- Warning: Spoilers ahead for the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
- HBO’s new documentary about the final season of “Game of Thrones” includes video footage of the cast’s table read of all six final episodes.
- The show’s executive producer and writer Bryan Cogman read a line from the script for the Battle of Winterfell.
- The script says Arya “vaults off a pile of wights” to kill the Night King.
- This helps explain why it looks as if she jumped unnaturally high in the air during the scene from episode three, “The Long Night.”
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Halfway through the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Arya surprised everyone when she sneaked up on the Night King and stabbed him with her special Valyrian steel dagger, killing him and ending the war against the White Walkers. Fans have been wondering how Arya managed to jump so high in the air, and now we know the script at one point said she was leaping from a pile of dead bodies.
In new footage seen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” documentary, we hear the executive producer and writer Bryan Cogman read the line from the script for this critical scene.
“Something is hurtling towards him out of the darkness – Arya,” Cogman says. “She vaults off a pile of dead wights, leaps at the Night King, and she plunges the dagger up through the Night King’s armour. The Night King shatters.”
In the version of the scene we saw play out on the screen, there’s no sign of Arya jumping off of any bodies. She came out of the darkness behind the Night King, and he turned and grabbed her by the throat at the last second.
Arya was so high above the Night King that many people had wondered how she had managed that jump. This script line now makes it seem as if there were simply extraneous details about the scene that did not make it into the final cut.
The clever drop-and-stab move Arya pulled with the dagger wasn’t mentioned in Cogman’s script reading. Perhaps the documentary edited around this explanation, or maybe it was a piece of fight choreography that hadn’t been developed yet.
“Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” directed by Jeanie Finlay, is streaming on all HBO platforms.
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