‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams Recalls Finding Out Arya Stark Kills the Night King — ‘I Was Thrilled, Absolutely Thrilled’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones"

For the primary half of the ultimate season of Game of Thrones, the most important risk to Westeros was an undead king of White Walkers who existed for the reason that age of the primary males. The chillingly silent, blue-eyed monarch was the supreme chief of the Army of the Dead. And he was bent on world domination.

Jon Snow tried to warn the warring leaders of Westeros that their foolish fights over the Iron Throne had been all irrelevant as a result of a larger conflict was looming. And many Game of Thrones followers assumed that Jon can be the one to defeat the mighty Night King by driving a Valyrian metal blade into his ice-cold coronary heart.

Only, it’s not Jon who saves the day. Much to the shock of actress Maisie Williams, the Night King is defeated by one decided Princess of the North: Arya Stark.

Defeating the Night King is a key occasion in season 8

The White Walkers start plaguing Game of Thrones characters beginning in season 1 when the members of the Night’s Watch first get wind of them. By the time the Army of the Dead is defeated in season 8, these highly effective, quite a few foes appear undefeatable. Especially after they convert one in all Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons into an undead monster who breathes ice as an alternative of fireside.

The characters, led by Jon Snow, ultimately determine that they’ll by no means defeat the military utilizing hand handy fight as a result of they’re badly outnumbered. However, killing the Night King would routinely disintegrate your complete military and win the conflict.

Maisie Williams couldn’t imagine Arya killed the Night King

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones"
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark on ‘Game of Thrones’ | Helen Sloane/HBO

Fans had been shocked to see Arya sneak up on the Night King and stab him within the coronary heart in the course of the confrontation between the icy villain and Bran Stark in “The Long Night.” But nobody was extra stunned than actor Williams, who didn’t know she’d have the respect of primarily profitable the Great War.

She mentioned throughout an look on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that her story notes on the script included the word, “Arya kills NK.” But she didn’t instantly know the importance of these initials, Insider reported.

“I had no idea which character that was,” she advised Fallon. “It turns out it was the Night King. The character to kill. I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled.”

She’s pleased with how ‘Game of Thrones’ turned out

After defeating the Night King, the central battle on Game of Thrones shifts to who ought to actually sit on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros. Daenerys believes she ought to be the rightful inheritor. Meanwhile, a rising contingent of followers assume it ought to be Jon Snow, who turned out to be the lovechild of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

Eventually Daenerys decides to grow to be a ruler by means of concern and burns down King Landing in a fiery rage. Her Mad Queen second and the ensuing occasions within the closing episodes left many followers divided and indignant. But Williams defended Arya’s closing storyline at the very least.

“I was so happy with my ending and it was just a beautiful end to a decade of my life, and I just couldn’t be happier with it,” she mentioned. Killing the Night King was the head of all of it.  

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