Lannisters for it, starting the War of the Five Kings.
When Arya returned to Winterfell, Bran gave her the knife in the Godswood. Bran might look exactly the same and still seem concerned about the welfare of his family, but he has changed. The Three-Eyed Raven does not do anything without a purpose. Although the extent of his powers is still unclear, he might be omniscient and see into the future just like the past.
He could have seen that Arya would kill Littlefinger with that dagger and later on, her heroic actions would end the Night King. Even the showrunners knew for several years that Arya would be responsible for that epic moment. In the ‘Behind the Episode’ footage that aired after ‘The Long Night’, David Benioff talked about the Night King being created in a similar spot with the weirdwood tree thousands of years ago.
The Children of the Forest made him by stabbing him with dragonglass through the heart. He also seemed to confirm that the Winterfell Godswood is his origin place. “We knew it had to be Valyrian steel put to the exact spot where the Child of the Forest put the dragonglass blade to create the Night King," Benioff said.
"And he's uncreated by the Valyrian steel."
Therefore, there were clues that Arya would be the big savior in the end. The question now is who will kill Cersei Lannister as many people want it to be Jaime or Tyrion to fulfill the Valonqar prophecy. But, Arya could be the chosen one once again.
Now that the army of the dead is gone, it is time to find out who will end up on the Iron Throne. Let us know what you think of Arya being the Night King-slayer. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who yelled during that part. See you next time!
Source: Pop Sugar