Maisie Williams says Arya Stark is ‘rotten on the inside’

Actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO's "Game Of Thrones" season 3 premiere at Cinerama Theater on March 21, 2013 in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images
Actresses Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” season 3 premiere at Cinerama Theater on March 21, 2013, in Seattle.
Credit: Getty Images

It’s tempting to keep defending sweet little Arya Stark, who’s one of the closest things to a protagonist that “Game of Thrones” has. But — spoiler alert — as those who saw last night’s season premiere know, Arya is well on her way to becoming a stone cold killer. Even Maisie Williams, who portrays Arya, says her days of being a sweet kid are behind her.

“This year, at the end of Episode 1, just when you thought things were going downhill, you’re treated to an Arya whose heart is now black and she’s rotten on the inside,” Williams told the Daily Beast. “There’s this line, ‘Nothing isn’t better or worse than anything. Nothing is just … nothing,’ and one of the big things to take away from this scene is that Arya feels nothing.”

Having now lost both parents and (she believes) all her brothers, Arya’s transformation is understandable — but, Maisie says, it may also be irrevocable, even if Arya gets good news. “Even if Arya knew that Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Jon Snow were alive, I feel like she’d just go, ‘Cool … good luck,’” she says.

Yeah, I guess if I’d spent a few years sneaking around murdering my family’s enemies, going back to seventh grade or whatever would be a bit of a culture shock. Although Arya Stark would make the best junior varsity cheerleader of all time.


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