Now that we’ve wrapped up Season 6 of HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones we’ve already completely shifted focus to the future, to Seasons 7 and 8, and how the greatest Fantasy series in television history might come to a close. During a recent trip to a Syrian refugee camp actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the show, spoke with a reporter about where she wants to see her character end up as the show begins its crescendo towards what will be a truly epic climax. She dropped some serious knowledge on us fans, but it’s Lena Headey‘s hopes for Cersei’s character arc below that I’m most interested in.
“I’d love for her to be a bit of a lone ranger,” Williams said of Arya, who was last seen infiltrating Walder Frey’s castle and avenging the death of her mother. “I’d love for her to be kind of like The Hound. I don’t really want her to reunite with her family because I don’t think that they’re the same people anymore or that she’s the same person anymore. I think she’s better off on her own. I’d love for her to be alive, actually, and be her own boss.”
The interview didn’t stop there though, as the youngest Stark actress was accompanied by Game of Thrones actors Liam Cunningham and Lena Headey, who play characters Ser Davos Seaworth and Cersei Lannister, respectively:
“I don’t want a knife in the back,” Cunningham said. “I don’t him blown up with wildfire. I don’t want to be poisoned. I think perhaps he would open a little flower shop somewhere, some begonias, tulips, and settle down with a lot of attractive women from Dorne, with lots of Dornish wine.”
Headey, meanwhile, seemed hopeful for a climactic confrontation between Cersei (now installed on the Iron Throne as Queen of Westeros) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke’s character, who ended the season at the head of a fleet headed to Westeros to reclaim the Iron Throne that was taken from her family). With all her children dead and her relationship with her brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) suddenly complicated, Cersei’s story doesn’t look like it will have a pleasant ending. Headey, for her part, is hoping for a “great death by Arya.”
So Maisie Williams is hoping she turns out to be sort of a lone gunman, and Lena Headey (Cersei) is hoping that Arya Stark gives her some sort of dramatic death. Now THAT is an ending I can get on board with.
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