Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams talks about Arya and Sansa in season 8


Entertainment Weekly and Maisie Williams give us a glimpse into what we can expect from the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones. And, let’s be honest, any information is crucial information at this point.

Arya actress Maisie Williams spoke with Entertainment Weekly recently and gave James Hibberd (and all of us Game of Thrones fans) a bit more insight into the upcoming season. One major point she made was about how this final season parallels and ties back into who the whole series began.

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Williams even said she went back and rewatched the first season of Game of Thrones after reading the final scripts. There will be callbacks and scenes that look similar to those from the initial season, Williams said. But she also said she used the opportunity to go back and look at just how far Arya has come since those early days.

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"“I wanted Arya to go full circle and try for some kind of normalcy like when she was younger. Basically this year it’s like she has a dual personality — there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei and remembering her list and getting closer to that. So there’s this split with Arya between trying to be who she wants to be — getting back to the naïveté and innocence with her family — and unfinished business.”"

Some theories about the upcoming season see Arya potentially playing a significant role in the upcoming fight against the Night King, having the chance to kill Cersei and finishing the season at her sister, Sansa’s, side. When talking about Arya and Sansa’s relationship, Williams pointed out that it’s rare for Game of Thrones to allow Sansa to have someone on her side who isn’t trying to manipulate her in some way.

But this final season will not only give Sansa a true partner to back her up but it also fully unites the two real-life friends, Williams, and Sophie Turner. In fact, Williams confirmed she will be a bridesmaid in Turner’s upcoming nuptials to fiancée Joe Jonas in an interview with RadioTimes.

"“Last season it was really tough for Sansa because Jon was thinking with his penis and it kind of made Sansa look bitter. This season you see Arya teaming with Sansa and sometimes calling out Jon. It felt nice and powerful to stand next to Sophie. Sophie and I are the tightest of friends when sitting across from anyone, so no acting required.”"

Elsewhere in the interview, Williams noted that her participation in the upcoming Battle at Winterfell will be her “first taste” of the kind of major battle sequences we’ve come to expect from Game of Thrones.

Fights aside, though. What about the ending? Williams did coyly talk about the ending. Well, she talked about how she thinks people might respond to it, at least. She told EW:

"“No matter how you end it, people don’t want it to end. So the ending is not going to be okay, because ‘the end’ is not okay. You know what I mean? I think the way we end it is right. And I think it’s time.”"

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HBO and the cast have been incredibly secretive about how Game of Thrones will officially end. However, Williams did reveal on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year that she had received a script for the finale which does make it seem like Arya will at least survive until then.

Whew. Well, I’m not ready for it to end, but if it’s the right way, I guess I’ll learn to live with it. Let us know all of your Game of Thrones thoughts in the comment section below. After all, winter may be over much too soon.

Source: Entertainment Weekly