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Game of Thrones Actor Maisie Williams Was Surprised They Allowed Arya Stark Season 8 S*x Scene

Maisie Williams was quite surprised by her Game of Thrones character Arya Stark making out with Gendry in the show’s final season. The prominent Game of Thrones character was frequently a topic of emotional fan commentary during the series’ 8th season, with her focused scene with Gendry during its final season claiming to be a shock for viewers and actors.

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Game of Thrones, Arya Stark and Gendry scene
Game of Thrones, Arya Stark and Gendry scene

The actor starred in the role of Arya, a super hit HBO fantasy series when she was just 12 in 2009.  She spent her teenage phase acting on the series, which stopped after eight seasons in 2019. Maisie Williams was 22 years old when the final season aired, it featured the s*x scene with Gendry which alarmed some viewers who had watched Arya grow up throughout the series.

Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Arya’s Surprise Gendry Scene

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams

In an interview with the actress, the questions were focused on several “firsts,” she revealed the moment in question and said it was the “first time” she was surprised by her character. She said:

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“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?”

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Maisie Williams already suspected the scene between Arya and her good-looking friend and former traveling companion Gendry wasn’t actually legit. But, David Benioff and Dan Weiss have pranked their cast by sending them huge scripts in the past. By the time the scene was being known in the final season, Williams accepted that Arya was going to sleep with Gendry during the great Winterfell battle against the Army of the Dead.

“At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh, f—k!”

“I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like… You want people to act more normal.”

Arya Stark and Gendry scene
Arya Stark and Gendry scene

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As for the future of Game of Thrones, fans will soon be able to see the new upcoming prequel series called House of the Dragon. As per announced previously, the series is based on 200 years before the main events of the Thrones series. It will debut on August 21 via HBO.

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Written by Shreeparna Das