“Game of Thrones” debuted its penultimate season on Sunday, and on Friday the cast travelled from Westeros to San Diego to make a much-anticipated appearance at Comic-Con.
As Deadline reports, the panel kicked off with a surprise blast from the past when Kristian Nairn (a.k.a. Hodor) received huge applause when he appeared to introduce the panel, which included Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Conleth Hill (Lord Varys), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarley).
Nairn, who moderated the panel, asked the cast which killed-off cast member they most missed, and Turner offered a surprising response: Jack Gleeson, who played psychopathic King Joffrey. Answering the same question, Bradley joked that the character he most regretted being killed was Jon Snow, because it led to an entire year of the cast being asked whether Jon was actually dead.
The highlight of the panel was the debut of a brand new trailer for the current season (above) that offered some shockers about upcoming plot developments.
Among these: Cersei (Lena Headey) preparing for war, warning that “the Mad King’s daughter will destroy the realm”; nefarious Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) making a triumphant entry to Dragonstone; and, most intriguingly, the return of flame-haired witch Melisandre (Carice Van Houten), who has apparently switched alliances after being banished by Jon Snow, and is now advising Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). “I believe you have a role to play — as does another,” she tells the Mother of Dragons, no doubt hinting at the inevitable Dany-Jon meeting that fans have been dying for.
The season’s second episode of “Game of Thrones” airs on Sunday, July 23.