The past six seasons of Game of Thrones have driven Arya Stark and Sansa Stark apart in a very real sense, but the actresses who play the Stark sisters, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, are almost as close as sisters. Proving that the two actresses have really bonded off camera, Williams and Turner have just shared a modern day rite of passage.
The two Game of Thrones actresses have gotten matching tattoos and shared the event with their social media followers. There can be no better way to mark their friendship than sharing the same tattoo, but, more than that, this shows the rest of us that not everything in Hollywood is fake. Arya and Sansa Stark are real.
Maisie Williams And Sophie Turner Share A Bond Stronger Than Sisterhood
Us Weekly shared the news that tattoo artist, Miss Kat Paine, was overjoyed to be working on two of her favorite Game of Thrones actresses and was even more excited when Williams and Turner also agreed to pose together with her for a selfie. Needless to say, Miss Paine couldn’t wait to share the shot, just as Maisie and Sophie couldn’t wait to share their new tattoos.
“Got to tattoo these gorgeous girlies today Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones,” the tattoo artist captioned the picture.
The fresh ink has already ignited a flurry of fan questions and debates with much of the Game of Thrones fandom wanting to know the significance of the tattoos. Miss Kat Paine has refused to give details, leaving it up to Maisie and Sophie as to how much they would like to share with their fans. All she would reveal about the tattoos is that the Game of Thrones actresses have the same tattoos.
Neither Turner nor Williams has shared the tattoo, but many of their fans suspect that the tattoo is a date. It’s thought that Maisie has confirmed this theory with an Instagram post. The image is that of Maisie and Sophie together, but what draws fans attention most of all is the date, which Williams uses as the picture’s caption.
“07.08.09,” Ms. Williams captioned the image, surrounding the date with heart emojis.
The significance of that date isn’t as ambiguous as it might at first seem. August 7, 2009 was a few weeks before both Maisie and Sophie learned they had been granted their Game of Thrones roles. It’s suspected that the date represents a day of Game of Thrones auditions and may refer to the first meeting between Williams and Turner.
Maisie Williams Wants Game Of Thrones To Go Out Like Ned Stark
Forbes reports that Game of Thrones is going to finish up with two more shortened seasons. Instead of 10 episodes per season, season 7 will have only seven episodes and season 8, the final Game of Thrones installment, will consist of just six episodes. That’s fine with Maisie Williams. She prefers that the series goes out now, while it’s still going strong, rather than to have the series linger on in a state of banality.
“It sucks for the audience because they love the episodes, but what we’ll never do on this show is drag it out, and I’m so thrilled about that,” says Williams. “Too many shows start out about making a great show, and by Season 6 it’s about making money and all they want to do is write more episodes and make more money.”
Maisie goes on to explain her feelings about placing the art above the importance of making money. While turning a profit is key to any commercial endeavor, Maisie feels it shouldn’t be the primary motivator. She points out that the Game of Thrones are equally passionate about not selling out the story in that way.
“This show makes a lot of money, and it would be easy for HBO to be like ‘we’re gonna do four more seasons and we’re gonna extend them to 12 episodes.’ I really respect David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] for holding their ground and for HBO to be like ‘no… we’re gonna tell this story and we’re gonna end it and that’ll be final.'”
Ms. Williams adds that the end of Game of Thrones will definitely fall in line with George R.R. Martin’s vision and the way in which he intends to end the series of books upon which the HBO show is based. Like many Game of Thrones fans, Maisie is happy that the series will at least stick to that vision, ending it the way Martin shared with Benioff and Weiss long ago.
“They started this with an end in sight, and so it’s exciting to be closing it,” says Maisie Williams.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones is set to air in June 2017.
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