In the first episode of "Game of Thrones," Season 8, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) gets a mesmerizing setup that affects the rest of the series.
Spoilers for the season premiere.
Arya reconnects with Gendry (Joe Dempsie), the blacksmith, her old travel companion, whom she had last seen in season 3. In this episode, it gets a sweet call back moment when the two of them have this exchange in the forge of Winterfell to repeat.
But in Season 3, she was too young to be really flirtatious. Not so now.
This is an important exchange for two reasons. First, it would be gratifying if Arya, the so-called "Tomboy", had a love interest while Sansa (Sophie Turner), the traditionally "female", did not feel like it. The sisters have often regarded themselves as contradictory examples of what it means to be a girl in the brutal world of Westeros, and how to manipulate or defy femininity to survive. When they grow up, both have realized that it is not so black and white anymore.
But apart from the delightful surprise of their flirty mood, the Arya and Gendry scenes matter what else they discuss.
Arya gives Gendry a drawing of a weapon she is supposed to build with rare substances that can kill the zombie-like white wanderers. It consists of two parts, so it can act as a spear crossbow, a longer range weapon. Obviously this is a Chekov pistol that will be used in the future. The question is, how?
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But that's not all. Earlier in this episode, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) arrives in Winterfell, as do her dragons. While other northerners panic, Arya looks up in awe. The show purposely takes time to stay on Arya and watch the dragons. Remember, the Night King now has an Ice Zombie Dragon.
Also remember that throwing a weapon at a dragon from a distance can kill it. Bronn (Jerome Flynn) almost did this with a big crossbow in Season 7's "The Spoils of War," while the Night King threw down his now zombie dragon by shooting a lance in Season 7's "Beyond the Wall." , So maybe Arya will use this mysterious long-range weapon to kill the Ice Dragon and toss the Night King out of the sky. A girl will kill the death and the dragon on which he rode.
Just before she's dating Gendry. Because a girl can do both.
The final season of "Game of Thrones" will air on HBO on Sunday night at 9pm.