Arya Stark had a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones Season 5. She successfully killed off the hateful Meryn Trant in the season finale. However, this vengeful action of hers didn't sit too well with the House of Black and White and she had to become blind to learn a valuable lesson.
In a recent Vulture interview, Maisie Williams, who plays the youngest female Stark, discussed how she had a little bit of help using contacts so she could get into character. The 18-year-old actress revealed how extremely painful they were.
I was so confident at the end of the last [season], like, Oh, [wearing them] was fine, I can't wait, but it's been actually a bit of a task. They're very painful, they're like huge and they're very thick.
In the George R.R. Martin novels, Arya's blindness will be crucial to her training. This means Williams used the contacts during Season 6 filming. Apparently, the complete blindness was key to her blind pretensions. In fact, despite the pain, the Doctor Who actress even said that she has grown fond of the painted contacts.
Pretending to be blind is much easier when you actually can't see anything. So I did actually love them.
Although Maisie described them as painful, I think the contacts were essential for her character-defining moment. I mean, her howl of pain at the last moments of the season finale looked so realistic. Of course, the fact that she's a great actress also accounts for the riveting performance as well.
Thankfully, there isn't much waiting needed before we'll see our favorite Game of Thrones characters on television once again. The award-winning series will return on HBO on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET.