In what has become a staple inside Hall H, HBO’s blockbuster hit series Game of Thrones returned today to share some thoughts and secrets on their upcoming seventh season.
Earlier this week, HBO confirmed season 7 will return with seven episodes in the summer of 2017, a delay from the show’s usual spring start.
So instead of teaser footage with a premiere date that would break social media, an “in-production tease” was shown instead:
Highlights from the panel included director Miguel Sapochnik, who was behind the camera for the epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode as well as the season 6 finale, saying that he would like to direct something in season 8, seeing as he’s skipping the next season.
Nathalie Emmanuel on Missandei’s future: “It’s hard to know what the future brings for her but I think that she genuinely believes in Daenerys and her claim. Daenerys has saved her life and liberated her and acknowledged her brilliance… these are two women who respect and lift each other up. It’s a really sweet friendship… so I kind of hope that Missandei continues to support Daenerys and they continue to be this girl power couple.”
Sophie Turner on Sansa’s sibling rivalry with Jon Snow (and how she really feels about his leadership skills): “I think she believed it was probably more of a joint effort in terms of the Battle of the Bastards, she thinks they should be King and Queen of the North, I’m not so sure she’s so keen on the Iron Throne anymore. I’m not sure she thinks Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the North… She doesn’t think he has the intellect, the knowledge and the experience that she has, and I concur.”
While the show is guaranteed a seventh season, the Thrones team has expressed a desire to end the series at eight seasons, meaning just 13 episodes could remain, split across two more seasons. “We’ve known for several years now how many hours, roughly, we want it to go, it hasn’t changed,” Benioff said to Entertainment Weekly this year. HBO has not yet confirmed anything about season 8 nor the show’s potential end.
Meanwhile, the season six blooper reel also found it’s way online shortly after the panel. Apparently, ‘benevolent’ is really hard to say.