One of the more popular storylines on the mega-successful HBO drama “Game of Thrones” concerns Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound (Rory McCann) and his hostage Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). You will typically not hear a great deal of laughing on the series, which is typically filled of pain, heartbreak and death. However, in the episode titled “The Mountain and the Viper,” it is Arya’s laugh that is one of the more memorable moments.
In the episode, Arya finds out that yet another one of her relatives has died, this time it was her aunt Lysa, who had died shortly before her arrival. There were many viewers who theorized that the laugh was caused by how extremely absurd her situation has become. However, when asked for her take on the scene, Maisie Williams said that the laugh was her favorite reaction of Arya’s. She went on to say that when she was performing the scene, the laugh came more as a reaction to The Hound. For so long, he was giving Arya a difficult time. He was always the tough guy who was in control of the situation. The Hound’s plan was to collect a ransom for Arya from her aunt. When Arya realizes that the plan he had worked on for so long has completely fallen apart, it gives her an uncontrollable amount of joy. By laughing as she does, she is basically asking The Hound what he is going to do next.
It might seem strange, but Williams admits that filming the laughing fit was her most difficult scene so far on the series, which has had her involved in more than her share of dark and tragic moments. Apparently, laughing on command is much more difficult that anyone would suspect. She said she thought it was strange to laugh while on the set and not be reprimanded for it. Needless to say, pretending to be happy was new to Williams on the show, since her character is usually in deep despair. The question now becomes what both of them will do. As Williams points out, their relationship is now too strong for The Hound to simply leave Arya.