Disclaimer: If you haven’t seen GOT S8E03 yet, now would be a good time to close this page as it has some MAJOR spoilers!
Waking up at 6.30 AM in the morning to watch Game of Thrones S8E03 was absolutely worth it! Even though the episode was visually too dark till some light came along (thanks Melisandre!), I can’t imagine a better way for everything to have unfolded the way it did.
‘The Long Night’ was so unexpectedly brilliant that it made ‘Battle of the Bastards’ seem like a cake walk! Undoubtedly today’s episode will be remembered as the best GOT has given us, till they surprise us with something better!
While this episode was much, much more than what we had hoped for, here are some significant details you might have missed:
1. It was ultimately a Stark who killed the Night King.
Most of us considered a Stark deemed fit to kill the Night King because of their long history with ‘Brandon the Builder’ (also a Stark) who built the Wall in the first place. While Jon killing NK would seem like a poetic end, he isn’t a Stark, like we had been informed. Daenerys couldn’t burn him, and Sansa and Bran can’t fight. So the last Stark fit to do the deed would have to be Arya, and I’m so glad that she did!
2. Melisandre’s conversation with Arya is reminiscent of what Arya’s swordmaster Serio Forel told her in season 1.
— Kh .. (@kh__dh) April 29, 2019
Just before Arya went to take down the Night King, she had a brief talk with Melisandre which eventually influenced her to do what she did in the end. Melisandre reminded her of Syrio Forel’s iconic dialogue.
— Bandar Targaryen (@b11sr) April 29, 2019
3. Speaking of which, Arya eventually did tell ‘Death’ aka the Night King “not today” by killing him.
4. Bran gave Arya the dagger in the exact same spot where she killed the Night King.
Seems like Bran knew all along that Arya would be killing the Night King and thus gave her the Valyrian steel dagger at Godswood – the spot where she eventually kills NK.
5. Arya’s last move to kill the Night King was almost the same one she used during her duel with Brienne last season.
— SEGAETSHO (@_megadrive_) April 29, 2019
Remember that awesome Arya-Brienne sword fight? When Needle fell out of Arya’s hands, she took out her dagger to end the duel with Brienne. However, the move that she used was almost the same as the one she used to kill the Night King.
6. The scene with Arya giving Sansa the dragonglass dagger reminded us of the scene where Jon gave Arya ‘Needle’.
— Gar Cox (@garcox) April 29, 2019
Just before Arya joins everyone in the battle, she gives Sansa a dagger made of dragonglass and asks her to go down to the crypts. When Sansa tells her that she doesn’t know how to use it, Arya instructs her with the exact words which Jon had once told her after presenting her with ‘Needle’.
7. The ones on Arya’s list – Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion, and the Hound – were actually the ones who helped her survive.
Just when we thought there was no way for Arya to escape from the castle alleys filled with wights chasing her, the Hound and Beric Dondarrion came to her rescue. Beric, in fact, laid his life for her. And later, Melisandre showed Arya her destiny to kill the one with the “blue eyes”.
8. House Mormont eventually comes to its end.
Lyanna Mormont’s death was as brave as it could have gotten, and so was Jorah’s. Like she had once said, House Mormont wasn’t a large house but it was a proud one. And all of them have made us truly proud.
— MICH (@shmdari0) April 29, 2019
9. Jorah ultimately dies in his lady love’s arms.
— Abdullah AL-Ibrahim (@colorony) April 29, 2019
There couldn’t have been a better death scene for Jorah. He was the most loyal to Dany from the start to finish and the scene respects all that he has been through by letting him die in the arms of the woman he loves.
Now we have to ready ourselves for another battle that’s about to come. And I can’t imagine losing any more amazing characters!