Maisie Williams thought Arya would kill Cersei on Game of Thrones


Many Game of Thrones fans figured Arya Stark would be the one to do in Cersei Lannister, and actor Maisie Williams was right there with them.

Going into the final season of Game of Thrones, a lot of fans theorized that Arya Stark would exact her revenge and kill the tyrant Cersei Lannister. After all, Cersei had been on Arya’s kill list for years, ever since she had a hand in killing Arya’s father Ned. Everyone was waiting for it to happen.

But it didn’t, and a lot of fans were surprised. That includes Maisie Williams herself. In an excerpt from the relentless content machine that is James Hibberd’s Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series, the 23-year-old revealed she “thought that’s what Arya’s drive had been” the entire series.

"Even up to the point where [Cersei is] with Jaime, I thought he’s going to whip off his face [and be revealed as Arya], and they were both going to die. I wanted her to kill Cersei, even if it meant [Arya] dies."

In the end, Cersei met her end alongside her brother, buried under bricks as the Red Keep collapsed around them. For some, this was a tender moment for two characters who had rarely been allowed such moments of vulnerability. For others, it was an unearned act of saccharine sympathy. As for Arya, the Hound talked her out of her vengeance at the last moment, and she lived to fight another day, clear on the other side of the world.

Now that Game of Thrones is in the rearview mirror, Williams is reflecting how being on that high-profile series is different from leading a more ordinary life as a working actor. “It is almost harder because I had never been told no,” she told The Telegraph. “The second thing that I ever auditioned for was Game of Thrones, and that launched my career. There’s always competition, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve done, you will always lose out on roles.”

You can currently see Williams in Two Weeks to Live.

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