Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the best series ever in television history–Game of Thrones, just pulled off the most believable, most shocking, and probably the best prank on this year’s April Fools.
The 22-year old actress went for an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she ‘accidentally’ slipped about revealing her character’s fate in the last season of the epic saga.
Like most of the cast in Game of Thrones, they are under a tight lock and key by HBO executives and are sworn to never let anything come out of their mouths about anything and everything that’s in store for the last season. Williams goes off saying, “I’ve decided to just keep a tight lip on everything. HBO [has] sent out a lot of memos recently about saying nothing . . . they would absolutely kill me.”
Like most hosts, Jimmy Fallon attempted to persuade the actress into telling her a little bit of information on what happens in the last season and like every time that happens, there’s still that hidden desire that guests would actually spill something.
Williams seemed to have her foot on the ground and said that she really couldn’t say anything. However, when Fallon said “just a crumb, m’lady. That is all I ask,” Williams gave in and decided to share something about how the cast felt at the end of shooting. She said nonchalantly, “During shooting, like, the final days were really, like, emotional, saying goodbye to all of the cast. Because when I found out that Arya died in, like, the second episode.”
The crowd gasped and fell silent as Williams places her hand on her mouth, eyes wide open with fear. That’s how it felt when a hidden desire is actually granted, and it doesn’t feel great.
“What?! Are you kidding me? That’s a spoiler!” Fallon says to Williams with a bit of shock and surprise trying to break the stilling atmosphere.
It was probably the worst thing she could have said and you would surely wish there was a rewind button because those aren’t the kind of things you would like to hear, ever!
Williams, who was shaking at this point, felt scared and asked if they were playing live. Fallon proceeds on telling that they can edit that part out and they can do a do-over. Still, Williams who was trembling said that the audience is still going to tweet about it.
There was really nothing that her hand covering her mouth can do at this point as words have already been said and damage has already been done.
Appearing to be overwhelmed with the situation, Williams says sorry and runs off to the backstage on the verge of crying. Fallon, who apparently didn’t know how to react, stood up and followed her where he casually pulls the curtains away revealing Williams and says in unison, “April Fools!”
A sudden breeze of fresh air finally passed and the crowd cheered.
First of all, April Fools is arguably the best or the worst holiday humans have invented. You can make jokes about toilet paper dispensers or pull funny pranks on your friends but doing it on serious topics of conversations like Game of Thrones is just cruel!
But Williams, who has been shooting with Game of Thrones for nearly a decade now has totally impressed the online world with how her reactions felt genuine and real, anyone could have easily feel for that even if deep inside you know they’re playing a prank. We certainly knew but we still fell for it!
Also during the interview, the actress told Fallon her five best moments about playing Arya.
- Witnessing Ned’s beheading in Season 1 that started her spiral for vengeance.
- Spending time with ‘The Hound’ and promising to stick a knife through his eye and through the back of his skull. Dark, very dark.
- Throwing away Arya’s original costume for 4 years. She says it was an emotional shift, which eventually transformed ger character.
- Getting reunited with Sansa; and
- Teaming up with Sansa to kill ‘Little Finger’. One of the most badass scenes in the series, certainly a Top 5 moment.
Game of Thrones airs its last season this April 14 Saturday.