Game of Thrones fans have been wondering for weeks how Arya Stark was able to kill the Night King. First of all, Arya is a badass, we already knew that. She has been training her whole life for a moment just like that, but there have been some questions into the technical aspects of what went down. This past Sunday was the first since the highly successful HBO series ended and fans are starting to cool off a bit in terms of demanding a rewritten season 8.
In lieu of a new Game of Thrones episode, HBO treated fans to The Last Watch, a documentary detailing how they put together the absolutely massive final season. Included are the emotional table reads where Kit Harington learned what Jon Snow does to Daenerys for the first time. While that's all well and good, the Night King and the White Walkers have been on the minds of most fans for years now. When Arya Struck him down, it was TV history being made.
So, how did Arya Stark leap out of the air like a flying squirrel to stab the Night King with her dagger made of Valyrian steel? We all saw the impressive move where the King attempted to stop her, only for her to do the drop, catch, and stab, which killed the Night King and the entire White Walker army, saving Bran in the process. Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman shed some more light on what went down. He had this to say.
"The Night King walks with methodical, terrifying calm. He stops before Bran and raises his sword to strike, but something is hurtling towards him out of the darkness. Arya. She vaults off a pile of dead wights leaps at the Night King and she plunges the dagger through the Night King's armor. The Night King shatters."
The pile of dead White Walkers was how Arya Stark gained her extra air for the attack. And who killed all of those Walkers? That would be Theon Greyjoy, who sacrificed his life to protect Bran and unknowingly set Arya up with the perfect ramp to get some major air and ultimately kill the Night King while Jon Snow was cornered by a dead zombie dragon spewing white flame at him. However, was that really all there was for the Night King and the White Walkers to go down?
Game of Thrones season 8 has been divisive amongst fans, which is putting it lightly. Any time something as big as a show like that ends, there is no way of pleasing everybody, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did the best they could with what they had. However, some fans really don't believe that they did the best they could, which is where the petitions with millions of signatures come from and the airplane banners asking HBO politely to rewrite and rerelease season 8. You can head over to HBO for more information on The Last Watch documentary.