Leaks and spoilers have become a way of life for Game of Thrones fans, and part of our filming season viewing experience, albeit a controversial one. Thrones star Maisie Williams does not care for this particular aspect of fandom, however, sharing her feelings with Radio Times today in a new interview.
When it comes to Game of Thrones spoilers leaking out in advance of the new season, Williams tells RT, “It really, really upsets me…Because, there’s only a certain group of people who’d look at that anyway, compared to the audience that watches the show. It hurts. It’s just like, oh we wanted to tell this story, and yeah, lots of people don’t want to read it, and don’t want to look at it. But then it’s even more annoying when you know [the leaks] might be from someone on the inside, and it’s just like… you’re trying to make something really cool, that is really cool, and people really like, and it’s like ‘stop ruining it’.”
The actress explains that she feels, “It’s such a childish, annoying thing to do. And yeah, it’s sad. It really annoys me,” and further adds adds, “I don’t know if that’s unexpected, that I’d be like ‘Oh, I don’t really mind!’ People still watch it, but it does really grind my gears.”
Williams is correct; it’s not unexpected that she’d be a bit irritated with fans spoiling surprises, though after seven years’ worth of filming, you’d think she would develop a thicker skin by now. There’s a symbiotic relationship between Game of Thrones and its fandom, and the passion for spoilers has in a roundabout way helped support the show’s rise to the most popular television program in the world.