'Game of Thrones' keeps fan in dark about next season at Comic-Con
By Piya Sinha-Roy
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - Fans hoping to get a glimpse of what HBO's "Game of Thrones" has in store for its anticipated next season were left in dark at San Diego's Comic-Con on Friday, as the cast kept tight-lipped on the fate of their characters.
"Our cast here, they're going to have a hard time answering questions about what's going on moving forward," moderator Seth Meyers said at the panel featuring cast including Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and John Bradley.
Instead of footage or announcements for the new season, fans were shown a montage of "Game of Thrones" popping up in various other shows including "The Simpsons" and "Sesame Street," and a reel of the cast's audition tapes.
"Game of Thrones," based on the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books by George R.R. Martin, has become HBO's most-watched series, with 20 million viewers tuning into season 5 this year across HBO's TV and on-demand platforms.
In the past season that concluded last month, fans saw the leaders of the realms of the mythical Westeros continue fighting wars for the Iron Throne, with shocking moments including a brutal rape, burning a child, the rise of the zombie-like army of White Walkers and a fire-breathing dragon.
Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, spoke about her character's rape by the villainous Ramsay Bolton, a scene that divided fans and critics who felt the show may have gone too far.
"There's one thing that Sansa still is, despite what's happened to her, which is strong," Turner said.
Executive producer Carolyn Strauss addressed criticism that the show puts its female characters through torturous scenes, saying it was fitting for the time period of the show. Continued...