With unanswered questions in Game of Thrones, fans are left to create their own answers. A major part of the Game of Thrones fandom is the uncertainty. Fans will pose theories and ideas explaining why certain things in the show occur and it keeps the mystery and excitement alive throughout the series. When beginning Game of Thrones, you are thrown into a world where almost nothing is explained. It is left to the fans to interpret family dynamic and the mysterious White Walkers.
With the highly anticipated series finale of Game of Thrones, fans created polls and theories to determine the end of the show. Polls consisting of what characters were going to die, theories who would kill the Night King and lastly, who would sit on the Iron Throne. With many unanswered questions and the suspense the show provides, fans are left to watch the last six episodes with both excitement and that lingering uncertainty.
On April 28, Season 8 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones was aired. It was a moment all fans had been waiting for… The Long Night. From the beginning, fans were exposed to the idea that “Winter is Coming”. So as planned, fans were waiting for winter to come. With excitement entering the final season, there were many unanswered questions and truthfully, there still are. This highly anticipated episode was nothing short of perfection in many Game of Thrones fans eyes. From the execution of the battle scenes, the eerie music that played throughout, and most importantly the unexpected scene of Arya killing the Night King. But still, with the perfect execution, there still remained uncertainty and with that fans were expected to use their imagination.
The scene in particular that fans resonated with was when Arya slayed the Night King. The unexpected scene left many in shock and the shock stemmed from the idea that it happened so quick. As the music got louder, and the Night King got closer to ending the lives of many, Arya swoops in to save the day. Arya being an assassin was a likely candidate to have done this, but even for an assassin…was this actually possible?
To begin, the location of where the Night King was to kill Bran was below the Weirwood tree. The tree itself is plain sight with zero surroundings. Therefore, making it unlikely for Arya to hide and strategically plan to kill the Night King. Furthermore, with the lack of coverage, both the Night King and Bran were surrounded by White Walkers making it nearly impossible for even an assassin to overcome. And lastly, how Arya made it from Winterfell’s library to Godswood without encountering a single wight is too difficult.
But as explained before, in Game of Thrones fashion, it would not display how Arya got from point A to point B or even how she managed to maneuver around the swarm of White Walkers surrounding the Night King. They simply left it up to the fans to use previous scenarios to interpret the show and create their own theories on how Arya was able to assassinate the Night King.
To begin, Game of Thrones is against the common fantasy trope of having a default “hero” (aka Jon Snow). It would have been cliche for him to kill the Night King. And with Arya being trained in the House of Black and White to become one of Westeros’ most notorious assassins, it was expected the Night Kings death to be quick, as that is how assassin’s work. As shown in the library at Winterfell a drop of blood is louder than Arya’s movements which is how she could have snuck past the White Walkers. But going even further, Arya could’ve simply became a White Walker to blend in and then proceed to slay.
As the show progresses, fans still have not received the “play by play” of how it was done, but I think that speaks volumes about Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is a show that allows its fans to experience the unexpected and over analyze just exactly why or how it is was done. Fans will feel a variety of different emotions, and as the series comes to a close I don’t think that will fade away.