Maisie Williams has been playing Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones since she was 12, and she’s now looking ahead at the upcoming fifth season.
BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD
In an interview with The Guardian, the young actress, who's now seventeen and will be starring in the drama Cyber Bully for Channel 4 in the UK, spoke about Arya’s upcoming iffy future on Game of Thrones, hinting at something "big" for the upcoming season.
“There’s a big ending for Arya,” in season 5. “They’re basically breaking her down, and you get to see behind the cracks.”
Williams also confirms in the interview that the hit fantasy drama series is coming to the end of Arya’s book material, as she knows it, since she admits she doesn’t read George R. R. Martin’s books in order to avoid getting confused about storylines. As most of our readers will know, the Game of Thrones powers-that-be have indeed made some major changes, tweaks and cuts for the TV adaptation along the way; changes that were heavily criticized by Martin himself.
However, Williams did promise Martin that she would read the other books soon.
“We’re coming to the end now, so I don’t know what they’re going to do next year,” Williams says. “It’s the end of Arya, as far as anyone knows.”
At the end of season 4, Arya was last seen leaving Westeros behind on a ship heading to Braavos. The fifth season will undoubtedly follow the character there, with events plucked from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons -- the fourth and fifth books of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. But if some of you guys fear that Maisie Williams' words could mean the end of the road for the character on the TV series, they may be relieved to know Arya will be in the upcoming sixth book of George R.R. Martin's opus, The Winds of Winter. Readers of the books, on the other hand, will also know that her words may have a whole other meaning.