Game of Thrones is in its fourth season and the scenes are arriving in all their audio-visual strength. The cute but tough character of Arya Stark as played by Maisie Williams goes the whole nine yards in portraying a fighter with spirit and stamina. There are several twists and turns of plot and fortune in the dramatic story. The finale is termed “The Children”.
The battle scene with the war scenarios make for some highly interesting takes and retakes. As for the change in plans, it was a surprise even for good old Maisie. The Hound which engages in some awesome fight scenes is a character that is kept track of by Maisie who is just a little kid. In fact, she was overwhelmed by the acts of violence and dialogue that emerged as the dramatic series unfolded in all its glory.
“Every year, if we get renewed for a new season, me and mum go through what happens in the books and then, when I get the scripts, I start going by that story. So, I knew that The Hound was going to have a big fight and then, in Episode 1, where we meet Polliver, when that kind of all actually happens, I was like, ‘Oh God, no. This is happening way too soon.’ I was really, really worried,” Maisie said. “And then, turns out they changed all that, wrote in loads of new stuff and then The Hound met up with Brienne at the end and that all happened.”
The fight scene was indeed very much of an “adrenalizing” overture since it depicted two friends who end up as opponents and engage in a conflict whose only resolution is death. And to think that it was all caused by a simple misunderstanding between the two.
“That” ended up being one of the show’s most heart-pounding fight sequences to date, as two characters, who potentially could have been allies, ended up as foes, in a battle to the death,” Maisie said.
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A slip of the tongue caused enmity and the result was devastating. And Arya and The Hound are in the same boat since they battle Polliver. “They could make such a fantastic team, but obviously, the way the scene goes… one character says one thing, words it wrongly and then, all of a sudden, everyone kind of flips out,” Maisie said.
“The thing that kind of starts it is Brienne’s sword, Oathkeeper, because it’s Valyrian steel and we ask her where she got it from, and she said, ‘Jaime Lannister,’ and that’s it. Then, it all switches and all of a sudden, Arya and The Hound put their guards up and they’re really, really cautious of these two people [Brienne and her squire, Podrick Payne]. And actually, they were trying to do the right thing, but you can’t trust anyone in this world.”
Maisie spoke of how she was damned excited to work with so many senior actors and actresses who lent her some good advice. It was truly a learning experience working with the most talented cast of Game of Thrones.
The tomato ketchup that got used in place of blood onscreen and the dirt that got thrown around made for some pretty vicious battle scenarios that left the audience in a state of awe. And Arya or Maisie Williams was a part of it.
“It was really exciting to know that I was going to crossover with more characters than just The Hound, which has been fantastic and I really, really love it, but, it is so great… being on a show where you don’t really get to stray very far from your kind of circle of characters, it is really nice when there’s a twist and you get to meet some new people,” Maisie told AccessHollywood.
“I was really, really excited to work with Gwen and Dan [Portman, who plays Podrick], because they’re fantastic and I get on really, really well with them when we’re not on set . … I mean, it’s a massive, massive twist, but I think people are going to love it and the scene is just amazing and it was so much fun to do and I’ve seen it and it looks great.”
She furthermore described the larger-than-life feel that the whole ensemble lent to her acting. Since she was relatively small in size, being around such large people was a unique experience in itself.
“This whole season I’ve been telling people Arya’s is changing and I feel like in that scene, between Arya and The Hound, we see another twist in her and it’s almost like another like, string cut and she’s spiraling further and further down this sick path,” Maisie said.
“Throughout this season, the audience has kind of fallen in love with The Hound and they’ve started to see kind of more about his past and almost feel sorry for him and, you know, we’ve learnt more about his scar and things like that, and I feel like, you know, despite all that, Arya still remembers how horrible he’s been to her and things like that and I don’t think the audience are going to be very happy with her decision. But, she does what [she’s got to do] to keep herself alive.”