One of the mantras of Game of Thrones is the phrase, “Winter is coming.” And in episode three of the show’s final season, winter finally comes. The Night King and his White Walkers descend upon Winterfell. There are – spoiler alert! – quite a few major casualties. But one character emerges as the hero of the hour.
At the end of the episode, Arya leaps out of nowhere to kill the Night King with a Valyrian steel blade. It not only destroys the terrifying creature, but all the people he reanimated for his army drop dead as well. The day is saved. And though beloved characters like Theon, Jorah and Lyanna Mormont are no more, the majority of the cast live to fight another day.
Arya’s act of heroism is spectacular. But it’s safe to say that not many people expected her to be the Night Killer’s vanquisher. Indeed, it seemed for a while that a character like Jon or Daenerys would get to do the deed. After all, there was the prophecy of Azor Ahai to consider – and Arya didn’t seem to fit the bill.