With just under a week to go, the premiere of Season 6 of Game of Thrones is tantalizingly close and the cast just can't seem to stop teasing us about what is to come. Our latest tidbit comes from Maisie Williams, who appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. Tired of being questioned about the fate of Jon Snow, Williams was keen to turn the attention to her own character, Arya Stark, telling Meyers:
"People ask [about Jon Snow] all the time and I'm just left wondering: What about Arya? Right? There's lots of other really exciting storylines that are going on on the show!"
And she has a point! Last time we saw our little assassin-in-training, she was blinder than old Maester Aemon and still stranded in the House of Black and White, but if the "Blind Beth" storyline from the books is being followed on screen, there is a potentially exciting twist coming. Williams revealed to Digital Spy:
“Going into Season 6, she gets broken down totally. We see her at the lowest point we’ve ever seen her. This time it’s nothing to do with a family member being killed, it’s something purely about herself. I love that side of it, and I think this new series, we definitely see a new crack in her. There’s a moment where you question whether she’s going to get back up and keep fighting.”
And you can experience that very moment for yourself by watching the brutal new clip Williams premiered on Late Night, featuring newly blind Arya begging on the streets of Braavos and channelling her inner Daredevil as she combat-trains with one of her Faceless Man compatriots, the Waif (Faye Marsay). Check it out below:
Williams did, however, make it clear to Meyers that Arya won't be in this season very much, something she's probably okay with considering how excruciatingly uncomfortable her "blind girl" contact lenses were. She told Meyers that the lenses were solid, 60 millimeters wide, and “so painful.” When she had to fight, she only got slightly modified versions with pinprick holes so she could see.
In another interview with IGN last week, Williams finally laid to rest a pretty popular fan theory that's been doing the rounds: that Syrio Forel, Arya's Essos-born "dancing" instructor from Season 1, and Faceless Man, Jaqen H'ghar, are the same person. Although admitting that she personally loved the idea, Williams confirmed that the showrunners did not. She revealed:
“No, he [Syrio] is dead. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.' So that put that to bed really quickly, but I guess we can all still dream."
Of course, this is the first season of Game of Thrones that has deviated from the books entirely, so as far as George R.R. Martin's story is concerned, anything could happen. Watch Seth Meyers's full interview with Maisie Williams below: