The wait between seasons on Game of Thrones is always grueling for fans, but it's been particularly hard these past few years, since the show has caught up with George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Production has been under way since September, as the show inches closer and closer to a summer premiere on HBO. Today we have new details from star Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the hit drama. If you still haven't caught up with Game of Thrones through Season 6, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
After spending the past two seasons in Braavos, studying to be "no one" with Jaquen H'gar (Tom Wlaschiha), Arya told Jaquen that she was going home to Westeros at the end of Season 6. In the season finale, she finally knocked off another name on her infamous kill list, using her mastery of the skills she learned in Braavos to kill Walder Frey (David Bradley), the man responsible for orchestrating the deaths of her mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and brother Robb (Richard Madden). While appearing on ITV's This Morning, Maisie Williams had this to say about what happens in Game of Thrones Season 7 and beyond.
"This year it really kind of heats up. Coming to the end of last season, the final episodes, it really just felt like we were setting up for the final episodes. Everyone gets their trials and tribulations, particularly for Arya, there's some really high points, there's some really low points, too."
With Arya finally returning to Westeros and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) last seen at The Wall at the end of Season 6, most fans are hoping for a Stark family reunion in Season 7. Back in November, HBO debuted a video showcasing their entire 2017 slate, which included three brief shots of Game of Thrones Season 7, featuring Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). The shot featuring Arya showed her character wearing what appeared to be Northern attire, adding more fuel to the speculative fire that the Starks will all unite. At the end of Season 6, Sansa and Jon helped take back Winterfell from the Bolton's, with Jon being named the new King of the North, but it hasn't been confirmed yet that Arya will make her way back home to Winterfell. Later on in the interview, Maisie Williams spoke highly of her co-star Sophie Turner, who she sees as a sister.
"It's been really wonderful to have someone else who is my own age, and who also was just plucked out of seemingly normal life with no sort of acting background. It's nice to sort of have her going through this industry, someone else who completely gets it. She's like my big sister."
It has already been confirmed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will be comprised of seven episodes, with the eighth and final season rumored to be just six episodes long. Another rumor recently surfaced that claimed the final season may be longer than expected, but HBO hasn't confirmed a premiere date or an episode count for Season 8 quite yet. There has also been talk of Game of Thrones prequels that are being developed with George R.R. Martin, who still hasn't finished the last two novels of his A Song of Fire and Ice novels the show is based on. IMDB recently leaked that Season 7 would premiere June 25, but they later took that release date off their website and it hasn't been confirmed by HBO.