If you haven't had the chance to watch last night's Game of Thrones Season 7 episode, Stormborn, there will be huge SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk. Last night marked the surprising return of a character fans hadn't seen in three years, and while he only had one scene, it was quite the pivotal one, since this character helped alter the plans of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Now that the episode has aired, the returning actor spoke about how the return came about, and much more. This is your last chance to avoid SPOILERS below, so if you don't want to know who this character is, stop reading now.
Last night's episode of Game of Thrones featured the return of the Red Priestess herself, Melisandre (Carice Van Houten), who many fans were expecting to return, now that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has landed in Dragonstone. Another return many fans were expecting was Arya's direwolf Nymeria, although that reunion was a brief one, with the direwolf finding her own pack after Arya let her loose in Season 1, to save her from being executed by the new king, Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). However, the return many fans didn't see coming, and are still talking about, is Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) reuniting with Arya. The character first surfaced in the Season 1 finale, as part of a group that was heading to The Wall to join the Night's Watch, which Arya joins, after cutting her hair to make her look like a boy. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Ben Hawkey, who had this to say when he was first notified about coming back to the hit fantasy series.
"(Last August) I think. It was a really big shock. I wasn't expecting to be coming back at all. I was confused. I didn't know why they needed me, to be honest. I only recently just watched all the episodes. I hadn't seen any of it. In England, it's on Sky Atlantic and I didn't have Sky. So I actually never watched it. But I've caught up on it now. You know it's a big deal. But then you see it and it's another level."
Ben Hawkey has appeared in 12 episodes of Game of Thrones in total, the bulk of which coming in Season 2, when he appeared in seven of 10 episodes. Hot Pie and Arya Stark had certainly been through a lot in such a short amount of time, captured first by the Lannister's in Season 2, and then by the Brotherhood Without Banners in Season 3. However, while stopping at an inn, Hot Pie bakes some bread for the innkeeper, who offers him a job, with the innkeeper striking a deal with the Brotherhood that allows Hot Pie to stay there and work for him. We last saw Hot Pie in Season 4, when Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) stop by the inn he works in, and they mention that Arya was taken by the Brotherhood Without Banners, and that they were going to ransom her off to the remaining members of her family, who weren't killed in the Red Wedding the season before.
This surprise reunion happens when Arya returns to this inn, reuniting with Hot Pie, who is still working there, making his famous pies filled with meat. Much like Hot Pie's interaction with Brienne, Hot Pie gives Arya a vital piece of information. When asking where she's heading, Arya says she's going to King's Landing, although Hot Pie wonders why she isn't going to Winterfell. Arya responds by asking why she'd go back there, since the Bolton's control Winterfell, but it's Hot Pie who reveals that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) took back Winterfell after winning the "Battle of the Bastards." After learning this news, Arya decides to head back home for the first time since Season 1. Here's what Ben Hawkey had to say about reuniting with Maisie Williams and more.
"It was really nice. It's like a perfect little Hot Pie scene. It's quite light isn't it? It's nice to be a lighter character in a really dark series. It's interesting because we've both (himself and Maisie Williams) grown up quite a bit. I was just about to say we're no longer immature but we both still are!"
Ben Hawkey added that he would love to come back for the Game of Thrones final season, but he would be fine if that doesn't happen. After his Season 4 appearance on Game of Thrones, Ben Hawkey didn't act for quite some time, although he will next be seen in the upcoming film The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, which is currently in post-production. Hopefully we'll find out more about what happens next on Game of Thrones in the very near future.