SDCC Game of Thrones Panel: Puppies And Not Laughing

All Information Courtesy of Bleeding Cool’s Christine Marquet, with photos by Joshua Stone :

After starting a good bit later than it was scheduled, the Game of Thrones panel started off with Kristian Nairn (Hodor) as the moderator. John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) looks significantly thinner than his character. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) came out with a puppy which he named Allie.  Gwendoline Christie (Brianne of Tarth) came out in a stunning suit.

Allen discussed his character, Theon, and how he is currently transitioning from Reek back to Theon.

Contleth Hill (Varys) talked about the struggles of not ruining a shoot by making your costars laugh. Apparently this is a struggle for the cast, given how well they’ve come to know one another.

The chemistry between Nathalie Emmanuel’s Missandei and Jacob Anderson’s Grey Worm came up. Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys would do the wedding for them.

Sophie Turner revealed that her character, Sansa, has been paying attention to Aidan Gillen’s Littlefinger so that she can play the long game in all of this.

It was asked what Liam Cunningham’s Davos would do if he learned of Carice van Houten’s Melisandre’s participation in the death of Stannis’ daughter. He said that he’s not vindictive and would not hunt her down, but he’d probably put her in a shallow grave given the chance.

When asked, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) said that he missed his costar, Kristian Nairn, on set and that it is empty without him.

The entire cast was asked that, if they were put on the Iron Throne, what would they make illegal throughout Westeros?

Chistie said that she wanted women to be knights, Allen wanted everyone to come back to life, Hill wants Comic Con to be free, Anderson wants puppies and unicorns for everyone, Turner wants unlimited carbs, Cunningham wants free Doris Wine for everyone, Emmanuel wanted free language lessons and education for everyone, Bradley wanted maesters to have to clean their own shit, Wright wants it so that actors who film in cold places can get a holiday where they film in warm locations, and Nairn would make it illegal to mount and carry another person (citing that Bran never thanked Hodor).

Christie was asked about Brianne’s motivations, and she answered that she is following the Starks to be different from the men before her, even if it is only for Catelyn Stark and Sansa. She was asked what Tormund would have to do to get into Briann’s chain mail. She said going down on a chicken leg didn’t help, and it would be about mutual respect and not one overpowering the other.

When Hill was asked about what scares Varys, he said the economic outlook jokingly, but he also said he’s worried he’ll end up “holding the door” for someone.

Turner spoke on how Sansa sees the world differently now and isn’t looking for marriage like in Season 1. She is cautious and trusts no one. She also talked about how there still is sexism in this culture; that’s why Sansa is the politician and Jon is the warrior.

Cunningham was asked if Davos misses his smuggling days. He replied with how this is not a simple world, and no one can have a simple life.

Emmanuel was asked about Missandei, and she says she owes a debt to Dany, and, though she is not happy with Tyrion being the new hand, she understands that he knows the enemy better.


Bradley was asked about Sam’s role in all this, and he says that he wants to fight the same battles as Jon, but he does not have the same skills. So he will have to use academia to help in the fight.

Ironically (given the character history) Turner spoke of how much she enjoyed working with Jack Gleeson, so she would like to bring Joffrey back.

The cast was asked about what they would like to do beyond Game of Thrones.

Allen said he was up for anything, and he wants to get into directing. Christie wants to do a gender-bending musical with dance. Wright wants to be in the “Game of Thrones romantic comedy musical.” Bradley wants to do something with singing, but he can’t sing. Cunningham wants to get back into comedy, and he and Peter Dinklage think the series finale should be a comedy.

Anderson wants to make films and advance his music career. He also wants a spinoff with Pod, Grey Worm, and Davos called “Better Call Davos.”

Emmanuel used to make musicals, and she wants to try that again. She also wants to try writing and more stuff behind the camera.

They were asked how they would top “The Battle of the Bastards.” They answered that they wouldn’t go bigger, but “more beautiful and interesting.”

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.