9 Things You Missed In Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 -- 'The Long Night'
SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!
And that's a wrap: on the Night King, anyway. After eight seasons of an impending doom coming in the way of a certain blue-eyed monster, that's all... over.
As we still process what just happened there, here's nine things you might have missed this episode.
1. The episode was *not* called the Battle of Winterfell.
Despite that being the name everyone jumped on, this episode was actually called 'The Long Night'. Once again, HBO only revealed the episode's name after it aired.
2. Azor Ahai probably wasn't all that important, after all.
So is Arya Azor Ahai now? Probably not. Arya's killing of the Night King was a badass move and the absolute culmination of watching her grow as an assassin for years, but it didn't have a whole lot to do with the Azor Ahai prophecy. Ergo, Arya is likely not the Princess That Was Promised.
There are a few caveats we've been promised about Azor Ahai: that he (or she) would be born again amidst smoke and salt, that he (or she) shall wake dragons out of stone, and that he (or she) shall draw fire from a burning sword.
Both Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaren fit certain aspects of the Azor Ahai prophecy, and as we've now seen, flaming swords aren't exactly a one-off, as far as the servants of the Lord of Light are concerned.
Arya, however, isn't 'born again of salt and smoke', unless you shoehorn in her time in Bravos (by the sea, ergo 'salt') and realising her potential amongst the flames of Winterfell ('smoke'). That being said, this Redditor pegged Arya as being Azor Ahai three years ago, and gives a detailed, book-deep explanation on how she fits.
But Arya isn't unconnected to the prophecy, either. We finally find out why the Lord of Light has brought Beric Dondarrion back from the dead so many times: he needed to save Arya, so she could save everyone else. And she was informed of this fact by none other than Melisandre herself, who has been the main voice of this prophecy.
Here's Melisandre telling Arya years ago that she would be responsible for closing "blue eyes":
3. Arya *may* have used the face of a White Walker to sneak up on the Night King.
As pointed out by one Twitter user, there's some heavy hinting that Arya somehow used a White Walker face to follow the Night King into the Godswood, undetected. As the Night King raises his hand to grab his weapon and kill Bran, the camera flits between him and another White Walker, creating an unknown tension. Is it Arya in disguise?
Really going to need someone to come out and confirm / deny this one, tbh. Please note I'm writing this immediately after viewing, so if you know any more, email me: email@example.com.
4. Here's the kill-list:
Beric, Dolorous Edd, Lyanna Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Mormont, Melisandre, and an entire army of Dothraki.
Despite fans dreading the absolute worst, nearly all the fan favourites managed to escape relatively unscathed: Arya, Sansa, Jon, Bran, Dany, Tyrion, Jaime, Brienne, Gendry, the Hound, Varys, Davos and even Sam managed to make it through in one piece, despite spending most of the battle on the ground.
5. Don't stress: Ghost also survived the battle.
The last we saw of Jon's direwolf Ghost, he was charging into battle with Jorah and the Dothraki.
While we never saw Ghost again -- a truly distressing experience -- next week's teaser gives us a split-second glimpse of Ghost (watch it above, about 18 seconds in). The direwolf lives!
6. Ditto Rhaegal.
The dragon fight was difficult as hell to follow along with at times, and afterwards there was some speculation that Rhaegar -- now unofficially Jon's dragon -- had also karked it.
But next weeks teaser shows us two dragons flying in the background. We're safe for another week.
7. There was a callback to Game of Thrones' first season.
When Arya hands her sister a dagger, Sansa balks, explaining that she doesn't know how to use it. "Stick 'em with the pointy end," Arya tells her -- the exact words Jon tells Arya in the second ever episode, when he gives her Needle.
8. The Night King was killed in the same way he was created.
When the Children of the Men created the Night King, they drove a piece of dragonglass into a man's heart. To destroy him, it would have to be dragonglass or Valyrian.
As well as confirming the logistics of the Night King's death, creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed they'd known Arya would be the one to do it for about three years now.
9. The same knife used to try and kill Bran in Season 1 was used to save him in Season 8.
This show is nothing if not poetic.
Also -- Arya has done her 'quickly pick up the dropped dagger' trick before: when fighting Brienne last season.
10. Arya may be the one to kill Cersei.
Although we've been expected Jaime to be the one to kill Cersei, Game of Thrones Season 8's third episode offered another option: Arya.
When Arya had her little game-changing chat with Melisandre, she told her: "You said I'd shut many eyes forever."
Melisandre responded: "Brown eyes ... green eyes ... and blue eyes."
The prompt was clearly for Arya to go and off the blue eyed Night King, but the 'green eyes' mention is worth noting. As plenty of fans have pointed out, several of Arya's kills have brown eyes (Meryn Trant and Walder Frey etc). As for green eyes? None other than Cersei Lannister.
For what it's worth, the Waif in Braavos also had blue eyes.