There’s a Theory that Jon Snow Helped Arya Defeat the Night King in ‘Game of Thrones’ & I’m a Little Skeptical

*Warning: Spoilers ahead* 

There was no shortage of fan theories following season eight, episode three of Game of Thrones. Fans theorized about the Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik) resistance to fire, the GoT religions and shipped Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa (Sophie Turner). And, now that many Thronies have watched the action-packed episode more than once, another theory has arrived.

There’s no denying that Arya (Maisie Williams) killed the Night King, but some Reddit sleuths think she may have had a little help from Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Let’s pore through the facts, shall we?

Just after the Night King begins to walk (way too) slowly toward Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), we see Jon hiding in the midst of a fight with the undead dragon Viserion. Out of nowhere, he gets a panicked look on his face and jumps out from his hiding place to yell at the dragon. Some fans allege that Jon is yelling “Goooo Go Go!” This editor argues that it’s kind of natural for someone to yell when they’re fighting a dragon, but that’s neither here nor there.

Since the next scene we see is Arya turning the Night King into an ice dispenser, fans are positing that Jon saw Arya heading to the godswood and jumped out to distract Viserion so he wouldn’t go after her. The “Go!” he yelled was meant for her, so she would book it and avoid Viserion’s wrath. Sure that’s heroic on Jon’s part, but when she shattered the Night King, effectively destroying all of his wights and White Walkers as well, she also saved his back. 

I don’t love the idea that Arya needed a man’s help to destroy the Night King, but Jon’s a pretty cool guy so I guess it’s OK either way. We’ll see if there’s any truth to this theory when Game of Thrones returns with episode four on Sunday, May 5, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on HBO.

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