Game of Thrones: Arya Stark star Maisie Williams kept killer secret from co-star

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Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) had possibly one of the most amazing story-arcs throughout Game of Thrones. Starting off as the feisty youngest daughter of Ned Stark, who didn’t want to conform to the feminine standards expected from her as a princess like her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), she ends the show a ruthless assassin whose skill lead her to be the only person who can kill the Night King. 

While the stand-off with the Night King was expected to be the climax of the last season, both the fans and the series creators were unsure about who they were going to have perform the killing. 

Kit Harington always thought his hero Jon Snow would be the one to kill the leader of the White Walkers, and he wasn’t the only one. 

Not only did many fans place their bets on the Stark bastard, but apparently he was told he would be the one to defeat the Night King earlier on in the show. 

“[Kit Harrington] expected it to go [Jon Snow’s] way, too,” said Maisie in an interview. 

“He even said, ‘It was going to go that way. Someone told me in season three that I was going to kill the Night King,’” she recalled to the Hollywood Reporter.

However, Maisie didn’t want to be the one to break it to her co-star that he wasn’t going to be the one to do it in the end and decided it was better for him to find out for himself. 

“And then, he read the script, and it was Arya the whole time,” she laughed. 

Ultimately the actress believed “it would’ve been too obvious,” if they had Jon kill the Night King: “I’m glad that it was Arya, honestly. I think I had the best storyline of the final season,” she said. 

In an upcoming book, Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series, Maisie also revealed that killing the Night King wasn’t enough for her and he wasn’t to kill off another major character too. 

“I wanted her to kill Cersei, even if it meant [Arya] dies,” the 23-year-old said.

Cersei’s (Lena Headey) was another character whose death was a massive point of speculation amongst fans ahead of the finale. 

Both in the books and the series, a young Cersei seeks out a fortune-teller called Maggy the Frog who tells her she will have three children who will all die before her. 

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While in the show the prophecy only says that a younger and more beautiful queen will take her place, in the books it says that she will perish at the hands of the Valonqar, the High Valyrian word for “little brother,” which had fans guessing it was either going to have been Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) or Jamie (Nikolai Coster-Waldau). 

However, in the end, Cersei was given quite the kind passing for Game of Thrones, as he perished in the arms of her love as the King’s Landing palace crumbled on top of them. 

“Even up to the point where she’s with Jaime, I thought he’s going to whip off his face [and be revealed as Arya], and they were both going to die,” shared Maisie. 

“I thought that’s what Arya’s drive had been,” she added.

While the show’s finale aired two years ago now, fans of the show have a lot more Game of Thrones content to look forward to in the near future. 

The first spin-off show House of the Dragon has recently entered production. 

Based on George RR Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen. 

So far the cast includes Eve Best, from the Netflix hit Fate: The Winx Saga, Doctor Who and The Crown’s Matt Smith, It’s a Sin’s Steve Toussaint, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, and Emma D’Arcy. 

Game of Thrones is available to stream on Now TV.

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