Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams, who play Brienne of Tarth & Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, spoke to EW about their awesome sparring scene during episode 4 (The Spoils of War) of season 7. Christie calls it ‘an incredible moment’ and that Brienne ‘sees something of herself’ in Arya:
“It’s an incredible moment when Arya walks into the courtyard and Brienne says ‘nice sword. When she first sees Arya, it’s not just that she sees the living embodiment of Catelyn Stark, but also she sees something of herself in another young girl. I don’t think Brienne has seen something of herself in somebody like that before. So when she hears Arya has returned to Winterfell, and sees Arya dressed not entirely dissimilarly to Brienne, it’s not just that feels like part of Catelyn Stark is alive but that she’s now in a position of education. It’s a very distant form of parenting for Brienne and not one she ever thought she’d have.”
“Arya and Brienne are both very intrigued by each other and it’s nice of them to meet again in a much safer and happier circumstance. And working with Gwen was great fun. She’s been fighting people around the same height as her, and I’ve been used to fighting people who were close to my height, so we both had a lot to get used to… It’s just a wonderful scene between two women who are both very skilled at what they’re doing. I think Brienne is trying to keep it civil and trying to be grown up about it. The first half the scene is Arya nitpicking and trying to get a reaction and being annoying. It’s nice to see her show she’s a changed girl — which is what she’s been trying to portray to Sansa.”
“Oh, it was really fantastic. We worked really hard on it. It’s exciting when you learn skills on a job but even more when you get to develop those skills. It was exciting to see that development somebody else too, in Maisie… The day we were filming we knew that fight backward. We got to really put some energy into it. There isn’t a desire to hurt each other, it’s about a matching of skills. And I thought that was very enjoyable to show those characters who happen to be female that when they spar it’s not with any bad intention.”
Check out the full scene below.