It’s the final season of Game of Thrones, and being that tonight saw an episode before a huge battle, we received a bunch of revelations, reunions, and some shocking intimate moments. One of those came between Arya Stark and Gendry, two characters that have had a major bond ever since they met in the second season of the HBO TV series.
There was one thing everybody did after Game of Thrones gave us the Arya and Gendry sex scene: immediately Google the age of both Arya Stark and actress Maisie Williams.
For the record: Arya is 18, while Williams is 22. So you can rest slightly easier.
Google Trends showed a huge spike in searches after the episode — titled ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ — aired, with everyone double checking they hadn’t watched something deeply, deeply uncomfortable.
Despite the age of consent being reached, it’s still slightly uncomfortable: Maisie Williams was 11 years old when Game of Thrones started filming, while her character was meant to be nine. (Note: all of the characters were slightly aged up for the TV series, and although Arya’s show age is never established, it’s probably about 11.)
And while many of the show’s actors — from leading stars to mere extras — have appeared nude, most of them signed on when they were 18.
Williams, however, had complete control over how nude she wanted to appear on-screen.
Joe Dempsy, who plays Gendry, also revealed he felt a little uncomfortable about filming the scene, given that at 31 he’s almost a decade older than Wiliams and had known her from a young age.
He said it was “obviously slightly strange” but didn’t want to be “patronising” towards Williams.
“So we just had a lot of fun with it,” Dempsie said.