Maisie Williams Talks Arya’s Mass Killing in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7
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Maisie Williams Talks Arya’s Mass Killing in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7

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The Arya Stark we know in Game of Thrones Season 7 is nothing like the Arya we met in Season 1.

Case in point: She killed dozens of Frey men in one fell swoop and one masterful stroke of revenge in last night’s premiere.

To help us process the shocking moment, actress Maisie Williams is breaking down her character’s most brutal act yet. Read on, Thrones devotees…

Arya’s mass killing was actually three seasons (and change) in the making.

You see, she’d been plotting her revenge ever since the Red Wedding in Season 3, when Walder Frey had Robb Stark, pregnant Talisa Stark, and Catelyn Stark murdered, all because Robb broke his marriage pact to the Freys.

(The real architect of the massacre, however, was Tywin Lannister, who bribed House Frey and House Bolton to decimate the Northern army.)

Arya killed Walder in the Season 6 finale, but then there he was again in last night’s Season 7 premiere, seemingly alive and well!

As Walder toasted to the highest-ranking Freys — all the while not drinking his own wine — we gradually realized he was not actually Walder.

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“You’re my family, the men who helped me slaughter the Starks at the Red Wedding,” Not Walder told his men.

“Brave men, all of you. Butchered the woman pregnant with her babe. Cut the throat of a mother of five. Slaughtered your guests after inviting them into your home.”

“But you didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks,” he said, as his men began to clutch their throats and cough up blood.

“No, no. That was your mistake. You should have ripped them all out, root and stem. Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe.”

Once all the men were dead, Arya took off Walder’s face and revealed herself to one of Walder’s child brides.

“When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers, she said. “Tell them winter came for House Frey.”

Maisie raves about that indelible moment in an interview Entertainment Weekly published in the wake of that episode.

“When I heard first heard about the Faceless Men, I always thought it would be really cool if she switched faces with a leading character rather than an unknown person’s face,” she says.

“I really hope [viewers] don’t guess it’s her straight away.”

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Don’t think that this British actress condones her character’s actions, though.

“It’s so f—ked up!” Maisie exclaims.

“Even Arya is surprised she has so much power. In that last moment she’s staring out at all those men dying, she’s turned into a bit more of a monster than she’s ever realized. I don’t think she’s sad about that, but she’s got it on her mind.”

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The 20-year-old even hopes Arya does a similar about-face in the final moments of Season 8.

“I’ve always had this fantasy in the back of my head — I don’t think it’s a good ending and fans might not like it — but that somebody would sit on the Iron Throne at the end and then they whip their face off and it’s Arya instead,” she says.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.