'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams says Arya's sex scene 'surprised' her because she had always thought her character was 'queer'

'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams says Arya's sex scene 'surprised' her because she had always thought her character was 'queer'
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  • In an interview with Teen Vogue, Maisie Williams was asked about the first time Arya surprised her.

  • The 25-year-old ex-"Game of Thrones" star said it was probably when Arya and Gendry had sex.

  • "I thought that Arya was queer, you know?" Williams said.

Nearly three years ago, "Game of Thrones" fans had mixed reactions to a surprising sex scene between Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon. Now, actress Maisie Williams is joining in on the response, saying she had thought her character was "queer" before receiving that script.

"The first time I was surprised by Arya was probably in the final series, where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry," Williams told Teen Vogue in a recent interview. "I thought that Arya was queer, you know?"

Williams, who is now 25 years old, was 22 when the scene was filmed. She started her career on the show as a young teenager and grew up along with her character. Arya had never shown much romantic interest in anyone throughout the show, instead focusing on developing her own deadly strength and skill (which ultimately helped her kill the Night King).

But in season eight, episode two ("A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"), Arya seeks out Gendry on the eve of the Battle of Winterfell. She tells him that she'd like to experience sex before she dies — and given that the next day's fight against the White Walkers looks bleak, she figures it's now or never. Arya strips down and straddles Gendry before the scene changes.

At the time, people had varying reactions to the scene.

"Given Arya's development over the course of the series, the sex scene felt out of character for many viewers — and even a bit gratuitous," Insider reporter Callie Ahlgrim wrote in 2019.

Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, told the Independent in 2020 that going from working with the very young Williams to filming a sex scene together as adults was an "odd transition."

Williams' recent comments were part of a series about all her "first" experiences, and clearly the sex scene was a standout moment from all eight seasons, given that it was the first time Arya had done something Williams didn't expect.

Williams doesn't elaborate on how or why she believed Arya's queer sexuality would manifest, and it's worth noting that perhaps the character is simply bisexual. But as far as the show's canon goes, the only person Arya ever had sex with is Gendry and that's that.

You can watch the full video on Teen Vogue's YouTube Channel.

Read the original article on Insider