The Game of Thrones series finale’s denouement continues to divide fans and performers more than three years later. While some of the series stars, including Kit Harrington and Isaac Hempstead Wright, have defended Game of Thrones’ final season, others, including Lena Headey, have expressed sadness about how their characters’ stories ended.
Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark in the show, has already expressed her conflicted views about her character’s trajectory in the final season. She said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2019 that she first thought Arya’s story would finish very differently.
And even though it means [Arya] also perishes, I wanted Arya to kill Cersei. Even when Cersei and Jaime were together, while I was reading the script, I kept thinking, “He’s going to whip off his face [and reveal it’s Arya], and they’re both going to die.” I assumed that was Arya’s motivation all along.
Then I understood there were other games I could play, reverting Arya to her previous age of sixteen. Williams went on. Arya has a joyful ending, not a Game of Thrones conclusion. It provided me with a location to take Arya when I had never intended to do so. Williams isn’t hesitant to say that, while growing to love her character’s final journey, she wasn’t a fan of how the series finished in general.
Williams revealed that she just rewatched Game of Thrones and that she agrees that it definitely faltered at the conclusion during a recent talk with her brother during a Twitch stream.
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Williams and her brother share a kindhearted laugh over this revelation, though she doesn’t mention any specific plot points or character arcs that she doesn’t like. Then, Williams defends the show’s beginning, saying it started out really strong and admits that she was devastated when Ned Stark (Sean Bean) died in season 1 even though she knew it was going to happen.
But ultimately, she still feels great about the whole series. Later on in the broadcast, she admits to her brother that “[the series] really popped off. Outside, I was never able to see it.
As a result, I could never actually grasp what I was saying. Being proud of it feels good for the first time. My life was in those ten years. It makes natural that it has taken Maisie Williams some time and distance from the series for her to be able to look back on it objectively. She was just fourteen years old when Game of Thrones initially premiered.
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Whatever your opinion of Game of Thrones’ final season, Williams’ ability to look back on the series with nostalgia while also offering criticism is admirable. It will be interesting to observe if other cast members’ perspectives on the series’ conclusion evolve over time or remain the same.
Although it seems unlikely that such a contentious finish could ever entirely disappear from public discourse, ideally discussions like these will help bring series finale fans and detractors together.