In an interview with TVLine, Game of Thrones Maisie Williams discussed what’s coming up for Arya (she doesn’t exactly know), and how certain book readers behave. While I have indulged in A Song of Ice and Fire I hope I’m not snobby or mean (truth be told, I’m mean in general —just not about GoT). It’s been quite a while since finishing and half the time I’m lucky if I remember what’s coming, outside of major events. I don’t disagree with Williams, there are *some* book readers who can be a little over the top with feelings of ownership, and screams of disappointment over events we think should or must be included in the series. I’m positively dying to see [redacted] in Season 5, and I’ll probably cry if they are skipped over. Williams also makes a good point about readers being surprised — the joy of not knowing can be just as thrilling as seeing the written word play out. Here are the highlights (Note: Spoiler Warning! References to an omitted Season 5 character, and Book Readers, please no spoilers in the comments) :
On What’s Coming up for Arya in Season 5:
“I don’t know, honestly. We’re starting to catch up with what’s been written, so I’d love to do something completely new. Again, I’d love to keep making the book readers go, “Wait, is that what’s going to come in the next book? Did they make that up completely?” I love it when we do something really dramatic and shock everyone. They should throw in more stuff that no one knows about.”
I know a couple of really cool things happen in the books with Arya, and I just had a meeting about about a certain thing that happens to Arya, but I still don’t know how it happens.
On That Omitted Character, and Certain Book Readers:
“That was a massive deal, but honestly, I really like it. I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby, spoiling it for other people, then saying, ‘Well, it’s not a spoiler. The books have been out for years.’ Like, couldn’t you just stop being mad for a second and let other people enjoy the show? They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, ‘That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.’ But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.”
On…Not Ser Pounce, I Hope?:
“Oh, the cat I worked with on Game of Thrones was so badly behaved! It would never do anything it was supposed to do. I was like, “Get your game together, cat. You’re so bad.”
You can read the full interview, which also covers Williams’ film Heatstroke, here.