Maisie Williams Thought Arya Stark’s Sex Scene On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Was A Prank At First

We are already a couple of episodes into the final season of Game of Thrones, and we are not ready for the horror that lies ahead. With the Long Night, the White Walkers, and the Army of the Dead moving toward Winterfell–our favorite players in the battle for the living are trying to prepare themselves for what’s coming.

In Season 8 Episode 2: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” — Jon Snow tells Daenerys Targaryen about his true heritage, Jamie Lannister settles into Winterfell, Brienne of Tarth becomes a Knight, Sansa Stark proves she’s an icon, and Arya Stark and Gendry consummate their relationship.

Why did Maisie Williams think Arya Stark’s sex scene was a prank?

When we first met Arya Stark in Season 1 –she was a precocious little kid who adored her father, Ned Stark and big brother, Jon. Unlike her sister –Sansa –Arya had no interest in being a lady or playing with dolls –she always wanted to be a knight and a swordsman. After witnessing her father’s death, being trained by the Many-Faced God and fending for herself –Arya has become a tough warrior and killer. However, despite her fierceness, she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for Gendry.

With the end of days coming, Arya boldly revealed her feelings to Gendry and they get together. However, no one was more shocked by the scene then Maisie Williams who portrays Arya on Game of Thrones. She told Entertainment Weekly,

At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f-k! I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things.

Was Maisie Williams uncomfortable filming Arya’s sex scene?

It’s always important for the Game of Thrones creators and showrunners to make sure their actors are comfortable especially when nudity is involved. In fact –Williams had a ton of input when it came to how much of her body was seen on screen. She explained,

I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like. You want people to act more normal.

Will Arya Stark die at the end of Game of Thrones?

With only a handful of episodes left –death and destruction are coming on Game of Thrones. With her special double-sided weapon–Arya is prepared for war and we’re not sure if she’s going to make it out alive at the end. In an interview with Deadline, Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow on GoT said,

The thing is, with so few characters left, they (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

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