The last scene of episode 2 of the season finale had Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) get down after a short flirt. The idea was for her to have a taste of sex since they knew death was coming their way due to the increasing winter.
Speaking of how she felt when she first heard she will be playing a sex scene, Maisie Williams said:
‘At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, “Yo, good one,”’ she joked, admitting that Sophie Turner (who plays sister Sansa Stark) was the first to tell her after reading the scripts faster than her.
She was however put at ease by the showrunners.
‘David and Dan were like: “You can show as much or as little as you want”,’ she continued to
Entertainment Weekly. ‘So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that.’
‘This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with. David and Dan were like, “It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?”,’ she explained.
‘This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does. It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.’