While the stars of “Game of Thrones” enjoy the accolades that come with being on one of the most popular shows in TV history, they also have to deal with throngs of fans that want to express their outrage with the series. Such is the case with actress Maisie Williams, who at this point, couldn’t care less how fans react to Season 6.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 18-year-old Arya Stark actress revealed that, while she believes the writing for every season of the hit HBO series is strong, Season 6 has a lot for those who like the good story. But after the backlash everyone behind “Game of Thrones” received for the cliffhanger ending of Season 5, she feels that fans will probably find a reason to be upset. The actress commented that she’s constantly asked questions about the plot, such as what will happen with her character and whether Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is alive, that she simply cannot answer. Williams acknowledged that people were outraged by where things left off, but says they secretly loved it too. Fortunately, her distaste for fan reaction to the show didn’t stop her from getting excited about Season 6 with them.
“This year is so great because we’ve whittled it down. You can see the final storylines forming. We lost a lot of people last year and that makes it really exciting,” she said. “There are fewer people on Arya’s list. But there’s also fewer people to fight for the throne.”
Season 6 will mark perhaps the best time for fans to have an open discussion about the show as it will be the first time the HBO series has outpaced the written source material of author George R.R. Martin. Additionally, the network has announced a post-show discussion series from Bill Simmons, titled “After the Thrones.” The show will air weekly on the network’s streaming platforms and on demand one day after each episode’s airing, according to USA Today. Hosts, and journalists, Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan will host the show in a similar vein to AMC’s very successful “The Walking Dead” aftershow, “Talking Dead” hosted by Chris Hardwick.
Sadly, only time will tell if the uniformity of fans' knowledge as well as the safe space to talk about the show will help the cast avoid the plethora of questions surrounding spoilers. However, all existing questions will surely be answered when “Game of Thrones” returns for Season 6 on April 24.