SDCC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE GAME OF THRONES PANEL

Very little, if anything, was given away at the Game of Thrones panel in Hall H on Friday.  Thank goodness for Sophie Turner.

Sophie Turner Got The Cast Tipsy Before The Panel

“Sophie Turner made us do vodka shots beforehand,” David Benioff informed the crowd at the panel’s start. Turner laughed exclaiming: “I’m 20 — I can’t do any of that!”  As the panel continued, it was evident there was a chance Sophie had more than a shot.  One thing we learned as the panel went on, is that tipsy Sophie is hilarious.

She Basically Dominated The Panel

Her slightly tipsy state made her the chattiest of the panelists.  She hinted at future tensions between Jon and Sansa. “I think she believed it was probably more of a joint effort in terms of the Battle of the Bastards.  She thinks they should be King and Queen of the North.  I’m not so sure she’s so keen on the Iron Throne anymore. I’m not sure she thinks Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the North… She doesn’t think he has the intellect, the knowledge and the experience that she has, and I concur.”

As far as her character’s path after killing Ramsay is concerned, Turner said: “I have no idea if she’s going to become a real leader or if she’s going to become completely sadistic, but we’ll soon find out.”

An audience member asked Turner that has been floating around- Will Sansa and Jon hook-up?  It’s not unheard of for cousins in the world of ASoI&F to do so, but not if Sophie has it her way.  She turned to D&D saying “If you make anything happen, I will kill you.” They said the idea hadn’t crossed their minds, but I call bullshit.  They were fans of the novels, they guessed Jon Snow’s parentage.  After reading ADwD, it had to have been suggested.

Panel moderator Robb McElhenney from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” asked Turner her thoughts regarding her character withholding the news of the impending arrival of the Knights of the Vale at the Battle of the Bastards.  She exclaimed “Yeah! Yeah, that’s what I was wondering, too!’  She believes that Sansa “wanted all the credit, and it was a more dramatic moment when he showed up, and that makes really good television.”

She then asked McElhenney, “Now here’s the question that I want to know, why did It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia not get an Emmy nomination?” His response? “We haven’t done enough seasons.”  David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are friends with the Sunny crew, wrote the script for the episode titled “Flowers for Charlie,” a few years ago.

When asked what her favorite scene was? “100% Ramsay’s death scene. The past five seasons have been building up to this, her first kill. Someone actually quoted that scene to me in a park the other day: ‘Your house will disappear. Your family will disappear.’ I forgot it was from the show and thought they were cursing me. But I love the way it was written, it was wonderful.”

 

Ramsay

McElhenney asked Iwan Rheon “What is it like to be America’s sweetheart?” Rheon laughed, replying that Ramsay “Had this kind of joy in everything that he does. He was having the best time of his life.”

Miguel Sapochnik On Changing The Battle of the Bastards

Director Miguel Sapochnik will most likely be back for season 7.  He discussed the Battle of the Bastards: “Originally, we were going to have a lot of horses, like seven horses deep. They were going to charge the horses and then actually surround the allied troops and crush them with horses. The problem is that if you run horses at people, they don’t like it. The first time they were alright, but the second time they were like, ‘I don’t really want to run at these people, I’m not going.’”

Why Seasons 7 and 8 Will Be Shortened

Next season will only be seven episodes.  David Benioff explained: “Winter is here, and we’ve got to shoot in places with trees and wait for the leaves to turn.”

Also, if they wait that long and film 10 episodes, then they do not have enough time in post-production to finish. “We don’t finish shooting until February, there’s no way to finish post, there’s no way to get the show out there ’til summer.”

Hodor and Bran

D&D claim George R.R. Martin informed them the origins of Hodor 3-4 years ago while meeting with him in New Mexico.  The news shocked them as much as it shocked viewers.  According to Nairn, “It has been overwhelming.  I was in L.A. a few days ago at a hotel and all of their doorstops said ‘Hodor’ on them. I went, ‘Really?’”

There was also a ton of Hodor love and a standing ovation that nearly brought Nairn to tears.

One fan asked what Hodor would say to Bran if he was able to say more than just ‘Hodor’. “No.” Replied Nairn.  

Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright believes Bran has been shown the information about Jon for a reason.  And while “it’s obviously imperative he knows this and will spread the word,” he pondered just how that conversation with Jon would go down: “By the way, I’m a tree wizard, and your dad isn’t your dad.”

Fight Club Theory

Faye Marsay who plays the Waif was asked about the “Fight Club” theory regarding Arya- “I think the theory was a cool one, but I think Arya is Arya and that’s her journey and I think the way it is now is the best way, the theory is good and it’s creative but they’ve got it right, the writers.”  D&D themselves gave a somewhat coy shrug.

Who Should Sit The Iron Throne

The cast was asked who they believe will end up on the Iron Throne. Kristian Nairn received the most applause for his answer: “I think the Throne’s probably not going to be important by the end of the show, I think there will be a huge battle between the Night King and Daenerys… I think Westeros deserves someone with honor and integrity so I think Brienne would be good.

Best Death-wish

Sam was tormented by his father for years over his love for books and inability to fight.  But how will he die?  John Bradley has an opinion: “If he was climbing up the bookshelf to get a particularly artistic book from the top shelf, and then gets all the way up there, severely underestimates his own weight, and then topples down.  It’s like Battle of the Bastards with all the bodies, Sam trying to climb out from all of the books. It wasn’t the battle that killed him. It was the books that killed him.”

What Not To Do

Liam Cunningham took home the stag held by Princess Shireen while she was burned at the stake.  He told the crowd he gave the stag to his daughter, and had her hold it while they watched the episode together.  “My daughter was a heap on the sofa watching my surrogate daughter getting burned to death while she held the stag that I had stolen. I felt like the worst dad in the world.”

In Production Tease and Blooper Reel

There was a sneak peek at season 7, consisting of spoiler free wardrobe, set and prop shots. The audio is from season 6, ending with: “Welcome home, my Queen.” Whose face is reflecting on the table at 1:35?