Maisie Williams Talks Arya Stark with Rolling Stone

Maisie Williams recently sat down for a Q&A session with Rolling Stone where she discusses portraying Arya Stark and how she handles working with such challenging material.

maisie-600-1367427375Arya‘s been exposed to so much violence that of course she would look at it that way. When you want something done, you just do it.

It’s changed her, especially being at Harrenhal [the Lannister stronghold/torture prison from Season Two] and seeing all that. She realizes that even if she’s fair about things, the rest of the world isn’t. If she wants something done, she’s going to have to do it herself. That’s the way everybody works, so she’s going to have to match them. Otherwise, she’s going to fall behind.

She obviously has family on her mind in this episode. But when she tells Gendry “I can be your family,” it sounds like she might mean something very different – even if she herself barely realizes it yet.

When I first read that scene, it really got to me. I always knew that Arya and Gendry were going to take separate paths, but when you actually see it. . . I was really getting on well with Joe [Dempsie], and it was just like “Oh, this is going to end now.” Then you go in do it. At first I read it as “You can come to Winterfell, I’ll show you how everything goes, and you can come and sit at the table with us.” I thought it would be a bit like Theon. But when I was doing the scene, [director] Alex Graves said “When you say that last line, ‘I can be your family,’ say it like ‘I love you.'” And that’s the take that they used. On the day, we didn’t cut in between. We kept going, and going, and going again, which I really liked; otherwise, you get out of it and you have to try and build yourself back up to that point again. Sometimes I was really crying, and then we’d pull it back. I don’t know how many we did, but the last one we did…We settled on the one when I said it like “I love you,” and it really works.

I’m glad you brought up her Stark upbringing, because in this episode, she makes her most direct reference yet to her father. When you take it out of context, “Could you bring back a man without a head?” sounds grotesque or even absurd. But when you hear her say it, the need for her dad in her voice is so strong, it takes your breath away.

I know. You see this vulnerable side to her. Putting myself – someone my age – in that scene, I’m watching all of the scars that [Beric Dondarrion] shows her, all these different injuries that he’s had, and she realizes that there’s nothing actually missing. He didn’t lose an arm or anything – it’s just cuts and stuff. She thinks, “Well, maybe that isn’t possible, because…I don’t know if the head goes back on, or…” But she has to ask the question. It’s a bit of an. . . I don’t know. I don’t want to say an immature question, but she half doesn’t believe it, really. She knows that you can’t, she understands that, but it’s that vulnerable side, you know? “Is it possible to do that?” She doesn’t really think you can. You see a younger side to her then, and how much pain she’s in.

I’m glad you brought up her Stark upbringing, because in this episode, she makes her most direct reference yet to her father. When you take it out of context, “Could you bring back a man without a head?” sounds grotesque or even absurd. But when you hear her say it, the need for her dad in her voice is so strong, it takes your breath away.

I know. You see this vulnerable side to her. Putting myself – someone my age – in that scene, I’m watching all of the scars that [Beric Dondarrion] shows her, all these different injuries that he’s had, and she realizes that there’s nothing actually missing. He didn’t lose an arm or anything – it’s just cuts and stuff. She thinks, “Well, maybe that isn’t possible, because…I don’t know if the head goes back on, or…” But she has to ask the question. It’s a bit of an. . . I don’t know. I don’t want to say an immature question, but she half doesn’t believe it, really. She knows that you can’t, she understands that, but it’s that vulnerable side, you know? “Is it possible to do that?” She doesn’t really think you can. You see a younger side to her then, and how much pain she’s in.

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Game of Thrones Season 3 – First Images!

The first set of images from season 3 are finally here!

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Look under the cut for more images. The complete set can be found over at WinterIsComing.net!

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House Stark: Winter is Coming

Fan art of the Starks; Eddard, Catelyn, Sansa, Jon, Bran, Arya, Rickon and Robb.

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Stark fan art

Game of Thrones – Last Supper

Check out this awesome piece of Game of Thrones fan art depicting the characters from season 1 in their very own Last Supper.  How about Tyrion getting the honor of being front and center at this table? I think it fits!

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Season 2 Begins Tonight!

Wow! After such a long wait, we are finally on the verge of Season 2. So many questions will be answered!

Basic information: Game of Thrones resumes on HBO at 9 p.m. It should be at 9 for people on the East Coast and on the West Coast of the United States. In the U.K., you can watch tomorrow at 9 p.m. London time. More information on that HERE!

Biggest questions that may be answered:

1. Danaerys Targaryen now has dragons. What does this mean??

2. Robb Stark is the king of the North. Will he pay for that?

3. Renly Baratheon has his own set of followers, and so does Stannis. How will the two brothers interact?

4. Winter is DEFINITELY coming. While everyone acts like belligerent morons south of the Wall, how serious will the real danger be?

5. How sick and sadistic is Joffrey going to be now? Will Tyrion be able to influence him at all?

6. What will happen to Arya?

7. Will we get to meet the lords of other kingdoms? So far, we’ve know Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, Baratheons, a little of Arryns and a tiny bit of Tullys. It’s time to meet the Martells, Tyrells, Greyjoys.

8. What lies ahead for Jon Snow? Will he guard the Wall forever, or will he consider another path? And also — who is his mother?

9. Poor Sansa. Will she escape Joffrey’s clutches?

10. Love. Who’s going to find it this season? We already have some indications that Robb Stark might, which could cause some conflicts. For those who enjoy matters of the heart, much fun awaits!

Character Summary – Jon Snow

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Today we give you Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell.

“A diamond in the rough is worth just as much as a diamond in the clear.” Maxwell Ingram said that.

Jon Snow is known to the people as the bastard son of Eddard Stark.  He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings.  Identity of his real mother has not yet been revealed.  I love this character, his loyalty, love and respect for the Starks despite the alienation he faces now and then from Catelyn Stark, Ed’s wife.  Though she’s just being a human (who sees Jon’s presence as constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, making him feel unwelcome) in not being able to connect with the ‘Bastard’ son, I still feel bad for Jon.  On their way back home after the execution of a deserter of Night’s Watch, they encounter direwolf pups, and Snow takes the albino one as he identifies it with himself as an outcast from its litter.  Amidst all of the issues involving his bastardy he got on well with his half-siblings particularly Robb and Arya (both of whom I adore!)

Jon’s position both inside and outside the family subtly chafe him over the years until, when he nears adulthood, he joins the Night’s Watch, after his uncle Benjen suggested that the Watch could use a man like him.

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On his journey to the Wall, Tyrion Lannister accompanies him, and their friendship is fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders.  Jon also protects the shy and soft-hearted Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits.  Gradually he also becomes a natural leader to his fellow trainees.

His new friends save him from the ultimate fate of death as he is torn between his family and the vows to the Watch.  He wants to join his brother Robb in the fight against the Lannisters but deserting the Night’s Watch has the penalty of death.  Finally his friends – Sam and others – persuade him to leave the thought.

Jon finally decides to honor his bonds and fully commit to the Watch, he accepts his place as Mormont squire and prepares for the journey north, on the large Ranging into the Far north that Mormont leads.

He was raised as Stark and Northman and, in many ways, took to their values of honor, and later on, even when forced with horrendous decisions he stays morally correct and upright.

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Jon also has a strong warg connection with his direwolf, Ghost, also a likeable character.

Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington.  Kit has no known credits prior to Game of Thrones, but is excellently cast as the easily likable Snow.  Kit plays him with subtle brilliance and hopefully this will lead him to further great roles.  As it is, he is already slated to be in a fantasy/adventure film with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore called The Seventh Son, which is set to come out early 2013.

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Character Summary – Arya Stark

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We continue with Day 8 of our Character Summary countdown with Arya Stark.

Arya is the third child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, and she’s also the youngest daughter. She is a very feisty young girl, who does not really share the interests of being a “lady” in the court. Her half brother, Jon Snow, gives her a sword as a gift to her before he leaves for The Wall. Upon knowing that all great swords have names, she names her sword “Needle.”

 

 

 

 

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One day, Arya is practicing with a peasant friend, Mycah when Prince Joffrey and Sansa come across them.  Joffrey’s taunts leads to an altercation and soon Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria, attacks Joffrey.  Arya chases off Nymeria to save her from death, but Sansa’s direwolf, Lady is killed in Nymeria’s place.  Also, Arya’s friend, Mycah, who was accused of attacking Joffrey is killed by the Hound, Sandor Clegane.  Arya harbors a lasting enmity for the Lannisters and Clegane because of those incidents (quite frankly, understandable).

Arya later reveals to Eddard that she has a sword, and at first is hesitant for her to use bit, but soon changes his mind and hires a swordsman to train her, calling them her “dance lessons.” She learns quite a bit from Ferol.

Unfortunately, during the purge of the Stark loyalists, Arya is forced to escape and Ferol is killed.  She ends up killing a stable boy who tries to take her sword.  Her first kill.

Arya hides within the city, living on the streets, until the day of her father’s execution.  She witnesses her father’s fealty plea, but is kept from witnessing his execution.  A man named Yoren of the Night’s Watch shields her from that sight and takes her away.

Yoren begins the process of treating her as a boy as her true identity will have to be kept secret to keep her safe.  Yoren takes her and other recruits to The Wall, with her new name as Arry.

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Arya is played by Maisie Williams.  It seems this is her only acting credit and for that, she does brilliantly.  I’m excited to see how things progress with her character in the second season. Will she see her half-brother, Jon Snow again?  Will she see any of her family?  So far, Maisie has done well and I’m looking forward to seeing how she will handle her characters new developments.