Maisie Williams Was Also Surprised By Arya's Sex Scene In Game Of Thrones

"Game of Thrones" season 8 did a lot of things that seemed out of character. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) undid years of a redemption arc when he left Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) for his sister Cersei (Lena Headey). Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) went from the smartest and wittiest man in the kingdom to someone who stood helplessly by as things happened around him. Daenerys Targaryen, who had been fighting to free people through the entire series just decided to burn down King's Landing, a thing she supposedly wanted to rule over. We were all a little stunned by the weird twists and turns that didn't seem to make much sense in season 8, including actor Maisie Williams who played the best character (I will die on this hill), Arya Stark. 

Arya was always a fighter, sneaking in sword lessons as a little girl who was about to turn 11 in season 1. She was brave enough to take off on her own and become an instrument of revenge. She survived against all odds. In short, Arya rocks. While dressing as a boy to keep herself as safe as possible, she meets a friend named Gendry (Joe Dempsie). Later, in season 8, they hook up. I'm all for sex, but this one felt very weird to me, but for different reasons than it did for Maisie Williams. 

Well, that was surprising

In an interview with Teen Vogue (via Indiewire), Williams said of the scene:

"The first time that I was surprised by Arya I guess was probably in the final series where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry. I thought that Arya was queer, you know? So...yeah. That was a surprise."

Though I admit that the possibility never crossed my mind, it makes total sense. I likely never thought about Arya's sexuality because I guess I felt like she was so focused on revenge that it wasn't really a thing that mattered to her. When you're repeating the names of the people you're going to kill like a mantra, that's likely to be the main thing on your mind. At least that's what I had in my head. 

Still, knowing you're likely about to die is something that might drive revenge out of your head for a bit. If you recall, Gendry makes Arya a spear with a dragonglass edge, and admits that he's Robert Baratheon's son. She wasn't really listening and asks about his past with women. He's slept with three, he tells her. Then she says that she wants to know what it's like before they die, and boom. 

Well, Arya does end the series by sailing off into the sunset on her ship, heading for adventures. It was one of the best character endings in that series. Those adventures may include the fleshy kind, and Arya has the whole world to choose from in terms of partners. Arya boat trip series, anyone?