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Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams and Aidan Gillen reveal the most difficult aspects of their character’s evolution

Character evolution is one of the many reasons Game of Thrones has continued to capture such a large audience.

Maisie Williams had to wear a “strap” across her chest to “reverse puberty” whilst filming ‘Game of Thrones’. The 22-year-old actress has played Arya Stark on the HBO fantasy drama series since it premiered in 2011, and has said that after hitting puberty whilst on the show, she had to wear an uncomfortable strap to keep her chest flat whilst her character was “pretending to be a boy”.

She said: “I mean, there were a few seasons in the middle where I had to wear, like … like, a strap just to reverse puberty for the first few years while Arya was pretending to be a boy.”

But after a while, Maisie outgrew the garment and so producers gave her a “chubby belly” to even out her frame, and she says the whole process didn’t “feel good”.

She added: “And then it got to the point where the strap was no longer working. So, I was about 15, right, and he gave me, like, this little, chubby belly. So it would, like, even out the playing field quite. And then … yeah, I was about 15 years old. Like, I kinda just want a boyfriend, honestly. I don’t wanna wear this. This doesn’t feel good.”

Now that Maisie’s character has “evolved”, she no longer has to wear the uncomfortable additions to her costume.

Speaking to ’60 Minutes’, she said: “Yeah, but I think, for the most part, we were allowed … our characters to evolve. I remember I guess, like, season six is when Arya gets her new costume, I think. And I remember I walked into my trailer one morning and there was a little bra and it was very exciting. I was like, I don’t have to wear the strap any more.”

Meanwhile, Aidan Gillen thought his character’s death on ‘Game of Thrones’ was “liberating”.

The 50-year-old actor – who played Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish in seven seasons of the hit HBO show – was killed off by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on the order of her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), and now the star has revealed that he “loved” shooting the pivotal scene, and explained that the show was one of the “better adventures” of his career.

Speaking to the Daily Express, he said: “I think the day we actually shot that scene was quite sad. But it was one of the first things we shot from season seven so I had to do all the rest of the stuff after that.

“It was quite liberating to be dead when you’re playing all your other stuff. I loved being a part of it. It was one of the better adventures of my acting life.”

Hinting about whether his character will make a return to the much-anticipated final eighth series of ‘Game Of Thrones’ – which began airing on Sunday (14.04.19) – Aidan simply said: “I don’t know, but I do know. I don’t think so. Maybe in a prequel as Little Littlefinger … Babyfinger! Babyfinger would be a good one.”

‘Game of Thrones’ began airing its eighth and final season on Sunday (14.04.19), which will run for six episodes.

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