Just as we predicted, the Night King met his end on last night’s Game of Thrones. What he (and we) didn’t see coming was who would take him down. The obvious choice was Jon Snow, who first encountered the Night King at the Massacre of Hardhome.
But it was Arya Stark who ultimately put a dagger into his side in what we’re guessing will endure as one of the most memorable deaths in a series full of them.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their reactions. First up, the most relatable one, which came from former NFL running back Arian Foster, who shared security camera footage of his family’s reaction. It honestly felt like looking in a mirror.
LMAO my security camera caught our reaction to the night king catchin arya and then the kill shot. pic.twitter.com/rtLuKJ7fQN
— feeno (@ArianFoster) April 29, 2019
The stans came out, and the most common reactions were celebrations of Arya’s badassness, including this one from castmate Sophie Turner.
sansa live from the crypts when arya murdered the night king pic.twitter.com/6gs6zXd55C
— kins (@sansascstark) April 29, 2019
Regular fans were equally ready to celebrate Arya’s moment of glory, as she officially established herself as the baddest motherfucker in the Seven Kingdoms.
Let’s raise a toast to ARYA FUCKING STARK, the baddest bitch in the kingdom, the Slayer of white walkers, Killer of the Night King, Savior of the Seven Kingdoms AND THE ONLY GOD OF DEATH#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/iKUceYKq8j
— dave jonathan (@joexnathan) April 29, 2019
Arya Stark first of her name, Slayer of white walkers, Killer of the night king, Savior of the Seven Kingdoms AND THE BADDEST BITCH#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/GChJZqPfFk
— hakan budak (@bdkhkn) April 29, 2019
Another thing lots of people keyed in on: how Arya came out of nowhere to be the hero.
Absolutely no one:
— YK.RV? (@RVincent95) April 29, 2019
Night King reaches for sword*
Arya:#GameofThrones #BattleofWinterfell pic.twitter.com/beQvoNQa0U
— Luke Clark (@LHampleman) April 29, 2019
Of course, she couldn’t have made without some, uh, deficiencies on the part of the Night King’s protections.
Night King’s security when Arya Stark was approaching him. pic.twitter.com/XHUbbFF1AC
— Dileep K S (@ksdileep1) April 29, 2019
The Nightking looking at his security when Arya Got through #gameofthrones #GOTS8E2 #BattleOfWinterfell pic.twitter.com/c4iInkpIEf
— Kostas (@THELOSTSNOW) April 29, 2019
The central role she played in this episode shows how far her character has come, and plenty of people shared this image of Arya and Bran, who seem almost bizarrely young on set in one of the earlier seasons.
The army of the dead, the white walkers, the night king, winter
Arya and Bran: pic.twitter.com/2Te2t423q8
— Jared Ogden (@Memesanquotes) April 29, 2019
Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter the weekend Endgame came out without a Marvel meme or two.
Night King: No one can Kill me..
Arya: I’m No one..#GameofThrones #BattleOfWinterfell pic.twitter.com/1jhvmGCfsT
— CSK Amy ????? (@gueswhoamii) April 29, 2019
When the world needs saving, call a Stark.
Whatever it takes #AvengersEndgame
Winter is here #GameofThrones
The greatest week in pop culture history, saved by the Starks. pic.twitter.com/yDlHY7sCrG
— Alexander: Endgame of Thrones (@OKCTHUNDERAlex) April 29, 2019