Game of Thrones @ Comic-Con: Arya's Blind Ambition, Stannis' Fate and More

Game Of Thrones Comic-Con

Is Jon Snow coming back in Season 6? Did Stannis Baratheon really die by Brienne’s sword? And what’s next for Cersei, following her figurative de-throning? These were (among) the burning questions on fans’ minds at the top of Friday’s Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

And now that the HBO drama has finally — though that’s probably not the best word — surpassed George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, the panel was indeed full of revelations (even if they weren’t the ones fans were hoping for).

* Alfie Allen said he’s glad to see there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Theon/Reek in terms of regaining his humanity. He also would have liked to see that story get darker — if that’s at all possible.

* Having sex with Gilly has absolutely changed Sam, presumably for the better. “Before Gilly, Sam thought of sex as most people thought of space,” John Bradley said, adding that Sam “just had a massive forearm.”

* Gwendoline Christie said she’s fully aware the fans are mad at Brienne for missing Sansa’s candle, but she’ll defend her character’s actions to her death. “I didn’t blow the candle,” she insisted. “I had to stand for three months, watching a window for a candle. Give me a break!”

* Before you go calling Davos a traitor for abandoning Stannis and Shireen — though you might have already, in which case I can’t stop you — Liam Cunningham insists, “I did try to stay!”

* As for Arya’s lack of sight in Season 6, Maisie Williams said she honestly doesn’t know how Arya’s going to handle it. (My assumption: like a boss.)

* A sizzle reel of the cast’s original auditions was screened during the panel. Enjoy the heck out of it below:

* Though she’s in the dark about Margaery’s future, Natalie Dormer said she assumes there will be a whole mess of trouble ahead, considering Lady Olenna isn’t able to protect her anymore.

* Stannis’ fate wasn’t addressed directly at the panel, but director David Nutter tells Entertainment Weekly: “From the very beginning, and [through] the script process, that was the intent — he’s dead.”

* “There’s one thing Sansa still is, despite what happened to her, and that’s strong,” Sophie Turner said of her beaten-down character. As you might expect, there was much applause. She also said she doesn’t know why the focus was on Reek during that infamous wedding-night scene, because she was giving a “great performance.”

Your take on this year’s (largely spoiler-free) panel? Your remaining hopes for Season 6? Drop ’em all in a comment below.

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  1. julia says:

    Ok…so nothing was said about the fate of Jon Snow..the only storyline the viewers are dying to find out about??
    TBH I could not care less about any other storyline right now..

    • Joey says:

      “They only talked about stuff I don’t care about, therefore I think they only talked about things that NO ONE cared about.”

  2. aa says:

    You tell ’em, Sophie.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Hope Stannis will bite the dust after all the horrible things he went through and I really hope that there’s still a chance Jon Snow may survive after he got stabbed a number of times. #ForTheWatch

  4. Martin says:

    This article was very, unfairly, misleading. A photo of Jon Snow in the collage and a question about him in the header and then nothing about him in the article.

    A bit unfair, no?

  5. Luc says:

    “From the very beginning, and [through] the script process, that was the intent — he’s dead.”

    Note the work “intent”.

    • ScottJ says:

      It is completely illogical for Brienne to spare Stannis. As far as she is concerned Stannis killed Renly, making him about the only person in the show she would not spare.

      Other reports of the same interview simply report that Stannis is dead, it would have been gratuitous to show the killing stroke, and the actor is gone from the show.

      • Concerned says:

        Huh? Ru serious right now this entire show is based on gratuitous scenes why not just show his head lopped off feels likes Uve never actually seen this show lol

        • Derision says:

          You type out the word “gratuitous” but you can’t type “Are you” or “you’ve”?! I won’t mention the lack of structure and punctuation in your posting. Hell comes, prepare for it!

  6. Noob says:

    Both the Stannis & Jon story lines were literally the only reason I was watching the show. I could almost careless about the rest at this point.


    I’d watch a spin off series with Bronn as the main character…

  7. TinLV says:

    I think we’ll have to wait a whole season to find out if Jon Snow was revived…my guess is they will renew the show for the 7th and final season to wrap it all up.. Jon will be back then, Dany and Tyrion will at some point join up with Jon and the final battle with the white walkers will be amazing, with dragons and Valerian swords and the three heroes winning the war. And one of those three will take the throne.