HBO's Game of Thrones held their annual Comic-Con panel in Hall H earlier today, but since production hasn't began on Season 6 yet, there was no new footage to show. However, the cast and crew did have a few surprises for fans, revealing two new videos, an audition reel that shows several actors' first auditions for the show, and a pop culture mash-up, showcasing all of the different TV shows that have referenced the hit series. The audition reel features Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaquen H'gar), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Carice van Houten (Melissandre) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Nahris).
Today's Game of Thrones panel was moderated by Seth Meyers, featuring executive producer Carolyn Strauss, director David Nutter and cast members Alfie Allen (Theon/Reek), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Conleth Hill (Varys), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Carice van Houten (Melisandre) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). During the panel session, Maisie Williams revealed that she is training to learn how to fight in a totally different style, after she was blinded in the Season 5 finale. Natalie Dormer also hinted that her character Margaery Tyrell may be in a lot of trouble, now that her grandmother isn't around anymore. When asked about Sansa's controversial wedding night, where she was raped by her new husband Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), Sophie Turner had this to say.
"If there's one thing Sansa still is, despite what happened to her, she's still strong." As to why they zoomed in on Theon, "I don't know because I was giving a great performance." Audience laughs and applauds. "Sansa could've fought back but she chose not to."
""I found it interesting when I read the books about the basis of that relationship. You have this very unique and unconventional woman [coming to have a] begrudging respect [for Jaime and he with her]. It's intense and close and doesn't have a root in sexuality. Just a very powerful, modern representation of relationships."
As for Season 6, the stars revealed that no one has seen the first scripts for this season yet, so we may have to wait quite some time for any concrete details on this season, which will be the first that isn't based on any one of George R.R. Martin's books. What do you think of these details from the cast? Check out these videos, and stay tuned for more on Game of Thrones.