Arya Stark just killed the Night King on “Game of Thrones.”We predicted this plot point in the Season 8 premiere (give or take the weapon). For those who think it came out of nowhere, a girl killing Death absolutely is the logical climax of a character arc that has centered more around death than anyone else’s.
But there’s one thing that’s confusing, in light of this: what does it mean for the role of prophecy on the show?
Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) has long been obsessed with The Prince that was Promised (sometimes known as Azor Ahai), a mythical hero who would be reborn to save humanity from The Long Night (which is this episode’s title). Melisandre initially thought it was Stannis, then Jon Snow.
The show established that the language is not gendered, so Daenerys was also a contender. In Season 7, Mel told Dany, “The Long Night is coming. Only the prince who was promised can bring the dawn … I believe you have a role to play, as does another — the King in the North, Jon Snow.”