Game of Thrones showrunners avoid burning fan question


Game of Thrones showrunners avoid answering the question on everyone’s mind–are we really done with the dead?

Game of Thrones caught us all by surprise during last week’s epic Battle of Winterfell episode. Before I proceed, if you have not seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, do not read further–spoilers are coming. You have been warned, folks.

“The Long Night” shocked fans with its unexpected plot twist involving the Night King’s death. Naturally, our first question was, “Are the walkers actually gone?”. For a series that has spent quite a bit of time on the undead, it’s hard to believe that they may not be in the final three episodes of the series.

While on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were asked by Kimmel if the walkers are actually gone. Benioff’s response? “We’re not going to answer that.” Come on, Benioff! How you gonna do us like that?

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the undead are actually gone, but in the meantime, can we talk about how badass Arya is? And as surprised as we were to see she was the one to deliver the fatal blow, Maisie Williams was even more so, along with Kit Harington. It was always presumed Jon Snow would ultimately be the one to do it, so both Williams and Harington were caught off-guard.

"I was surprised, I thought it was gonna be me! But I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal. It’s much better how she does it the way she does it. I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens — that’s kind of Thrones. But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect. The young lady sticks it to the man."

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While we may have seen the Night King collapse in front of our eyes, it doesn’t have to mean that he or the dead are gone forever. This is Game of Thrones after all–anything is possible. Anything.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO at 9 PM EST!