The director of comic con introduced Seth Meyers as the moderator for HBO’s Game of Thrones panel. Myers introduced a sizzle reel of everywhere Game of Thrones has appeared outside of HBO, including Seth Meyer’s late night shows, Sesame Street, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Pretty Little Liars, Bunheads,Key and Peele, New Girl, and more.
The cast took the stage alongside the producers and director of episodes nine and ten of the fifth season.
Seth Meyers opened up with the cast, talking about how they are together at Comic Con more then they are on set. He asked if they ever read the books and Glendale Christie who plays Breanne of Tarth was the only one who did. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, says people come up to her and say “Arya goes blind!” and she plays along saying, “I know, I know!”
Carolyn Strauss says that they try to “maintain a level of surprise,” for people who watch the show but since they reached “the book point,” it’s even more interesting now.
Meyers joked to Alfie Allen that had he been nicer in season 1 and 2, season 3, 4, and 5 would’ve been much more pleasant. Allen says about the season five ending, “It’s nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am a little bit human.”
As for Sawmill Tarley, John Bradley says Sawmill would be “happy to accept more of the same, when it comes to his recent romance. “Sam thinks about sex the way people think about space. He thinks it goes on but he has nothing to do with it,” Bradley joked, adding, “When Gilley gave it to him… I don’t know enough about science to finish that metaphor.”
Meyers told Gwendoline, “you had one job. Look for a candle in a window and you blew it.”
“I had to stand for three months, watching a window, to look for a candle! Give me a break!” Christie responded.
Turning his attention to Varys, Meyers address Conleth Hill, saying, “Not knowing fully, what are you rooting for in Varys?”
“Good, ultimately. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t read the books. You can only play the moment. You can’t play knowledge,” Hill explained.
Meyers told Liam Cunningham he has happy for Davos now that Stannis is out of the way. Cunningham says, “I don’t think that’s going to happen, especially when finds out what THAT did!” as he pointed Carice van Houten who plays Melisandre.
“Tough weather, tough setting,” the director said about the scene where Shereen was burned. “Not at all,” when asked if there was any levity.
“I don’t know what it is about the Starks but they just hate us!” Sophie Turner, who plays Arya Stark said about the writers of Game of Thrones before a sizzle reel of Game of Thrones auditions played.
As for season six, Natalie Dormer saying “I don’t have an offing clue what’s going to happen,” summed up the response from cast members to any questions about what’s coming up when Game of Thrones returns. “Grandma ain’t around to look after her anymore,”
An audience member asked “Who’s going to miss Kit Harrington the most since he’s obviously dead?” The cast only responded with jokes about his hair, though. But what would they change if they could go back as their character? Christie was the only one to respond, saying, “I’d wait for the candle.”
Why did the scene between Ramsay and Sansa focus on Theon and make Sansa weak again? “There’s one thing that Sansa still is despite what happened to her and it’s strong. … I don’t know why they focused on Theon because I was giving a great before performance!” Turner said before a laugh. “She could’ve fought back if she wanted to but she didn’t. It’s good for her character. She’s one of those character who does her scheming in her head.”
A pair of cosplayers, dressed as Daenarys and Drogon asked if there will ever be an extended season finale or more dragons next season? Strauss said that the last episodes are longer than an hour, maybe by a minute or two. There’s plenty of options out there. We’ll see what happens.”
Van Houten opened up a bit about playing such a villainous character. “I’ve never had so much hate mail,” she said. “I love to play this character and especially last season where it sort of starts to crumble a little bit. The very last scene where she figures out she was quite wrong… I cannot wait to see where it’s going with that in the next season.”
Turner spoke a bit about Sansa’s thought of Theon. “Until episode 7 she was convinced he killed [her brothers].”
“I didn’t almost kill [your brothers], I killed two peasant boys!” Allen inserted.
“He grew up with them. They’ve always had that family bond. I think because she grew up with him, she’ll always trust in him that little bit. I think she likes him but she hates him. There you go,” Turner explained.