*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
It finally happened people, the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) has been defeated and it all came down to Dany Jon Arya (Maisie Williams), her assassin skills and a single dagger. Not surprisingly, there’s a complex history behind the Game of Thrones dagger and it may look pretty familiar.
The dagger is made of Valyrian steel and is known as the Catspaw. We’re first introduced to it when a Lannister-hired assassin attempts to kill Bran (Isaac Hempstead) after he spied on Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) together, in the biblical sense. This all went down way back in the second episode of season one. The dagger goes through a chain of owners over the next seven seasons, including Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), before finally finding its way back to Bran. Let’s skip ahead to season seven episode four, shall we?
Bran is now officially the Three-Eyed Raven (creepy stare and all) and reunited with Arya and Sansa (Sophie Turner) in Winterfell. Littlefinger has given Bran the dagger back, claiming to get to the bottom of the assassination attempt (don’t mind our eye roll). Bran is as usual less than amused. Bran gives Arya the Catspaw under the Godswood tree, claiming he doesn’t want it. But, is it really that he knew she would need it to kill the Night King? Probably, he is the Three-Eyed Raven, after all.
Whether he had seen it or not, it’s a perfect way to tie the events all together. The dagger once used to try and kill Bran turns out to save him and pretty much the rest of humanity. And, on top of that, Arya managed to kill the Night King in the same spot where Bran originally gave her the dagger. Now, all that’s left is the battle for the Iron Throne and to wait and see if Arya can finally cross Cersei off her kill list (no biggie).
Game of Thrones airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.