English actress Maisie Williams who made her debut in acting as Arya Stark in the HBO epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones revealed the actual reason that she trained left-handed in order to perfect the portrayal of her character despite being right-handed herself.
Maisie Williams’ portrayal of Arya Stark was true to its source material. Williams’ performance as an actor, however, was one of the reasons that Arya Stark is such a memorable character.
Williams had begun her acting career as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, from the very first season of the show, in 2011, when she was just 12 years old. Arya Stark’s character starts off as an enthusiastic and adventurous sister to Sophie Turner‘s character Sansa Stark and by the end of the show she had the honor of killing the Night King (Vladimir Furdik).
Game of Thrones is based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George R.R. Martin and up to Season Six the show was running on source provided from the book series.
In an interview, Maisie Williams admitted that she had trained and performed Arya’s combat scenes left-handed despite being right-handed in order to stay true to the source material which depicts Arya Stark as a left-handed combatant.
Maisie Williams said-
“That was 12-year-old me being a feminist I guess, I had just seen on the internet because this was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me, so I’d read everything about Game of Thrones online, and everyone was like ‘Oh, that horse is supposed to be black, not white’ and getting really upset about the most trivial things.”
Continuing further, Williams explained-
“So I was like ‘I guess I’m going to have to do this left-handed’ and at the beginning, it was very exciting, but I would always come into the choreography and they would start teaching it to me and I’d be like ‘You have done it right-handed haven’t you?’”
“And they’d be like ‘Yeah we did,’ and I’m like: ‘Well you are going to have to change it all, I’ll be back at noon’.
“No, I wouldn’t say it like that.”
What Game of Thrones spinoffs are in the works as of now?
Game of Thrones ended its epic run of 8 seasons in 2019 , but fans can rejoice as George R.R. Martin is hardly done.
Martin recently signed a major eight-figure deal which will get him to work on content for production for 5 more years. There are currently six shows in the works at HBO and HBO Max, all Game of Thrones related-
House of the Dragon, which tells the story of House Targaryen and is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones takes place.
10,000 Ships takes place 1,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones take place. The plot narrates the story of Dorne’s founder, Nymeria of House Martell.
9 Voyages is, as per reports, about the Lord Corlys Velaryon i.e the Sea Snake.
The Tales of Dunk and Egg, is based on Martin’s novellas, it takes place 90 year prior to the events of Game of Thrones and is set to put Duncan The Tall and Aegon V Targaryen at the center of the action.
Flea Bottom series, the project is unnamed and the plot is supposed to take place in and around the slums of King’s Landing which is home to Davos Seaworth and Gendry Baratheon.
A possible animated series is plausible, however no details about a project has been revealed to the public yet and are mostly just rumors.