Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams opens up on the surprise gender reveal of Arya Stark

Maisie Williams has recently confessed her thoughts on the gender reveal of her character from the last season of the Emmy-winning series Game Of Thrones- marked by the critics as one of the best shows in the history of television series.

We all know the famous character- Arya Stark from the historical drama Game of Thrones. Guess the actor was not sure of her character’s gender until she played her part in the final season of the show. Maisie Williams is best known for her character Arya Stark in the eight seasons long HBO series. The final season of the show premiered in 2019.

In an interview the actor told Teen Vogue that she was “surprised”, to realize that her character is not a queer given her journey in the series. She claims that during the entire journey of her role in the Game of Thrones, she was not sure of her character’s identity and was speculating her gender to be queer. Given how the story was unfolding she thought that she was playing a queer character in the series for most of the time.

In the final season of the series, Arya Stark gets intimate with Gendry Baratheon, played by Joe Dempsie. The actor reveals that she assumed her character to be queer until she played this scene with Joe in season 8.

“The first time that I was surprised by Arya, I guess, was probably in the final season where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry,” I thought that Arya was queer, you know? So… yeah. That was a surprise- says Messie.

In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said-” I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things.” She assumed that the writers were pulling a prank on her and that this is not to be played by her.

The actor was was 22 years old when the last and the final season of the Tv series premiered. She shared her views with the British GQ on having to play an intimate scene and having a complex relationship with the character she had to play – “I think that when I started becoming a woman, I resented Arya because I couldn’t express who I was becoming,” she said. “And then I also resented my body, because it wasn’t aligned with the piece of me that the world celebrated.”

However, it wouldn’t have come as a surprise had Arya been portrayed as a queer character, given that there are many queer characters in the show. Many of the fans also assumed Arya to be a queer and to their surprise, she did not turn out to be one

About Arya Stark

Arya Stark is one of the main characters in the HBO series Game of Thrones. She is one of the five children of the Stark family. She was one of the fans’ favorite characters as she evolved to be a strong assassin. Her character arc from a small young girl to an emotionally mature adult and a brave warrior drew the audience’s attention right away.

The evolution of the character to becoming such a strong person became fans’ favorite. Arya is one of the characters who never got involved in a romantic relationship with anyone.

Given the portrayal of her character, the revelation of her intimate relationship with Gendry came to be a surprise for the actor as well as the fans.

Game of Thrones is now streaming on Disney+.

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