Here’s How They Set Up That Twist On “Game Of Thrones”

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Game of Thrones is known for its plot twists, but halfway through Season 8 we’ve probably gotten our biggest one ever.

THE NIGHT KING IS DEAD. AND ARYA STARK DEFEATED HIM.

While we were all busy trying to figure out who was born amidst smoke and stone, the show was quietly setting Arya Stark up as the real hero all along…

Take the way we meet Arya in the very first episode. While Bran is struggling to act because he’s thinking too much, Arya sneaks up from behind and nails the target.

Just like what happens in the godswood! It’s also signficant that the first thing Arya does in the fight against the army of the dead is fire an arrow, which serves as a nice reminder of her introduction.

In Season 1, Episode 2, when Jon gives Arya Needle (which is also the episode the catspaw dagger is introduced), Arya tells him she can be quick.

You bet she can.

And Jon gives Arya her first lesson in killing.

Which, again, this week’s episode reminded us of.

And again, this is exactly what Arya did with the Night King.

Arya’s whole arc has been about learning to be the ultimate killer. After Jon, she learned from Syrio Forel, who taught her how to be quick like a cat – and to say “not today” to the God of Death.

Which Melisandre reminds Arya of…right before she says NOT TODAY SIR to death personified, the Night King himself.

 

Side note: Ned Stark sacrificing himself in order to save his daughters takes on a whole new level of meaning now that Arya has single-handedly won the Great War.

Moving forward to Season 3, and Melisandre predicts rightfully that she and Arya will meet again.

Little did we realise at the time just how significant that BLUE EYES remark would be.

Arya goes on to learn from the Hound, who teaches her to find gaps and weak spots in armour…

And how to stab someone in the heart.

She learned those lessons well.

Speaking of the Hound, we’ve long been told he had a great purpose – mostly by Ser Beric Dondarrion, who himself believed he was brought back to life for a reason.

He first mentioned it to the Hound back in Season 3, in a scene where, certainly not coincidentally, Arya was also present.

He first mentioned it to the Hound back in Season 3, in a scene where, certainly not coincidentally, Arya was also present.

It turns out their purpose was literally to make sure Arya Stark stayed alive through to the end.

It’s significant that it was the two of them Arya spoke to in Season 8, Episode 2 (before she got busy with Gendry, anyway). And it’s Beric and the Hound who back Arya up and protect her during the Battle of Winterfell.

Meanwhile, Bran giving Arya the catspaw dagger that was used to try to kill him back in Season 1 was way more important than it seemed at the time.

Arya used it to prevent him from being killed by THE NIGHT KING HIMSELF. Did Bran know how this was going to play out the whole time?!

We even saw Arya’s hand-switching trick when she fought Brienne in Season 7.

Basically, there have been lots of little moments of foreshadowing throughout the series.

My mind is blown.

Our small stabby murder child really saved the world.

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