Among the legions of characters on “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark has remained one of its most popular throughout the first five seasons of this epic fantasy series set in the make-believe continent of Westeros. Now, as the sixth season nears; which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on HBO; “GOT” devotees are ravenous for any advance intel on the show and its stars — who include Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aiden Gillen and Sophie Turner as well as Maisie Williams, now 19, who, since she was 12, has invested Arya with her feisty charm.
“I didn’t know much about television or HBO,” says Maisie. “The reason it was so exciting was not because I thought, ‘Oh, this could be a really big TV show.’ It was more like, ‘Oh, look! Maisie got cast in SOMETHING!'” Nobody knew back then what a global phenomenon “Game of Thrones” would be. Williams says that hit home for her at the kickoff for season 3.
“We had our first proper premiere in L.A., and that was the first time I saw lots of fans in one place, and lots of paparazzi and cameras, I never believed that kind of thing actually happened, and there I was, standing in the middle of it all. That was the first time I thought, ‘Wow, my life is changing.'”
The role of Arya, and the opportunity it has given Williams to grow with it, may very well help carry her across that gulch that leaves so many child actors behind, helping her transition into future adult roles.
“We are both very different girls now than the ones we were when we first met each other,” Williams notes.
If you want to catch Maisie as Arya and all of the other cast members in Season 6 of Game of Thrones; tune in this Sunday at 9 pm Eastern time on HBO!