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Maisie Williams On Last Night's Ending: "I Immediately Thought That Everybody Would Hate It; That Arya Doesn’t Deserve It.”


There were so many theories about who would be the one to kill the Night King. Would it be Jon Snow – the once outcast hero who has saved thousands of life along the way and is the rightful heir to the throne? Would it be Arya – the girl who left everything to be her own warrior? Would it be Daenerys with the help of her dragons? (Nope. Can’t burn a man if he can’t get burned.) Were there secret dragons hiding in the crypt that would help the humans to defeat the Night King and the Army of the Dead? Would the Night King bend the knee to the Three-Eyed Raven? Would Bran undo the magic that makes the Night King the Night King? Is he the Night King?

There were hundreds of theories, but in the end it turned out it was just the badass little girl we’ve been rooting for all these years.

“It was so unbelievably exciting,” she said. “But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn’t deserve it.

The hardest thing in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise, people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him. You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn’t it?’”

First of all, her boyfriend is an idiot. Who wouldn’t want to be with the woman that killed the dead and saved the world? Maybe he was just bitter that she was deflowered the night before and was displacing his anger onto her accomplishment?

Either way, his opinion didn’t stand alone as Kit Harington thought the exact same thing.

“I thought it was gonna be me!” Harington told EW. “But I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal. It’s much better how she does it, the way she does it. I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens — that’s kind of Thrones. But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect. The young lady sticks it to the man.”

To have an end goal? Come on Kit, you’re better than this. Arya had a list and that list was her list of her goals, so her training had a purpose. Your character didn’t do jack shit yesterday besides fly around the sky, dodge a dead dragon, kill a couple of dead guys, and NOT kill the Night King. It’s ok for you to be upset  that Jon Snow didn’t show up and save the day, but let’s not bullshit around with passive aggressive statements.

It was the perfect way for the Night King’s reign to end and there was something perfectly poetic about Arya doing the killing in her house – the same place she ran away from after her father’s beheading.

But now that the dead are no longer a threat… is Cersei her next victim?