Game Of Thrones season 8: How episode 1 sets up Arya Stark to kill the Night King
Warning: Contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season eight.
The first episode of Game Of Thrones season eight was mostly about heart-warming reunions and Jon Snows world crumbling apart, but there was a small detail which could prove crucial in episodes to come.
Among the reunions was Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie), with the former asking to have a weapon crafted using dragonglass with Gendrys blacksmith skills.
But what weapon does Arya want making? A brief shot of the plan shows two components, with one appearing to be some kind of arrow or spear captioned with dragonglass with another showing an end it connects to or launches from.
The key component here is dragonglass; the material which is able to kill the White Walkers. Arya at the moment only has her Needle sword and a Valyrian steel dagger, so itd make sense shed want a long-range weapon to assist in the battle to come if it was some kind of launcher.
This new weapon would allow her to kill White Walkers, or even a White Walker dragon, from a distance. The show has already established how long range weapons can bring down dragons, with Bronn nearly killing a dragon with a giant crossbow and the Night King throwing a lance to wipe out Viserion in season seven. So could this weapon potentially be used against the Night King while atop his new dragon pet?
The other possibility is its a double-edged staff of some kind. Arya previously fought with staffs while training with the Faceless Men, so shes pretty adept at handling such a weapon, with a dragonglass edge allowing her to deliver a killing blow to White Walkers while defending herself.
Considering the entire arc of Arya has been about training to become a ruthless assassin, it would make a lot of sense if she delivered the killing blow against the White Walker leader, perhaps even more so than Jon Snow, who is now on the path to claiming his birth right.
The fact the show made a point to flash this weapon also indicates it will be of some significance in the future. So could this be Aryas last stand in the battle of Winterfell?
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