There isn’t a more popular series that is currently airing than Game of Thrones. And naturally, with all the attention that the show gets, the actors involved with the production are often required to do interviews.
Below we have 15 of the coolest secrets and facts from behind the scenes of GoT in regards to (and as told by) Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. After all, who better to get to the meat of both of their characters than the women themselves?
Curious about what the most expensive death in the series was? Who Turner wants to see on the Iron Throne at the end? Why she wants Sansa to die? You’re about to find out as we also dig up some of these actresses’ answers to some of the most pressing fan questions.
We also intersperse quotes from some of the show creators to help round out further flesh out both the character of Arya and Sansa Stark.
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15. Maisie Hates Scenes With Blood
Maisie Williams may look some of her acting on the show look effortless, but even she had to admit that certain scenes are brutal for her to film.
When asked in a past interview, Williams admitted,
“When there’s little [stunt or effects gags]—like a sword gag or a blood gag. We can usually go again, but sometimes you have to get it in one shot. Or you can go again, but it’s a bit of an inconvenience.”
Williams went on to explain further, saying,
“Someone will take you through it, and be like, ‘Okay, you do this, this, this, this,’ and your heart’s racing before you go. I had a lot of that in season three with Rory, and I’m like, ‘Rory’s been doing this all day. If I mess up now it’s going to be so embarrassing.’”
14. Who Turner Wants On The Throne
There are plenty of viable candidates as to who is going to get to end the series on the Iron Throne. Naturally, the cast and crew have been asked throughout the series as to who they hope to see on top.
“I want Littlefinger to end up on the throne. I don’t really care about anyone else,” was Turner’s response when she was asked in a past interview.
While we aren’t sure if she’ll have that opinion change by the time the series wraps up, at least for the moment Littlefinger knows he has one fan!
13. Who Maisie Would Kill
Maisie Williams has definitely encountered her fair share of adversity on her journey, and nobody would blame her if it involved getting her hands a little dirty.
When she was asked in a past interview as to which character she wish she could take out of the running, she was quick to respond,
“The Red Woman. She’s bad news to everyone. [Melisandre has] been underestimated. She’s got a lot of power over everyone and ultimately she can be a really dangerous person.”
12. Turner Wants Sansa To Be A Killer?
Sophie Turner definitely raised some eyebrows this past season and proved that she has a deadly side to her. Not only that, but she definitely didn’t seem to mind embracing that side; something that Turner delved more on in a past interview
“But I think what people should be maybe a bit wary of is how much she seemed to enjoy it. I have to give a lot of credit to Miguel [Sapochnik], the director of the episode. That was kind of his idea, the look back in, where it lasts a little bit too long. I think Sansa could maybe develop a taste for killing. Who knows. It could be a little worrying, for sure.”
11. Maisie Significantly Impacted Escaping The Waif
One of the more exhilarating parts of the series involved Maisie Williams’ escape from the Waif. Yet while the scene may be firmly etched in your mind, it definitely was going to be a lot different for the writers until Williams stepped in,
“I wanted her to look like she was struggling. I didn’t want [the chase stunts] to be unnecessary or superhuman. I got on set and they were [going to have Arya] rolling around, and diving, and I was like, ‘That looks amazing, but no.’ I’d be like, ‘Why would she run over there? She’d just duck under here and just get out.'”
10. Showrunners Planned For An Ed Sheeran Cameo As A Surprise For Maisie
While our list is made up primarily of quotes from our two beautiful ladies, we’re opening the box a little bit here to include a quote from co-showrunner David Benioff who also gives insight on Maisie Williams, so we’ll let it slide.
If you aren’t aware, it was recently announced that Ed Sheeran will be making a cameo appearance on an upcoming episode of GoT. When asked about it, Benioff said,
“For years we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie and this year we finally did it.”
9. Maisie’s Murder Of Meryn Was The Most Expensive
There are plenty of murders on the show that look like they must have cost a pretty penny to film, but none was more expensive than the death of Ser Meryn Trant towards the end of season 5 at the hands of Arya.
David Benioff opened up more about the scene and explained the higher cost saying, “She couldn’t really poke out his eyes.”
Considering it’s also one of the most drawn-out deaths, including plenty of stabbing throughout and of course, that throat slit, we aren’t surprised it wasn’t a cheap shot.
8. Mr. Weiss’ Most Uncomfortable Moment Included Turner And Her Parents
There are plenty of sexual scenes in Game of Thrones that would naturally make for some pretty awkward days of shooting. So perhaps it’s not the most stunning that the most awkward moment of D.B. Weiss’ life includes the filming of one of these scenes, but as you’ll see in the interview there is a pretty good reason for it!
“Maybe the most uncomfortable situation I’ve ever been in. Was sitting between Sophie’s mom and dad during rehearsal for the scene in Season 2 in which a bunch of extremely unsavory characters are trying to do some extremely unsavory stuff to Sansa.”
7. Williams Would Do A Spin-Off… And Her Idea Is Really Cool
In a past interview, Maisie Williams was questioned on if she’d ever continue on with the character in her own spin-off, to which she said she’d be up for.
But that definitely isn’t the whole story, as Williams went on to say, “I feel like it’d be cooler if they did a prequel..because there’s so much that happens before the show begins…I think that would be far more interesting” but then joked that Arya would be like a fetus!
We’re sure no matter how they choose to continue the universe they’ll have no shortage of devoted fans. Plus, maybe we’d get more Sean Bean and it would have the added benefit of him not dying!
6. Turner Wants Sansa To Have A Cool Death Scene
Sophie Turner is well aware that death is a pretty integral part of appearing in the Game of Thrones universe. In fact, when Turner was interviewed back in March she opened up about how much she would enjoy getting written out of the show,
“I don’t want to survive. If you’re on Game of Thrones and you don’t have a cool death scene, then what’s the point?”
Do you hear that writers? Pressure is absolutely on if you want to write out Sansa you better do it in an awesome and memorable way.
Especially because we’re sure you wouldn’t be alone in hoping that if Turner’s character does bite the dust, that it happens towards the tail end of the series so that we can enjoy her for as long as possible!
5. Maisie’s Biggest Fear As An Actress Became Reality
Arya may have some moments where she may seem fearless, but as an actress, Maisie Williams has the very real fear that she cannot remember her lines. This created a unique scene from this past season, as Williams explained in an interview with EW,
“I know a scene that stands out for me where Lady Crane asks Arya to come with them in the traveling show and be an actor, and she’s like, ‘I don’t think I can do that because I don’t think I can remember all the lines,'” she went on to say,
“It’s so weird saying that because that’s literally my job. And I remember saying that to my agent when she was saying I should be an actress. I said, ‘I can’t remember all the lines.’ And now I am an actress and I’m seriously saying that in the role. That’s going to stick with me forever.”
4. Williams And Turner Have Tattoos… And Plan For More?
One of the fun facts behind the Lord of the Rings franchise is the fact that the fellowship cast all got themselves matching tattoos. Williams and Turner turned heads in a similar fashion this past September when they rocked out with matching tattoos. Both ladies got 07.08.09 tattooed, as it was the day they both got cast in the series.
Turner admitted in a past interview however that if she makes it to the end, she’d be getting another tattoo along with her castmates,
3. Why Williams And Turner Got So Close
One of the tightest friendships in Hollywood involves the two beautiful ladies that our list is centered around. Turner opened up to the NylonMagazine when asked about how the two got so close and what she admires in Williams,
“I’ve always seen Maisie as this rebellious, cool kid, while I’m more passive-aggressive, or else just passive. I hate that about myself, and I love that Maisie is just who she is.”
Turner went on to say, “We spent the past five years basically sharing a hotel room (even though we each had our own), having endless sleepovers, lots of line rehearsals, and lots of food and messing about, too.”
2. How Williams Helped Turner Land The Role
When you consider how close the two have gotten off-set, you may not be surprised to hear that they started bonding right from the start of the audition process.
Williams talked more about her experience with Turner in a past interview, including the fact that prior to Turner arriving, everyone auditioning for Sansa was “Very polished, very actorly.”
“I was like [to Turner], ‘Save me from these scary girls!’ And that came across on camera,” said Williams.
1. Why Williams Was Cast
There are plenty of reasons for the success of Game of Thrones, but one of the biggest has to be the fact that some of these actors and actresses who were cast at a very young age have managed to blossom into great stars.
Williams is absolutely one of these examples and when interviewed about why she was cast, David Benioff said, “She’s got the moxie but there’s also a wounded thing about her that makes her incredibly appealing, so she’s not just a little badass with no soul.”
We’re sure those are traits that you also see in how Williams comes across on-screen and will surely lead to her getting plenty of offers once her time in Westeros comes to an end.