10:16am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Crashes Fans' Season 6 Premiere Party
After more than five seasons filled with beheadings and betrayals, Game of Thrones fans know that surprises and shocks are essential ingredients in the HBO fantasy show's viewing experience. More often than not, those blindsides are brutal, especially when blind assassin Arya Stark is involved … but there's an exception to every rule, even where wolves are concerned.
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya on the Emmy-winning series, needled her way into a Game of Thrones season six premiere party on Sunday. The erstwhile Faceless Woman chronicled the endeavor on her Instagram page, showing off the decorations and snacks (Grey Worm worms are a particularly inspired choice) at the party hosted by a pair of UCLA film students.
"They were catching up on the last episode of season five when I went in, and we all giggled nervously as we took pictures during the famous 'shame' scene," she wrote. "I had the most amazing time, everyone was so welcoming and excited …"
It was certainly a happier night for Williams than it was for her on-screen character. In the season six premiere, called "The Red Woman," Arya struggles through the streets of Braavos, adjusting to her new life without eyesight. Out of nowhere, one of the assassins from the House of Black and White appears and challenges Arya to combat. The blind wolf can't compete against the Waif (Faye Marsay) and is beaten badly and left to lick her wounds.
Previously, Williams told The Hollywood Reporter that despite a bleak beginning, season six will see Arya learning some of her most important lessons yet.
"She's going to develop a skill that's going to come in handy, a very valuable skill that's going to benefit her for a very long time," she said, "and I think the people training her are going to almost create a bit of a monster. They're giving away their best kept secrets, and she will ultimately use those to her advantage."
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