Sure, Game of Thrones is super rapey, boob-tastic, and unbearably violent. The show does, however, feature some of the most powerful women on television. If you think Joffrey does some foul things, just wait until you see what our girl Arya gets up to. As last night's season 4 premiere proved, Game of Thrones is at its best when it focuses on its leading women. Daenerys, Arya, Ygritte, and Brienne of Tarth ALL DAY.
After witnessing Arya take back her sword Needle, kill a few ruffians, and prove to The Hound that she's a lot tougher than she looks, we are all on board for an Arya-centric season. The fearsome youngest of the Starks is played by the equally powerful actress Maisie Williams, whose outspoken and frank attitude is right in line with who she is on television.
"Lots of people do things on this finger, which is your wedding ring finger, which doesn't have any use. And I'm never going to get married. Right now, my view on marriage is that it's extremely pointless. I see why other people get married, but for me, I'll never get married, so I always do designs on my wedding ring fingers, because I'll never wear a ring there. My parents separated when I was really, really young, and it's just the complications of it all...In my opinion, nothing changes after you get married. If ain't broke, don't fix it. Maybe when I fall in love, I'll change my mind, but right now?...'d never want to be trapped. I never like to stay in one place too long. I always flit around, I never settle anywhere."
In the words of Beyonce, "GOD DAMN, GOD DAMN, GOD DAMN." Maisie Williams is wise well-beyond her years and her take on everything from marriage, to the industry, to coming to terms with her own celebrity is as refreshing as it is empowering. And we are all ears.
On Arya's twist
On nasty labels
“That’s what we do all the time. It’s kind of like a cultural thing. If you do something right, you don’t congratulate yourself because you’re a stuck-up bitch.”
On naming her own sword
Arya’s might be called Needle, but if Williams had to name her own sword, ”Mine would be called Oops. Because if I used it, it would be an oops. I don’t think I’d intentionally try to kill anyone. Most of the time, it would be a sarcastic oops. But every other time, it would be a, “Oops, I’m really sorry that you’re dead.’”
On Arya's swordsmanship
“I think swords were always a thing that the men used, so she wanted one. She didn’t really think of them killing people and being weapons. I think she just thought of it more as a symbol of power.”
On the other kind of stabbing
“I feel like a lot of people would quite easily stab you in the back once they get what they want.”
“If someone says something bad about you, and you do not respect them, then don’t listen.”
“One thing you’ve got to remember in this industry is that you’re never gonna please everyone, so just stop trying.”