The two half-siblings (not really, but whatever) haven’t seen each other since season one, so there’s A LOT (a lot, a lot, a lot) that’s gone down since. For one, half of the Starks are dead…and most of Westeros, for that matter. Plus, the Night King and his army are coming for the rest of the living.
Speaking to TV Guide about season eight, Maisie Williams revealed that the reunion between her character, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) won’t be all mushy gushy, since she isn’t the little kid sister he last saw. After her assassin training with the many-faced god, she’s not the spunky little kid Jon last laid eyes on and gifted the sword Needle to.
“She is balancing the woman she’s become with the girl she dreamed of being,” Williams said. “Now that she is [back at Winterfell], she has something to lose.”
Harington said these changes are going to make a happy family reunion all but impossible. “They have led brutal lives since we last saw them together in the series premiere,” Harington said of Arya and Jon. “It’s changed them. Are they going to be what we want them to be?”
Jon’s also not going to get a warm reception from his other sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner), either. HBO teased the Winterfell reunion in the first teaser trailer for the season, and he’s brought his new girlfriend Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) home to meet the fam. Lady of Winterfell Sansa is decidedly cold toward the dragon queen.
“They always have difficulty,” Harington said of Sansa.
“Sansa is threatened,” Turner said. “She worked so hard to control the North and feels like Jon should be loyal. It’s frustrating to have Daenerys, who she feels is manipulating Jon, come in and take control.”
What’s a family gathering without a lil’ (OK, a lot of) drama, right?!