©HBO

featuredImage

'Game of Thrones': Maisie Williams Reacts To Her Sex Scene With A Funny Tweet

You weren't the only ones who felt awkward...

The latest episode of Season 8 of Game of Thrones, entitled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdom", emphasized the interactions between the last surviving characters in the fantasy saga the night before the Great War against the White Walkers, who are poised to descend upon Winterfell. The episode saw the main characters say their goodbyes and spend a final few moments together. 

Among these touching goodbyes, there was one that we really didn't see coming: our beloved, unpredictable Arya Stark decided it was time to try out her sexuality, throwing herself on Gendry, Robert Baratheon's bastard son. The two characters do have something of a shared past: you'll remember that they left King's Landing together at the end of Season 1 after it became death trap for Starks and Baratheons alike. Although the escalation of their relationship might seem hasty, it doesn't come from nowhere. 

However, for many fans, Arya remains either Ned Stark's little tomboy or an asexual badass killer... The scene shocked many viewers, who took to Twitter to express their consternation. 

Actually, Arya is around 18 years old in Season 8 of Game of Thrones. And her age doesn't bother anyone when she's slitting throats left, right and center. But as soon as she decides to have a sex life, people can't get their heads around it...

To diffuse the situation, Maisie Williams tweeted about the infamous scene, reminding viewers that her entire family, who really did see the actress grow up (we've only seen a tiny part of her life throughout the seasons of GoT), also watched Arya take matters into her own hands with Gendry.

In fact, this sex scene is one of the more tasteful ones in Game of Thrones, which too often features sexual violence and close-ups of breasts while the male characters remain dressed. This scene overturns gender stereotypes (we didn't expect any less of Arya), showing us a young woman who is sure of herself, knows what she wants, and transforms words into action.  

It's rare in a series like GoT to see a scene which isn't designed for the male gaze, but which instead shows us the power of a young woman who has nothing to prove to anyone. If the scene makes you feel uncomfortable, maybe you've got some questions to ask yourself...

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Marion Olité, published on 24/04/2019