Maisie Williams captivated “Game of Thrones” audiences this past season, showing fans a new side of Arya Stark and having one of the “best kills” of the series. Now, the Emmy-nominated actress is ready for what’s to come in Season 7 and 8, and thinks it’s time to finish off her kill list.
“It would be wonderful to work with one of the Starks again, but I just want her to see Melisandre or Cersei and not be dead at the end of it,” Williams told Variety. “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. For the story it would be cool to meet either one of those and put a sword into them.”
One thing that struck fans this season was that Arya clearly got some enjoyment from killing people on her kill list, something that Williams feels is a little worrisome for her character. “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,” the actress stated. But really, how did it feel to kill Walder Frey.
“I was so thrilled. [Laughs.] Honestly so thrilled,” Williams said. “Everyone, from all departments, said, ‘you have got the best kill of any kill ever. I don’t think there’s a single person in the world that won’t be thrilled that Walder Frey is gone,’ so it felt very, very good. It was such a fun day – so many things just went so well with that scene. There’s this one take where we did a close-up and I slit his throat and he’s bleeding out and I got this perfect little speck of blood just above my collarbone on my neck. It wasn’t like Tarantino blood everywhere, just this one little speck and it happened naturally, it happened realistically, and you literally couldn’t have flicked a bit of blood on better.”
Going from underdog to one of the deadliest characters on the series has been quite an adventure for the 19-year-old. Season 6 put her in new places, challenging her with fight scenes, new stunts and more screen time. So how does she feel about the shorter upcoming seasons, right when she’s becoming an integral part of the story?
“It sucks for the audience because they love the episodes, but what we’ll never do on this show is drag it out, and I’m so thrilled about that,” she explained. “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] 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],” Williams added. “They started this with an end in sight, and so it’s exciting to be closing it… I’m just excited to see everyone again – we start a lot later this year because winter has arrived, so that can’t happen in sunny Belfast.”
“Game of Thrones” will return for Season 7 in 2017.