As unexpected as the great turn of events that ended "Game of Thrones" was "Long Night", the procession ending for Arya's Great War is traced back to season one.
If you look at the story of the Valyrian Dagger on the show, Arya adds only a layer of thematic meaning to the glory moment of Arya. And it might even have come to Antaly's next target: Cersei Lannister.
Following the episode, David Benioff said they have known for about three years that Arya will be the last blow against the Night King. And it is now clear that they planted many seeds during this time.
The Catspaw Dagger (as the fans called him) was first dropped from the tower in Episode 2, Season 1, during the attempted murder of a comatose Bran after his nearly fatal death. Fortunately, both Summer and Catelyn were still around to prevent the future Three-Eyed Raven from getting Night Kinged. But it's one of Game of Thrones classic, circular recalls to bring back the weapon that Bran almost killed, several seasons later, just to save him – and the whole world.
It's the perfect way to honor Catelyn And who would be so proud to know that her daughter took over the protective cloak for Stark's protection children against all threats, regardless of cost.
Later in season 1, the dagger became the main piece of evidence Catelyn accused of and arrested Tyrion for the assassination of Bran. That's because Littlefinger told her that the rare dagger was unique before he lost it in a bet to the goblin. We do not know if Littlefinger was there because he had planned to launch a war between the Lannisters and Starks. But we know that Tyrion did not stand behind it (the murder attempt was probably Joffrey's act.)
What a Question Most is However, the dagger that unleashed the first major war in the series – the conflict between Starks and Lannister, which led to the War of the Five Kings – was eventually used to end the Great War.
But it's even deeper than that. When we next saw the dagger, Littlefinger returned it to Bran in Season 7, while trying to ingratiate himself with the Stark kids, who were suspicious.
The dagger that triggered the first major war on the show … was then used to end World War I.
"In a way that made you with dagger what you are today," said Littlefinger to Bran. "Forced from home, driven into the wild beyond the wall … To go through all this and go home just to find such chaos in the world, I can only imagine" "
" Chaos is a ladder "Said Bran, interrupting with a recall to Littlefinger Sansa's argument for his plans to destabilize Westerosi's policies, in fact, Bran seems to have had the chaos of the Winterfell battle (like Theon accusing the Night King ) used as a distraction to give Arya the ladder she needed for her savage stalking attack.
Oddly enough, Littlefinger came along. True, this dagger created a domino effect that made Bran a three-eyed raven, as did his fall from the tower And that goes for Arya as well, the dagger played a major role in the realization of the Five Kings' War, which led to the Red Wedding, and the Red Wedding has Arya to it brought the way to an unstoppable killer who could kill the night king.
Later in season 7, Bran Arya cites the dagger with a suspicious lack of explanation. Now we know because he saw what she would do with it. And we also know why the show took the time for Arya Duel Brienne. She wins by pulling out the dagger with her left hand just as she did Night King in Season 8.
This is even more impressive considering that Maisie Williams, though she was right-handed in real life, valued Arya as a left-hander. And looking back, we can probably assume that she probably committed herself to this little detail, so that the left-handed trick shot that saves the world had precedent.
But predicting Arya's sneak attack had an impact on Season 8 as well. And not only because of the prophecy Melisandre reminds Arya of Episode 3.
When Jon and Arya were reunited in Episode 1 at the Godswood, he is surprised by their sudden appearance. "How did you sneak up on me?" he asks her. Well, she'll sneak up on two episodes later in the same place to another King of Winter.
All this shows that on the Game of Thrones the retrospective is always 20/20. Someone could have put together all the clues to predict this unpredictable turn, but the predictions only become clear after the fact. And the exchange between Bran and Arya when he gives her the dagger in Season 7 might have anticipated another twist that fluttered over our heads.
"I saw you at the intersection … I thought you would do it go to King's Landing," Bran tells Ayra after her reunion.
"I have too," she says. And when Sansa asks why Arya would go there, Bran declares, "Cersei is on her list of names."
At this point, we should take all of Bran's inexplicable deeds, reactions, and creepy glances as an indication of what's to come , We must now read this exchange as a foreshadowing that Arya will go to King's Landing in the three remaining episodes to finally remove Cersei from her list.
Because Bran said back then, his visions were all a jumbled, fragmented mess. He seems to have understood her better in the 8th season. But back in those days, it was quite possible that he was confusing a vision in which Arya Cersei in King's Landing in Season 8 had killed with their Season 7 decision to go first to Winterfell, rather than first to King & # 39; s Landing to visit. 19659028] Arya and her daggar can wipe that grin right off Cerseis face "data-fragment =" m! A89c "data-image =" https://mondrian.mashable.com/uploads%252Fcard%252Fimage%252F977888%252F4d861b0b-3dcf -49ab-80ca-acef08eb6c6b.jpg? Signature = L1opD3CPl6A7vd4UJf1KFMsj3cg = & source = https% 3A% 2F% 2Fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com "data-micro =" 1 "/>
Arya and her Daggar can wipe that grin right off Cerseis face
It's true – like the poetic justice of Littlefinger, executed by Arya weapon he used to manipulate Bran – the Catspaw Dagger became a symbol of Arya as the avenging angel of the death of House Starks, she has been killing two of her family's most important enemies since reintroducing them in season 7.
And as we saw in previews for upcoming episode 4, the show does not just go back to King & # 39; s Landing, but she also appears in the dispute to return between Stark and Lannister, who started everything. It is also notable that she says in Melisandre's prophecy that Arya will close many eyes forever, "brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes." Walder Frey had brown eyes. The night king was blue. And Cersei has green eyes.
Arya, who kills Cersei with the dagger, could ruin Jaime's folk theory as Valonqar. But do not forget that Arya can carry anyone's face, including Cerseis "little brother" Tyrion or Jaime.
Ultimately, however, Arya Cersei does not have to kill to complete the character sheet her list of names represents. To deal with the deaths in her family, Arya clung to the list as if her life depended on it. But after staring at the many faces of death with the faceless men and returning home, she chose life, love, and family over and over again instead of taking revenge.
The last enemy was death. And Arya captured death without her having considered herself.