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Game of Thrones fans saw Arya (played by Maisie Williams) remove her top for the first time and remove a layer of her guard and reveal a more human side to her. 

Episode two of the HBO series gave fans scenes between Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) that have been teased for a long time. 

Now, Maisie has spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the scenes and what it means for Arya. 

She said: “At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f**k!

“I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things.”

She added: “David and Dan were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want.’ So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show.”

It certainly was a change for the ruthless assassin who usually spends her time training and pestering Gendry to finish making her weapon. 

Maisie recognises what this means for Arya: “It was really interesting because it’s a very human relationship for Arya. This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with. David and Dan were like, ‘It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?’ 

“This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does — ‘Not Today.’ So it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’ 

“It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”

 

The scenes caused a huge stir on Twitter and divided fans on whether it was the right thing for Arya or not. 

One fan said: “I’m surprised they went that far with the Arya sex scene. Felt so weird. I’m surprised I’m writing the phrase ‘Arya sex scene.’”

Another added: “Arya and Gendry’s scene was totally unnecessary. Yes we were all wanting them to be together but not like in a one night stand kind of way.”

However, other fans enjoyed seeing a different side to her, with one saying: “Arya and Gendry have made me happier than anything else in my own life ever has.”

Another added: “Was anyone else super proud of Arya for going right for it after eight seasons of being a directionless mercenary with no friends?”

There has been a lot of discussion of Arya’s age and whether she should be having sex, as many fans still remember her as the 11 year old girl from season one.

Many fans did not enjoy the scenes and found them distasteful as they see Arya as the girl she was from the start.

They cringed when Arya said to Gendry: “Take your own b****y pants off”. The girl from season one has grown up too fast for them.

Meanwhile, if Arya’s romance with Gendry continues, she might reveal his secret claim to the Iron Throne in order to get the crown herself. 

Fans will have to wait to find out if the end of the world does come and Arya was right to show this different side to her personality.

Game of Thrones season eight continues next Sunday on HBO and Sky Atlantic on Monday at 2am. 


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