Game of Thrones was unleashed onto San Diego Comic-Con earlier today as the stage filled with executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Miguel Sapochnik and actors Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (the Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). As Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) moderated, the cast talked about season 6 of the show which recently ended on HBO, as well as some insight into what's coming in season 7.
It's gut-wrenching to think we have to almost a year for the series to return, but quality takes time, and Game of Thrones is no exception. Building on what we know from the endless tidbits coming out of the current production, season 7 will have seven episodes. The remaining players are the three major families and the looming White Walker invasion. The Starks, Lannisters, and Daenerys Targaryen have all put themselves in positions of strength.
Game of Thrones Season 7 Production
Moderator Rob McElhenney kicked things off with a question for the series creators - "Why do you hate us all so much?" - alluding to the summer premiere date of Season 7, which will contain seven episodes instead of the traditional 10. "Winter is here," Benioff quoted, and explained the schedule: "We shoot where there are places with trees. We have to wait for the leaves to fall off." Weiss had advice for how to cope with the shorter season: "Rewatch. Start over at the beginning."
The Book/Show Relationship
"Hopefully we're still living out the spirit of authorGeorge RR Martin's imagination," said Benioff. "Even though we're beyond the books, one thing that's fun is that though George's books will be very different in some respects and the same in others. Hopefully both the series and the books will be surprising."
"What is it like to be America's sweetheart?" McElhenney asked the man behind Ramsay Bolton. Rheon maintained that Ramsay was a great villain because "he had this kind of joy in everything that he does. He was having the best time of his life." When McElhenney asked about Ramsay's perspective, Rheon replied sympathetically. "The poor guy's had a tough upbringing. He's looking for his father's love and acceptance and recognition all his life." Sophie Turner chimed in: "Boo hoo."