Game of Thrones, like many HBO shows, doesn’t hold back when it comes to nudity and relatively explicit sex scenes. That’s one of the ways HBO separates itself from network and basic-cable TV. You can be pretty sure that when you watch Game of Thrones or any of HBO’s hit shows, you’re going to see something that will force you to kick the kids out of the room.
But what if you are a kid and you can’t leave the room — because it’s your job to be there? That’s how two of the show’s young stars feel when they get the scripts for the hit sword-and-sandal fantasy epic every week.
The fourth and latest season of Game of Thrones debts on HBO April 6, and as promotional efforts get rolling, 16-year-old Maisie Williams and 17-year-old Sophie Turner — who portray sisters Arya and Sansa Stark — made the scene at New York Fashion Week, turning up at the Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2014 Collection show, where of course they spilled some backstage dope and a vague hints about what Game of Thrones Season For holds in the offing.
As for those sexy scripts, Williams says they make her “cringe.”
“Me and Sophie, when we were little, we went to the read-throughs of the scripts and we were just, like, cringing,” said the English teenage actress. “Other people love it, but it’s not my thing.”
But when discussing the upcoming arcs for their respective characters, both actresses become considerably more enthusiastic.
“We’ve seen this kind of fun loving Arya who says it as it is and makes jokes, but this year she’s starting to change and we’re starting to see different sides to her,” Williams said to the entertainment site Wet Paint. “I don’t know how people are going to react. They might love it, they might hate it, but I think she’s becoming a lot more powerful in this world where women are getting bashed aside.”
Anya’s sister Sansa, who was once betrothed to Game of Thrones‘ contemptible King Joffrey but last season was forced into a marriage with the “imp” Tyrion Lannister, will follow a similar path to becoming a more proactive figure, Turner said.
“There’s a kind of big evolution. She begins to kind of manipulate the people who have done wrong to her in her past,” Turner said at the fashion show. “She becomes a powerhouse character but in a very subtle way. It’s really good.”
Williams gave away one quasi-spoiler. Unlike previous outings, the latest Game of Thrones season does not build to a game-changing — or Game of Thrones-changing — conclusion.
“There’s not a big finale,” the youthful Game of Thrones star revealed. “There’s things dripped throughout, so it’s not just leading up to the ending. There’s other little twists in between.”