Maisie Williams is sick of ‘snobby, insecure’ Game of Thrones book-readers

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Here are some photos of Maisie Williams, also known as GoT’s Arya Stark, at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con party over the weekend. Yes, she wore that dress. She’s 16! And she’s fabulous. I’m a huge fan of Arya and of Maisie. I think she’s adorable, sassy and a very talented young woman. I even took her side in the British Airways-Twitter thing! To me, that wasn’t Maisie pulling a diva act, she was just a weary traveler issuing a complaint. Anyway, Maisie has a new interview with TV Line and it is laugh-out-loud funny. You can read the full piece here and here are some highlights:

Why she takes whatever script she’s offered: “I think people think stuff gets thrown at us all the time, but that’s not the case; there aren’t many roles out there for people my age.”

Working with animals: “The horses are the easiest, they don’t get too grumpy. The dogs would probably be second. The hyenas were also good, but there’s always the possibility that they’re going to freak out, because they can’t really be tamed. … Oh, the cat I worked with on Game of Thrones was so badly behaved! It would never do anything it was supposed to do. I was like, ‘Get your game together, cat. You’re so bad.’”

Arya in GoT Season 5: “I haven’t gotten the scripts yet, so I still don’t know what’s happening. I have a rough outline of what happens in the books, but you never know what they’re going to put into this season versus next season, or what they’re going to scrap altogether. I know a couple of really cool things happen in the books with Arya, and I just had a meeting about about a certain thing that happens to Arya, but I still don’t know how it happens… People think the cast members know all the ins and outs, but we really don’t.”

She doesn’t like Game of Thrones book-snobs: “[The Lady Stoneheart controversy] was a massive deal, but honestly, I really like it. I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby, spoiling it for other people, then saying, ‘Well, it’s not a spoiler. The books have been out for years.’ Like, couldn’t you just stop being mad for a second and let other people enjoy the show? They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, ‘That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.’ But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.”

Arya being on her own next season: “I think she’s going to be fine. And I think, for the first time ever, she actually believes she’s going to be fine. It’s refreshing to me; this girl’s been pulled left and right by people who’ve been telling her what she’s going to do with her life, and she’s sick of it. She knows this world, she knows who to trust and she’s ready to go off on her own.”

[From TV Line]

I love her. “Get your game together, cat. You’re so bad.” That’s so Arya. As for her future… well, Rory McCann (The Hound) said in an interview several months ago that he thinks Maisie is amazingly talented but he would never, ever tell her that because he doesn’t want to disrupt her whole vibe. That’s how I feel about her too – just “shh!” and let her do her thing. As for her shade on the GoT book readers and how they’re spoiling it for the TV-only watchers… I think she’s got a point. The writers are being faithful to the books as best they can, but of course it’s not going to be a word-for-word adaptation. Stop being so snobby about it!

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  1. InvaderTak says:

    She gives a good interview for someone that young. She’s smart and has some good coaching. Hope she makes it into the adult arena without losing it.

    That being said, I’m So over GoT. It’s everywhere. Maybe I just don’t get it because I was just a casual fan, but good lord.

    • Side-Eye says:

      The first season was impeccable but the writing quality is increasingly inconsistent. There are a few great episodes per season but others that fall flat or don’t match up to previous scenes–the whole Asha going to rescue Theon ended up being unnecessary and ridiculous, Oberyn was great but I felt they caricatured his bisexuality, there was them turning Jaime into a rapist for no particular reason and then forgetting about iy and while there are great performances from people like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jack Gleeson, and much of the supporting cast the two the show most boosts-Harington and Clarke are lacking severely in the acting department. Overall while it’s not the worst show, I definitely favor Breaking Bad in terms of writing and acting. It’s a shame since I stan so hard for the books.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        This is a little OT, Side-Eye, but how did you feel about the last book? I loved all of them except the “conclusion” in that one. I thought it was terribly written and he just gave up. I hear there are more books coming out, but I nearly threw that last one out the window.

      • Side-Eye says:

        Dance with Dragons actually took me a lot longer to get through than the other ones, and I blame that mostly on having to bear through Dany so consistently fucking everything up being obsessed with that one guy, Daario. Dizzy women really irritate me and she was that, plus the way she handled affairs in Mereen was frustrating and absurd. Also, I completely understand his depression, but Tyrion’s arc was a drag to get through as well, and there were way too many chapters with him not even doing all that much. I enjoyed Arya’s chapters and I liked Davos, but this one kind of dragged. I’m still excited for Winds of Winter though because I have to see what happens to everyone, though I have my own theories.

      • mom2two says:

        +1 for Side Eye. It’s not that I expect the show to follow the books word for word but I find it sad that it seems to be open season on GoT book readers coming from some of the cast and producers, without the book readers there wouldn’t have been a show. And I get some are obnoxious with their spoilers and what not but not all are like that.
        Season 1 was the best, season 4 (for me) was their worst (Side Eye addressed the changes that I have issues with, see above and below) Maisie wasn’t all that great this past season, Rory Mc Cann saved their scenes together. And Harington and Clarke (especially Clarke) are awful. Harington is going to have scenes with Stephen Dillane next season, I expect Dillane wipe him off the screen.
        The show does have some great episodes and others that fall flat. And some episodes have great moments but the rest of the episode is weak ( see the Mountain and the Viper…the fight was good but the rest of the episode was weak).

      • Bridget says:

        @GNAT: I though DWD was sub-par in general. He’s lost all forward momentum.

  2. Side-Eye says:

    *intense eyerolling*
    I don’t even feel like getting into it but cutting Lady Stoneheart-and apparently Arianne- made zero sense and in the latter case is blatantly offensive. *That’s* why “book snobs” are upset. Even GRRM has had to come out with his vague disgruntlement towards the show writers. I’m just so sick and tired of any criticism from book readers being brushed off as “snobbery” when the changed seem to ho above and beyond the restriction of adaptation.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Not just Arianne but Quentyn seems to be going missing as well, which means changes in Danys’s storyline too.

      • Side-Eye says:

        And the whole thing is…why tho? It literally makes zero since not to include such crucial characters. And honestly I’m tired of them aging characters up, just so they can have more nude scenes half the damn time.

      • Kimmy says:

        Are you saying that Arianne and Quentyn’s stoeylines are going missing in the show or the book? If it’s the show, I’d say not necessarily. Dorn will be pissed about Oberyn’s death and they’ll tie it in somehow.

      • Davy says:

        It’s a television production. There are logistics to consider in presenting the book on screen and on a tv budget. The tv writers have an end game and rough outline, guided by what GRRM has revealed, that not even book readers are aware of. How can you insist that some characters are SO important when there are still 2 more books? A tv show cannot present that many characters and make an audience care about them when many tv watchers seem confused even by the amount of story & cast already on the show.

        This is what Maisie means – book readers insisting so many errors in the show without making any consideration for ways the show actually improves the books, and changes made often for logistical reasons. Try to enjoy the show as a separate entity.

    • Froop says:

      I enjoyed him shading some of their choices like Talisa/Jeyne at Comic Con.

      • Side-Eye says:

        Me too, that was excellent. He was more polite than I might’ve been.

      • pleaseicu says:

        Talisa/Jeyne is too easy and such a minor part of the show and books that I don’t get why he’s still harping on her when D&D took a lot more liberties with Martin’s books and characters than just her, especially this season. I wish Martin would call them out on some of their more egregious choices like the switch with Caitlyn/Robb not knowing about Bran/Rickon before they make their emotion-fueled choices. It robbed both characters of a lot of their established motivation for doing what they did and makes the Red Wedding even more tragic IMO. And then they didn’t bother to give the characters sufficient motivation to do what they did anyways. And had both characters react in one scene episodes later to their “deaths” and then ho-hum on to the next thing. The Jon Snow “I’m a horrible woman for not loving my son’s bastard” monologue from Caitlyn.

        He gave D&D a free pass on changing the altar sex from consensual to rape. Jon Snow knowing his brothers are alive. There’s no fake Arya plot. The confrontation that never happened between Jamie/Tyrion about Tyrion’s first wife was a huge omission because of the impact it has on finally pushing Tyrion to cut ties with his family and King’s Landing. He’s said boo about no Lady SH and the cutting of Arianne and Quentyn to push more focus on a male heir and rob the Dornish of the major characteristic that makes their society so unique and separate from the rest of Westeros.

        If he actually criticized or questioned some of their bigger choices and departures that have much more impact on where the show goes and how big the departures on the show get from the books I’d give him more kudos for dissing them. Talisa/Jeyne feels cheap and easy since all book readers that I’ve come across loathed Talisa from before she ever appeared onscreen.

      • SpookySpooks says:

        @pleaseicu , Iagree with all of you points, but I think that changing Jayne to Talisa was a pretty big deal because it changed Robb. The book Robb married jayne because of duty and honour and he died because of it, just like Ned.

    • mom2two says:

      Thank you for saying this Side Eye.
      The show has bungled the response to the Red Wedding, cutting Lady Stoneheart makes absolutely no sense (since she doesn’t take up a lot of plot time but her presence affects several major characters). Cutting Arianne, I just don’t understand that either…basically her part is going to spread out among the Sand Snakes and Trystane.
      GRRM is always classy, I give him a lot of credit for that. I am sure there is more he’d like to say about the show, but chooses not to.

    • tarheel says:

      I bet good money Lady Stoneheart will be unveiled by episode three of Season 5.

      IF Arianne was really cut, and replaced with just the Sand Snakes (whom I LOVE), I will be so pissed — female ruler in her own right, a POV character, etc. It is possible they are just teasing us — they made it seem like Ramsay, the Queen of Thorns, and the Reeds were being cut, too.

      I do hope all the Iron Borne stuff but Asha/Yara and Theon are cut, because that was a snoozer for me, except for the Kingsmoot.

      I am still heartbroken Patchface was cut.

      • Kimmy says:

        I don’t understand why everyone is saying certain things are being cut?! They have 10 episodes to jam in so much story! As a book reader, I think Stoneheart and The Dornish have a lot coming up. So I wouldn’t be jumpin to those conclusions just yet.

        And I’m going to defend Kit Harington. A lot of Jon Snow is internal dialogue and struggle. I think he’s doing a fine job with what he is being given, but I am so ready to watch him take control and be a bad ass.

      • mimif says:

        Totally agree with every single thing you wrote, Kimmy.

      • mom2two says:

        Arianne is cut. The HBO press release for the character of Trystane reveals him to be Doran’s heir. If she is included in later seasons of the show, her role will be different.

      • Valois says:

        A lot of Jon Snow is inner monologue- that’s why they’d need a good actor who could transport emotions without saying anything. That’s something Kit Harrington can’t imo.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      +1

    • Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

      One of the BIGGEST things that has bothered me so far has been the lack of Cersei screwing around because of how pivital it becomes, and if they randomly just throw it in there like “Oh hey I was actually doing this in season 2″ its not going to make sense. I feel like the writers got over excited at the success of the show and forgot where it actually came from… And yes a lot of things did get “cut” that shouldn’t have been, they may be “minor” characters (LSH) but what they do sets a lot of things in motion.

  3. hutter says:

    Poor thing got eaten by her dress…

    • Belle Epoch says:

      I don’t know anything about her. I just looked at the photo and recoiled. She is a very bizarre looking person – like a funhouse mirror changed her proportions. A different dress would have helped!

      • FLORC says:

        She’s fine looking, but her makeup and that dress throws her off. That dress looks like it’s consuming her and itself.

        Actually, if i take this throw blanket and that bathroom rug., wrap them around myself and belt at the waist to hold it together.. Yes! I have that dress now.

    • Decloo says:

      Helena Bonham-Carter is clearly her style mentor.

  4. Maria says:

    The dress is hideous but she’s a cutie.

    Book readers will always be particular because we literally create the characters in our heads and visualize the story lines.

    It is what it is.

    I wouldn’t call it insecurity, just sticklers for details; I do agree about being snobbish over spoilers, not everyone reads (which frustrates the hell out of me), but I would never want to be that person who ruins it for a first timer.

    /I will concede I got a little too much pleasure at people’s reactions over the Red Wedding
    //I cried during the read so I understood perfectly the initial shock

    • Lilacflowers says:

      And the Red Wedding illustrates just how careful the readers are not to spoil things for viewers. I watched that episode with three people who hadn’t read the book and when it was over, they were in disbelief that I hadn’t warned them.

    • littlestar says:

      Completely hideous dress, but somehow she owns it and makes it work.

    • MourningTheDeathOfMusic says:

      I agree, I too wouldn’t call it insecurity or even snobbery for that matter. I’d say most avid readers of a series are book purist.
      Fans of sagas (be it GoT, LotR, HP, TB, etc.) want to see the story played out on the screen as they’ve read it in the book, not have it go far off left field. It makes them frustrated because, had the author wanted the storyline to go the way the screen writers altered it, [s]he would have done it themselves.

      • Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

        THIS THIS THIS. True Blood has pretty much dashed my faith in adaptations because they did NOTHING from the books. They lured me in with false hopes of getting to see the story I enjoyed played out and turned it into….garbage.

  5. LadyMTL says:

    Book reader here and avid GoT nerd, and I totally agree with her. I actively try not to say / do anything that might spoil the show for the non-book readers, though I do try to convince them to at least give the novels a shot, lol.

    That said, I think the same criticism can be applied to any kind of major fandom. I know a few people who picked apart the last X-Men movie (which I loved) because it wasn’t exactly like the comics and then tried to tell me what should happen in the next movie, with Apocalypse. Let’s just say I covered my ears, hahaha.

    • Wilma says:

      I don’t agree with her at all. I’m a bookreader and I have never spoiled anything from the books or complained about stuff that wasn’t in the show and neither have the other bookreaders I know. I’m all over the internet, but it isn’t that hard to avoid the rabid bookreaders or, when I do stumble across one, to not engage them and walk away.

      I like that the show deviates from the books and try to pick up on possible clues the show gives us.

      I do not appreciate an actor on this show I love saying things about all bookreaders, since without the bookreaders as a built-in fanbase the show would not have been where it is now.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Cute. My first impression of her wasn’t great, but I liked her in this interview. And I think people who deliberately spoil the show are jerks. I hate her dress, but sort of love her for wearing it.

    • Snazzy says:

      Me too! I love her confidence for wearing it at all. And I really thing she is wearing it, and not vice versa, which is also a risk with that kind of dress.

    • Lollipop says:

      The dress is totally wearing her and it looks awful.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        It’s hideous, but I disagree about it wearing her. She’s standing there with her little hand on her hip, and loving the way she looks. I like that, even though I agree with you that someday she’ll look back on this picture and laugh.

        I remember my first dance, when I was at that awkward age when you have teensy breasts but no waist or hips yet, and I wore this godawful low waisted dress with a sash. It was horrible, but I thought I looked SO beautiful. Lol. She’s bringing it all back.

    • Sullivan says:

      I like this interview and agree with you about the dress. Don’t like it, but love that she’s wearing it. She and Helena Bonham Carter can pull off wearing a dress like that.

  7. An says:

    Arya and The Hound are my faves on GOT.

  8. Farah says:

    People are only snobby when they omit major characters. And add unnecessary rape scenes, like turning a consensual sex scene into rape. Arya’s entire arc this season was purely fan fiction. Even George R.R Martin has begun shading the writers, and stopped writing for the show. He was so obviously annoyed during Comic Con. If the writer of the books, who championed the show for so long, is over it then there’s a problem.

    • Side-Eye says:

      Totally agree said this above.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      Exactly. I understand changing certain characters or events when it aids the plot, but unnecessary changing characters like Jaime and Stannis is horrible.

      I’m really starting to dislike Maisie. She seems very cocky and a bit self absorbed.
      And Arya is one of my least favourite characters.

      I don’t understand why we should just ignore the books here. Imagine if the movie makers of LOTR or Harry Potter did the same?

      • Lollipop says:

        The fame has gotten to her head. She thinks she’s the best thing under the sun.

      • Farah says:

        Espersially since Dan & David openly diss GRRM’s writting. Like omitting Jeyne Westerling because she was boring “boring” and making Shae “Strong and independent”.

        Yes. How can we forget the ever thrilling character of Talisa? And even though the “improvements” on Shae was welcome in the beginning. She ended up exactly like her book character without any justification other than “bitches be crazy”. At least her motivation were better when she was just a vain, gold digger instead of a women scorned who betrayed a girl she would kill for (Sansa) and the man she loves (Tyrion).

      • mom2two says:

        @Farah, sadly people hated Talisa before she even appeared on the show because she was not Jeyne Westerling. I took Jeyne’s omission to be they did not want to devote story time and money into the battle of the Crag, an injured Robb and a one night stand. So Talisa was created. I am sure if they wanted to devote time to Jeyne Westerling, they could have punched up the character some.
        I am glad to hear GRRM saying that Jeyne will appear in the prologue of Winds of Winter.

      • iskra says:

        I feel the same, i liked her in the beginning but i have to say i lost a lot of respect for her and Sophie (Sansa) when i found out they have left school at that age.

      • FLORC says:

        Spooks
        Great point. Many films and shows are based on books and comics. I’m always finding i’ve read the books before viewing the shows and have this to say. If the show/movie is good I don’t care that I knew what was coming. I’m sucked in again. It should be those moments that makes it a great show and not the suprise/shocker.

        This girl is grating on me. Her flight complaint wasn’t just a consumer with a complaint. It was her acting entitled. Rules are rules and she should have respected them rather than venting via social media acting like she was owed access to an area with alcohol. Booze being the main reason minors traveling alone aren’t allowed. 1 incident can ruin it for the airline.

    • Val says:

      Yep, but then again this always happens in screen adaptations…. Nice to hear that GRRM shaded them though :D now he’ll concentrate on writing WoW instead of the show.

      @Spookyspooks same here. She seems to be bitching alot lately. Not a good look.

  9. eliza says:

    Her interview was good. Makes me like her more and to an extent, I agree about GOT book snobs. I read the first one and have yet to start another. I have friends who are always dissing the show and complaining and I am telling them “If the show bugs you so much with the differences, change the channel”.

    I enjoy the show. Just like with The Walking Dead, the books and show ARE not the same. It would be impossible to do everything as is.

    Personally, cannot wait till GOT starts again. I miss it.

  10. MaisieSchmaisie says:

    Shut up. The books are always better.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yeah, I can’t think of a single example when the book wasn’t better.

      • FLORC says:

        http://www.shortlist.com/shortlists/10-movies-that-are-better-than-the-book

        This was the only list I found that I could mostly agree with. They’re not all incredibly well known books, but they are books made into movies.
        My husband is a Massive Jurassic Park fan. Read all the books multiple times and still says the movies were better, by far.
        Green Mile and Carrie were also mentioned on other lists as being better than the books.
        Not trying to be a devil’s advocate or anything. The adage just got me wondering.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, FLORC, that was scary. Everything can be found on the internet! I haven’t read any of the books on the list, as that’s not really my genre, but it was interesting. And sort of like a magic trick!

  11. Here or there says:

    I dunno. I’m kinda sick of Maisie Williams. The fame is getting to her little head.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      +1

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I expect her to be annoying, she’s 16 years old, she’s allowed to be a brat for a couple more years. She’s very precocious which adds even further to the lack of self edit button. The whining about the airport lounge was what any other teen in her position would do, but of course it came off as overpriveleged brattiness. I think she is probably going through an awkward time of trying to become a woman, and trying to stand out with her fashion choices and bolshy chat. Whereas Sophie, the girl who plays Sansa, gets all the attention as the pretty one and can be cool and confident, Maisie has had to transition from tomboy to teen. I feel for her, it must be hard. But at the same time she need to learn to stfu re: the GOT diehard fans, without them the show would never exist and she would be doing Eastenders or something.

      • Lollipop says:

        Chloe Moretz is 17. Elle Fanning is also 16. And somehow they manage not to sound everprivileged. And I don’t agree about Sophie at all. She has a harder time because Arya is most people’s favurite character and they project that on Maisie.
        And not every teen would complain about the lounge. Most teens I know would be overjoyed to travel first class, lounge or no lounge.

      • Lollipop says:

        Chloe Moretz is 17. Elle Fanning is also 16. And somehow they manage not to sound like spoiled brats.
        And I don’t agree about Sophie at all. I think Maisie has a much easier time with fans because almost everyone loves Arya and project that one Maisie.
        And not every teen would act like that in the plane.
        Also, I find her vines terribly annoying.

      • Val says:

        I think it’s kind of unfair to other teens who are perfectly mature and grounded. Only brats/spoiled/imarebel teens act like that.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        I actually find Chloe Moretz way more annoying than Maisie. Maisie still projects a very kiddish vibe in interviews, I think she is immature for her age. Moretz had been pretending to be grown up/so over it since since was in the womb it feels like. I have no impression of Fanning as I’ve never read anything about her. To each their own though! I’m sure you are right about Sophie but in general she is perceived as a cool, fun girl, in the U.K. anyway, I’ve generally never come across any snarking about her but I try to avoid GOT anything for spoilers (because I haven’t read the books, even being on this thread is a dicey game of eye aversion if I see a character name!), where possible because I’m always at least a season behind. Any teen in her situation is what I said, meaning accustomed to first class, hence expecting lounge access. Of course most teens wouldn’t expect that, and some might stay grounded, but it would be rare imo.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Big head and she’s a teen

  12. Pomegranate says:

    She looks like something the early eighties threw up in that dress.
    Count me as a book snob. I can’t stand the show.

  13. Naomi says:

    Loved the books. The show has its ups and downs but its never been a secret that it veers from the books. They are two different mediums and while the overall storyline is there individual story lines are altered. IMO books are usually better than the movie versions.

  14. original kay says:

    I am a total book snob, especially about this series. Insecure, no.

    I simply wish those watching could actually see/read the novels as they are, because they are magnificent writing. The show does not do it justice, not at all. Instead of bringing the series to life, it’s become a mockery of what GRRM intended.

  15. Tig says:

    Just here for the book vs movie debate- I think a good book will almost always be better than the movie it’s based upon. A book IMO requires you to use your imagination in a more involved fashion, whereas the movie is the viewer appreciating someone else’s take on the material. I really thought Sara Gruen had a great comment when she said that adapting a novel to a screenplay was such a specialized skill- that is so true!

  16. Micki says:

    I’ve always thought LOTR a good book adaptation-not too literal and not too far away from the actual book. I personally stopped watching the Vamp.Diaries after the second season because the storyline became a total BS and had nothing to do with the books. In this sense I understand the anger of the “book snobs”. Most probably I am one myself.

    • original kay says:

      True Blood is another one. I stopped after the first season because it was just so bad. Loved the series, hated the show.

  17. Kali says:

    Ah, to be 17 again and to be able to wear stuff like that and seem adorable and fun rather than cracked out and ridiculous *sob*

    I understand her point but that those dedicated book readers that she seems so willing to be dismissive of are the reasons that she has a job. There are people out there who have been such dedicated fans of the book series for so long and would’ve dreamed about a “Game of Thrones” television show for so long that for one of the lead actresses to do a Nelson Muntz “hah hah” over something like the L.S omission just seems really mean spirited. From the little I’ve read, it was a COOL moment in the books and one that would’ve been awesome for viewers (not to mention breaking the entire. damn. internet).

    • Side-Eye says:

      I am allll over this Kali. What these people seem to forget that the entire reason this show exists is because of the book fans that GRRM garnered.

  18. Eleonor says:

    That’s Mugatu fall collection?

  19. Jenny12 says:

    This kid gives a better interview than most adults.

  20. Luca26 says:

    I love reading more than watching movies and always will but I think she is so right about the book nazis who freak if a show/film isn’t exactly like the book. People need to accept that isn’t always the best thing and it’s OK to change things. In the past when stories were orally passed down they were retold and reinterpreted by different people it was a normal thing.

  21. aenflex says:

    Yeah, because a cat is going to follow orders, riiight.

  22. SpookySpooks says:

    Question for book readers – Am I the only one who finds Arya’s story line very dull and her character not interesting at all. She seems to be the usual tomboy princess you can find in a lot of fantasy novels.

    • Farah says:

      Arya serves her purpose. I feel sorry for her. Her journey is tragic, but fans make it seem “badass” and “cool”. In what world is 11 year old experiencing the death of her entire family and turning into a murderous psychopathy “cool”. I think some of her book chapters are boring, and other’s thrilling.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Agree with what you said. I also find the contrast between Arya and Sansa and their methods of coping interesting. There are parts of Arya’s story that moved quite slowly, but overall I was interested in her and pitied her. Very tragic.

    • mom2two says:

      I have to agree with Farah. If anything Arya’s chapters scream to me…this is what happens to children who are essentially abandoned (orphaned) by war. There is nothing badass or cool about Arya’s chapters to me, they are very tragic. She is 11 in the books and her family is either dead or unavailable to her and she is coping, but not well. If anything, readers should be worried about Arya in terms of what she is going to be and her future choices.

      • Farah says:

        Arya is character I don’t think there’s a happy ending for. She’ll never be normal again. I think there’s hope for Sansa, Bran and Rickon, but Arya is lost. I think she’ll die before the end. Or going out in a big way.

  23. Ashling says:

    I’ve read all the books and watch the show. I don’t think the show is getting worse. I anticipated each episode more this season than in any other season. I loved it. Grrm has hundreds of characters in his books that the show can’t possibly include. The last 2 books were not as liked by fans or critically praised as the the first 3. People act as if every word, character, and sub plot is crucially important. It isn’t. Fans also forget that Grrm worked with the show runners to break and plot out the story for season 5 ( he said this in interviews) meaning he was part of the conversation of who was cut and what was most important to the end game. As a book reader, I’m so tired of other book readers ranting about the show cutting LS. I think Maisie’s comments were pretty accurate.

  24. Dancinnancy says:

    I enjoyed the books but stopped watching the show. I cannot support glorified rape porn which is what I felt when watching that show. Joffrey’s scene with the prostitutes? Never went back. I did watch the last 10 minutes of Season 1 to see how they would handle it and I thought it was shot beautifully.

    Arya has always been my favorite and honestly the only reason I’m still reading the books. Other than Jon Snow and maybe Bran I cannot sympathize with any of them.

  25. deftie says:

    I absolutely hate Arya, I don’t know why, just it is like it is. And Maisie’s acting isn’t very good I think. And the more I read about this girl the more I dislike her.

  26. MCraw says:

    Oh my God! How funny! And refreshing! She IS sassy lol. I love this show, and wanted whole episodes to be on just her and the hound, they were so funny. I literally LOL’d at imagining her face about that cat. I really hope for her continued success at being a great person.

  27. Tang says:

    Whatever she is wearing looks like a garbage dump that vomited all over her.

  28. Nicole says:

    No wonder she’s everybody’s favourite co-star!

  29. RobN says:

    I think she’s turning into a full fledged snot. How dare a major airline not change it’s rules just for me, how dare the people who made my show a hit when nobody had ever heard of it have any opinion on how it is developed. Insecure? What does that even mean? If anybody is insecure, and I don’t think the word really even applies, it would be the people who haven’t read the books; they’re the ones needing to convince themselves that every change must be for the better.

    She’s going to be using the “don’t you know who I am” routine by the time she’s 18.

  30. Jane says:

    That dress! My eyes, my eyes!!

  31. Lucy says:

    I want to be friends with her!!

  32. Carlye says:

    I just stated watching GoT and I’m almost caught up. I don’t mind all the spoilers, meh – I still enjoy the show. But now that I know who the characters are, I think its funny to see these actors clean, with make-up and today’s clothes! I hardly recognize some of them.