Arya’s story throughout season six of Game of Thrones was notable for a few reasons. First, it showed the girl-with-no-name finally admitting she is still a Stark, having not forgotten her roots in Winterfell.
Second, in the last episode, we saw Arya become a cold-blooded killer, enjoying herself as she slit Walder Frey’s throat, ticking another name off her lengthy list.
Is Arya revelling in the Fray’s death is something we should be worried about? “It does worry me,” actor Maisie Williams told Variety. “Because it’s sad when our heroes take it too far and they don’t just do their job, they actually enjoy it and you see a twisted spark behind the eyes. It’s worrying. I think it’s worrying because I care about this little girl, and she is still a little girl.”
With this newly endorsed, twisted side to Arya, we can likely expect more name’s to be ticked off in the near future.
In the same interview, Williams spoke about the Stark children, and how they will “hopefully get [their] revenge, but [they]’re also gonna be a little bit messed up by it all.”
Williams added that, as wonderful as it would be for the character to meet her relates, she’d rather see her meet “Melisandre or Cersei and not be dead at the end of it.”
“To cross another big name off the list – but then I feel like people might come for me, because although everyone doesn’t like Cersei, we kind of love to hate her and I love to hate her.”
The actor also commented on season seven and eight being shorter than previous seasons: “Good things must come to an end or they’re not good anymore. It doesn’t last forever and we’ve done what we came to do, it’s time to wrap this up, and it will have the ending it was always supposed to have, and that’s very special.
“David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss, show creators] started writing this show knowing the end, not knowing that it might actually come around and we might be allowed to make that many [seasons] — at the beginning we were just willing to make one [season]. They started this with an end in sight, and so it’s exciting to be closing it.”
Meanwhile, various members of the cast have been detailing what we can expect from season seven, while Williams recently commented on finishing the new scripts. Game of Thrones returns next year, slightly later than normal in the summer.
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