Game of Thrones fans around the world cheered Arya Stark's name after the end of "The Long Night" because she completed her character's mission — to kill the Night King.
But, of course, some naysayers took to Twitter to discuss whether or not her character "deserved" to be the hero of the Battle of Winterfell. Even Jon Snow himself, Kit Harrington, thought John would have delivered the final blow. And Maisie Williams' boyfriend made the mistake of suggesting it should be Jon, too.
Williams has grown up on the show, and her character has had one of the most clear narrative arcs of the show: train to kill. Most everyone who has seen the show would tell you that her final act in episode three was a well-deserved surprise, and now Arya stans are clapping back at haters who say otherwise.
Even Maisie Williams' IRL boyfriend thought Jon should have been the one to do it.
Williams told Entertainment Weekly that she worried this whole debacle might happen and that fans wouldn't think her character deserved the win.
“It was so unbelievably exciting,” she told the magazine. “But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn’t deserve it. 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?’”
So even her boyfriend thought the male hero of the show was more deserving than Arya — typical.
Kit Harrington joked that he was "pissed" that Arya stole the kill from Jon.
In this 40-minute episode recap and reveal, the Game of Thrones cast and crew discuss the creation of the intense and record-breaking episode. At the 32:13 mark, Harrington says, "I would have bet you thousands before we read the finals that it's definitely me." Not today, Jon.
The directors and creators of the show also reveal that they've known Arya would be the one to kill the Night King for three years, and Williams discovered her character's iconic act at the table reading of the script.