Lots of Game of Thrones fans were left gob-smacked by THE scene in the second episode of season 8, entitled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".
If Arya does indeed kill both the Night King and Cersei, it would make for a hell of an ending for her character-and certainly confirm her as the true hero of Game of Thrones. But her attack on the Night King played out more like a Mortal Kombat takedown than the ultimate bombshell in a world-renowned, eight-season series. You brought this on yourself.
You explain to me how this man is not dead.
"You said I'd shut many eyes forever", Arya tells her, noting that she was correct.
Warning: This article contains spoilers about "Game of Thrones" Season 8.
They may be bloodied and battered, but from what we can tell the following all survived the battle of Winterfell: Jaime Lannister; Brienne; the Hound; Gendry; Tormund; Davos; Podrick; Samwell; Grey Worm. The fates of Arya, the Night King, Theon and more. The battle between the living and the dead. She is a masterclass in how to write a good antagonist, with clearly traceable motivations that you can understand, or even root for.
Beric Dondarrion: The oft-resurrected flaming-sword-wielder went down for good this time, having served the Lord of Light's objective: He fended off a force of wights, keeping Arya alive and allowing her to eventually take out the Night King. For unknown reasons, the Night King betrayed his creators, and the First Men and Children of the Forest had to join forces to lock the White Walkers beyond the Wall. The menace was toppled by one Arya Stark, who plunged her Valyrian steel dagger into him - the very same one we've seen here and there throughout the series since the beginning.
Now, if you use the hashtag #NotToday on Twitter, you get a little weirwood emoji to accompany it.
After last week's emotional scenes, much of the hype heading into Sunday's episode, entitled "The Longest Night", centered on which of the beloved characters would die in the episode. That, as Game of Thrones fans have pointed out, is likely Walder Frey or possibly another one of her less plotline-critical victims, like Ser Meryn Trant.
"You're going all over the place with people who you're desperately anxious for, and hopefully you forget about the fact that Arya Stark ran out of that castle with the battle drums playing".
They also applied the line of dialogue to their own lives - cases of the Mondays, for example. Whom the Night King has proven to everyone that he can resurrect... Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. During the epic battle, Arya meets the Red Women, Melisandre, who is in Arya's hit list of people to kill. The very term has been called misogynist, in that it has been used to pan female characters while exempting male characters from the same type of criticism. Why was there only one wight giant in the battle when there were dozens marching with the army of the dead at the end of season seven?
This week's episode of Game of Thrones saw none other than Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) win the war against the Night King (Vladimir Furdik), the White Walkers and the wights.