*Warning: MAJOR Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!*
If you haven’t yet seen the third episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones (“The Long Night”), then A) what are you waiting for, and B) do not read on. But seriously, watch it, because you can only avoid spoilers for so long.
Okay, for those of you still reading, here we go. So, by now we all know how the battle ends—Arya stabs and kills the Night King with a dagger and that leads to the death of all the other White Walkers (who are already technically dead, so maybe “death” isn’t the right word there, but deal with it).
In the intense scene, the Night King has Arya by the throat and is holding her away from himself to keep her from stabbing him. But just when you think she’s done for, she pulls a neat trick—she drops the knife and catches it with her other hand and then stabs him in his vulnerable, unprotected belly. So long, sucker! As Arya (and Syrio) says, “Not today.”
It’s actually a trick that eagle-eyed viewers know that Arya has pulled before, while sparring with Brienne of Tarth.
Here they are rehearsing it, so you can get a better look.
The move is so cool that people have started doing it themselves in what’s being called “the Arya Challenge,” or just simply “the Arya.”
The variations are endless. Here we see it done with a remote control.
— Bra Quame (@Osuane) April 29, 2019
This guy incorporated into his hair-brushing routine.
— Oscar Hernández (@HacheComics) May 1, 2019
And this guy pulled the move while brushing his teeth.
— Mikki Rockets (@matcharley) April 30, 2019
This lacrosse player did it after winning a game.
Nichtern says #NotToday Holy Cross😤 With his six assists today, the rookie is tied for first in Army’s single-season assists record with 45👏 #GoArmy #FamilyToughnessTradition pic.twitter.com/BBDKZWXLHK
— Army M.Lacrosse (@ArmyWP_MLax) April 30, 2019
This guy put his own spin on the Arya with a Sharpie.
— Farmer John Misty (@IkkoSuave) May 1, 2019
And this guy tried an edible Arya with a banana.
— Phenomen79 (@phenomen79) May 1, 2019
This one’s pretty similar, only with a vegetable instead of fruit.
Arya’s Night King moment simplified with a Carrot ✅ pic.twitter.com/tBZyeNnit7
— Ben Langley (@BenLangley) May 1, 2019
Here someone tries it with a microphone (a nice twist on the ol’ mic drop).
— Pablo Alsina (@PabloAlsina) May 2, 2019
Keys? No problem.
— Avi Wechsler (@AviWechsler) April 29, 2019
A mug? Easy. (Although that could have gone very wrong.)
— Amit K Nanchahal🦖 (@thecorpcommguy) May 2, 2019
And just look how useful it is to this plumber at work.
— M. Cary & Daughters Plumbing (@mcarydaughters) May 2, 2019
Even kids are getting in on it.
— Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) May 2, 2019
But this guy tried it with an umbrella and ended up damaging his phone.
— eros (@rchmnds) May 1, 2019
That’s the thing—this could so easily lead to someone getting hurt. Just like the Bird Box challenge, where people ran around blindfolded (SMDH).
— Call_me_daddy (@starboyssk) May 1, 2019
BUT so far it doesn’t seem that anyone’s been hurt (besides that one guy’s phone).
As long as no one’s using actual Valyrian steel, maybe it’ll all be okay. And it is fun as hell. AND at least it’s not the #TheonChallenge.
— The Queen of Sheba👑 (@SabaSmw) May 1, 2019