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Maisie Williams: 'I still haven't read Game of Thrones!'

Published 16/08/2016

Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has confessed to never reading George R.R. Martin's novels on which the hit show was based.

British actress Maisie Williams has revealed she still hasn't read George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones novels, despite starring in the show for five years.

The 19-year-old actress, who has landed her first Emmy nomination for her role as orphan-turned-assassin Arya Stark, confessed to never having read Martin's novels on which the hit HBO show is based.

"When I started, my mum deemed them inappropriate," she laughs. "But also, at the time, I didn’t really understand the importance of that in my craft. I was a non-actor, never trained, and I never really had any passion for reading. I just was Arya when I was younger, and that’s kind of the way it worked out."

It was recently announced there would be two more seasons of the fantasy drama show, and Maisie said she would begin reading the novels once the show had come to an end.

"I brought what I brought to Arya, and I’m thrilled with the character I’ve strangely created now. It would be amazing to go back and read them after the fact, and see exactly what she was supposed to be like," she told Deadline on Monday (15Aug16).

"But I keep thinking how funny it’d be, if someone sees me on the London Underground reading Game of Thrones!"

Not much is known about the final seasons of the show, apart from the fact that they will be shorter in length than the previous six seasons. Despite what may lie in store for her character, Maisie stressed the hit show needs to end naturally, rather than leaving fans with a cliffhanger.

“It needs to happen organically. Everything that’s happened in my career so far has happened really organically, and that’s the thing I’m going to take with me," she explains. "But when the time is right, I know I’ll be able, as an actor, to create a new character and have the confidence to do that."

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