We are only three episodes into the final series of Game of Thrones and already fans have had their minds blown by the events of season 8.
Episode 3 (Monday, April 29th) was one of the most jaw-dropping episodes in GoT history and not just because it’s the most expensive episode ever made.
Warning: If you have yet to watch episode 3, you have been warned, as giant-sized spoilers lie ahead.
Here’s everything you need to know about that Arya moment with the Night King in episode 3 and how it came about.
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Arya vs. The Night King
The showdown with The Night King was inevitable in the final series of Game of Thrones.
But fans were surprised that Arya would be the one to deliver the fatal blow to the big bad villain of the show – sorry Jon Snow!
And the epic moment has seen the internet descend to chaos, with theories about how she, out of all the characters, managed to pull off such a feat.
Was Arya disguised as a White Walker?
Arya has gained mysterious and mystical powers over the past few seasons of Game of Thrones.
Although her training with the Faceless Men was always cool to watch, as Arya learnt to assume the form of other people, we never really knew its purpose on the show.
Fans were quick to jump to Twitter to share their theories of Arya using her skills to assume the form of a White Walker!
This includes the clip of the White Walker glancing. That glance made me think Arya was wearing its face. pic.twitter.com/UOEmkOoLC0
— evan🌙☀️ (@evanmNJD) April 29, 2019
Arya became disguised as a white walker right? That’s how she was able to get so close
— Mikey Regs (@MRegalbuto) April 29, 2019
Arguments against this theory
But inevitably debates erupted over this moment, with many other theories being argued.
These range from Arya not being able to use a White Walkers Knight’s face as none of them had died, to the ability of the White Walkers to sense human blood.
The best alternative theory is that Arya has acquired the abilities of the best assassins. In the first episode of the new series, she similarly sneaks up on Jon Snow in the same spot she kills the Night King – she had been practising!
Arya definitely wasn’t a White Walker Knight. Maybe one of the normal ones but they didn’t show one White Walker Knight death and they travel together so how’s she gonna wear ones face?
— Empire C6 (@Crimsix) April 29, 2019
Arya sneaks up on Jon at the Weirwood Tree. Jon asks "How did you sneak up on me?" Arya answers "How did you survive a knife to the heart?" Jon replies " I didn't" #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/cXCUWT8zUa
— Mr. Faneto 🦍 (@Quellium_) April 30, 2019
What really happened?
The showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said in a breakdown of season 8 episode 3 that they had known Arya would kill the Night King for years.
And this has sent people looking for clues of what will happen in the next three episodes from previous seasons.
The most accepted theory of what will happen next is based on Melisandre’s prophecy she referred back to in the most recent episode – so that means Cersei’s next on Arya’s kill list!
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