Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark in the tremendously popular Game of Thrones HBO series, recently revealed tons of information, including plot points, about the upcoming Season 6 and we now know that fans of the show are in for a very wild ride.
Williams, who talked to Entertainment Weekly yesterday, led off with the point that Season 6 is going to be even more unpredictable than any of the previous seasons because it is the first season to create a brand new plotline that does not rely on content from the Game of Thrones books by George R.R. Martin.
“This year, as I opened the scripts, it’s so exciting because nobody knows what’s happening,” Williams said.
Maisie also addressed the huge amounts of criticism the show received for ending Season 5 with such a huge cliffhanger, saying that this year would definitely satisfy fans by providing answers, and would even benefit from the large reduction in main characters resulting from Season 5.
In fact, Williams notes, Season 6 ties up a lot of loose ends and provides more closure than past seasons have.
“This year is so great because we’ve whittled it down,” Maisie said.
“You can see the final storylines forming. We lost a lot of people last year and that makes it really exciting. There are fewer people on Arya’s list. But there’s also fewer people to fight for the throne.”
Williams also talked eagerly about the prominent and active role Arya Stark, who was blinded last season, will play in Game of Thrones Season 6, confirming that the Game of Thrones writers are not going to kill off Maisie’s Arya like they did some of the other characters.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Game of Thrones,” pointed out Williams, “it’s that death is the easy way out. They’re gonna keep [Arya] and make her have a s**t time… Arya is being more physical again, but she’s blind. So her training has progressed even more but it’s on a more physical level and a more technical level because she’s lost her eyes.”
Despite all the positive things she had to say about Season 6, however, Williams also cryptically hinted that the season would make a lot of people angry.
“They’re going to hate it, but love it, and I can’t wait,” Williams said at one point.
This ties into a statement Williams made several days ago in which she assured Event magazine that some fans would be “unhappy” with some upcoming events on the show.
Could Maisie be hinting at more main character deaths? Could Williams mean that this will be the last season of Game of Thrones?
When asked why viewers might hate Season 6, Williams gave a general answer that did not really answer the question.
“Just that they don’t know what’s going to happen. I know the showrunners don’t take [criticism] personally any more and that’s nice,” Williams replied.
“People are outraged by last season, but they secretly love it too – because they don’t know what’s really going on.”
Obviously, Maisie Williams does not want to get into trouble for revealing anything too major, but the info she did provide will surely tide over Game of Thrones fans for at least a few days.
And just in case you want to hear more from Maisie Williams, head over to the full interview transcript, where Maisie discusses the role of feminism on the show, her regret at wearing contact lenses during the end of Season 5, and the possibility of her inclusion in the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel.
You can see how Maisie Williams and the other Game of Thrones cast members fare when Season 6 premiers on both live TV and HBO’s on demand services starting April 24.
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