Without any major battles scenes or surprising deaths on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2, viewers really had just one thing to which they could respond with shock and awe on Sunday night:
Maisie Williams… got… naked!
Kind of. Sort of.
We didn’t really see any parts that were especiallty private when Williams, as the character of Arya Stark, stripped down to engage in her first-ever sexual experience with a truly stunned Gendry.
The character figured she only had hours left to live, due to the impending arrival of the Night King’s army, and wanted to know what intercourse felt like before she was crossed off someone else’s list.
A pretty understandable reaction to near-certain death, right?
And the way Arya went about seducing Gendry (basically ordering him to take his clothes off and just do her already) was true to the strong woman she has become…
… and yet a debate has been raging on the Internet over this sex scene.
Was it empowering? Or was it uncomfortable and sort of gross?
Those who take the side of “Yech, disgusting!” are reacting that way because Williams started on Game of Thrones when she was 14.
We met Arya when the character was 11.
So Arya is 18 years old now (of consenting age, we presume, in Westeros) and Williams is 22.
Neither age is really too young for sex, yet many social media users have been complaining all week that the scene was “weird” or “uncalled for.”
(These same people have been oddly silent about all the incest on the series. But let’s not digress too far here.)
Clearly aware of the backlash online, the actress took to Twitter on Tuesday and put an end to it as follows.
This is what she wrote:
“if u feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe.”
We love it.
Previously, Williams admitted in an interview that she thought the Arya sex scene was written as a “prank” when she first read it in the script.
But it was obviously very real.
Said the star to Entertainment Weekly after the episode aired:
“This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with. [The series creators] were like, ‘It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?’
“This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does…
“So, it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’
“It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”
As you can see below, meanwhile, Williams’ best friend on the show, Sophie Turner, definitely saw no problem at all with the scene:
We repeat: HA!
“In honor of Easter, I guess Game of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop-hop-hopping into that pussy. And that’s the tea,” Turner says in the above video, punctuating the line with a sip of wine.
The question now turns to whether Arya will survive the battle on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3.
We’ve listed her odds for doing so below: