Game of Thrones star reveals regret at season eight - find out why

Bessie Dean
May 26, 2019

Even up to the point when Cersei's with Jaime I thought, 'He's going to whip off his face (and reveal it is Arya)' and they're both going to die. She travelled across the Narrow Sea to learn from the Faceless Men, took on Brienne in one on one combat (training, but still), singlehandedly wiped out the entire Frey family, and killed the Night King with one stab.

The scene seemed like the ideal setup for a spinoff, inspiring fans to post Dora-inspired "Arya the Explorer" memes and theories about how she discovers George R.R. Martin's version of America.

Maisie Williams explained her process as she read through the penultimate episode.

After eight seasons of dragons, sword fights, ice zombies and massive battles, "Game of Thrones" fans finally got the answer to the question, 'Who will end up on the Iron Throne?' Unfortunately, for many fans, that answer was pretty underwhelming. To tell you the truth, for a show this big and this sprawling and for a show that has this passionate a fan base, I don't think there is any way that all fans would've been happy. I think they did a spectacular job.

In the final episodes, Arya walked away from her life of being a revenge-driven assassin and pursued something more hopeful. I suppose it's fitting that Cersei dies with Jaime, but again, it's not much of a resolution to the character's arc. So the last thing I want to do is put that sort of pressure on the prequel because George [R.R. Martin] has created this massive universe.

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"Well, I can only speak to my own character, and the people that I interact with on the show", the 32-year-old actress said. "That's what you want a show to do".

"We're trying to do things that feel distinct-and to not try and re-do the same show", he said. As actor Iain Glen reflects, it probably makes more sense that we don't have to think about it. "But I would've loved some more scenes with me and Missandei".

Arya's ending isn't typical for "Game of Thrones", where tragedy and disaster seem inevitable for everyone, Williams said.

"That's when my numbness came, and then it wasn't until like a week later that I was like - you know when you're just doing something and then you drop a spoon?"

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