Game of Thrones Season 7 was quite a ride, and the finale aired this Sunday. Titled ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’, the episode wrapped up the season quite nicely, and we got a major character death after quite a while. Littlefinger a.k.a. Petyr Baelish was trapped in a web of his own lies, and Arya Stark sliced his throat with his own Valyrian Steel dagger, the very same one that the cutthroat who tried to murder Bran Stark back in Season 1, was caught with. In HBO’s Making Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams, who plays the role of Arya Stark on the show, spoke about Littlefinger’s death. Read on!
First off, she talked about how it was to film with her on-screen siblings again :
“I was thrilled to do so many scenes with Sansa, but also horrified that we’d be making each other’s lives hell. But we had so much fun on set. I haven’t even set foot on the Winterfell set since Season 1. It was quite emotional. We all started very young, and we’ve grown into our characters and learned a lot. I am really proud of the scenes, and I can’t wait to see what else we get to do together. It’s what people have been waiting for, the Stark reunion — we just need Jon to get home and Arya will be much happier, I’m sure.”
She also talked about Arya’s home has changed and she returns and realises that it will never be the same again. She talked about the Arya-Sansa relationship dynamic :
“Everyone wants a happy reunion but that’s not what’s going to happen on Game of Thrones; it’s not realistic for what they’ve been through. It’s important to have this test of loyalty between them; to have something they overcome together as a team. I’m thrilled that we got something cool to do and that they finally got rid of Littlefinger because he was the only real kink in the way that the North was running. You can’t have that great payoff in the final episode if there isn’t a journey to get you there.”
Speaking of the Littlefinger death scene, Maisie said :
“It was pretty sad. We all got to know Aidan really well. He’s a phenomenal person and a lovely human-being, despite who he plays on the show. He gave such an amazing performance, and for all Littlefinger’s faults, Aidan always managed to completely justify his actions. We see Baelish as bit of a snake and a bad person, but you really see the pain in his eyes and the struggle during his finals moments: the sheer panic. It was incredible to watch him go through the motions of how Littlefinger would be feeling, the connection he has to Sansa, and what this means to him.
Arya executes him, but it’s really Sansa’s scene. And it’s showing a huge progression for her. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. I know it’s the moment Sophie’s been waiting for. It’s a beautiful way for her to end the season, and to end Littlefinger’s storyline.”
She was then asked what she thinks about Arya as an executioner :
“It’s sort of how she sees herself in life. She has her own personal list, but I think moving forward with House Stark, this is maybe how she’s going to be. Sophie and I always said it would amazing to see Sansa on the throne and Arya as her Hand, and although that’s not really the case, they’re still playing those sorts of roles with each other.”
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Lastly she talked about the Army of the Dead, and Arya’s Season 8 :
“The White Walker and the dragon, Viserion, attacking the Wall is a pretty amazing moment, but also a scary moment. But then I remember Arya has a Valyrian steel dagger — not that a dagger could kill a dragon — but she can hopefully hold her own in the final season.”
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