Nobody likes a spoiler — especially Arya Stark.
Maisie Williams, the actress behind Arya on “Game of Thrones,” is fed up with people who have read the books the HBO fantasy series is based on ruining plot developments for those who only watch the show. Case in point (and here’s the MAJOR SPOILER ALERT sign for what’s coming up next): Lady Stoneheart, the character who did not appear at the end of “Game of Thrones” season four, despite her existence in the books.
If you’re not aware, Stoneheart is the new name of a resurrected Catelyn Stark, magically revived after her murder at the Red Wedding, now subsisting on nothing more than vengeance against all Freys and Lannisters she and her band of allies come across. But perhaps Zombie Cat was a bridge too far for “Game of Thrones,” which tries to err on the side of realism whenever possible — except, you know, where dragons and bomb-hurling tree-creatures are concerned.
For Williams’ part, the show’s decision to not include Lady Stoneheart was a good one. Not just because Stoneheart is a bit too extreme for the show, but because it ruffled feathers for “snobby” book readers.
“That was a massive deal, but honestly, I really like it,” Williams told TVLine. “I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby, spoiling it for other people, then saying, ‘Well, it’s not a spoiler. The books have been out for years.’ Like, couldn’t you just stop being mad for a second and let other people enjoy the show? They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it.”
“That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions,” she added. “They’re always like, ‘That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.’ But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.”
As for what’s coming next for Arya, even Williams isn’t entirely sure, despite knowing some information about the character’s arc in the coming books.
“I think, for the first time ever, she actually believes she’s going to be fine,” she speculated about what happens next for Arya. “It’s refreshing to me; this girl’s been pulled left and right by people who’ve been telling her what she’s going to do with her life, and she’s sick of it. She knows this world, she knows who to trust and she’s ready to go off on her own.”
“Game of Thrones” returns next spring.