Maisie Williams looks forward to what she’ll do when she’s “free” of Game of Thrones


With only one season of Game of Thrones left, its stars have begun to look to the future. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) recently chatted with BBC Newsbeat about her post-Thrones plans, and echoed comments made by costars like Kit Harington and Sophie Turner when she said that’ it’ll be “nerve wracking to know that I won’t have that support blanket and safety net,” but is nonetheless looking forward to being “free.”

"I’m really excited for Game of Thrones to finish and there’s going to be time for me to do whatever I want. That’s just incredibly exciting and it will be nice to pick roles that I want to do. I can show the world what sort of actress I want to be and shape my career a little bit."

Next year, you’ll be able to catch Williams as the mutant Wolfsbane The New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff. But in addition to doing blockbusters, Williams has also started her own production company and is looking forward to to working on independent features. “Coming back [to Britain] and listening to all the films nominated and getting back into watching independent films just makes me realise how much I miss it,” she said. “It’s the only place I’ve ever really wanted to be to be honest.

"I’d love to do a British independent film, I’d love to make it and I’d love to be in it. There are a couple of directors that I’d love to work with – Dexter Fletcher being one. I’d like to just do some work here, for Britain."

Williams has had some time to think about this while she waits for the Game of Thrones filming machine to start up in earnest. Although we know that production has begun, it appears that it hasn’t gotten around to her scenes yet, so she’s enjoying downtime at home while she can. “I’ve been lucky enough to be home for a whole month now, which has been wonderful.” With rumors that season 8 filming could go as late as August 2018, she should probably enjoy it while she can.

Elsewhere, Williams’ onscreen sibling Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) has been named one of TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens. Appearing on one of the world’s most popular show’s has its perks. Mr. Wright, how do you feel about this news?

“It doesn’t matter. Nothing matter but the White Walkers and the night that has no end.”

Oh. Well, congrats anyway.

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