Maisie Williams On Ending “Game of Thrones”

HBO has two more shortened seasons of its fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” left and now one of its key stars, Maisie Williams, has spoken about the shortened runs. The actress, who plays Arya Stark on the series, says it’s a good thing as it means there’s no filler episodes or unnecessary dragging out of the show and she’s proud of executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for that. She tells Variety:

“It sucks for the audience because they love the episodes, but what we’ll never do on this show is drag it out, and I’m so thrilled about that. Too many shows start out about making a great show, and by Season 6 it’s about making money and all they want to do is write more episodes and make more money. This show makes a lot of money, and it would be easy for HBO to be like ‘we’re gonna do four more seasons and we’re gonna extend them to 12 episodes.’ I really respect David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] for holding their ground and for HBO to be like ‘no… we’re gonna tell this story and we’re gonna end it and that’ll be final.’

Good things must come to an end or they’re not good anymore. It doesn’t last forever and we’ve done what we came to do, it’s time to wrap this up, and it will have the ending it was always supposed to have, and that’s very special. David and Dan started writing this show knowing the end, not knowing that it might actually come around and we might be allowed to make that many [seasons] – at the beginning we were just willing to make one [season]. They started this with an end in sight, and so it’s exciting to be closing it… I’m just excited to see everyone again – we start a lot later this year because winter has arrived, so that can’t happen in sunny Belfast.”

New season will consist of seven episodes, and the eighth will be just six. With Arya now back in Westeros, she was ask what characters she’d like Arya to interact with next season:

“It would be wonderful to work with one of the Starks again, but I just want her to see Melisandre or Cersei and not be dead at the end of it. To cross another big name off the list – but then I feel like people might come for me, because although everyone doesn’t like Cersei, we kind of love to hate her and I love to hate her. For the story it would be cool to meet either one of those and put a sword into them.”

“Game of Thrones” is currently preparing to film its seventh season which will premiere next summer.