The love scene between Arya and Gendry in the final season of Game of Thrones came as a “surprise” to Maisie Williams, who until then thought her character was queer
Arya Stark is one of the characters that fans of “Games of Thrones” have loved and rooted queer in since the series first aired in 2011 through to its final season in 2019.
Williams wasn’t the only one who felt this way about her character, as Arya’s wild personality has led fans to speculate about her sexuality many times over the years, with many suspecting that she might be queer or gender biased considering how the character changed gender roles. However, everything changed at the start of Game of Thrones season 8 when Arya was shown to be intimate with Gendry (Joe Dempsie). Williams opened up about the love scene for the first time since it aired, revealing it came as “a surprise.”
Maisie Williams revealed in interaction with Teen Vogue that she “thought Arya was queer.” “The first time I was surprised by Arya was probably on the last series where she strips naked and sleeps with Gendry,” Williams said, adding, “I thought Arya was queer, you know? So yes, that was a surprise.”
The steamy sequence confused fans and critics alike and made headlines in the days that followed. ‘GOT’ co-creator David Benioff defended it at the time, saying, “Some characters want to make love for the first time because they’ve never made it before.” To add context, the scene sees Arya and Gendry close to the upcoming one Death, and the former chooses to be intimate with Gendry as she wants to know how it feels.
Maisie Williams also spoke about the scene with EW after it aired in 2019, revealing that she initially thought it was a prank by the showrunners, as they’ve sent fake scripts to the cast in the past. “I was like, ‘Yo, good.’ And they[the showrunners]were like, ‘No, we didn’t do that this year.’ Oh damn,” Williams said.
Joe Dempsie also weighed in on the scene, hinting that the experience was odd for him, having known Williams for a long time. “It’s obviously a bit strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old,” Dempsie said.