The 2015 San Diego International Comic Con finished up their Game of Thrones panel on Friday July 10th.
Of course fans were waiting at the edge of their seat to get more information about the fate of Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow. In George RR Martin’s novels Snow’s death is slightly ambiguous, yet in the HBO show his end seemed pretty clear. Of course every member of the panel skirted inquiries regarding future plot narratives. Producer Carolyn Strauss said:
“We’ve always tried to maintain a level of surprise for people who watch the show…with every season it gets more and more (difficult).”
Of course she is right, as fans of the shows and novels become emotionally invested, there is a higher demand for immediate knowledge of your favourite character’s safety! But as this season – and every season before – showed us…nobody is safe!
Seth Myers asked the panel what they will do when facing criticism now that the show is passed where the books are. Strauss reassured us that they will continue to blame Martin for any dark or hard moments.
Myers also asked the panel who read the books to get more insight into their character. Surprisingly only Gwendoline Christie raised her hand and said she “did the homework”. Actor Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, said that he doesn’t read ahead so he can just “play the moment”. We don’t know our fates in real life so he feels he can give the most genuine performance by learning and growing one moment at a time. Maisie Williams, Arya, said that even though she doesn’t read the novels…she pretends she does with fans. She said:
“And I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I knew that. I totally knew that.’ Even though I didn’t.”
It was very strange seeing Gwendoline in a fancy, and clean, dress but she looked so beautiful and was obviously a fan favourite during the discussion. An audience member asked her to speak about Brienne’s journey and character development. She told the crowd what it was like transforming from someone who was taken for granted to someone who demanded respect. About her transformation she said:
“It doesn’t have its roots in sexuality and I thought it was a very powerful, modern representation.”
Damn right, girlfriend! Preach!
Early on in the panel Alfie Allen, Theon, spoke briefly about how hard this season has been on his character. He said that “it would have been interesting to see where it could have gone darker” but despite that, it’s nice to see “a light at the end of the tunnel”. You can say that again! One of the greatest moments this season was seeing Theon grow some b*lls and help Sansa escape. Tongue in cheek pun not intended, but very welcomed! Ha!
The adorable John Bradley, Sam, and Hannah Murray, Gilly, sat next to each other and spoke about the hoped direction of their on screen relationship. Bradley was quick to speak up for Sam saying that he “wants more of the same”. I think it’s safe to say fans do too!
Liam Cunningham, Davos, when coming out to his seat pretended to strangle Caris Van Houten, Melisandre. That mimed action said it all. Myers told him he hopes to see Davos smile a bit more in the coming seasons but Cunningham assured us he doesn’t “think that’s going to happen, especially when he finds out what that did” – of course gesturing to Van Houten and referring to the killing of Princess Shireen. I’d say it’s a grudge worth holding, even if Van Houten didn’t have her evil glow.
The killing of Princess Shireen was a seemingly hot topic after the show aired and was obviously still a sore point for fans who had questions they wanted answered.
Both producer, Carolyn Strauss, and director, David Nutter, took a lot of heat for that plot point during the panel. They each got a chance to respond. Nutter simply stated:
“It was an amazingly powerful moment that I think turned out just right.”
And Strauss explained:
“It hurts more the more you know the characters, but just because it’s painful doesn’t mean it’s not a good point in the story. It wasn’t done because of the pain, but in spite of it.”
One other polarizing moment in this season of Game of Thrones was, of course, Sansa’s wedding night. Sophie Turner, despite having to act in the difficult scene, defended it wholly. She told the crowd:
“One thing Sansa is, despite what’s happened to her, is strong. She has gone through a lot, but she has developed skills from Cersei and Margaery. She’s just as strong as she was before. (…) This whole series she’s been just getting by without doing anything totally radical because that could totally change her situation. She could die and with the Boltons that’s a big risk to take. She thought (her marriage to Ramsay) through. She could’ve fought back if she wanted to, but she didn’t. She’s one of those characters that does her scheming in her mind rather than outwardly.”
The last we saw of Arya, Maisie Williams, was a bit jarring. Her character going blind not only worried fans but worried the actress too! Part of her new “blind” look will involve wearing some pretty unpleasant contacts! She said:
“I’m worried if I’m going to have to do any fighting or anything. One, I can’t see and two, they’re really uncomfortable.”
I’m fairly confident that all the concern is futile. She’s an amazing little actress and I’m sure some uncomfortable contact lenses won’t keep her down. You rock Maisie!
Fans also got to see this audition reel of some of the cast members! A couple of who were present at the panel as well as some favourites who didn’t attend. I could go on and on, but I suppose I’ll end it with the clip.
GameofThrones “Game of Thrones: Audition Reel (HBO)” Youtube. 10 July 2015. Web. 10 July 2015.