Game of Thrones star and Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams has revealed that, before the final season, she thought her character was queer.
Game of Thrones‘ final season was a controversial one for a number of reasons. From the quick resolution to the Battle of Winterfell to Daenerys’ burning of King’s Landing the season was one that found a way to make everyone angry. One of the earliest shockers, however, came in the form of Arya Stark’s sudden interest in Gendry Baratheon.
In the series, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon had a complicated relationship. The two met at the end of the Game of Thrones‘ first season and were heading north with a number of kids taken in by the Night’s Watch. The two would meet on and off again throughout the series before Arya decides that she wants to sleep with him before The Battle of Winterfell. This moment apparently came as quite a shock to the actress herself who thought the character was queer.
The Actress Shares Her Thoughts
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Masie Williams revealed that, up until reading the scripts for the final season, she was under the impression that her character was queer:
“The first time that I was surprised by Arya I guess was probably in the final series where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry. I thought that Arya was queer, you know? So…yeah. That was a surprise.”
This isn’t the first time Masie Williams has expressed shock at the sudden interest Arya Stark had in Gendry in Game of Thrones. In previous interviews, she suggested that she thought the scene was a joke before realizing the writers were serious. The actress has gone on to reveal that she somewhat resented the character as she got older but otherwise loved her time on the HBO series.
Here is the synopsis for the Game of Thrones spinoff series:
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
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Source: Teen Vogue