David Benioff, Executive Producer, has stated that they decided to postpone season 7 premiere until next summer, instead of the normal April release. The push back was announced recently and the multi-year winter long that was predicted for Westeros needed a shift in production, which normally is taking place around this time.
Benioff has stated that Winter Is Here and they are shooting in areas where they are trees. They have to let the leaves fall off the trees to be able to make the scenes look like winter. This means that production will go on until February, and that is just 7 episodes and not the normal 10.
The Comic-Con panel for Game of Thrones happens just a couple of weeks after they end the season, so they examine the past episodes instead of talk about the new ones.
Producers did have a bit of fun with their crowd, but offering them a season 7 teaser.
The Comic-Con panel
Conleth Hill, Iwan Rheon, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, and Nathalie Emmanuel led the Comic-Con panel from the large cast but many of the big names were left out such as Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.
Fans still had a great time, saving all the cheering for Kristian Nairn, whose Hodor died protecting Bran in season 6. Most began to shout, “Hold the Door!”, which is a reference to how the gentle giant repeated this duty to protect Bran, until these words collapsed into Hodor.
The other panelists gave some insight into their characters.
Sophie Turner spoke about Sansa Stark’s rising power after she had seasons of humiliation and mistreatment. Turner stated that she became a leader in her own right.
Sophia Turner about Sansa
She also went on to stated that Sansa’s epic battle was a joint effort between Jon Snow, Sansa’s Half-brother and Sansa, but that the actual parentage of Snow was revealed in the season 6 finale, which means that they may not even be siblings. Turner then went on to say that her character doesn’t believe that Jon is even capable of running the north and Winterfell and that she feels that he has no experience, intellect and knowledge that Sansa has. Although Sansa knows that Jon has great morals, the Stark Morals, he will make the right choice. Whether or not it is the best one, is a different story.
Rheon, tried to explain why his character, the sadistic Ramsay has become Game of Thrones most despised character. He stated that when you discuss the character, he just has a joy in everything that he does. Almost as if he is having the time of his life. Now that his life is over, thanks to his former victim Sansa.
Turner stated that she was happy that Sansa’s first victim was Ramsay. That it felt that it was leading up to this, her first kill, and she was glad that it was Ramsay.
Rheon had a nice response of “It was an honor to be killed by you.”
Emmanuel who plays, Missandei, Targaryen’s lieutenant, is enjoying the ever increasing number of strong women in Game of Thrones. Recently, Game of Thrones has been criticized for the treatment of the female characters.
Emmanuel stated that she is proud to play a strong woman and that she hopes that Missandei will continue to support Daenerys, and basically become the girl power couple.