Arya Stark is one of my favorite Game of Thrones characters. From the way she shirked princess training for sword lessons — sword fighting is for girls, obviously — in season one, to how she wouldn’t shy away from a fight in season two and learned the ways of life without her family in season three. Now, as season four opened on Sunday, Arya has become even more of a medieval thug, thanks to spending time with King Joffrey’s former hit man, the Hound. These days Arya’s all about one and done — meaning if you wrong her, she’s stabbing you in the throat, as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya, feels that way about marriage. After watching her parents' relationship fall apart, she’s just not that into the institution. So instead of rings on her wedding finger, Williams is more fond of flowers and swords nail art, according to magazine. The pint-sized actress recently chatted about the show and her thoughts on matrimony, here are a few highlights:
On Arya’s growing dark outlook on life:
But even in this first episode, we see where she's going. She's being eaten from the inside out, and in the books, it talks about how she feels like she has a hole that's never going to be filled ever again. She's got a hole in her heart. She fills it with all these eyes that she's going to shut forever, and she's just turning black from the inside out. I feel bad for Polliver and people that Arya kills, because you don't know their side of the story. If you're working for the Mountain, you don't say no. Do you know what I mean? And he didn't know this kid. This kid was nothing. But in Arya's eyes, it's like, "You have no right."
On chosen skulls and flowers instead of wedding rings:
Lots of people do things on this finger, which is your wedding ring finger, which doesn't have any use. And I'm never going to get married. Right now, my view on marriage is that it's extremely pointless. I see why other people get married, but for me, I'll never get married, so I always do designs on my wedding ring fingers, because I'll never wear a ring there. My parents separated when I was really, really young, and it's just the complications of it all. My dad's name is Williams, and my mom's new married name is Frances, but she was a Pitt, which is her maiden name. Had I just been a Pitt the whole time, then that whole thing, changing names wouldn't be necessary. In my opinion, nothing changes after you get married. If ain't broke, don't fix it. Maybe when I fall in love, I'll change my mind, but right now? It just makes it harder to break up. You can't just leave. I'd never want to be trapped. I never like to stay in one place too long. I always flit around, I never settle anywhere. So being married would be being trapped.
On ogling Brad Pitt, who may or may not (probably not) be a relative:
I feel like I would rather be a Pitt, but unfortunately I am now Maisie Williams to the world, so I'll keep that. But I'd much rather have the Pitt name. Like in Game of Thrones, Cersei takes the Lannister name wherever she goes, and I'd much rather take the Pitt name. Maybe next time I see you, I'll be Maisie Pitt. Especially if I marry Brad Pitt! [Laughs] He was at the SAG Awards and I was just staring at him. It was so embarrassing!
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