A few days ago, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams who plays Arya on the show said that “nothing will prepare” us for season 7, without revealing any other details about it. She did say on Twitter that she had finished reading the script for HBO’s next Thrones season. In an extensive interview about her character, her experience on the set and the fact that she’s nominated for an Emmy, Williams further explained why fans have to deal with the fact that Game of Thrones is ending soon, and why it’s perfectly okay to have a shorter season next year.
Williams said that appreciates the way Game of Thrones was constructed. It had a clear ending from the start, as the show runners knew exactly what they wanted to do with the show. That means that dragging the story on was never on the table, and even HBO respected this decision.
“It sucks for the audience because they love the episodes, but what we’ll never do on this show is drag it out, and I’m so thrilled about that,” the young actress told Variety. “Too many shows start out about making a great show, and by Season 6 it’s about making money and all they want to do is write more episodes and make more money. This show makes a lot of money, and it would be easy for HBO to be like ‘we’re gonna do four more seasons, and we’re gonna extend them to 12 episodes.’ I really respect David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] for holding their ground and for HBO to be like ‘no… we’re gonna tell this story, and we’re gonna end it, and that’ll be final.’”
“Good things must come to an end or they’re not good anymore. It doesn’t last forever, and we’ve done what we came to do, it’s time to wrap this up, and it will have the ending it was always supposed to have, and that’s very special,” Williams added, offering a small we-already-knew-it spoiler: Winter is coming.
“David and Dan started writing this show knowing the end, not knowing that it might actually come around, and we might be allowed to make that many [seasons] — at the beginning we were just willing to make one [season]. They started this with an end in sight, and so it’s exciting to be closing it… I’m just excited to see everyone again – we start a lot later this year because winter has arrived, so that can’t happen in sunny Belfast.” Yes, that’s why season 7 will launch later next year.
Variety’s full interview with Williams is worth a read, as the 19-year-old offers exciting behind-the-scene details about playing Arya, including tidbits on what it was like to film the scene where Arya kills Walder Frey.