Although they obviously can’t give away too much info – mostly because lots of them don’t even know what’s in store next season yet – some of the cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ got together with creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to host a panel at San Diego Comic Con where they took turns guessing at what might be happening in the coming seventh season, as well as ruminating on their experiences on the show to date.
Here are some of the highlights for you!
We’ll start with Benioff explaining why the audience has to wait until Summer 2017 before the new season begins:
“Winter is here, and we have to shoot in places where there are trees. We have to wait until leaves fall off. … There’s no way to get the show out there until Summer.”
Sophie Turner was asked many audience questions throughout the panel, and she didn’t hold back her thoughts and opinions much. When asked why Sansa didn’t tell Jon Snow that the Knights of the Vale were coming to assist in the “Battle of the Bastards” fight:
“She wanted all the credit, and it was a more dramatic moment when they showed up. It made for really good television.”
Turner was also asked about Sansa’s relationship with Jon, particularly her level of trust in him:
“I’m not sure she believes Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the North. She thinks he doesn’t have the intellect, the knowledge and the experience that she has … and I concur. But she knows he has those Stark morals, and inevitably, he’ll make the right decision. But whether it’s going to benefit anyone is another story.”
In a few amusing moments, Turner also talked about Sansa’s mental state after getting to kill Ramsay Bolton herself, saying “I have no idea if she’s going to be become a real leader of if she’s going to become completely sadistic – but we’ll soon find out!” A fan also theorized that Sansa and Jon might get married, since they are not related by blood, which evoked an emphatic response from Turner: “Jon likes redheads, but Jon and Sansa have grown up together, they’re basically siblings.” She then turned to Benioff and Weiss and said, “if you make anything [like that] happen, I will kill you.”
Kristian Nairn got to speak about the fan response to Hodor’s death and how it’s impacted him personally:
“It has been overwhelming. I did not expect it to be so crazy. I’m really, really flattered as well. It’s blown my mind. I was in LA a few days ago at a hotel, and all their door stops said ‘Hodor’ on them. I went, ‘Really?’ It’s been incredible. The scene was incredibly written and directed. I knew I was going to be killed, but I didn’t expect the outpouring of emotions.”
Lastly, Hempstead Wright spoke at length about the journey that his character, Bran Stark, has been on over the show’s duration thus far. Of particular note for him is that Bran is essentially the only living character (that we know of) who knows that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen:
“Bran knows he’s been shown this information for a reason – he might not know exactly why, but it’s obviously imperative he knows this and will spread the word. I presume he’ll somehow tell Jon, but I’m not sure how he’ll respond when Bran shows up and says, ‘By the way, I’m a Tree Wizard, and your dad isn’t your dad.’
“I knew about R+L=J and all the theories … it was really cool to be able to read it, let alone have involvement in the scene. It’s been great [to be a character having actual visions of the past], because the audience gets to watch a character react to this rich history of Westeros. It was nice to see it all click together.”
(Video courtesy of Alpy & The Machine)
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