This year's Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel was pretty unique. In past years, the season is usually over by July so the panel mainly looks back. This year, though, with the current season just starting, there wasn't much the panel could talk about or show. So it became a pretty free-flowing, all-over-the-place conversation — with a few noteworhy moments.
Kristian Nairn, AKA Hodor, was the moderator and he went through a series of prewritten questions for the actors on hand, which did not include Maisie Williams (Arya), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) or Lena Headey (Cersei). On hand, however, were Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Alfie Allen (Theon), John Bradley, Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Issac Hempstead-Wright (Bran), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), and they all talked about a bunch of different things. Here are the most interesting things they said:
- Sophie Turner was asked if she thinks Sansa is being manipulated by Littlefinger. She said that maybe at one point she was but, by now, she's been around so many devious people, she's just as good as at manipulating people as he is.
- Christie said that the reason Brienne is so loyal to the Starks is that in Catelyn Stark she saw true strength in a woman. When the characters met, Brienne realised she didn't have to be masculine to be taken seriously, she could "be propelled by her own sense of what is right". So, by helping the Stark girls, Brienne is "connecting to an idea that's greater than herself".
- "She's woke now, guys. She's real woke," was Turner's joking response while talking about Sansa's current world views. Turner thinks her character is done with any real romantic love because of all she's been through and is probably incapable of trusting anyone. "Which is important when you play the Game of Thrones," she added.
- John Bradley explained that Sam is at the Citadel solely for the purpose of aiding his friend Jon Snow. Bradley thinks Sam wishes he could stand shoulder to shoulder with Snow in war, but knows he can't. So, instead, he went to the Citadel to find any kind of information that would help Jon win his war. "The Citadel is his battlefield," Bradley said.
- Much was made of the crush Tormund has for Brienne and Christie said she doesn't think Brienne likes it too much. She finds it awkward, but doesn't deny there's some "potential secret enjoyment" in it. She may end up liking him or, according to Christie, she may still like someone else.
- The whole cast was asked which dead character they'd like to bring back and the best answers were from Sophie Turner and John Bradley. Turner said Joffrey because she loved working with actor Jack Gleeson — Joffrey — so much, an answer which got showered with boos. And Bradley said he wished they never killed Jon Snow because then they wouldn't have had to talk about it every five seconds for a whole year.
- Finally, Turner was asked about her relationship with Jon. She couldn't say much as it will obviously be a big part of the current season. What she would say was her character is definitely frustrated by the sexism of the culture and hopes Jon realises how much better she is at the political side of ruling than he is. He's the military man, she's the politician, and Turner hopes they can each use their best traits.
The panel then ended by showing this awesome sneak peek at the rest of season seven.
Video: The Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con wasn't too big on the surprises and shocks — after all, we're already in the midst of season seven. However, a sneak peek at future episodes did bring two characters together — and combined, they will have the power to change the world.