There are many, many things I don’t want to do with my elder relatives. At the top of that list is sitting down to watch an entire episode of Game of Thrones with them.
Poor Maisie Williams, the actress that skillfully brought to life Arya Stark in the hit HBO series, had to suffer through such awkwardness. When Williams started on Game of Thrones, she was only 14 years old and her proud parents and grandmother wanted to see the work she was doing.
Unfortunately, that meant sitting through the shows more steamy moments. As Williams recalls in an interview with The Australian, “The sex was just quite embarrassing and awkward for us.” Still, they muscled through, though Grandma Williams had to be coerced with “more and more gin,” according to the Game of Thrones actress.
Sex is such a big part of the series and, therefore, difficult to shield younger actors and actresses from. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) had her own run-ins with the show’s sexual nature. In a chat with The Times, Sophie revealed that some of her knowledge about sex came from her time working on Game of Thrones.
"I guess that was my sex education," she said.
It wasn't easy for Williams' and Turner's mothers to know what their young daughters were learning while filming the show, but they found out the more they tried to keep their daughters in the dark, the more their interest was piqued. According to The Australian:
Williams’ and Turner’s mothers stopped shielding them from the show’s graphic sex and violence early on, when they debated taking the girls out of a read-through of a scene featuring two girls “going at it” — trying to keep their daughters in the dark only served to pique their interest.
Beyond dealing with the overt sexual nature of Game of Thrones and watching the steamier scenes with her parents, Williams suffered through some difficulties due to the popular show. “I had a tough time at school and was asked to leave because of my attendance,” she told The Australian.
“Lots of people had not-very-nice things to say about me, and no one here had really heard of the show,” she said of her early experiences with acting. During her first press tour, however, she caught wind of the perks of the job. “Hundreds, maybe thousands” of fans greeted her, ultimately changing her frame of mind about her career choice.
Game of Thrones is nearing its final season, which is slated to air in the first half of 2019. Who made it to the very end is a mystery, but Williams was sure to leave fans guessing with an Instagram post after filming had finished.
In honor of the show’s finale, Williams and Turner both got Game of Thrones tattoos. Though fans were quick to assume Turner’s “The pack survives” was a hint at the survival of the remaining Stark family, William’s “No One” tweet has some fans thinking different.
For all of you spoiler hounds, tweets are going around with alleged spoilers from the first two episodes of the final season. There’s no confirmation how accurate they are, but read on with caution!