Many of Game of Thrones season 8’s pivotal scenes were met with furious fan backlash, from Cersei’s lacklustre death to Daenerys’ fiery massacre. That’s not to mention every second Bran spent on-screen.
But it was Arya Stark’s gravity-defying dispatch of the Night King that caused the most confusion.
A little reminder: during the battle between the living and the dead in ‘The Long Night’, Arya saves Bran’s life by leaping out from the shadows and, with the help of a little alley-oop, stabbing the Night King in the belly. He shatters like an uninsured iPhone screen alongside his icy horde.
Following the fight, fans had a few pressing questions: how did Arya sneak past the dead army? What’s more, how did she manage to jump at an almost horizontal angle? And did she really have enough know-how to pull it off?
Many theorised that Arya was being instructed by Jon Snow on the sidelines, but it’s an idea Kit Harington is keen to kick into the bushes.
"Yeah, come on," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "What, the big man goes and tells the little girl to go and [do it]? No thanks. That's crap.
"She did it all on her own. It had nothing to do with Jon!"
That’s not to say he couldn’t have done the job. Kit revealed that, before seeing the script, he thought it was Jon Snow’s destiny to see off the villain.
"I was a bit pissed off, only because I wanted to kill the Night King," he joked. "I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn't get to do it.
"But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya. I was secretly like, 'I wanted to do that!' Especially because I love fighting with Vlad, who also played the White Walker I fought at Hardhome. I've never seen a better swordsman.
"But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie's journey in a really beautiful way. Over the seasons, we've seen her build up these skills to become this hardened assassin, and she uses it all to kill our main antagonist."
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