‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Took “A Step Back” From Social Media After Receiving “Intense Backlash” Over Her Role As The Waif

A girl has no social media.

Actress Faye Marsay had a brief – but memorable – stint on Game of Thrones in Seasons 5 and 6, but her role was so detestable that she says the negative attention she received forced her to “take a step back” from the public eye.

On Game of Thrones, Marsay starred as the Waif, or the girl who terrorized Aria when she was training to become one of the Faceless Men. The Waif’s harsh style of training created a bitter rivalry between the characters, eventually driving them to a life-or-death battle in the streets of Braavos.

“After Thrones came out, there was quite intense backlash at one point. Just because of the character I played,” she told The Independent. “[The fans] hated her. Because Maisie’s character was, like, the one — and there I am, hitting her with a stick.”

By the time Marsay joined the cast, Maisie Williams‘ character, Arya Stark, had become a fan-favorite on the show.

Faye Marsay and Maisie Williams in 'Game of Thrones.'Photo by: Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO

She says the backlash drove her to “take a step back” from social media. To this day, her social media is still rather minimal.

“Social media can be a brutal tool, and we all know it,” she says. “Look at the mental health crisis that young people are going through right now – that’s not just because of the pandemic, or teenage angst!”

Marsay should know. After appearing in Game of Thrones, she also starred in the 2016 Black Mirror episode, “Hated in the Nation,” in which her character helps investigate a string of murders linked to social media.

Now, Marsay is fortunately enjoying some more positive feedback for her recent performance in Andor.

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