“Game of Thrones” is always the main event at San Diego Comic-Con, and Zap2it is here to give you the play-by-play for the action-packed panel the stars and creators are attending on Friday (July 22).
We’re hoping to see some awesome cosplayers and fans and maybe hear a few solid Jon Snow jokes too. Mostly, though, we’re here to find out anything we can about “Game of Thrones” Season 7 and what to expect as we near the end of the epic fantasy saga.
Panel opens with comedy sketch by Rob McElhenney: “When the fuck is Winter coming?”
Addressing the summer release, David Benioff repeats that they need WINTER to shoot during winter.
David Benioff: “I just want to point out that Sophie Turner made us all do shots of vodka before we came out here.”
The crowd erupts into sobs at the mention of Hodor’s fate & David Benioff says, “It’s George’s fault!”
Iwan Rheon on Ramsay Bolton “I think the poor guy’s had a tough upbringing. He’s a bastard in the north which his always difficult. He’s just looking for his father’s love and acceptance in life… Apart from that there’s very little to like about him.”
The idea for Battle of the Bastards was to steep it in history. The Battle of Agincourt was their original inspiration.
The “pile of bodies” came from research on the Battle of Cannae during the Second Punic War.
Liam Cunningham was unaware that Shireen was going to die. “These guys keep taking the people I like working with away from me.”
Liam Cunningham gave Shireen’s wooden stag (unburned) to his daughter as a gift.
John Bradley-West thinks it would be funny if Samwell Tarly dies by fall off a bookshelf, buried under a pile of books.
Nathalie Emmanuel getting some major props on Missandei’s female empowerment.
Conleth Hill on Varys: “I despair of the world today… I admire his approach, and I love that this season you got to see him interrogate someone.”
Sophie Turner says Sansa didn’t tell Jon about the Night’s of the Vale because she wanted the credit and because it made for more dramatic TV.
Sophie Turner wants to know why “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” didn’t get any Emmy nominations. “You deserve to be there.”
“I’m not sure she believes that Jon is capable of running Winterfell in the North. I think she doesn’t think he has the knowledge, the intellect and the experience that she has.” — Sophie Turner on Jon/Sansa
Faye Marsay thinks the theory that The Waif and Arya are the same person is a cool theory, but she likes the way things turned out more.
David Benioff and D.B Weiss won’t comment on whether or not the Arya/Waif theory is true or not.
Isaac Hempstead Wright isn’t sure how Jon will take the news when Bran shows up and says “By the way, I’m a tree wizard, and your dad isn’t your dad.”
Liam Cunningham has an image of the Night King sitting on the Iron Throne with his leg over the arm, sucking on a Cuban cigar when the show ends.
John Bradley thinks Jon will end up on the Iron Throne.
Nathalie Emmanuel wants Daenerys on the throne, but she likes that the Starks are coming back together.
Sophie Turner wants Littlefinger on the throne — the crowd erupts into “Boo’s”
Iwan Rheon: “I think they should melt the thing down and have a democracy.”
Isaac Hempstead wants a 4 part Stark team: Jon on the throne, Sansa advising, Arya beating people up, and Bran sitting in the corner with a tree.
Kristian Nairn thinks the Iron Throne won’t be important by the end, but if he had to pick someone he’d say Brienne.
Sophie Turner was most excited for the scene where she kills Ramsay.
“It was an honor to be killed by you.” — Iwan Rheon
Fan wants to know if Sophie thinks Jon and Sansa could ever get together now that they’re not siblings.
“Sansa and Jon have grown up together, they may as well be siblings.” — Sophie Turner
Isaac Hempstead Wright knew about the R + L = J theory before he shot the scenes, but he looked up fan theories too after he got the Tower of Joy news. “It was nice to see it all click together.”
Sophie thinks Sansa could either become a true, noble Stark or a total vindictive killer. Tune in for Season 7.
Kristian Nairn says if Hodor could speak, the first thing he would say to Bran is “No.”
Exclusive video was mostly about set building and past quotes, but it did end with Tyrion saying, “Welcome home, my Queen.”
Blooper real time!
That’s the end of the “Game of Thrones” panel, thanks for tuning in!