Game of Thrones Season 6 Arya

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams Says Blind Arya Is 'Very Much the Underdog'

“Eh, it’s Arya. She’s fine.”

That sentiment is how most Game of Thrones fans — including Maisie Williams, who plays Ned Stark’s younger daughter on the HBO juggernaut — has viewed the scrappy character for the past five seasons. But Williams tells TVLine the upcoming sixth installment finds Arya in a pretty bad place.

“She’s still very much the student. And she’s still very much the underdog. She’s not the same Arya that we’ve seen in previous seasons,” the actress says. “Sometimes, you watch Arya scenes and you think, ‘She’s got this. Don’t worry.’ This is a season where you watch and go, ‘Oh, she really doesn’t.'”

Sophie Turner, who plays Williams’ onscreen sister, Sansa, concurs.

Arya is “so vulnerable this season, and it’s so exciting to see her in that place, because you see her as this badass. And she still is a badass. But she’s been dealt the upper hand and she’s been very lucky, and this is about her really getting challenged for the first time,” Turner says. “It’s going to be a big season for her.”

But Arya’s faltering will only draw the audience closer to Sansa’s little sis, Williams notes.

“It’s interesting for people to see characters they’ve invested so much energy into now not pull through and not keep up that bravado,” she says.

Forthcoming episodes will find Arya, who indeed has lost her sight, suffering what Williams calls “pure loneliness” as she tries to learn as much as possible from The Waif and J’qen.

“At the beginning, she’s like, ‘Whether or not I like it, I have to trust these people,'” the actress says. “The feisty Arya doesn’t kick in until a little bit later. She starts rebelling, and she gets her confidence back.”

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, April 24 (9/8c).

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10 Comments
  1. ABG says:

    Love her but I hope the blindness/training storyline ends soon. I don’t want to spend the whole season on her training. Time to get to the good stuff!

  2. Kevin K says:

    I adore Maisie Williams (Arya) as does her onscreen sister Sophie Turner (Sansa).

  3. A says:

    *Spiler Alert*

    So will we see her warg(ing) this season?

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      Nymeria! I hope so!…. If these butchers of showrunners don’t cut that out too in the final seasons :/ I’m still mad showrunners, and this won’t be going away for me anytime soon …

  4. Jason says:

    I’m really hoping she doesn’t stay blind for the rest of the series. That would be a shame. I’ve always hoped she would get the chance to see the Dragons. That little girl still inside of her would be awestruck.

  5. Phoenix5634 says:

    I have 1 huge question about Arya, that very few people probably even know about… Is there any significance between Arya’s weapon “needle”, and the rider of the dragon Sheepstealer, “Nettles”. Arya and Nettles have a similar personality, and even look similar. And we know Starks have the ability to warg. So…

  6. Rachel says:

    Can’t stand Arya or the actress. Hope she’s killed off soon.

    • tvjunkie says:

      I keep hoping the same thing. The character is terrible and after seeing her on Doctor Who some of that is at least because she’s also a terrible actress.

  7. Daniel snow says:

    Shocker. Really her very sex makes her an underdog

  8. Angus says:

    Kill her off. Dr Who needs a new companion.