It's Too Cute Watching Arya and Sansa Struggle to Stay Serious During Game of Thrones Filming

The newest installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes series, The Game Revealed, looks at the long-awaited Stark reunion—well, one of them anyway (sorry Bran!) And I’ve got to say, watching real-life best friends Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner try to keep straight faces during their scenes is just too much to handle.

The Game Revealed’s latest episode dives into what many consider the season’s best installment, “The Spoils of War.” The episode has everything: dragon battles, amazing performances, and, of course, Stark reunions. One of the things that made it so great was how it brought Arya home to a world that both was and was not her own anymore. She was different, Sansa was different... at least in front of the camera. Behind the scenes, the two actors treated it like a camp reunion, much to the chagrin of the camera operators.


“Everyone’s like, ‘It’s so nice you girls are back together again.’ And I was like, ‘Just you wait, because by week two you’re going to hate us,’” Williams said in the video.

Another clip from the behind-the-scenes episode breaks down Arya’s sparring fight with Brienne of Tarth. And if you thought the height difference looked incredible enough on the show (Gwendoline Christie is 1.2 feet taller than Williams), take a peek at their fight choreography rehearsals. There’s also a deeper dive into the Loot Train battle, which Nerdist recently shared. The full episode of The Game Revealed is available on HBO for subscribers.


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