If you still haven't gotten caught up with Game of Thrones yet, through the epic Season 6 finale, there will be SPOILERS discussed below, so read on at your own risk. The Season 6 finale that aired this past June helped set the stage for the show's epic finale, which will unfold over two truncated seasons. It has already been confirmed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will debut sometime this summer, with a shortened seven-episode season, with the eighth and final season believed to contain six episodes, but that hasn't been set in stone yet. Today we have even more details from Arya Stark herself, but this is your last change to avoid any spoilers, so read on at your own risk.
When Game of Thrones Season 6 came to a close, the pieces were all in place for all of the major players in Westeros to finally clash. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) set sail for Westeros, with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) also returning home, with one of the finale's most shocking moments where she surprisingly killed Walder Frey (David Bradley), crossing one of the names off her now-infamous kill list. Production started in September on Game of Thrones Season 7, and Time Out caught up with Maisie Williams, who is promoting her new Netflix movie iBoy. When asked what fans should expect from Season 7, the actress would only offer this brief statement.
"A huge cliffhanger."
That isn't a terribly surprising statement, since Game of Thrones is no stranger to cliffhangers. Fans had to wait months after the death of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), whose heritage was one of the show's big mysteries, to find out that he was in fact resurrected by Melisandre (Carice Van Houten). Given that Season 7 will be three episodes shorter than the previous seasons, it's no surprise that some sort of cliffhanger will be employed, to keep fans guessing before the final season airs on HBO. Maisie Williams also made it clear that they have no idea how the show will end, but she did tease one rumor about what may happen with the select few cast members who survived the entire run, from Season 1 through Season 8.
"None of us know a thing. There are no special privileges. There are rumors, that if you make it from season one to season eight there's a tattoo that we all [the cast] get. We're all waiting to see if we do make it. I was lucky enough to be in season one, even the pilot episode. If I do make it to season eight I will get it. It would be rude not to! It's [the show] just kind of tumbling now. We've come to the climax and it's rolling down to the end. It's exciting. I really felt like at the end of last season everything was set up for how it was going to end. Every character came to a little junction in their lives. Now we're all going to crash down together to however this show ends."
Maisie Williams was just 11 years old when she was cast on Game of Thrones, which marked her first ever professional acting role. Fans have seen the 19-year-old actress, and the 20-year-old Sophie Turner, who plays Arya's big sister Sansa, literally grow up on screen. Now that the show is coming to an end, Maisie Williams is grateful for the experience, but the show's ending means much more freedom for her life and career.
"I've felt restricted at times in my career so far. Restricted in my own life and my career, because there's six months of the year every year that are taken up shooting this TV show. I don't mean restricted in a negative way. It's just pretty honest. It's quite exciting now Game of Thrones is coming to an end because it means I can do whatever I want. If I want to go away for three years and travel the world I can. I can do anything. I can financially do whatever I want to do and physically will not be tied into anything. I've never had that. It's a difficult time but it's difficult for everyone at my age. It's scary but it's normal. I don't feel alone in that. I'm just lucky enough to know what I want to do and already have a foot in the door."
George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books still have two more volumes to go, and it is now clear that the show will wrap things up before he gets a chance to. It still isn't known when the sixth book will hit retail shelves. Season 6 was the first to beyond the events told in the books, and now fans are even more in the dark about what will happen in the final two seasons, barring some sort of a writing and/or publishing miracle from George R.R. Martin. It remains unclear when HBO will announce a premiere date or reveal the first full trailer.