Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss received plenty of criticism for the rushed endings of Game of Thrones last year.
Many viewers were disappointed when they tuned in, especially when the highly anticipated war against the Army of the Dead was quickly resolved in episode three, The Long Night.
This episode in particular caused a social media storm when it was revealed Arya (played by Maisie Williams) was the one to kill the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) with her Valyrian dagger.
Meanwhile, some viewers were perplexed by the sorceress Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) role in the proceedings.
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Before succumbing to her old age, which she disguised with her magical ruby necklace, Melisandre was instrumental in delaying the advancing horde by lighting the fire trench.
However, several Game of Thrones enthusiasts were unsure why the witch’s magical abilities struggled to light the trench, putting her at grave risk.
One observant fan took to Reddit with an alternate explanation which could fill in some major gaps in this confusing sequence.
Redditor batoftherat posted: “In the Night King’s siege on Winterfell, we see Melisandre struggle to light the trench with her prayer to the Lord of Light.”
They continued: “The Lord of Light waiting so long to answer her prayers serves the purpose of letting Meli for the first time see a wight, and, more importantly, their blue eyes.
“This allows her to understand her own prophecy about Arya killing the Night King — a revelation she shares with her immediately after this scene.”
Right after Melisandre lights the trench, she meets with Arya and reveals she is destined to take the lives of someone with green eyes, brown eyes, and one with blue eyes.
She tells Arya: “I see a darkness in you, and in that darkness, eyes staring back at me.”
“Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”
Rather than testing Melisandre’s faith, the Lord of Light delays the spell on purpose to allow the sorceress to glimpse the wight’s blue eyes and spur Arya to kill the Night King.
Although season eight was met with its fair share of criticism, some fans may have missed a major detail that explained one of episode three’s pivotal moments.
Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available to stream on NowTV.
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