HBO’s Game of Thrones, the wildly popular adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, ended its sixth season on a bloody note, even by Game of Thrones standards. The finale left fans and critics alike reeling, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from speculating as to what’s coming next – especially since Winter has officially arrived.
Maisie Williams, who has played Arya for the past six seasons, is no stranger to the show’s plot twists, which are often dramatic and bloody. From the execution of Arya’s father, Ned, in season one, to the notorious Red Wedding, the show is famous for its brutal character deaths. Williams must intimately understand some of these deaths herself, since Arya became a murderous vigilante after her father’s death. Her murder of Walder Frey, preceded by forcing him to unknowingly cannibalize his own sons, certainly got viewers’ attention in the season six finale. Now, the actress offers her spoiler-free reaction to season 7.
In a series of tweets, Williams gave her own emotional reaction to scripts for the series’ seventh season. Take a look:
just finished reading season 7— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
shit gets REAL— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
i'd start preparing yourselves now— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
holy BALLS— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
Williams has amused fans with her colorful social media reactions to Game of Thrones in the past, including a vine after the Red wedding that boasts over 2 million loops. However, sci-fi/fantasy fans probably recognize Williams from more than just her posts. The actress recently showed up in Doctor Who‘s season 9 trailer, and she may play a character in the upcoming X-Men title New Mutants.
For now, though, Williams’ followers are probably most curious about her strong reaction to season 7 of Game of Thrones. It’s possible, after all, that that intensity is a result of something happening to another one of the beloved Starks, especially since Arya’s recent return to Westeros. It certainly would be hard for fans to “prepare” themselves for the death of, say, Sansa, after she had such a well-received season. And, since fans are so excited for Dany’s arrival in Westeros, we certainly hope something doesn’t happen to her. The women of Game of Thrones are known for their complexity and, at times, ruthlessness, but the writers also tend to treat them violently. In an ideal world, these tweets are a reaction to some especially awesome Arya moments.
What die-hard Thrones fans do know for certain is that Williams is probably right: We can’t prepare ourselves, especially now that the show’s plot has eclipsed the books published in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Let the speculation, and trepidation, continue.
Game of Thrones returns for season 7 on HBO in the summer of 2017.
Source: Maisie Williams/Twitter