I don’t think The Night King was ready for her jelly.

Winter is coming.

If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan, you know that saying like you know the back of your hand. And you damn well know what it means.

You know it’s not just a line of dialogue. Or a clever statement. Or a promotional tagline.

It’s a rallying cry to everyone in the mythical world Game Of Thrones takes place in created by GRRM. Also known as the one and only George R.R. Martin.

And it’s the glue that has held the attention of its millions of fans even as the show disappeared from regular rotation on HBO in 2017 only to reappear in April of this year.

Winter is coming, indeed.

Those three words have been the common refrain in what is arguably the greatest television show in television history.

It is the dire warning that has been uttered by every main character on the show numerous times over the last 8 years.

A prediction of the Great War to come. And not just any great war.

“The” “Great War”.

The war that is to be the war to end all wars – great and otherwise.

This was the classic battle of light versus dark.

Good vs. Evil.

Man vs. White Walker.

Life vs. Death.

And after 7 long years and some change, winter wasn’t just coming.

It was here and it broke down like so:

Game Of Thrones.

Season 8 – Episode 3.

“The Long Night”

11 weeks of production

55 days/nights of shooting – in a row

Shoot Start time each day: 6pm

Shoot Wrap time each day: 5am

Rain, Mud, & Sub Zero Temperatures

3 Acts & 3 Genres:

Act 1: Suspense Movie

Act 2: Horror Movie

Act 3: Action Movie

If you follow the show, you know the White Walkers have been stalking the living in the shadow of Winterfell and the 7 Kingdoms from the very first episode.

And you also know that the show has been laying the groundwork to make Jon Snow the man who would save mankind from The Dead. He with the dashing good looks, and Longclaw, the sword made of Valyrian steel, the ancestral weapon of House Mormont for five centuries, and of late, rider of dragons. But when all hell broke loose on the outer and inner real estate of Winterfell it was not Jon Snow who saved the day.

Nor Jamie Lannister.

Nor The Hound.

Nor Davos Seaworth.

Nor Tywin Lannister.

Nor Tyrion Lannister.

Nor Podrick Payne.

Nor Brienne of Tarth.

Nor even Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.

No.

If you see this little lady heading in your general direction and you’re of no relation, run like hell. You’ve been warned.

It was Arya Stark killed The Beast.

The Night King.

The true enemy who didn’t wait out the storm. The first of the White Walkers. The Supreme Leader of the Army Of The Dead.

And she did it without tallying up the list of all those A Girl still has left to kill.

And she did it when all signs led us to believe that Jon Snow, hell bent on plunging Longclaw into the heart of the Night King, would be The Chosen One.

Alas. It was simply not to be.

After dispensing of too many of The Dead to count, Arya Stark introduced The Night King to the pointy end of her special dragonglass spear made by Gendry for battle, the same one she ended up using to kill Littlefinger.

Thus cementing her place as the G.O.A.T. on G.O.T.

And as any diehard fan of the show will surely tell you – she’s just getting started.

 

 

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