How would you change the Game of Thrones finale? Fans have been vocal about wanting to remake the whole darn season (which Sophie Turner thinks is "disrespectful"). But other cast members took the opportunity to reflect on the whole experience of making the show for the past eight seasons. Pedro Pascal, who played Oberyn Martell, cheekily scolded Twitter critics, calling the finale "perfect."
But some of the Thrones actors wished their characters' ends had turned out differently. Emilia Clarke would have loved more scenes with Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Daenerys' handmaiden Missandei.
Now, in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview with Maisie Williams, the actress has explained what she hoped would happen for Arya Stark—and it's very similar to what many fans had predicted would take place.
“I just wanted to be on set with Lena again, she’s good fun,” Williams said. “And I wanted Arya to kill Cersei even if it means [Arya] dies too. Even up to the point when Cersei’s with Jaime I thought [while reading the script], ‘He’s going to whip off his face [and reveal its Arya]’ and they’re both going to die. I thought that’s what Arya’s drive has been.”
Williams' comments drives to the heart of why some viewers were disappointed in Arya's ending; many felt that the young Stark's assassin skills had been painstakingly earned, all for nothing. Her Faceless Men kills led fans to predict that she'd be the only one who could get up close to Cersei and finally take her out. Instead, Cersei was crushed by rubble.
But Williams said she came around to the "happy ending" for Arya, especially thanks to the final exchange between her and wartime companion The Hound.
“The Hound says, ‘You want to be like me? You want to live your life like me?’” Williams explained. “When The Hound asks her if she has another option, all of a sudden there are so many more things in [Arya’s] life that she can live for, that she can do. It was a shock for me because that wasn’t how I envisioned her arc going this year. Then I realized there were other things I could play, bringing Arya back to being a 16-year-old again.”
For her part, Headey also wanted a Cersei–Arya standoff: “I lived that fantasy until I read the script,” she said. “There were chunky scenes and it was nothing that I had dreamt about. It was a bit of come down and you have to accept that it wasn’t to be. There is something poetic about the way it all happens in the end with her and Jaime.”
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