In what was arguably the best moment from ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 (though to be fair, there are not that many to choose from), Arya Stark coming out of nowhere to strike down the Night King right before he takes out Bran Stark took fans by complete surprise and seemed an almost perfect moment for the woman we had watched grow up and train to be a warrior/assassin over her journey in the series. Of course, there are some out there who decry the logic of the scene, wondering how Arya could manage to sneak past so many White Walkers to make that attack, not to mention how she managed to launch herself into the air for that epic aerial assault on the series’ ultimate villain. Luckily, the show recently shed some light on the scene that may satisfy some who want more clarity on how it all came together. Here’s the scene description as read during the Making of Season 8 documentary ‘The Last Watch:’
“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.”
So now we know she got airborne by jumping off a pile of dead wights, which would make sense in the context of the scene (Theon and his men had taken down a lot of White Walkers while protecting Bran after all), even if the showrunners chose not to show her initial leap, opting instead for the shock of seeing her flying through the air behind the Night King for the attack. And it did make for a better moment having him grab her and Arya using the dropped knife trick we had seen her use during her sword training with Brienne, as it helped hammer home how all of Arya’s experiences helped prepare her for that moment.
What are your thoughts on how the scene played out in the actual episode compared with the description from the script? Are you happy they went with a more surprise entrance for Arya, and a brief struggle to show the power of the Night King one last time? Or do you wish we could have seen her make her way toward the Night King and take the leap from the body of Wights, ending him quickly and efficiently? Weight in with your thoughts in the comments below!