As Game of Thrones is coming to an end, Rolling Stone has decided to see what George R.R. Martin, the author behind the books, is thinking.
Since Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner were on the cover, the magazine wondered how Arya and Sansa came to be.
Turns out, the idea for the Stark sisters came to Martin in the early '90s and were based on historical women - although not anyone specific. Sansa is the classic Medieval princess, while Arya was inspired by the strong females and the feminist movement of the '60s and '70s.
Finding an actress for Arya was the most difficult part of the casting process, Martin revealed; Maisie Williams was the sunshine that cleared Martin's desperation.
One thing that Martin isn't particularly happy with, however, is how much the show has deviated from the books. But he admits that that's his own fault, too.
Scroll down for a video of Maisie Williams' audition and to find out how Martin feels about the show coming to an end.
There's only 1 week left until the much-anticipated Game of Thrones finale.
via: GettyRest assured, George R.R. Martin will be watching, possibly taking notes - he's still got 2 books left to write.
Rolling Stone recently had Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, aka Arya and Sansa Stark, on their cover.The magazine also interviewed Martin about how he came up with the Stark sisters and what he thinks of the deviations between his books and the show.
This is what he wrote about the sisters in one of his earliest descriptions:
"Sansa could sew and dance and sing. She wrote poetry. She knew how to dress. She played the high harp and the bells. Worse, she was beautiful."
How did Martin come up with the two sisters?
"I wrote about a hundred pages of it before I got distracted by Hollywood stuff, and then I put it aside for like two years before I got back to it."
via: Getty"Those words you read were actually part of the first hundred pages that I was doing there. When I was writing these, and I was creating a family for Lord Eddard Stark… I knew I wanted it to be a fairly large family, with a number of children."
He added, "I suppose I cheated a little by not having three children who died in infancy in there, which was true of the actual Middle Ages. They had a terrible time with kids who died very young."
"The Middle Ages was very patriarchal. […] They [women] were used to make marriage-alliances […] But I was focusing on a noble family here as the center of the book."
"Sansa completely bought into that, loved everything about that."
"And then [we] have Arya, a girl who did not fit that - and who, from the very beginning, was uncomfortable and chafed at the roles that she was being pushed into."
It wasn't just one woman that inspired Arya's character, it was a movement of women.
"Especially some of the women I knew when I was a young man back in the '60s and '70s, you know - the decade of the sexual revolution and the feminist movement."
"That’s certainly part of Arya’s thing."
But Arya isn't into the idea at all. She says, "No, I won’t. I don’t want that. That’s Sansa, that’s not me."
Finding an actress who would be able to pull off Arya was, in fact, the hardest part of the whole GoT casting process.
"I wasn’t physically present at the casting - I was back here in New Mexico working on the next book - but I was linked into it on the internet. So they would videotape these girls..."
via: Getty"I think we probably saw like a hundred girls. And at a certain point in the process I was really beginning to say, 'This is a disaster, we can’t find anyone here.'"
"These are not parts that require the girls to be cute and deliver clever little one-liners to put down their idiot father like you do in a sitcom."
But then walked in Maisie Williams."Then I saw Maisie’s tape, and it was like, 'There she is. There she is. Arya,'" Martin said. "She’s saying the lines, she’s alive, she’s got Arya’s spirit, you know?"
During the interview, Martin also shared that he wasn't very happy with how much the show deviates from the books.
One example is her marriage to Ramsay Bolton.
"Well, yeah - of course, you have an emotional reaction," he said. "I mean, would I prefer they do it exactly the way I did it? Sure."
via: Getty"But I’ve been on the other side of it, too. I’ve adapted work by other people, and I didn’t do it exactly the way they did it, so..."
"Some of the deviation, of course, is because I’ve been so slow with these books."
"It’s two variations of the same story, or a similar story, and you get that whenever anything is adapted."
"And in real life, of course, Scarlett O’Hara had no children, because she never existed."
But, as the author and fan of GoT, Martin is sad that the show is ending.
via: Getty"You know, it’s complex," he said when asked how he feels about the show ending. "I’m a little sad, actually. I wish we had a few more seasons."
"But I understand."
via: Getty"Dave and Dan are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me."
"[...] whenever a show ends, and the longer the show lasts the harder it is."
via: Getty"You’re really with a family," Martin continued. "You’re with them for a large part of the year, and not only working with them, but you’re often living with them in some distant location where you’re all in one hotel together."