However, as just having Maisie Williams – the performer, this logic has not been easy to fulfil in the beginning. The reason for this ? Interviewed by EW, she said : “I immediately thought that everyone would hate it. That Arya does not deserve [to kill the Night King]. The most difficult thing in a series where you put in scene a villain who seems impossible to defeat, it is to see it be defeated“.
Seeing Arya take the place of Jon Snow, the actress’s fear was to see the fans of Game of Thrones will turn against her and criticize them for the incredible badasserie of the Stark : “This had to be done in a smart way, otherwise people would say ‘Yeah, the villain should not be so terrible if it was you and stabbed by a girl of 50 pounds.“
An act logic for Arya
Fear ultimately futile when we see the reactions of charmed/madness of internet users, and that it had somehow managed to disappear at the time of the shooting. How ? Understanding that logic prevailed over the desire of the fans : “I realized that this scene with Melisandre brought him back finally to what I have worked for the last 6 seasons, or even 4 when you review Arya to go into the house of Black and White. Everything pointed towards this moment. And it’s still at the same time unexpected, that the series has always done. So in the end, I said, ‘Fuck you Jon, I’ll deal with it“.
And for the small reminder that although useful, it is Bran who had offered Arya the famous dagger which was used to kill the Night King. A new proof that the Stark was destined for this mission for a long time.
Game of Thrones season 8 : Arya was intended to kill the Night King