Arya is the hero of the Great War of Westeros. Does this mean she outdid Jon Snow and Daenerys as protagonist of Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones is a show that excels in misdirection. From Ned Stark’s execution, when everything was set for him to be pardoned, to the happy celebration at the Twins before the...ahem... wedding events, to Tyrion’s near-victory at his trial. Everything seems to go one way until it doesn’t. Prophecies are also tricky as hell, and Melisandre in particular hasn’t been particularly on point (Stannis agrees).
First, a recap: after one of the most epic battles in the history of television, all of our favorite characters in Winterfell found themselves cornered: Daenerys and Jorah fighting wights in open field; Brienne, Jaime, Tormund, Sam, Grey Worm buried in the courtyard fighting hordes of zombies, Jon dodging and ducking to avoid Vyserion's fire until he decides to face him off; Tyrion and Sansa in the crypts, surrounded by dead people coming to get them; and Bran and the Night King face to face. That was until Arya surprisingly jumps from behind and manages to draw the Valyrian dagger through the Night King's chest, ending the Great War once and for all.
What does this mean for all the prophecies of the show? There’s basically two main promises in the Game of Thrones universe, though neither of them are featured as heavily as they are in the source material, the book saga of A Song of Ice and Fire. The legend says that about 5,000 years ago, Azor Ahai, a legendary warrior, forged the sword Lightbringer to end the Long Night (the episode where Whitewalkers last threatened mankind). Azor Ahai is said to be expected to be reborn and is destined to defeat the whitewalkers once more.
In the series, Melisandre says that “in the ancient books, it's written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire and that sword shall be Lightbringer." She thought this was referring to Stannis Baratheon but later on, when she successfully brings Jon Snow back to life she says: "Stannis was not the prince who was promised but someone has to be." That being said, many signs pointed to Azor Ahai being Jon Snow with Longclaw being Lightbringer. People even speculated whether if this meant that Jon would eventually have to kill Daenerys. However, episode 3 from Game of Thrones' season 8 completely took a left turn here when Arya shoved the Valyrian steel dagger into the Night King’s chest. Does this mean she’s been Azor Ahai all this time?
As for the dagger, call it poetic justice or whatever you want to call it, but just a quick reminder: the dagger Arya has been carrying since season seven was used by the catspaw in season one to kill Bran Stark. Even though Littlefinger claimed Tyrion had won it from him in a game, he was lying. It was his. Catelyn then kidnapped Tyrion, jumpstarted the War of the Five Kings and the rest is history.
The dagger found its way back to Littlefinger, who gave it back to Bran, who in turn gave it to Arya, who then used it to train in that scene with Brienne. Doesn’t it almost seem perfect that this same dagger was used to put an end to the Night King? Does this mean the dagger is actually Lightbringer and we have been looking the wrong way all along?
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