The lead-up to Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been the most mysterious and secretive yet, with the show's producers keeping plot details under lock and key. We have seen bits and pieces of footage over the past few months, but there is still so much we don't know about what will happen in Westeros this season. Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with actress Maisie Williams, who teased that these next episodes will help set up the end of the fantasy drama series.
"This year is so great because we've whittled it down. You can see the final storylines forming. We lost a lot of people last year and that makes it really exciting. There are fewer people on Arya's list. But there's also fewer people to fight for the throne."
Author George R.R. Martin has yet to publish the sixth and seventh books in his A Song of Fire and Ice novel series, which has made the wait for Game of Thrones Season 6 even more excruciating. The show has caught up entirely with the books, leaving fans completely in the dark about what to expect this year. Maisie Williams' comments are even more interesting, though, since they hint that the end of the show is already being planned.
We reported in January that HBO is considering a two-season renewal for Season 7 and Season 8, which would mean the show would be on the air until 2018. George R.R. Martin recently teased that he wouldn't have the final book ready until the show's tenth season, if it goes that far. While we'll have to wait and see if HBO pulls the trigger on a two-season renewal, Maisie Williams commented on the fans' outrage from last season, which leads into this season.
"Every year I think, 'This is really cool.' But this year, as I opened the scripts, it's so exciting because nobody knows what's happening. They're going to hate it, but love it, and I can't wait. (They hate it because) they don't know what's going to happen. I know the showrunners don't take [criticism] personally any more and that's nice. People are outraged by last season, but they secretly love it too - because they don't know what's really going on."
As for Maisie Williams' character Arya Stark, she was blinded by Jaquen H'gar (Tom Wlaschiha) after she took a life that wasn't hers to take at the end of this past season. The actress teased that she did get to do some more stunts this year, so it seems that her blindness will not stop Arya one bit. Stay tuned for more on Game of Thrones as we get closer to the Season 6 premiere on Sunday, April 24.