The real story behind Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner’s matching tattoos

Game of Thrones characters Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner were two members of the Stark pack who survived the bloody assault on the author’s room that robbed us of so many of our favorite Seven Kingdoms citizens and the friendship of the British actors thrived long after the Night King’s frigid reign of terror ended.

“People always think Maisie and I are a couple. I mean, I’m obsessed with her, so you never know…I’m addicted to Maisie Williams,” Turner told Glamor UK in 2019. In a joint interview with Rolling Stone, the pals revealed that they are so close that they met each other picked each other’s noses and popped each other’s pimples during the hundreds of sleepovers they had. “I think I spent more time in your bed than mine,” Williams told Turner elsewhere in the interview.

Their relationship had to take a big step from one side. When Turner married American singer Joe Jonas, the couple decided to start their own direwolf pack in an area whose weather was diametrically opposed to that of the Queen of the North’s kingdom: Miami, Florida. But in a 2022 interview with Wired, Williams assured fans that she and Turner still love each other dearly and try to spend time together when they happen to be in the same country. They also possess lasting memories of their friendship that keep them connected despite the distance between them.

Why Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams’ tattoos didn’t exactly match

Their Game of Thrones casting occupied and introduced Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams for years, so who can blame them for wanting to commemorate the day their lives changed forever? Speaking to Elle UK, Turner explained that the matching numbers on her arms, 8/7/09, represents the date she and Williams learned they would be playing sisters Sansa and Arya Stark. “When we had a day off from filming in Belfast, we just went to a tattoo parlor and had it done,” Turner recalled. The artist responsible for the artwork was Kat Paine, who posted a photo of the co-stars showing off their tattoos to Instagram in 2016.

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In an interview with ET, Turner explained why she asked Paine to use a lighter ink for her body art. “I got it in peach because my mum wanted it to be as invisible as possible, but now I’m showing it to everyone. She’s going to be so annoyed,” the actor said.

Williams and Turner recalled getting their almost-matched ink while chatting with Rolling Stone, and revealed they came up with the idea on the same day while visiting the tattoo parlor. They had a lot of fun in Belfast back then – attending a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, buying identical designer backpacks and sunglasses, and drinking daiquiris at Granny Annie’s Pub. “It was our best friend day ever,” Turner gushed.

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams’ other Game of Thrones tattoos

Not only did Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams honor their true friendship by getting inked — both actors also have mismatched tattoos inspired by their Game of Thrones characters. In 2018, Williams got the words “No One” tattooed in red ink just above her upper vertebrae. As noted by People, this was in reference to what Arya Stark’s endgame was supposed to be when she joined the Faceless Men. But instead of becoming “Nobody” as planned, she decided to use her otherworldly assassin skills to get revenge on her enemy, eventually rejoining the rest of the Stark pack.

Turner’s other Game of Thrones ink is also significant. Below her left elbow is the profile of a snarling direwolf and the words “The pack survives.” The wolf is the seal of the Stark family, and the words are something Sansa Stark said to Arya. Turner got the body art before “Game of Thrones” ended, and some viewers believed it was a spoiler about who would stand after the end of the Battle for the Iron Throne and the ash that settled on King’s Landing . Turner told Digital Spy, “That tattoo probably wasn’t a good idea because everyone thought I gave away the ending. But I haven’t.”

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In an interview with Vogue Paris, Turner said that she and Williams want to write a film about their friendship, so maybe one day fans will be able to watch the duo relive their inky adventures.