It's only been a few weeks since the devastating season five finale of "Game of Thrones," and on Friday, July 10, a gaggle of lucky San Diego Comic-Con fans piled into Hall H to hear Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Conleth Hill, director David Nutter, Hannah Murray, executive producer Carolyn Strauss, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, and Maisie Williams answer for their sins. (And, you know, for the overall awesomeness of the season.)
A whole Citadel library-worth of information was discussed at the panel -- though, of course, none of it was about season six -- but the most buzzworthy parts of the Seth Meyers-moderated event involved the show's treatment of women. When a fan asked Turner about her controversial (to say the least) rape scene and producers' decision to focus the camera on Theon, Turner finally got to speak her mind after months of staying silent.
"There's one thing that Sansa still is despite what's happened to her; it's strong," Turner said. "You'll have to ask [producers] why they focused [the camera] on Theon, because I was great.
"I think Sansa, yeah, she has gone through a lot, but she has developed skills from Cersei and Margaery and others. She's still just as strong as she was before... what she's been doing this whole time, this whole series, is just getting by without doing anything totally radical, because that could change her situation... she could die. She's not stupid. She thought [the rape] through in her head. She could have fought back if she wanted to, but she didn't... she's one of the characters who does her scheming in her head."
Also, when another fan asked if season six would focus more on gender politics and Westeros' patriarchy, Strauss first just answered, "yes." Then, of course, she elaborated.
"I think they're trying to put together the best and -- most realistic would be the wrong word -- mix of those personalities of that world at the mythical time that the world takes place," she said. "Things were not great. For a lot of characters, male and female."
And lest things remained too serious, Hill livened things up with a serious truth bomb: "Girls weren't the only ones to lose something," he quipped.