Okay, so just in case you’re living under a rock somewhere, Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon got it on in Episode 2 of Game of Thrones Season 8
And if you’re anything like me, you were probably like this
I’ve watched Game of Thrones since season one, watched Maisie Williams (Arya) start her career as an 11 year old, so watching her in a sex scene was somewhat uncomfortable.
Was it wrong? No. According to the Game of Thrones timeline, Arya was 18 at the time of her roll in the hay with Gendry and Maisie is 22 years old, so certainly she’s well above the age of consent.
The scene itself was interesting as it featured Arya coming to see Gendry with who she had flirted with rather heavily in episode one (read more about that here). She was presented with her new weapon and then she started to ask Gendry some rather dodgy questions, including how many women he had been with. She also found out that he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard and then she made a move on him explaining that it was possibly their last night alive, so they might as well get it on.
And get it on they did
The scene divided opinion with many super pumped for it and others traumatized by it.
— Blue Jay TV (@Blue_JayTV) April 23, 2019
I’m so proud of Arya pic.twitter.com/2BWxEvh7w5
— ❄️snowflake soph❄️ (@sophjbutler) April 23, 2019
stan arya stark till now pic.twitter.com/jfcO7zSrOd
— ratu??♀️ (@ratuoktp) April 23, 2019
— Someone Taller • ? ? ™? (@homo_conceptus) April 23, 2019
Arya's To-Do list
— mikmik (@mikhailismik) April 23, 2019
It's not like ppl actually cared about men victims of rape by women to start with…
But yes that scene with tommen made me uncomfortable. I don't mind maisie at 22 having arya at 18 having sex. I have of an issue with the fact that they met when she was a kid and now they sex.
— JJ said gay rights ??️?? (@AussieRavenclaw) April 23, 2019
And how about Maisie herself? The actress spoke to Entertainment weekly and explained how awkward filming the scene was as she had worked with everyone there since she was 11.
“David and Dan were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want.’ So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so…” she said about the scene
She also said she felt a little weird about people not looking as it made her feel supremely self conscious.
“In the beginning, everyone was really respectful. No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like-” [averting her eyes]. “You want people to act more normal.” she said.
Well, thank God that’s over, now we can move on to more important things– like slaying white walkers.