Exclusive: 'At first I thought it was a prank The Game of Thrones stars were sent their season 8 scripts at the exact same time, but the Sansa Stark actress read her copies at lightning speed. When Turner reached the moment in episode 2 where Arya Stark has sex for the first time, she instantly called her friend. This is awesome! She was very happy. Williams initially suspected the scene between Arya and her handsome friend and former traveling companion Gendry Joe Dempsie wasn't actually legit.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have pranked their cast by sending them bogus scripts in the past such as sending Kit Harington a scene in season 1 where Jon Snow's face gets horribly disfigured. By the time the scene was being read aloud at the final season table read, Williams accepted that, yes, Arya was going to sleep with Gendry on the eve of the great Winterfell battle against the Army of the Dead. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym. There was a sensitive pragmatic question which needed to be answered, however.
To put it bluntly: Was Arya going to be naked on camera? Many cast members have appeared nude on the show, though typically signed on when they were at least 18 years old and often agreed to nudity as part of their deal. The year-old Williams joined Thrones when she was 12 and has grown up in front of fans. Williams says the showrunners let her decide precisely how much to show.
I don't think it's important for Arya to flash. This beat isn't really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… ".
Still, when it came time to film the encounter, Williams had to be naked-ish on set, and that was naturally a bit awkward. Continues Williams: "Then [the scene] was rushed. We were [directed by] David Nutter, who has a habit of speaking fast anyway. And I'm like … 'Okay. Let's do it. Dempsie suggested the experience was strange for him too for given how long he's known Williams, who's about a decade younger than he is. So we just had a lot of fun with it. But Williams says what's most important to her about Arya's battle-eve night of romance wasn't reading the scene or even filming it, but rather what this moment meant for her character.
Year after year, Arya has been laser-focused on survival and training and revenge. Being with Gendry meant that, for one night at least, Arya had an experience that put her back in touch with her humanity. Save FB Tweet ellipsis More. Image zoom. Game of Thrones. TV Show. Where to watch. Close Streaming Options. Episode Recaps Previous. S8 E6 Recap. Homeland recap: Yevgeny-gate. S6 E14 Recap. The Flash recap: Wally's return reveals the real fallout of 'Crisis'.
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