- First things first: *SPOILERS* for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 lie below. Click away if you haven’t watched the episode and want to remain pure!
- Maisie Williams is sounding off on Arya killing the Night King in an epic plot twist from the end of the episode.
Okay, so literally everyone died during this week's episode of Game of Thrones and no, I am not okay, thanks for asking. But the most major death (sorry, Jorah) was 100 percent that of the Night King, who was stabbed by Arya and exploded into a million ice shards. And turns out, Maisie Williams’s initial reaction to finding out she was going to kill this Ice Bae was stress that fans wouldn’t be here for it. Like, even her boyfriend wasn’t here for it.
“I immediately thought that everybody would hate it, that Arya doesn’t deserve it,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “The hardest thing in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn’t it?’”
Turns out, Kit Harington agrees: “I was surprised, I thought it was gonna be me!” he said. “But I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal. It’s much better how she does it the way she does it. I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens—that’s kind of Thrones. But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect. The young lady sticks it to the man.”
And honestly, Arya deserved this moment—plus it made the most narrative sense. “When we did the whole bit with Melisandre, I realized the whole scene with [the Red Woman] brings it back to everything I’ve been working for over these past six seasons—four if you think about it since [Arya] got to the House of Black and White,” Maisie said. “It all comes down to this one very moment. It’s also unexpected and that’s what this show does. So then I was like, ‘F*ck you, Jon, I get it.’”
BRB, tattooing that on my body.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.