Having teamed up – or been held prisoner by – the mercurial Brotherhood Without Banners in Game Of Thrones Season 3, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark is continuing on the ass-kicking character arc that began with her fencing and stabbing in Season 1 and her relationship with the vicious Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha).
“It’s a fantastic character, full of life and energy,” enthuses Michelle Fairley, who plays Arya’s mother Catelyn. “The whole thing – there’s a strong woman who’s just at the beginning of her life, who fights up and stands up for what she believes in. But still has that lovely youth about her, questioning things as well – how does she marry that niavity, and that impulse to want to do things, and not just become a mass murderer.
Arya alone, of all the women of Game Of Thrones, is taking on the men on their own terms.
“I think one of Arya’s best traits is she fights like a man fights,” agrees Sophie Turner, who plays her sister Sansa Stark, “so she’s kind of got this kind of woman’s intuition, as Michelle said, you kind of develop over a long time, you kind of develop strategy.
“She’s also got this masculine side, so she can fight, she’s got a man’s mind now because she’s living with all these guys – she’s living with Gendry and people. She has a great advantage, that’s the great advantage to her character.”