Maisie Williams Got Naked on Game of Thrones … And the Internet Didn’t Know What to Think
Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones gave viewers plenty to talk about.
Brienne became a knight; Dany learned that she’s been banging her nephew (or neph-boo, if you prefer), and Tormund filled everyone in on the magical properties of giant boobs.
(Those are boobs found on mythical giantesses, not merely large breasts … though we suppose those are magical in their own right.)
But there was one scene that the internet just can’t seem to agree on — and it seems some folks found it off-putting for reasons that they struggled to articulate.
As you may have guessed we’re talking about Maisie Williams’ sex scene.
Yes, Arya Stark relinquished her V-card to handy hottie Gendry, and many viewers didn’t know what to think.
While it’s unclear what Arya’s exact age is supposed to be at this stage in the story, Maisie Williams is 22, and is thus free to get as freaky on camera as she desires.
And her sex scene was far more modest than some of the softcore action we’ve seen on Thrones over the years.
The season premiere, for example, featured the character of Bronn being mounted by three nude prostitutes as they gleefully discussed the gory fate of Ed Sheeran’s much-maligned soldier.
And of course, no one had a problem with that because this is Game of Thrones, a show where sex and violence are so intertwined that there are multiple central characters who have had their dongs lopped off.
And yet, Williams’ consensual sex scene, complete with pre-coital discussion of previous experiences has generated controversy in some corners of Twitter.
Yes, because the internet is a hotbed of Freudian hangups that the world’s most skilled psychologists could never hope to make sense of, some reported that they were upset by the scene.
It seems these weirdos felt as though they were watching a sex scene involving not the actress Maisie Williams, but the character Arya Stark — and they reacted as though they’d just learned a beloved younger relative was gettin’ it in with the local blacksmith.
Thankfully, these people were in the minority (and some, like the ones we’ve chosen to feature here, were merely engaging in some lighthearted ribbing).
For the most part, fans were happy to see the long-suffering Arya enjoy a pleasurable experience and enter a new stage in her life — and they were quick to point out that it was all very well-deserved.
“Had this discussion at lunch,” one person tweeted.
“Co-worker said she still thought of her as a young girl. I said I had not thought of her that way since she single-handedly massacred all of House Frey. Which they deserved.”
Both Arya and Maisie also enjoyed a great deal of support across the internet.
The always-brilliant folks at Bossip sounded off on the matter, as did Missandei actress Nathalie Emmanuel
“@Maisie_Williams and Arya having agency over her own sexuality like all women should literally gave me liiiifeee,” Emmanuel tweeted.
But the best reaction of the night likely belongs to Sophie Turner, who’s spent the better part of the past decade portraying Maisie’s onscreen sister, Sansa Stark.
“In honor of Easter, I guess Game Of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hopping into that p–sy,” Sansa told the camera.
We love it.
A girl has no V-card, and we’re sure Maisie is deeply proud of her empowering scene.
Of course, according to horror movie rules, Arya is now that much more likely to get iced in the battle with the White Walkers, but that’s a conversation for next week.