Maisie Williams' character Arya Stark lost her eyesight in the season 5 finale of "Game of Thrones", and from the looks of things, Arya will stay blind in the upcoming season as well.
Arya was blinded as punishment for going against the orders issued by The House of Black and White and murdering Ser Meryn Trant. Although a similar situation takes places in George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," the inspiration for HBO's "Game of Thrones" series, Arya regains her eyesight in the books.
Also, in the book Arya was blinded as part of her training to become a Faceless Man, not as a punishment.
In a video following the season 5 finale, showrunner David Benioff explained why Arya was blinded saying it was a punishment for being selfish and doing something for personal gains.
"The Faceless Men don't kill for revenge — they're not killing out of anger, they're killing because death is a gift and the idea is a painless death is almost like your letting people go, and that's not Arya's way. Arya's not dealing out death as a gift to Meryn Trant, it's for herself," he noted.
Actress Williams recently moaned on Instagram the difficulties of wearing contacts, thereby confirming the fact that Arya will stay blind.
"Aftermath of blind contacts," she captioned a photograph of herself lying in bed wearing cooling pads under her eyes. She then uploaded a video of her eyes "looking like little vaginas."
On how blindness will affect her character, Williams told Entertainment Weekly in June that it was sure to make Arya vulnerable. "I don't know how that will impede [Arya's] life. She's going to become very vulnerable thanks to that. It's exciting and scary so I'm worried about next year."
"I don't want to wear these crazy contacts for the rest of my time on Thrones," she said.
"Game of Thrones" will return to HBO in early 2016.