When you’ve tortured, raped or murdered a significant majority of your characters, what happens when you have to face the fans? That was the potential danger in the air during the “Game of Thrones” presentation at this year’s Comic-Con, featuring director David Nutter, executive producer Carolyn Strauss and actors Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, Hannah Murray, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten and Maisie Williams.
When It Comes to Season 6, ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast and Producers (Like Jon Snow) Know Nothing
When It Comes to Season 6, 'Game of Thrones' Cast and Producers (Like Jon Snow) Know Nothing
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Fortunately for HBO, no “Red Wedding”-esque tragedies occurred. And the reason for that has a name: Seth Meyers. Coming off its most controversial season yet, the choice to appoint the affable Seth Meyers as moderator was a perfect one. The tone during the initial round of questioning regarding the season’s darkest events leaned heavily towards levity.
Van Houten, as the evil sorceress Melisandre, said she understood why she might receive angry fan mail for her actions over the course of Season 5. Meanwhile, a running joke during the panel involved Meyers mocking Christie for her character’s inabilty to “watch for a candle.”
Not that the actress behind badass Brionne was at all intimidated. Christie’s bold declarations about how much she enjoys playing an unwavering female warrior on television — saying that the opportunity was “long overdue” — drew huge applause and cheers.
Even when fan questions brought up events that had upset viewers, Strauss dodged, with an often-echoed line about how “Game of Thrones” reflects “the mix of those personalities in that world, and the mythical time that it takes place.”
“People like to be involved in a conversation, and when you know these characters, you get more upset. Just because it’s painful doesn’t mean it’s not an important part of the story,” she said.
Avoiding the major debates of the last year wasn’t the only topic off-limits. The cast and producers were extremely tight-lipped about what might happen in Season 6 and beyond. The reason for this being that the events of the show have caught up with the events of the books written by George R.R. Martin, which until now have more often than not been matched by the show.
“A lot of us at this table are in the same position as you are,” Dormer told one fan. “[The producers] keep their cards very close to their chest.”
Of course, the producers were clear that just as it has since the beginning, the show operates independently from “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the book series. “[The writers] talk to [Martin] as much as they have before,” Strauss said.
When asked how the producers would handle breaking the news of character deaths to actors, given that the show has caught up with the events of the books and thus those deaths can’t be said to be George R.R. Martin’s fault, Strauss quipped: “We’re still going to blame [George].”