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Probably one of the most unexpected (and probably undeserved) moments in the final season of Game of Thrones was when Arya Stark jumps out of nowhere and kills the Night King. While a lot of people are still angry about how it was supposed to be Jon Snow’s moment, showrunner David Benioff reveals that Arya wasn’t their first choice.
In the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, a tell-all compilation of stories about the making of Game of Thrones, Benioff explains:
“It had to be somebody with believable access to Valyrian steel. We didn’t want it to be Jon because he’s always saving the day. We talked about the Hound at one point, but we wanted his big thing to be Clegane Bowl. Ultimately it wouldn’t have felt right if it was Jon or Brienne or the Hound.”
As if fans weren’t disappointed enough, this new piece of info kind of just adds fuel to the fire of how poorly planned the final season of the show was. While I love unpredictable plot developments, the sidelining of Jon Snow in the most anticipated battle was not something the series naturally built to.
This quote from author George R.R. Martin about fan theories has been making the rounds after these new BTS revelations:
“I’ve been planting all these clues that the butler did it, then you’re halfway through a series and suddenly thousands of people have figured out that the butler did it, and then you say the chambermaid did it? No, you can’t do that.”
Though Game of Thrones may have ended poorly, HBO is still up for more Westeros. The Targaryen-centric prequel, House of the Dragon is aiming to come out sometime in 2022. Who knows, maybe in a decade, we could be looking at the more faithful remake of A Song of Ice and Fire once the story has been completed; what are the odds they’ll call it Game of Thrones: Brotherhood?