While a Game of Thrones panel one episode into the new season isn't exactly ideal timing, Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con was packed today full of fans anxious for any little tidbit they could get out of the cast and crew in what is likely their second-to-last Comic-Con appearance. Luckily, they didn't go away empty handed, as a brief trailer that closed the panel revealed a noteworthy new pairing.
The trailer appeared to show Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) approaching the witch Melisandre (Carice van Houten) for counsel. "You have a part in this," intones Melisandre. "You and one other."
That obviously ended the panel on a note of intrigue, which was otherwise sorely lacking from the hour-long conversation hosted by former cast member Kristian Nairn (Hodor). Joining Nairn on the dais was Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran), John Bradley (Samwell), Natalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Conleth Hill (Varys), Alfie Allen (Theon), and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne).
Nairn -- who admitted he did not write the questions -- asked each actor a few general questions about his or her character before getting into a variety of poll-type questions, such as, "Which character were you most sad to see die?" (Nairn lobbied surreptitiously for everyone to pick Hodor, naturally).
Sophie Turner gave perhaps the most surprising answer when she said, "I loved working with Jack Gleeson so much that I have to say Joffrey," referring to her onscreen husband and the young Baratheon king, one of the show's most vile and despised characters. The crowd was less welcoming to the idea, responding with boos at the very suggestion.
Bradley quipped that he wished the since-resurrected Jon Snow hadn't died "so that we didn't have to talk about it every five minutes for a year."
Cunningham said he wished his "baby girl" Shireen hadn't died, and ruminated that he would "whip out a Glock" and "pop a couple of caps" in Melisandre if he got a chance to catch up with her. That doesn't seem to fit with the fantasy fare of the series.
As for their own characters, Turner opened up the most, going a bit in depth about Sansa, who has had a harrowing couple of years. Now living back in the North with her cousin (who she thinks is her half brother) Jon Snow, Sansa is focused on staying alive and helping him lead.
Turner said Sansa's "not looking for a relationship or love" at the moment, not because she "sees men in a different light... I think she sees the world in a different light," adding that the character no longer sees things through rose-colored glasses, and rather than being manipulated by the devious LIttlefinger, is instead "just as good at playing the game as he is at this point."
With the seventh season just underway as of last week, the cast was clearly under orders not to speak about the events of upcoming episodes, so the entire panel had a somewhat constrained feeling to it. But that last little interaction between Daenerys and Melisandre on the giant screens in Hall H was enough to leave this already satisfied crowd -- who didn't exactly have to be sold on watching Game of Thrones -- happy enough.