*Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!*
The penultimate episode of the final season of Game of Thrones saw death and destruction reign down upon King’s Landing at the merciless hands of Daenerys Targaryen and, more literally, her dragon Drogo. Down amongst the burning common folk and crumbling buildings, however, was none other than Arya Stark, savior of mankind and assassin extraordinaire.
Many fans have taken issue with the character choices which led Dany and Arya to these points (Dany’s heel-turn to mindless killer and Arya’s decision to NOT pursue revenge when it was so close seemed, to many, unearned) but no one has questioned the visceral fear of watching Arya navigating through the endless death and destruction of Westeros’s capital.
When it was all over, Arya was the only living person in sight. As she surveyed the carnage wrought by Dany, the burned corpses of countless innocents, some of whom she had tried to save mere moments ago, another creature appeared in view: a horse.
Okay a pale horse is extremely on the nose
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 13, 2019
Twitter couldn’t help but wonder… what the heck was that horse doing there?
Arya needs to take that horse to the Old Kings Road
— Chiz Targaryen🇳🇬 (@ChizNuke) May 13, 2019
Many Twitter users were ready to break out Old Town Road.
If I'm working on Thrones, the minute Arya set sight on that horse, we blasting Old Town Road.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) May 13, 2019
arya: (touches horse)
me, whispering: alexa play old town road
— p. claire dodson (@Claire_ifying) May 13, 2019
But, still, how on earth did this horse get here?
WHERE DID THIS HORSE COME FROM??
— Kwame Opam (@kwameopam) May 13, 2019
who was that horse
— sonia_saraiya (@soniasaraiya) May 13, 2019
The horse had several strange aspects, from its hair to its calm demeanor even in the midst of death.
— ghostie (@kingreptile420) May 13, 2019
“It’s the penultimate episode, we don’t have much time.”
“Got it. Five minute shot of Arya stroking a horse.”
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) May 13, 2019
— Michelle (@mickeymae76) May 13, 2019
Many fans noted the recurring significance of white horses within the GoT universe.
— Clare I Swear (@CxxPIPxx) May 13, 2019
"When the white horse stopped in front of her, she thought her heart would burst."
A Game of Thrones, chapter 29 pic.twitter.com/3mDnvIKeH9
— Voice o'the FirstMen (@voicefirstmen) May 13, 2019
— Game of Thrones Facts (@thronesfacts) May 13, 2019
One can only imagine what that horse was doing during the battle.
— detroitdarren (@detroitdarren) May 13, 2019
Quite a few people, upon seeing the horse, were reminded of a not-so-subtle passage from the Bible:
— Light Yagami ✍🏽 (@Cheo_jr21) May 13, 2019
Not Today. (2019)
— Aaron A. Alvarez (@ObscureAaron) May 13, 2019
King’s Landing was certainly rife with surprises this week.
— ᴀᴀʀᴏɴ ᴡɪᴇɴᴇʀ (@Wieneraaron) May 13, 2019
A couple of fans even had a theory to explain the horse’s odd behavior.
— Ahmed Hakim (@AhmedHa65483935) May 13, 2019
— liz (@suupercuut) May 13, 2019
— Jenna (@jleighhh) May 13, 2019
Well, now that the Hound’s gone, Arya and Horse are going to have to be the dream team that fixes this whole situation.
Arya: I must get out of here….
— kyle (@kayleeykremee) May 13, 2019
And, if the prophecies are true, there’s only one thing for Horse to do.
Oh my fucking god, the Quaithe warns Daenerys in the books that a pale mare will come for her.
— aimal • got spoilers 🐺 (@zaynwinterfell) May 13, 2019