The Night King Explains Why He Didn't Fight Jon Snow At Battle Of Winterfell

It's a been a few days now, so hopefully most Game of Thrones fans will have managed to watch the latest episode.

If not, by this point you really only have yourself to blame, especially if you've clicked through to an article with this headline.

I think we can all agree episode three was incredible; we saw the longest battle in television history and they finally managed to kill off the White Walkers.

But one question that has been on everyone's lips is 'why did Arya kill the Night King and not Jon Snow?'

Well, who better to answer that question than the Night King himself? Well... ok, Vladimír Furdík, the actor who plays the White Walkers' supreme leader.

Speaking to Bustle, the actor said: "I was actually surprised. This small lady, she's going to kill me? Why not Jon Snow? Why not a fight between Jon Snow or some other surprise?"

Eventually, however, he came around to the idea and realised: "In history, everywhere, kings never fight. I am a king, I have bodyguards. If I need to kill Jon Snow, there are 10 or 12 other White Walkers who can fight him."

But if Furdík had had his way during filming, the scene would have gone very differently.

"I said, 'OK, I have a better idea,'" he explained.

"'What about, I will grab you and you will throw the knife to Bran and he will throw the knife at me in my back or something?'

The Night King was finally defeated by Arya Stark, who shanked him with some dragon glass. Credit: HBO
The Night King was finally defeated by Arya Stark, who shanked him with some dragon glass. Credit: HBO

"So we had fun. We just spoke about the other variations with Maisie and little Bran - they are very good friends."

But now his character has been defeated, the focus of the series moves to King's Landing and who will finally sit on the coveted Iron Throne.

Furdík says he is rooting for the underdog.

He said: "I would like to see Tyrion Lannister on the throne."

It may actually come as a bit of a shock to some fans, but apparently the Night King never even wanted the throne, he was just really pissed off.

In an interview with Variety, Furdík suggested that his character was fuelled solely by 'revenge'.

Furdík said a king would never fight in a battle, so it made sense that he never fought Jon Snow. Credit: HBO
Furdík said a king would never fight in a battle, so it made sense that he never fought Jon Snow. Credit: HBO

He said: "He wants revenge, because somebody many years ago made some mistake and he became the Night King, and he didn't want to be the Night King.

"He was like, 'Now I have a way to go to war. Now I kill everybody because you made me the Night King and made me live seven or 10 thousand years behind the wall in a cold country.' He's tired of living out there in the cold and the snow."

What do you reckon about this theory? Head over to Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook and let us know what you think.

The fourth episode in the final season of Game of Thrones will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK at 2am on Monday 6 May.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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