It was one of the highlights of an uneven season 7: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) returning to Winterfell and showcasing her mad sword skills by sparring with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).
But it didn’t go down the way you think. For one thing, that wasn’t Maisie doing an incredible acrobatic leap from her back, even though CGI fooled you into thinking it was.
Now that HBO’s behind-the-scenes video series The Game Revealed has reached Season 7 episode 4, we have this breakdown of the Brienne-Arya choreography — which is well worth a watch.
There’s a lot to love here in a short clip, from the tumbling stunt double to the fact that Maisie insisted on using her sword left-handed, just as Arya did in the books.
But the highlight has to be watching these two great actors training their moves over and over with giant grins on their faces — especially when Maisie brings out the dagger that ends the scene.
It would have been so easy for this fight to come across as laughable, but the pair’s joy and utter commitment to the choreography is what made a difficult scene into a classic.