The Best Twitter Reactions to Arya & Gendry's Hook-Up

Brenda Watkins
April 23, 2019

Actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams were sent the scripts for the season at the same time, and according to EW, Turner was the first one to actually read through them first, and when she got to the scene in question, the first thing she did was tell Williams, who apparently didn't believe it to be real.

Why did Maisie Williams think Arya Stark's sex scene was a prank?

Williams says that Benioff and Weiss allowed her to have control over how much would be shown in the scene, and also that beyond the typical awkwardness of shooting a sex scene, she didn't find the experience bad-everyone was respectful. "I was like, "Yo, good one.' And [the showrunners were] like, 'No, we haven't done that this year.' Oh f-k!"

It turns out that back when the cast first got the scripts for season eight, Turner was the one who pointed out the scene to Williams.

Obvi, a girl rather spend her final hours with the guy who's been at the top of her I'd-hit-that list since season 3 - and lo and behold, Gendry found her soon after practicing her bow outside. "So I kept myself pretty private". More so, she feels that in terms of Arya's narrative, the scene shows a different side of the character than we've been allowed to get.

Arya was blinded as she fought the Waif with the staff and some viewers think this is why she may have ordered Gendry to make her something with a similar design.

Aside from the issue of Arya's age alone, the show had also left the character's gender and sexual orientation unexplored before then, making the sex scene feel even more abrupt. "This beat isn't really about that", she explained.

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Brienne of Tarth was finally knighted, Tyrion was able to pour his cohorts some wine, Jon got the snowballs to tell Daenerys about his true parentage (though she didn't have time to properly react; more on that next week), and Podrick basically won Winterfell's Got Talent by singing that hauntingly handsome song.

"I called Maisie and was like: 'Have you read it yet?'" Turner says. Arya was 11 in Season 1, and the show has tended to follow the timescale of a year per season, meaning Arya's age is around 18 or 19 now, while Williams is 22 in reality.

"It's obviously slightly odd for me because I've known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old", Dempsie told Entertainment Weekly.

"So we just had a lot of fun with it", Dempsie said.

The scars might not match Arya's wounds perfectly, and that could be true, because we never got to see her injuries in the first place.

The second instalment saw the blacksmith present her with it, and some fans have been reminded of another weapon Arya has dealt with.

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