The Game of Thrones fandom is still digesting the events of the show's final season. From Daenerys' downfall to Sansa's coronation, fans had a lot to process when the show ended in May. Fortunately, Game of Thrones' cast and creators came to Comic-Con International to help. Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) appeared on a special panel alongside Emmy Award-winning director Miguel Sapochnik to discuss the series.
Game of Thrones' farewell panel with a clip package highlighting the major moments from the series, including the iconic death scenes.
Isaac began with a joke about someone leaving coffee cups at the table, as he sipped from a to-go coffee cup. About fans' reactions to him, "it's been great... I've forced my family and friends to now refer to me only as Your Grace." "I can't imagine his government a barrel of laughs... I suppose Westeros is now a surveillance state with everything he knows," he went on to say.
Maisie imagines Arya's backpacking tour as "having a wonderful time like Dora the Explorer." She said her favorite meme is where she asks what's west of Westeros and Bran is right there.
Jacob thinks Greyworm keeps his promise to Missandei and about finding love again he said, "No, not in the same way."
About life in the new small council, "the relationship must have soured somewhat by now" said John. "We set up sort of a comic space... I felt personally that you want to stay with them. There's some drama involved in a group of people that don't like each other but are forced to exist. It basically turns into The Office... it's a microcosm." In comparison, Liam is much more optimistic and thinks there should be a spinoff called Better Call Davos.
Nikolaj said, "I thought it was a great ending, I thought it was the perfect ending for that character. It made sense to me... For me, the scene with Gwendoline Christie as Brienne when she fills in the blanks in the book, it was really beautiful. I think it showed her understanding of Jaime and her love of Jaime."
"I don't regret starting the petition" Conleth joked about his honest interview with Entertainment Weekly about being gutted about his end. "For the record, I loved all of ten years on Game of Thrones... it was a lifechanging experience... and the one thing that the last series was about was the futility of conflict and the pointlessness of war, and if you get one thing form that show, take that."
"Every season we had huge controversies from Ned Stark being killed... and then there was the Red Wedding, and I think honestly the end I feel so lucky to have met so many people here and fans of the show... so obviously when it comes to the end, it's gonna piss you off because it's the end. But at the end of the day, it's absolutely fine," Nikolaj said.
About the benefit of hindsight and what they wished was done differently, Liam joked that he should've been on the throne.
Nikolaj has strongly defended Jaime's choice to return to Circe, but if Jaime had somehow survived being stabbed and was reunited with Brienne, "I think he's got a lot of baggage, and I think [Brienne]'d find out after a few weeks, and she'd move on to someone else."
After Jon Snow killed Daenerys, fans were wondering why Grey Worm didn't kill Jon. "I think that in my head maybe there came a point for Grey Worm towards the end where it was enough... everybody who was ever dear to him was dead now, and he'd just learned how to have people who were dear to him... I don't think he doesn't want to kill Jon Snow, I think he just doesn't want him to be alive."
Conleth confirmed that Varys was trying to kill Daenerys. "I think Varys knew long ago he was going to die. I think what the sorcerer said might be what she said when he was burned to death... he knew he couldn't get through Jon Snow and Tyrion... he knew that he had to try anyway to stop her, and there was a possibility that he would die."
About the evil Bran theory, Isaac said, "I don't think Bran knows per se what's going to happen in the future... he's not a fortune teller... I think it's quite cool that it's left slightly ambiguous."
"Arya has always been a lone wolf, like a misfit in her own family. I don't think being with a partner would make her feel the most at home and the most fulfilled" said Maisie about Arya potentially going back with Gendry. Maisie also said, "She did it on her own" about the fan theory that Jon was yelling her to go kill the Night King. If anything, Maisie added, more credit should go to Melisandre.
Nikolaj's favorite line from the show was "Hold the door." Liam's favorite was "Nothing fucks you harder than time." Jacob's favorite was "Valor morghulis." Maisie's favorite line, on the other hand, was "Not today," while John's was "I always wanted to be a wizard." For John, it explained why Sam had to create this other reality for himself to exist. "It's a funny line on the surface but the more you learn about the character... it tells you everything you need to know about what he came from and what he's grown out of."
Conleth's favorite line was "I drink and I know things." Isaac's favorite line was "Chaos is a ladder" especially since he got to repeat it back to Littlefinger.
About taking things from set, Isaac took whatever he could on a set on his last day, which was a photoshoot set, and after 10 years, "I was left with a wooden spoon."
"I... stole most of the scenes I was in," joked Conleth. Meanwhile, John has never taken anything because "I have a pathological fear of getting in trouble" which is actually opposite of Samwell because he's stolen everything -- books, swords, etc. Conleth joked that John stole a baby,
"When we were doing the scene where Arya took the waif's face... they use silicone blobs of blood so it won't slip all over the floor, and I took a bunch of those and left them all over the bathroom of my trailer," Maisie laughed.
On scenes that didn't make it into the show, Liam talked about the fight against Mance Rayder and how he did a couple of great moves, but those scenes got cut because the writers didn't want him to be a great fighter. "I did kill a couple of guys early on," said Liam.
"Dick, no balls. That's what they told me," clarified Jacob about what he was told about his character initially.
About the water bottle controversy, John said, "I've always been someone's who's felt a lot of responsibility for things... so when I saw it... I'm right-handed. I've thought about this" and John went on to pantomime putting a water bottle down on the opposite side that the water bottle was actually on, hinting that it wasn't actually him who put the water bottle there.
"The cast and crew" is what Nikolaj would miss the most about playing Jaime. "The truth is it is the people... that's what we carry with us and we'll always carry that with us."
"Doing all of the combat fighting, and doing all of the swords, and doing something of this time period... I'll really miss that. I don't think I'll do anything like that again for fear of repeating myself. That's been really incredible and I really loved it," said Maisie of what she'd miss about Arya.
"I"m going to miss charting that very gradual journey from Season 1 to where we leave him.. given eight more seasons, he could've done whatever he wants," said John about Samwell Tarly.
About being so still and calm for hours each day, Isaac called it meditative and a fun experience. "It is the fans, being part of a show that people absolutely love and theorize about.. you kind of take it for granted when you're in it," said Isaac.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.