The second episode of Game Of Thrones’ final season broke our hearts in a pretty subtle way. The episode immediately before what is meant to be the largest battle sequence in film and TV history, featured a lot of heart to hearts between the characters who know there’s a good chance this may be their last night alive.
It was, in a way, preparing us for the utter heartbreak we are likely to feel once the third episode airs.
There were many ways the characters chose to cope with the fact they might not make it to the following night: some reminisced about the past, some gathered around and shared stories in companionable silence, others enjoyed the quiet presence of their family.
Then there was Arya Stark, portrayed by 22-year-old Maisie Williams, who decided she was not going out without (spoiler alert!) experiencing what sex feels like! So she and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) fulfill the wishes of many fans and finally get together.
However, our little tomboy-ish Arya Stark being all grown up now and finally exploring her sexuality has left many viewers slightly uncomfortable…
That’s because, having watched her grow in front of our eyes – despite her being 18 now and having killed multiple people – the viewers feel sort of a “little sister” connection towards her.
But actress Maisie Williams has something to say to anyone who felt “uncomfortable” watching that scene.
“if u feel uncomfortable,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe.” Yikes…
if u feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 23, 2019
Source: Maisie Williams
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Maisie explained that everyone on the set of the show was very respectful towards her in regards to the scene – though she did think at first that it was a prank pulled by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
She also opened up about what the moment meant to her character, who hasn’t known much of intimacy and human connection since she was 11.
“This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with,” Maisie said. “David and Dan were like, ‘It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?’ This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does. So, it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’ It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”
But no matter what any of our reactions were to that scene, I think no one could surpass Sophie Turner’s hilarious commentary of it. Sophie, who is Maisie’s on-screen sister and off-screen best friend, shared a video the day after the episode aired, sipping on wine and, well, see for yourself here.