aka Battle of Winterfell, was a polarizing episode of Game of Thrones. Some others considered it a flop. We . But it was negatively talked about how she had killed the Night King.
Where did she come from? How did she slip past the White Walkers? For some, it seems to be a bit of arya-ex-machina, where the leap of faith of young Stark's Hail Mary comes from nowhere and does not really make sense . There is, however, a small detail from the episode that adds an essential element to the puzzle.
Before Arya plunges into the Night King, we see Jon Snow trying to get into Godswood, where Bran Stark and the Night King are. The path is blocked by Viserion, the White Walker Dragon. Jon tries to run past him, but he is spotted by the dragon. Jon remains trapped behind the battered remains of a wall and decides not to run anywhere to confront Viserion. Only he does not raise his sword, he just gets up and screams.
Here's what you may have missed: Jon yells "Go!" A long and then a short one. In the next scene, we see one of the White Walker's hair in the wind created by Arya on the way to the Night King.
In other words, Jon saw Arya and diverted the dragon so that she could make her way through
This would not only make sense in terms of moving Arya, it would also rid him of stupidity, to kill a dragon by shouting at him.
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Foreshadowed : Episode 1 of this season features Jon at the Weirwood Tree, right where the Night King looks down on Bran. He turns around to find Arya creeping up on him without his noticing. The creators of the show reminded us at the last minute of their secret skills. During a light duel with Brienne (this is Ser Brienne to you) in the seventh season, Arya defeated Brienne by moving her dagger from one hand to the other.
: Back in the sixth season, we see the children of the forest create the Night King by tying him to a weirwood tree and stabbing a dragonglass dagger into his heart. The Weirwood tree could be the key to the Night King's vulnerability. He certainly seemed indestructible when attacked by Dragonfire .
See a Ghost : Ghost, Jon's direwolf, appeared in episode 2 of season 8 after a notable absence from the 8th season spotlight. He was seen at the Battle of Winterfell and bumped into the heights alongside the Dothraki and Ser Jorah Mormont. Jorah came back, but most of the Dothraki did not. Ghost was also not seen for the rest of the episode. But do not worry, Direwolf lovers, he was spotted.
Thread the Needle : Arya got her first sword from Jon in the first season "First Lesson," he said to her, "stay at the sharp end." This is the same advice that Arya Sansa gave as she sent Sansa down to the crypts with her dagger as the army approached the dead. Of course, Syrio Forel, Arya's first official Stabmeister, was later referenced by Lady Milensadre. "What do we say to the death god?"
The Journey of a Dagger : The dagger Arya rushed into the Night King and rescued Bran and all the others. However, Bran was to be killed seven seasons ago, as an assassin was armed with it after Bran saw Jaime and Cersei exploring their sibling ties. The dagger belonged to Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, who also used him to betray Ned Stark. Littlefinger gave it to Bran last season and Bran gave it to Arya.
I hope we get a decent explanation next week about how Arya has traveled from the room to The Godswood with The Hound and Lady Milesandre.