Comic Con 2016 Video Interview Roundup!

Before and after yesterday’s panel at San Diego Comic Con, the cast of Game of Thrones was busy chatting away with reporters, and there’s a new crop of video interviews to enjoy this week in addition to the panel.

First up, Iwan Rheon talks to Access Hollywood about his end in season 6. He says he’s pleased with Ramsay’s death, and appreciates its “sense of irony.” He discusses filming the Battle of the Bastards, the Emmy news, and losing his TV-dad this year.

Liam Cunningham jokes about his lack of Emmy nods, and discusses his long days on the Battle of the Bastards, and whether he thinks Davos and Melisandre will ever meet again. The actor says the show starts up again in five weeks time.

At the Hall of Faces Experience, Cunningham discusses the Tormund-Davos buddyship and his own reaction to the season finale, with Cersei, Lyanna Mormont and the King in the North.

Isaac Hempstead Wright speculates on what will happen when Bran reaches the Wall with the Night King’s mark on him.


John Bradley
discusses Sam’s taking of Heartsbane, the Tarly family sword- “His sword by birthright,” as John calls it. He says they’re “expecting scripts…any day now..

John also plays a rounds of Game of Thrones “Wed Dead Bed” with Clevver News:

Speaking to IGN, John discusses heading into season 7, with Sam in Oldtown. “He’s not there for a holiday,” he mentions. The actor speculates on Sam’s purpose in the south, wondering if he’ll find “some kind of a clue to Jon’s background.” As for ambitions, John says Sam is willing to stay in the background and wouldn’t want the Iron Throne

Bradley hangs out with director Kevin Smith and chats about his new movie Traders and killing White Walkers:

Nathalie Emmanuel discusses filming the boat scene in Belfast, the Emmy news, and how she thinks the characters will react to Jon being a Targaryen.

Sophie Turner discusses the Emmy news, how she thinks Sansa would handle the Lyanna-as mom news, and the look Littlefinger and Sansa shared at the end of season 6. She talks about the Sansa and Jon relationship, saying “I would like it to develop in a positive way,” but that Sansa may have inherited some of her mother’s views.

Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Sophie discusses the saddest GoT deaths:

Kristian Nairn discusses the widespread love of Hodor, and his post-Hold the Door experience, seeing his face on elevator buttons and encountering Hodoorstops.

Isaac Hempstead Wright and Liam Cunningham talk to TVLine about the delayed season 7 start, their longevity on Game of Thrones, becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, and the shock of finding out characters are being killed.

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    1. Best cast in the wooooorld!
      Hopefully they finally win the SAG award for Best Drama Ensemble this year, along with many Emmys 😀

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    2. Just realized that next years Comic Con in 2017 will most likely happen before Season 7. That’s crazy. Two Comic Cons between seasons? Yikes.

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    3. I find it interesting that John says Heartsbane is Sam’s birthright when he has essentially given up his birthright after joining the NW. Technically, it’s not his. Either way, I’m curious to see what he’ll learn at the Citadel. I’ve always thought he’d learn how to make Valyrian Steel, but his other idea is also interesting.

      Saving Isaac’s interviews for later. I’m busy with DC stuff.

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    4. Jack Bauer 24,

      By saying that she thinks Sansa learning about Jon’s parentage would get rid of a source of tension between them? Because her saying that Sansa feels overlooked at the end of Season 6 and is reevaluating Littlefinger is the same as everybody else involved with the show has said, including the writers.

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    5. So glad to have Iwan at SDCC for his last year. ?

      Nathalie is just so lovely. And Isaac’s t-shirt is too awesome. ?

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    6. Hasn’t the Sansa/Sophie stuff been beaten to death enough in the last two threads? Can’t you all just leave it out of this one?

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    7. Pigeon:
      So glad to have Iwan at SDCC for his last year.

      Nathalie is just so lovely. And Isaac’s t-shirt is too awesome.

      Whoa! Is that the Night King exclusive comic con shirt? I haven’t been able to find a picture of it online.

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    8. Sean C.,

      Yeah, she was only discussing Sansa’s pov here, which is fine. It’s when she starts analyzing Jon’s character (which are almost always negative and incorrect in many ways) that’s the problem for me.
      I like reading all cast interviews and I actually like Sophie’s carefree attitude too, it’s only her recent interviews that have been buzzkills for many people.

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    9. I wish someone would’ve asked Isaac how his character, Bran, is dealing with the death of Hodor and Summer. I’m very interested in Bran’s development

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    10. This just in: actors are not the deepest thinkers. Sure there are some smart ones here and there, but have you guys listened to the DVD commentaries? Most actors have the attention span of a 6 year old, and if the commentary consists solely of actors without a director or show runner to lead it, it usually devolves into a lot of giggling mixed in between pee pee / caca and dick and pussy jokes. Don’t believe me? Listen to any of the Peter / Lena commentaries where they act like obnoxious children together.

      Bottom line is, you should probably take anything an actor says about their character with a grain of salt as usually they are not the most introspective of people. Which is always odd to me, because when the camera turns on, it’s a totally different story.

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    11. Ah Isaac is so cute.I’m glad he was at cc this year and we get to hear more from him.He deserves it.John is always so articulate and Nathalie has such a pleasing voice.Liam must be tired he has done so much promo but he is always so upbeat it’s cool.

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    12. Liam Cunningham’s interviews are my favourite, he’s so enthusiastic and obviously loving the whole GOT experience. He comes over as a really lovely guy and you can see how hyped he is for what’s to come next.

      I can imagine he was great to have around during the battle of the bastards filming when everyone was frozen and exhausted.

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    13. A Man Grown,

      Maybe not to some. But to me, I interpreted that look from Sansa to LF in the exact same way. To me it looked like a “shit maybe you were right” look.

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    14. El-Bobbie:
      A Man Grown,

      Maybe not to some. But to me, I interpreted that look from Sansa to LF in the exact same way. To me it looked like a “shit maybe you were right” look.

      Me too, her smiles starts when she hears that a Stark should be King, and then fades slowly after Jon looks at her. Many said it was because she was afraid of what LF would do to Jon….but it doesn’t make sense,why she would be afraid of that.
      LF was like ” See, i told u..i am your only ally”.
      Sansa has to play with LF before she kills him, she also has to deal with Cersei a bit.. this is her story. WW are for Jon, she can’t do anything there.

      FYI this sober interview is right after the comin con panel……just saying 😀

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    15. Yeah I dont get the Sophie hate either, I am Jonsa until the end but I never took her attitude or comments in a negative way, she is having fun for God’s sake.

      The problem is for those that think that what she said proved anything about whats going to happen next season. To me it will be all the sweeter when Jonsa becomes very clearly endgame and shock and tears from all that denied it. It will b red wedding type videos on youtube of fan reactions, lol.

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    16. Halfman:

      Liam Cunningham’s interviews are my favourite, he’s so enthusiastic and obviously loving the whole GOT experience. He comes over as a really lovely guy and you can see how hyped he is for what’s to come next.

      All of this! I love his anecdotes about filming with Bella Ramsey. Sounds like the cast was just as in awe of her as the rest of us!

      And according to Nathalie, Kristofer Hivju is going to be in the next Fast & Furious film? Missandei & Tormund together, that should be a treat ?

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    17. ygritte,

      Well, at twenty I was studying at prestige college, really hard because I had to be among the best to keep my scholarship and family financial support, I was touring Europe with my friends, and partying really hard after my exams, drinking and whoring like I was God of tits and wine… does that made me irresponsible, yes, but today I am totally different person, and I am still in my twenties. So saying all that, we all live our lives how we want to live them. Who we are to judge?

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    18. ghost of winterfell,

      Buzzkill? This is the 3rd thread we are talking about Jon vs Sansa and Kit vs Sophie, she is promoting the show and made us talk about it all over the internet, she is actually doing a good job.

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    19. Hey guys, has anyone read this anywhere?

      Sophie’s on-screen sister, fellow British actress Maisie Williams, recently revealed she might be getting her own ‘death party’ sooner than expected after the first read-through of season seven took place.

      “At the end of the read-through this season, I sat there thinking, ‘God, they are setting up for the end,'” Maisie said. “Every season we have been looking up to the next season, and now it feels like we are looking back down and are coming down to the end.”

      So they have the S7 script…. and Arya might die? 🙂

      http://www.film-news.co.uk/news/UK/39525/Sophie-Turner-I-m-sick-of-throwing-death-parties-for-killed-off-co-stars

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    20. House Adder,

      That’s fine, and great for you. At least one of us was able to enjoy a fun, exciting young adulthood. As I implied, everyone’s a little different. Wasn’t judging.

      Good day

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    21. I love the way they always wheel out John Bradley for these things. He’s by far and away the funniest and cleverest out of the actors in person.

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    22. ygritte,

      There’s no way anybody would give away hints of Arya ‘s death in an interview. I wouldn’t take it very seriously.
      It is interesting that they had a read through of the scripts, with so many of the frontline actors missing.

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    23. Flayed Potatoes:
      I find it interesting that John says Heartsbane is Sam’s birthright when he has essentially given up his birthright after joining the NW. Technically, it’s not his. Either way, I’m curious to see what he’ll learn at the Citadel. I’ve always thought he’d learn how to make Valyrian Steel, but his other idea is also interesting.

      Saving Isaac’s interviews for later. I’m busy with DC stuff.

      Well, LC Mormont had Longclaw, so he didn’t give that up after Jorah returned it to him and he joined the NW.

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    24. Isabelle:
      And according to Nathalie, Kristofer Hivju is going to be in the next Fast & Furious film? Missandei & Tormund together, that should be a treat

      Kristofer is sometimes posting photos of the filming on his Instagram account (e.g. recently of a car that he will be using in the movie). I think this is going to be interesting :).

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    25. ygritte,

      I think that’s simply a typical journalist’s sensationalising. It was Sophie talking about death parties, all Maisie said was that the scripts showed the end game was approaching. The article put 2 and 2 together and came up with 10.

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    26. ghost of winterfell:
      ygritte,

      There’s no way anybody would give away hints of Arya ‘s death in an interview. I wouldn’t take it very seriously.
      It is interesting that they had a read through of the scripts, with so many of the frontline actors missing.

      didnt the actors at comic con say that they still dont have the scripts for next season?

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    27. taim,

      Yeah they did.Considering filming starts in five weeks it’s a bit early for actors to have the scripts already.Are we sure Maisie’s comments weren’t about season 6 cause I recall reading similar statements before.Its easy for articles to be clickbait these days

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    28. Wall Builder,

      Jeor didn’t steal Longclaw from his family. He gave the sword to Jorah before joining the NW. Jorah then dishonored the family and left the sword behind, which was sent to Jeor at the Wall. He didn’t steal it, nor did he ask for it to be sent to him iirc. Different situations.

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    29. dragonbringer,

      Jon died though. He fulfilled his NW oath. Nice try.

      Now, why the North (except Ramsay) didn’t question him about the NW is a massive plot hole, since they didn’t witness the resurrection.

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    30. House Adder,

      Yup, this period of zero news seems so dull. Looking forward to some real S7 news. A Rhaegar casting call would make up for all this time!

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    31. Sam,

      ditto – really good interviewers with great questions, for a change.

      Lord of Coffee,

      H

      asn’t the Sansa/Sophie stuff been beaten to death enough in the last two threads? Can’t you all just leave it out of this one?

      This. Yes, please.

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    32. Jenny:
      taim,

      Yeah they did.Considering filming starts in five weeks it’s a bit early for actors to have the scripts already.Are we sure Maisie’s comments weren’t about season 6 cause I recall reading similar statements before.Its easy for articles to be clickbait these days

      Five weeks? Do we have a legit filming date?

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    33. HBO always has a Sunday night program in the Fall. Last year it was The Leftovers and this year it is Westworld. Last years Summer programming was True Detective Season 2, which premiered June 21st and this year it is The Night Of, which premiered July 10th.

      So GoT Season 7 being in the Summer timeslot next year should put it somewhere late June-Mid July. I’m going with July because I think they’ll want to premiere after the 4th of July holiday.

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    34. House Adder,

      I wonder how much real casting news there will be? It seems unlikely that a major new character will be introduced at this late stage, since the show is clearly condensing the story instead of expanding it now.

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    35. Flayed Potatoes,

      Ah, yes.
      Haven’t seen the episode since it aired, need to do a re-watch, soon.

      Didn’t had the time, work and stuff. But that video made me want to see the season again! will try to do a episode every night.

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    36. Flayed Potatoes,
      Jon died though. He fulfilled his NW oath. Nice try.

      Now, why the North (except Ramsay) didn’t question him about the NW is a massive plot hole, since they didn’t witness the resurrection.

      Well, Edd didn’t seem to agree with Jon’s explanation for leaving the NW either.

      As for the Northern Lords, they’ve been through so much since Ned’s death that I think abandoning the NW just doesn’t mean as much to them as it would have when Ned was Warden of the North so I don’t think it’s a plot hole at all.

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    37. Whoa! Its quite interesting what Isaac said,coz if the mark on Bran will deactivate the magic of the Wall like it did with the cave,then if Bran is let through the Wall, then Night King can follow him too. I mean is that all it takes to make the magic of the wall ineffective ?? All that will remain will be the physical obstruction of a 700ft ice wall, which is still something, but the Night king & the army of Ice Zombies can probably find a way to breach that as well.

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    38. Ravyn:
      House Adder,

      I wonder how much real casting news there will be? It seems unlikely that a major new character will be introduced at this late stage, since the show is clearly condensing the story instead of expanding it now.

      Plus more and more CGI, so I’m expecting less filming news this time around.

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    39. I think the cast of GoT will be on Conan today. I’m hoping for more controversies from Sophie! Bring it on!!! 🙂

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    40. Mihnea,

      Again, is that all it will take? Bran passing through the wall?? If so,then the wall will be going down sooner than I expected & much easily. Bran has a buttload of information that he needs to share with important relevant people,which means he needs to get to the other side of the wall & fast.

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    41. Mihnea,
      It isn’t. It’s a story decision they made deliberatly. You can agree or not, that another subject all together.

      Yes. Unlike the books the show can’t spend a lot of screentime on every Northern house so the whole point of mentioning the traumas that each of these houses have suffered was to spell out that the Starks aren’t the only ones who have gone through some major s**t and things have changed since Ned was in charge. These houses are not the same as they once were and the decisions they are making now reflect that. It is what led Umber and Karstark to throw in with the Boltons and it is what led houses Mormont, Manderly and Glover to declare Jon as King even though he may have ‘abandoned’ the NW.

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    42. lol @ Isaac facepalming for having missed HBO’s infographic confirming Rhaegar as Jon’s father. Buddy needs to do his research or read next season’s scripts already

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    43. Lord of Coffee:
      Hasn’t the Sansa/Sophie stuff been beaten to death enough in the last two threads?Can’t you all just leave it out of this one?

      lol- they don’t have “is Jon dead/alive” to fuel them for the next ~12 months so be prepared to hear A LOT about this until then.

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    44. Ace of Mace,

      Lols at you goading. Kind of find it entertaining tbh, Sophie and Maisie ain’t here for monotony anymore that’s for sure.

      A bit late to the party, always a delight seeing GoT at Comic Con, nice insightful interviews from cast members who haven’t been to San Diego before, especially Isaac who really is the loveliest lad.

      I do wish we had got a poster, or a teaser, something to sate my hunger.

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    45. I’m getting these vibes from Sophie that she’s more pissed about the fact that Sansa wasn’t proclaimed Queen in The North than Sansa herself lol

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    46. thorne garnet:
      love these interviews. Don’t get the Sophie?/Sansa hate. She still a kid, cut her some slack.

      So is Isaac and Maisie and they actually don’t act like that at all, but what do I know?

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    47. Speaking of Sam killing the White Walker, I was watching that episode last night and once again, like every other time I’ve seen it, I yelled at Sam to pick up the dragon glass dagger before running away with Gilly and Lil’ Sam. But he never does.

      Lesson learned: the characters on tv shows can’t actually hear me.

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    48. Ace of Mace:
      I think the cast of GoT will be on Conan today. I’m hoping for more controversies from Sophie! Bring it on!!!

      Surprisingly enough she won’t be there lol

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    49. Rob:
      Ace of Mace,
      I looked at the Conan website and I didn’t see her name on the list of guests. Is she going to be there?

      Bummer! I want to hear her opinion if she thinks Jon deserted the NW. She always has interesting/insightful thoughts about GoT.

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    50. Ravyn,

      Sorry for the confusion. I’m not the one saying it. I came across that article and unless my reading comprehension has major issues it appeared Maisie said she has seen the script.

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    51. Giocrypt,

      I hope that part about Sam is joke ..

      Flayed Potatoes,

      Well iam not trying anything.. I was mainly thinking about the scene they had at the top of wall finding loopholes in oath..

      But if we are going to talk about jon fulfilling his oath by dying….he didn’t stay dead though..forgive the elders for not having enough foresight to see and include a line in the oath incase of a what happens when a dead guy resurrected alive back again

      But then again I don’t care …and iam so happy jon left the NW which puts an end to a theory that Nw is lightbringer..

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    52. Icekhione,

      Isaac probably meant on the screen and or what he knows from the scrip. They truly revealed only Lyanna and.strongly hinted at Rhaegar. It’s the only option.

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    53. Lord of Coffee:
      Mihnea,
      It isn’t. It’s a story decision they made deliberatly. You can agree or not, that another subject all together.

      Yes.Unlike the books the show can’t spend a lot of screentime on every Northern house so the whole point of mentioning the traumas that each of these houses have suffered was to spell out that the Starks aren’t the only ones who have gone through some major s**t and things have changed since Ned was in charge.These houses are not the same as they once were and the decisions they are making now reflect that.It is what led Umber and Karstark to throw in with the Boltons and it is what led houses Mormont, Manderly and Glover to declare Jon as King even though he may have ‘abandoned’ the NW.

      The effect of this is that Jon’s death and resurrection storyline seems pretty pointless. One of the biggest factors in GOT is that people suffer the consequences of their actions, even if it were one of the main characters, like Ned, Catelyn, Robb etc . Jon was the only major character to have cheated death, in a way. So if they were going to use this plot, then the reason for doing this and the impact of this event should have been important enough to the story or the characters to warrant it’s inclusion. Sadly, this was not the case. Nobody cared that Jon died, nobody cared that he was resurrected (including his sister) and nobody cared that he seemed to have broken his NW oath.

      Alternatively, many suspected his resurrection to be the fulfillment of a prophecy. But the show has downplayed all prophecies to such an extent that it’s not even clear if this was the case or not, at least so far. So overall this death and resurrection storyline felt a bit pointless.

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    54. ghost of winterfell,

      Well it mattered to Jon.That’s the most important thing I think.For Jon to become the Kitn and leave the night’s watch he needed to die.Otherwise he never would have left.It’s the reason Grrm worded the oath that way and why Jon got the Caesar treatment.The prophecy thing is tricky.You are right they have downplayed pretty much every prophecy.But I think that is necessary to not give away too much and keep the suspense going.They set it up briefly with people saying Jon or Dany are the PTWP but honestly it was too early to focus on that.I think it will come later.They don’t want to telegraph too much.

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    55. Jenny,

      This. This season they already thrown couple of ”prophecy” hints, Mel and Kinarva being the biggest.

      But they won’t say anything more until it is completely vital to the plot.
      Their omission of the RW clues in Dany’s story in Qarth, gives us a ”glimpse” on how the writers see prophecy and how they use it.

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    56. I dont want to get into this because i will be blamed iam biased and people are going to murder me for saying this but I always said that the resurrection is there only to get him out of NW and take on the kingship..and also kept on saying that will have an affect only in jon ans it will be personally and mentally and not some global phenomenon..
      And I was right in both events..

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    57. And I will say this will be the same for RLJ reveal as well…it will affect and matter for two characters one being jon himself and next being dany ( whose chapter contain most of RLJ clues)..and once again will lead to kingship..

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    58. Jenny,

      I am not so sure Jon would not have left the NW if he had not died. If Sansa had reached the Wall and Ramsay had sent him the PL threatening to kill Rickon, Sansa, himself, the NW and all the Wildlings, while he was still LC, would Jon have just ignored it? I think he would have marched on Ramsay, even if he had not been betrayed and died. The only thing is, this would have been a harder decision for him to make, breaking his vows without the death loophole.

      As for the prophecy, yes they might expand on it in the future when it actually becomes important to the plot. That’s why I said so far.

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    59. Mihnea,

      Yeah prophecy gives away too much.How much of people guesses of how the story will go are based in the house of undying visions?Like there is so much information there.Or if Grrm hadn’t included the valonqar thing how many people would have arrived at the Jaime conclusion?I know I wouldn’t have gotten it until much later.Plus in a visual medium it’s even harder to keep it vague.Not to mention if they had Mellisandre be like yeah you’re azor ahai and you will fight the Night king with lightbringer or whatever then where is the suspense of battle of the bastards.Yes us here who are big fans of the show and the books knew on a meta level that Jon wouldn’t die in that battle.But I bet everything that casual watchers watching him trampled by the bodies and couple with the conversation he and Mel had beforehand were worried that he could die

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    60. ghost of winterfell,

      Oh well then I think we would have had a book situation.Yes he would have marched on Winterfell but I don’t think he would have consider that deserting.He would have defeated Ramsay and then returned to his post.Thats what I took from his last chapter.But the narrative needs him to cut ties with the watch and become Kitn.

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    61. ghost of winterfell,

      Yeah, this is exactly why I didn’t join a ”deep” debate, nor said it is better or not, just expressed that I liked it..
      In the end the debate will turn into ”what do we want from stories” and ”how should they be told”

      And arguing this is pointless, it would be like trying to argue with some why the music I like is better then the music you like. There is no right or wrong.

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    62. dragonbringer,

      No I haven’t had the chance.But it’s my to do list.I finished my exams two weeks ago and now I’m watching the Americans because my brother insisted.It’s really good.Have you watched it?And how is the west wing going?

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    63. Jenny,

      Oh its really good …I just love all the characters written ..i like josh and president and charlie and cj and Sam..
      No i havent watched americans ..its on my watchlist too..i picked up west wing mainly because its finished and dule hill is in it..
      After west wing i will start americans.
      Iam sure you will love psych. Take your time with that. ..after all we have a long year ahead of us..

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    64. Jenny,

      Yes ok, so it’s a plot device to make Jon King. It still feels inadequate, IMO, given that nobody around him seemed to have any interest in what happened to him.

      Mihnea,

      I agree.

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    65. dragonbringer,

      Don’t think she’ll know unless Bran or Jon tells her that. I can see Bran doing that based on what Isaac said that he needs to spread the word. Not sure for what but Jon is probably going to keep it secret. But not sure how it’s so important for Dany.

      Marriage could be strictly political as it was foreshadowed and not love. Jon is not interested in South, politics and all that. She would have to believe it and let’s be honest only their words is not enough no matter how honorable Jon is. If they decide to tell her.

      At the end RLJ will matter to Jon most of all and that’s it. Much like his resurrection as you rightly said.

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    66. Jack Bauer 24,

      Ahhh please…. she’s fine. Nothing wrong with stoking the fires a bit. Regardless, if she goes team Littlefinger… it won’t bode well for her character’s future.

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    67. If Jon has both Bran and an educated Sam on his side in Winterfell he’ll be pretty hard to beat from a knowledge standpoint. Dany and the Night King obviously have a personnel advantage, but he should be able to topple them with strategy and a bit of unknown magic on his side.

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    68. I don’t really look at the story and say “Jon left the NW.” Yes, he was going to leave, travel South and do his own thing, attempting to completely ignore the North. Yes, he did physically leave Castle Black with Edd in charge. He may even think he left, but what he’s doing is becoming exactly what he needs to do as Lord Commander or even just a prominent member of the NW.

      Rickon’s captivity may have kicked him into attacking Ramsay, but it really had to be done, and done by Jon. Castle Black and the NW would continue to be ignored by Ramsay and the rest of the Houses unless someone is able to convince them and rally them to turn their attentions to The Wall and beyond. Jon is now essentially “ranging” South of the Wall in an attempt to protect them just as they do when they range North. All of the titles, politics, name, marriage stuff is unimportant to him except for how it will help them stand against the NK. His actions are those of a Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch doing everything he can to prepare them. He’s being the LC even if he’s stating he isn’t.

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    69. Jenny,

      You write as if Jaime Valonqar is certain. If I were to bet I’d say it’s Tommen. After all she’s answering Cersei’s question about having children and then finishes with stating that “the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you”. To me that seems pretty clear she’s refering to the younger brother of Cersei’s children. Now the prophecy also seem to imply Cersei’s children are all dead at that point, but we’ve seen plenty of dead people capable of choking.

      This page explains it well.
      http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/130608-valonqar-theory-tommen-baratheon/

      Now the show is obviusly not taking that route (though we never saw the body being burned, maybe Qyburn sneaked it of?… Probably not). So we might very likely not find out the truth of this plan.

      Sorry for the aside.

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