If you haven’t watched todays episode of Game Of Thrones – leave now. This is a spoilery spoilerson of a story for anyone who hasn’t yet seen what Season 8, Episode 2 had in store for fans. Okay, now those people have gone – yes, all any of us want to talk about right now is THAT scene where Gendry and Arya have sex. Including Maisie Williams, it seems.
To recap – Arya Stark, who was once like 12 years old but is now… not 12 and definitely an adult, had sex for the first time this episode with Gendry, her long time friend and a stone cold fox of a dude. The scene was both cute as hell and showed Arya in her eternal badass light – she had zero fear and zero hesitation about climbing Gendry like a tree.
Maisie spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the spicy sex scene, and what she had to say was pretty unexpected.
“At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f**k!”
When it came to how much they would show of the scene – namely, how naked Maisie would have to get – showrunners David Benihoff and Dan Weiss let the actor decide herself.
“David and Dan were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want. So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… “
Maisie joined the cast at 11-years-old, but is now 22. Still, the experience was a bit weird for her.
“No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like—“ [Williams averts her eyes]. “You want people to act more normal.”
And it was definitely weird for Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry.
“It’s obviously slightly strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old. At the same time, I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie — she’s a 20-year-old woman. So we just had a lot of fun with it.”
As Maisie said in the interview, it’s a really nice moment for Arya too. She’s long been focused on survival, so for her to take a moment to experience something just for herself was pretty special.