Maisie Williams Says Goodbye to Arya With Bloody Photo From Game of Thrones‘ Final Season
What does it mean, Maisie? As one of Game of Thrones most potent characters, Arya Stark, Maisie Williams has played the youngest surviving Stark child since she was only 14 years old. Now 21, Williams is wrapping up her epic portrayal of Arya as Game of Thrones finishes up filming its eighth and final season (until those prequels, of course). Williams took to Instagram to post this beguiling farewell message, which of course was designed to make fans ask what she means with those hashtags, and whose blood is that?
We’re sure the internet will take that #lastwomanstanding bit seriously and assume this means that Williams’ Arya survives not only the coming battle with the White Walkers, but whatever machinations follow (should the living prevail). Arya Stark has had one of the most tragic, severe character arcs on the show, going from a tomboy and Ned Stark’s clear favorite to an orphan, saddled with a grumpy sidekick in the Hound. Yet this was only the beginning for Arya, who eventually shed whatever vestiges of childhood were left and became, in short order, a killer in her own right. Arya Stark’s taste for revenge is perhaps more pronounced than any other character on the show. In season 7, it looked for a moment like we might be facing the awful possibility of Arya turning on her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), but it was all a rouse. The Stark girls were out-scheming Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan), finally putting Westero’s slimiest character down for good.
With the Stark sisters now a powerful duo, and their half-brother Jon leading a vast army against the Night King, we can only imagine whose blood Maisie Williams’ sneakers are covered in, and whether Arya really will survive the coming winter. If we had to put our money on any character making it out alive, Arya would be our first choice.
Featured image: Episode 64 (season 7, episode 4), debut 8/6/17: Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams. Photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO