Season six of Game of Thrones is just around the corner, so the cast is out in full force with interviews to get people hyped about the new season (as if anyone isn’t already). Maisie Williams, one of the last remaining Starks, recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about feminism, what fans can expect from the new season, and how life is going to get even harder for Arya.
When asked about season six, Williams cheekily responded that fans “are going to hate it, but love it.” Considering all of the controversy over the show’s entire run while still pulling huge audiences, it sounds like Game of Thrones isn’t slowing down despite outpacing the source material. As the residents of Westeros head into unknown waters, Williams thinks that fans will love the mystery, despite the outrage.
Just that they don’t know what’s going to happen. I know the showrunners don’t take [criticism] personally any more and that’s nice. People are outraged by last season, but they secretly love it too – because they don’t know what’s really going on.
Williams has been an outspoken feminist for much of her time in the public eye, and here she doubles down on the importance of equality.
I got asked in one of my first interviews: “Is Arya a feminist?” I didn’t even know what a feminist was. And then someone explained it to me. And I remember thinking, “Isn’t that just like everyone?” And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately. But I also feel like we should stop calling feminists “feminists” and just start calling people who aren’t feminist “sexist” – and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist.
Williams always comes across as eloquent and insightful for someone so young, so the entire interview is definitely worth a look. However, you will be reminded that someday (soonish) Game of Thrones will come to an end, which is something many fans would rather not think about. However, Williams thinks that having that end point makes the show stronger.
This year is so great because we’ve whittled it down. You can see the final storylines forming. We lost a lot of people last year and that makes it really exciting. There are fewer people on Arya’s list. But there’s also fewer people to fight for the throne.
April 24 can’t come soon enough.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)