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the waif jumps behind arya no oneMaisie Williams recently spoke to EW and reflected on the events of episode 8 of Game of Thrones season 6, where we saw the Waif pursuing Arya Stark in a high intensity chase scene:

“We wanted people to think this could be the end, or the start of the end. Like maybe her wound is going to fester – like The Hound. We did so many different takes of emerging out of the water the first time she’s stabbed and sliced. I had been to a music festival so I hadn’t slept the whole weekend. Then I was jumping in the Irish sea. It was a totally manic day. We did a million different takes. We wanted it to be real frantic and panicked. Arya hasn’t been emotional in a long time and we wanted to bring that emotion. When it’s a long-running series you have go give her light and shade. It’s the first time she thinks she’s not going to make it and it’s scary. She ends peoples’ lives like there’s no tomorrow, but when it’s finally happening to her she’s petrified. She’s petrified of dying. She’s got so much more to do. And just the sheer anger, too — The Waif? Really? Of all the people to kill her. She’s not even on the list! People are going to watch and be like, ‘Don’t put your blood on the wall. Have you learned nothing Arya? I hate you.’ And then they’re going to be like, ‘Oh, she’s a smart girl.’ There was this constant spectrum [of conversation with director Mylod] during the chase of about how petrified she needs to look, but also how safe she is. Arya’s been very lucky with the people she’s encountered so far. The whole time she was with The Hound she took a back seat because he was really good. So I wanted her to look like she was struggling. I didn’t want [the chase stunts] to be unnecessary or superhuman. I got on set and they were [going to have Arya] rolling around, and diving, and I was like, ‘That looks amazing, but no.’ I’d be like, ‘Why would she run over there? She’d just duck under here and just get out.’ It doesn’t look quite as cinematic, maybe, but they’ll have to find something else if they want cinematic. And I felt awful because the job of the stunt guys is to make everything look as crazy and cool as possible. But I know Arya now. In the beginning it was a lot of guesswork and now I’ve figured her out. You want to be happy with the work you’ve done.”

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