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'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Adds One Direction Heartthrob To Arya Stark's Kill List

Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams reminded fans of her character’s kill list ahead of the Season 8 premiere but added a familiar, pop culture name to the mix. Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the fantasy series, named former One Direction band member Liam Payne in seemingly a play on words with one of Arya’s true nemeses.

Williams shared the update on her Twitter page Friday morning. The list read as follows: Joffrey, Cersei, Liam Payne, The Hound. The list nearly mirrors Stark’s correct list, which replaces Liam Payne with Ilyn Payne, a fictional character from Game of Thrones.

Fans were quick to point out the apparent joke and claimed Payne should be nervous to be on the list. Neither Williams nor Payne commented further on Williams’s post. Payne did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

Through a series of Google searches, it’s impossible to show a direct connection between Payne and Williams. It appears the celebrities are not close friends. The closest connection is a past, August 2018 interview in which Williams was co-host on Nick Grimshaw’s radio show. In the conversation, the pair spoke of One Direction, according to The Daily Mail. Each picked their least favorite member of the boy band, and agreed on Payne as the loser. The radio show went down in history for another reason, though, as Grimshaw claimed One Direction, who parted ways in 2016, would never get back together. The interview as a whole was met with backlash from One Direction fans.

Williams had previously offered support for One Direction when the band and her own personal views aligned. One Direction promoted the idea of boycotting SeaWorld at a London concert in September 2015. Williams shared a post in which fans held posters for the cause, and asked her followers in attendance to share their posters as well.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will return Sunday. The season, which implies two giant battles, will end after only six episodes. Though the series will be coming to a formal close, Williams isn’t ready to give up her co-stars just yet. Williams has grown close to Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the series, and the pair have revealed future plans to work together. Turner revealed they’re looking for someone to write a film about two friends that the pair can star in together, she told Harper’s Bazaar.

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