Why Arya Stark was always destined to stab the Night King in the gut – The Telegraph

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Why was Arya Stark the one the kill the Night King?

Warning: this piece contains full spoilers for episode 3 of Game of Thrones, season 8

The Long Night is over. At the very end of one of the most brutal, relentless episodes we’ve ever seen on Game of Thrones, the Night King was eventually murdered not by Dany’s dragonfire or Jon Snow’s steel, but by a swift knife to the chest by Arya Stark.

It’s not something many fans saw coming, but it’s something the showrunners have had planned for years. “For three years, we’ve known it was going to be Arya to deliver that fatal blow,” David Benioff said on Inside the Episode. “We hoped to avoid the expected. Jon Snow has always been the hero, the one who’s been the savior, but it just didn’t seem right…

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