Teen Vogue Firsts interview, Maisie opened up about the first time she was ever surprised by her GoT character.“The first time that I was surprised by Arya I guess was probably in the final series where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry,” Maisie says in the video with an ironic chuckle. “I thought that Arya was queer, you know?

So… yeah. That was a surprise.” Maisie adds, shrugging.Arya’s love scene with Gendry at the beginning of Season 8 caught fans off guard, too.

Even though Arya’s decision to have sex with Gendry was heavily influenced by the idea that she would be killed in the looming Battle of Winterfell, the unlikely romance confused viewers enough to make for several days after the episode aired. “Game of Thrones Just Had Its Most Surprising Sex Scene Ever,” read one headline. “We Can All Agree That Arya Stark Is Actually A Lesbian, Right?” questioned the title of an article from . (Even by Arya and Gendry’s chemistry.)“Happy for Arya and a nice lil consensual empowering moment of sex on the show but Arya Stark not being a powerful lesbian is the LEAST believable thing in this show about zombies and dragons,” wrote one fan.This content can also be viewed on the site it from.This content can also be viewed on the site it from.Throughout nearly the entirety of Game of Thrones’ run, fans believed Arya might be queer and/or genderfluid thanks to the way the character bent typical gender roles with her empowering tomboyish and masculine qualities, including a two-season storyline in which she disguises herself as a boy.