The final episode of Season 5 of the HBO television series “Game of Thrones” featured a few shocking twists. Cast members Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Ian Beattie (Meryn Trant) spoke about their respective characters and the events of the episode in separate interviews. [Spoiler Alert!]
Arya Stark was able to strike off another name from her list when she killed Trant. Speaking to HBO, Williams revealed that this slaying was different from those that her character committed previously because this time she had a lot of time to plan. The interview with Williams has been posted on the official Making Game of Thrones website, where she revealed that the death was a lot more personal for her character.
Williams said the brutal death scene revealed the “psychotic side” of her character. She pointed out that the “brutality and fierceness” is different from how Arya killed her previous victims.
The character is training to be an assassin for the House of Black and White, which requires her to forgo her previous identity and become a “faceless man.” Williams described Arya’s current situation as that of an “identity crisis.” Although she was supposed to forget her previous identity in her new role, the actress said that there was a “big change” in Arya after seeing the Baratheon guards, and all the anger and pain she wanted to forget came rushing back to her.
Talking about the death of Meryn Trant, Beattie told Vulture that he got a call from producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, explaining the death of his character by saying “Valar morghulis,” which means "All men must die." The actor revealed that he was “genuinely horrified” after reading the script and was “daunted” with having to bring a “monster to life.”
He described the three days of filming the finale episode as the “biggest challenge” of his acting career. Beattie said he felt “awful” that he would not be able to return to the show and called the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” a family. The actor added that the “good news” about filming his death scene was that he was wearing prosthetics over his eyes and no one on the set could see him cry.
The actor is said to have joked about returning as Trant’s twin brother, but the idea was apparently rejected. Arya Stark, on the other hand, will be returning in “Game of Thrones” Season 6 as someone who has just gone blind. Williams said her contact lenses for the blind scene felt like “bottlecaps” under her eyelids. The actress hopes her character gets to kill more people in the next season.