UPDATE with audition reel shown in Hall H: The cast and creatives behind HBO’s mega-hit Game Of Thrones invaded Hall H today but couldn’t muster much of anything in the way of tipping what’s ahead in the drama series’ upcoming sixth season. Not that we even know when Season 6 starts: HBO didn’t announce a premiere date or any significant castings, which the network has done in years past during its Comic-Con panel.
The best line of the day came from director David Nutter, part of a panel that didn’t include (for the first time) showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, nor author George RR Martin, whose books are the basis for the series. Nutter told the packed crowd that President Obama, “The number-one Game Of Thrones fan in the world,” asked him directly if he “really killed Jon Snow” — a reference to the shock Season 5 ending in which Kit Harington’s character was offed. Nutter said he told Obama that “Jon Snow is deader than dead.” Obama then complained that all of his favorite GoT characters get killed off. (Harington was not on the panel today.)
The rest of the panel included Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Hannah Murray, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten and Maisie Williams and EP Carolyn Strauss. But even with all that royalty onstage, nothing was revealed. Dormer responded to a crowd question with this: “David and [D.B.] keep their cards very close to their chest — and I don’t have a f-in clue what happens to me next.” Eventually, moderator Seth Meyers said the cast couldn’t say much about what’s happening to them in future seasons. “They wouldn’t even tell me and I’m kind of famous,” he joked.
They did show a sizzle reel of places GoT has been referenced — like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Saturday Night Live, New Girl — and then an auditions reel. Check that out here: