Game Of Thrones: Maisie Williams Was Worried Fans Would Hate Last Night’s Episode

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers to Season 8, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones.

Last night, Game of Thrones audiences finally got to see the Battle of Winterfell, where there was a last stand of sorts between the Westeros alliance and The White Walkers, who have been teased in the story since the very beginning. Needless to say, after all the declarations of Winter coming and building up this army of the undead as well as its leader the Night King…there were some mammoth expectations.

At the end of the day, the final blow that brought the destruction of the terrible army came not from Jon Snow, but by one Arya Stark. Given all that the character has been through over the course of the past several years, it was certainly earned, but actress Maisie Williams was understandably worried many fans wouldn’t feel the same way, as she revealed to EW:

“It was so unbelievably exciting. But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn’t deserve it. The hardest thing is in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn’t it?'”

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But in Game of Thrones, things don’t just happen out of the blue. This is something that’s been planted for many seasons. In this case, in an exchange between Melisandre and Arya way back in Season 3, as Williams recalled:

“When we did the whole bit with Melisandre, I realized the whole scene with [the Red Woman] brings it back to everything I’ve been working for over these past 6 seasons — 4 if you think about it since [Arya] got to the House of Black and White. It all comes down to this one very moment. It’s also unexpected and that’s what this show does. So then I was like, ‘F—k you Jon, I get it.'”

So what did you think about the whole battle turned out? Did Arya deserve to be the one to take it down? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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