Are you still reeling from the shocking Game of Thrones finale? (So are we.)
Some of the cast members reunited at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the show. Now that we’re caught up with the books, they’re as secretive as ever about the next season’s plot. So, we didn’t really get much information on what’s in store for season 6, but they did explain some things about season 5. That includes whether Jon Snow really is dead and if there’s any hope for the women of the realm to finally get some respect. (It’s looking glum on both accounts.)
1. There’s probably no chance that Jon Snow is still alive. (Even President Obama was holding out hope.)
David Nutter, who directed the finale, mentioned recently he met President Obama. Apparently Obama shook his hand and asked “You didn’t kill Jon Snow, did you?” His response: “Mr. President, Jon Snow is deader than dead.”
Of course, some fans will keep praying for a miracle until the next season premieres.
2. Everyone in the cast nailed their audition. (Seriously, wow.)
We didn’t get much information on season six, but we did get to see how some of our favorite scenes played out during the audition process.
The only person who didn’t seem to nail it was Carice van Houten, who plays the Red Priestess. She admitted that her mistake, though, and we’re guessing she did well the second time around because she’s now an integral part of the show.
3. Only one actor at the panel actually read the books.
It’s pretty widely known that most of the cast hasn’t read the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. With the chance they could die after just two episodes, who can really blame them for not wanting to have a countdown until their unemployment?
It seems that Gwendoline Christine, who plays Brienne, is the only one to read the novels.
“Gwendoline, you did the reading?” asked moderator Seth Meyers, shocked. “I did the homework for once,” Christie replied.
“People would come up and be like ‘Arya goes blind!’” said Maisie Williams, the youngest of the panelists. “And I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I knew that. I totally knew that.’ Even though I didn’t.”
So, the cast is pretty much as shocked as most of the viewers every time something crazy happens. We can’t imagine how nerve-wracking it must to wait for scripts.
4. The Boltons made an evil play on Sansa’s wedding day.
If Sansa’s marriage to Ramsay wasn’t awful enough, the family she married into decided to hurt her even more without her knowledge.
Theon, aka Reek, walks her down the aisle in some very regal clothing. Instead of getting something made for him, the Boltons made him put on the attire Robb Stark was wearing at the Red Wedding.
He was struck by several arrows and stabbed in the heart, so they must have mended it and washed it, but the cast confirmed that was definitely Robb’s outfit.
5. What Sophie Turner thinks about the rape scene on Sansa’s wedding night.
There’s been a lot of backlash since Ramsay raped Sansa on her wedding night. With all the sexual violence toward women in the show, this was the last straw for a lot of viewers. An attendee asked whether Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, felt the sexual assault made the character lose some of her strength.
Sophie doesn’t think so:
“If there’s one thing that Sansa still is, despite what happened to her, is strong,” Turner replied, drawing cheers. “I really don’t know why they focused on Theon, because I was giving a great performance.”
“I think Sansa, yeah, she has gone through a lot. But she has developed skills from Margaery and Cersei and other folks and is still just as strong as ever. Over this whole series, she’s kind of been getting by without doing anything radical, because she knows it’s dangerous for her. She could die. And that is certainly true with the Boltons. That’s a big risk to take. And I think she knows that. She’s not stupid. She didn’t just think, This is gonna happen. She thought it through, in her head. She could’ve fought back if she wanted to, but she didn’t fight. And that’s a good point of character. She’s one of those characters that does her scheming in her mind rather than outwardly.”
6. There probably won’t be any less violence against women as the series moves forward.
This continued to be a sore point for people watching the panel. A woman cosplaying as Daenerys Targaryen mentioned how upset fans are becoming at the rape and violence against women, asking if the upcoming season will show them as “pitfalls of patriarchy, rape culture and other forms of oppression.”
Executive producer Carolyn Strauss’ answer did not make us optimistic for the future of women on the show:
Strauss paused and slowly articulated her answer. “I think we’re trying to put together the best and most — realistic would be the wrong word, but a mix of those personalities in that world at that mythical time that the show takes place [in],” she said. “And things were not great, for a lot of people, male and female!”
True, things are bad all around, but Theon’s pretty much the only man who didn’t just get stabbed a few times and die. Women, on the other hand, are being raped every night and/or beaten regularly.
7. Theon may finally have some happiness.
After a few troubling seasons for Theon, there may be some good news coming for him soon. Seeing Sansa suffer seems to have given him more strength, leading to him killing Ramsay’s girlfriend to protect her.
After that show of bravery, the actor who plays Theon thinks things are looking up for the character:
Alfie Allen, who plays Theon, said it was nice to “see some light at the end of the tunnel for the character” considering how he finally ended the season, leaving Winterfell with Sansa. Turner said her character “likes [Theon] but she hates him” when asked about their complicated relationship.
But they’re still tight lipped about season six, so only time will tell.