Defending Winterfell against the Night King’s army was no small matter.
It’s no surprise that Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” came prepared, training in all sorts of martial arts, including in the Philippines’ Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
As revealed in an interview with US-based site Inverse, the stunt team of “Game of Thrones” shared that they had Williams learn an “adapted version” of the style in preparation for the final season.
“Kali is a style we drew from,” stunt choreographer Rowley Irlam said. “My team comes from a very wide background of martial artists, weapons experts, so we draw from all styles we possibly can. Filipino stick work is definitely one of them for this piece.”
Irlam shared that fans can see this during the scene where Arya had to continue fighting despite her spear being broken in half.
Kali is a style that specializes in close quarter fights and situations where people are forced to use improvised weapons.