Game of Thrones theory: Did Jon Snow help Arya?


Game of Thrones fans are still processing everything that happened during “The Long Night” and the Battle of Winterfell, but we all have thoughts on Jon Snow and his part in the battle.

The third episode of Game of Thrones‘ final season saw the ultimate battle for Winterfell, as the Night King’s army of undead took on the forces of Westeros. However, there was one character that many fans have described as being relatively useless in this battle, and unfortunately that was none other than Jon Snow.

Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely a fan of Jon Snow. He has survived plenty of loss and death, including his own, and still keeps moving forward. The problem is that there are plenty of times when Game of Thrones leaves the character looking lost and confused, which is not a good look for a man who is supposedly the true heir of the Iron Throne.

During the Battle of Winterfell, Jon Snow truly looked lost. From struggling to ride a dragon successfully (he always looked ready to fall off), uselessly confronting the Night King, to yelling at an ice dragon, it felt like “The Long Night” was all about making Jon look as incompetent as possible.

However, it seems that maybe Jon Snow was more influential in the defeat of the Night King than we first thought. According to Cosmopolitan, a new fan theory shows proof that there was more to Jon confronting that ice dragon than we all thought at first. Rather than yelling at the dragon like many viewers thought at first, it seems that Jon was yelling “go, go, go” to Arya.

We all saw that the ice dragon was protecting the godswood. Knowing that is where the Night King was with some of his army, as well as Bran, it makes sense that the dragon is blocking the way. So having Jon Snow distract the dragon and yell go to his sister makes absolute sense.

Arya needs to get away from the dragon, and if she is meant to kill the Night King, the only way she can do that is to get past the ice dragon. With Jon acting as both a distraction for Arya, while also encouraging her to go, it means that he was nowhere near as useless as some viewers originally believed.

If you rewatch the scene and really pay attention, you can vaguely see when Jon seems to notice something, which has to have been Arya. When he stands up to confront the dragon, if you really listen, it actually does sound like he is yelling go repeatedly.

Having watched the scene multiple times since learning about this theory, I have to admit that I agree that it does sound like Jon was yelling go. The only person he could have been yelling to is Arya as she raced past him to save Bran.

It actually gives us hope for Jon because we believe that he is better than what “The Long Night” showed us. He may “know nothing,” but he still has plenty to offer. After all, he inspires loyalty in others that is hard to deny. And even when he messes up, he does try to correct his wrongs. He is an interesting character in many ways, and we can’t imagine Game of Thrones portraying him as completely clueless or useless in such an important battle.

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What do you think of this theory about Jon Snow helping Arya to get to the Night King in order to kill him? Do you think this makes more sense than Jon just randomly yelling at a dragon? Tell us what you think in the comments.