Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
On Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark faced off against the Waif. Tension has been building between the two in recent episodes, and it spiked at the end of last week’s, when the Waif stabbed Arya in the streets of Braavos. Arya managed to survive by throwing herself off a bridge into the water below.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, described an intense round of shooting for the scene
“I had been to a music festival so I hadn’t slept the whole weekend,” she said. “Then I was jumping in the Irish sea. It was a totally manic day. We did a million different takes. We wanted it to be real frantic and panicked.”
“Arya hasn’t been emotional in a long time and we wanted to bring that emotion,” she added. “When it’s a long-running series you have go give her light and shade. It’s the first time she thinks she’s not going to make it and it’s scary. She ends peoples’ lives like there’s no tomorrow, but when it’s finally happening to her she’s petrified. She’s petrified of dying. She’s got so much more to do.”