The adventures of Arya and The Hound nearly came to an end this week, as the pair arrived at The Bloody Gate with the expectation of Arya being reunited with her Aunt, and The Hound receiving his long awaited pay off. Instead, they were greeted with some bad news: Lysa Arryn had died, three days ago. Arya then burst into a fit of laughter, leaving some fans wondering if she had finally lost it.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Maisie Williams reveals how she interpreted Arya’s reaction to the bad news.
“That was my favorite reaction of Arya’s ever. When I was doing it, it was more a reaction to The Hound. This whole time he’s been giving her such a hard time. He’s so in control, and he’s this tough guy, saying he’s going to take me to my aunt in the Vale and ‘I’m going to get my money and I don’t care about you, I just want my money.’ And all of a sudden this happens, and Arya completely loves it. And through laughter, she’s saying, ‘Now what are you going to do?’ It’s fascinating to see this little girl giggling in the sunlight.”
With all of the dramatic scenes that Maisie has nailed throughout the years, you would think that a bit of laughter would be a welcome change. Maisie says that it was actually one of the most difficult scenes she’s ever had to film, but she’s glad that it was so well received.
“That’s the happiest on set I’ve ever had to be — literally laughing on command is the most difficult thing. It was just so weird to be able to laugh on set and not be told off for it. I’m glad people like it.”
As funny as the scene was, we were left to wonder what will happen to the dynamic duo next, and we won’t find out until the season finale with next week’s episode dedicated completely to the battle at The Wall. Maisie won’t give anything away, but does say, “They’ve got too much of a relationship now for him to just leave her.”
For more from Maisie check out the full article at Entertainment Weekly.