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30th Apr 2019

People think they’ve worked out how Arya got so close to the Night King on Game of Thrones

James Dawson

Some Game of Thrones fans (nerds) have suggested that it made little sense that Arya was able to penetrate the White Walker’s defences

Seeing as though some of you lot have been complaining in the comments section about us giving away spoilers – despite the episode having been out for over 24 hours! – I’ve decided I’m going to give you a spoiler warning on this post.

If you haven’t seen the latest episode of GOT, consider this your warning. Seriously, get off this post right now. Everyone else, read these player ratings for Game of Thrones: Battle of Winterfell if you haven’t already, then proceed…

What a battle, aye?

When all is said and done and we reflect on the series as a whole, I can’t help but feel we’ll look back on the Battle of Winterfell as one of the great moments in the show. Now quite up to the standard of the Battle of the Bastards, maybe, but still unequivocally up there with the rest of them.

But while almost everyone who watched it was in agreement that an episode that saw the end of show legends such as: Ser Jorah Mormont, Melisandre, Lyanna Mormont, Theon Greyjoy and, of course, the heel tag-team of Zombie Wun Wun and the ice dragon, was one of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s best, there have been a few complaints.

Namely about the end of the episode, which saw the Night King shattered into a thousand pieces by Arya.

See, despite having plied her trades among all of the series’ hardest bastards, some people on social media have decided it was unrealistic the young Stark should just be able to run up and kill the Master Hand of the show given the size of the undead protective force around him.

However, a new theory has emerged on Twitter of just how she managed it, which also ties in with a prophecy made by Melisandre in season three. The prediction the Red Sorceress made to Arya back then was: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes sealed shut forever. We will meet again.”

Now, this may well have referred to the eyes of the men and women she would go on to assassinate, but it may also have referred to the eyes that she would take on in the future. After all, Arya is a woman of many faces and it’s previously been shown that she can take on the identity of many other characters at her will. So why not a Whyte?

It has been suggested by Twitter user @evanmNJD, that the camera shot just before Arya jumped at the Night King, showed the identity of the undead character she had taken on.

If so, it would explain how she was able to get so closer to the leader of the undead army without being identified. Or as the Twitter user himself puts it: “This includes the clip of the White Walker glancing. That glance made me think Arya was wearing its face.”

Watch it for yourself here: