The main question on most Game of Thrones watchers' minds having seen Arya zoom out of the murk to knife the Night King at the second attempt was quite how she'd managed to conceal the glider she'd clearly airdropped herself from. How else did she get that mad, Michael Jordan air?
In the end it turned out she'd trampolined off a pile of corpses, which was roughly believable. Now, though, there's a fan theory which reckons that Arya's big moment was cribbed from a very unlikely source: a near-identical scene from an Indian soap.
Reddit user u/Jugal0707 posted the clip below under the snarky header "India did it before it was cool", and the scene in question comes from Sony Sab TV drama Aladdin: Naam Toh Suna Hoga, which roughly translates as Aladdin: You Must Have Heard My Name. Have a watch and judge for yourself.
There's definitely a bit of an echo in there, isn't there? The undead army, the slightly sketchy CGI, and - most importantly - the grab of the throat and the knife switcharoo that ends up doing the bad lad in. Ignoring the fact that the fella doing the stabbing doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that the fundamental damage a knife does - to organs, nerves, blood vessels and the like - are very unlikely to do any damage to an organ- nerve- and blood vessel-free reanimated skeleton, obviously.
However, the likelihood of this being a direct steal is very, very low indeed. This episode of Aladdin went out in the middle of 2018, and the final series of Thrones was being shot roughly concurrently. They'd have had to do some pretty frantic rewrites to sort all that out. Maybe it's just that the old knife switcharoo looks cool in every culture across the world.
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