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The Arya Challenge goes viral as Game of Thrones fans say ‘not today’

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May 4, 2019, 8:41 AM EDT (Updated)

The Night King is never going to live his Game of Thrones sendoff down, and it’s not just because he’s not, well, alive anymore to save face.

After GoT fans on Twitter had time to process Arya Stark’s epic two-handed dispatch of the wight leader, a death blow that decisively ended Sunday’s desperate battle to save Winterfell, they started trying to recreate the moment — and they did it with whatever stuff they could find lying around.

From a banana to a hairbrush to a hot TV mic, people shell-shocked by Arya’s biggest assassination yet seized the nearest objects they could get their hands on to pay tribute to the woman who stared death in the face and said, “Not today.”

As viral challenges go, most of the re-enactments appear (so far) to have stayed on the safe side of the typical “don’t try this at home” warnings we’d normally advise. But if you plan to do this with a Valyrian steel dagger, we’ll say it anyway: Don’t try this at home.

Who knew food could be so stabby? This guy lets the business end of his carrot do the talking —

— while for this fan, the honor went to a banana:

What challenges will this week’s episode inspire? Here’s hoping it’s something that’s not too dangerous as the survivors get ready to take on Cersei. Game of Throneseighth and final season continues this Sunday at HBO.


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