The Internet Suddenly Searches for Maisie Williams’ Age
Last night, Game of Thrones aired the second episode of its final season. The doom of the White Walkers approaching Winterfell caused all the characters to consider what’s most important. For fans of Gendry and Arya, this was a big deal. The two have shared a special bond since they first met in the second season of the show. They’ve been a popular pair, getting their own name, Gendrya. On last night’s episode, they consummated their relationship. This caused a spike in two Google searches: “Arya Stark age” and “Maisie Williams age.” Google trends show the searches skyrocketing just around the time of the episode.
Maisie Williams’ Take
Williams, who is now 22, was barely a teenager when the show first aired. She found the scene appropriate and she felt comfortable filming it. She also thought it was an important progression for Arya, since sharing intimacy in any way is not something we see her do often.
“It was really interesting because it’s a very human relationship for Arya,” she said. “This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with…This may be a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does—’Not Today.’ So it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’ It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”
Joe Dempsie’s Reaction
Joe Dempsie has played Gendry since the first season. In the past, Dempsie, who is now 31, was uncomfortable when asked about a potential romance between Arya and Gendry, since he and Williams are so far apart in age. He’s known her since she was 12 or 13, while he was in his twenties.
When it came to filming last night’s scene, though, he said he just had to respect her as a fellow actor. “I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie—she’s a 20-year-old woman,” he said. “So we just had a lot of fun with it.”
While the ages of the characters are unclear since the show is so ahead of the books, it’s believed Arya is around 18, while Gendry is somewhere in his early twenties. Also, both actors are adults.
I think the searches on Google are well-meaning, since the audience has seen Arya (and Maisie Williams) grow up in front of our eyes. This was a big step for both character and actress. The scene itself was not even very explicit—we don’t see anything besides the beginning of them undressing. It was incredibly tame for Game of Thrones, which has never held back from that.
I was very proud of Maisie and Joe and thought the scene was great. I tried not to get too invested in their relationship, since characters seldom survive in this series, but I always loved them together.
Find out if Arya and Gendry survive the battle in next week’s episode!