The Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel is oddly stripped of central characters this year. Kit Harington, Lena Heady, Peter Dinklage, and Maisie Williams are nowhere to be seen, and instead, the group is populated with side characters like Davos, Sam, Hodor, Ramsay, Varys, Missandei, and most bizarre of all, The Waif. No offense to Faye Marsay (the actress who plays the Waif), but her presence on the panel just screams, “yeah, we ran out of cast members who agreed to do it.”

Nonetheless, robbed of urgency as it is, any Game of Thrones information is welcome, and the 2016 panel was still filled with fun tidbits of information. Here are the most pertinent nuggets.

Iwan Rheon, who plays the not-so-dearly departed Ramsay Bolton, thinks he’s had a tough time of it.

Savage Showrunner David Benioff maintains that even though Season 7 is well into non-book territory that is dark and full of terrors, he still aims to honor the spirit.

Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, shed some light on the behind-the-scenes parts of the scripts.

Miguel Sapochnik the master director who helmed Season 5’s “Hardhome” and Season 6’s “The Battle of The Bastards” and that epic finale “The Winds of Winter,” will not return for Season 7 but hopes to for Season 8.

Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos, probably wasn’t faking that look of heartbreak at Shireen’s death.

It was jaw-dropping:

Any JonSa shippers should abandon all hope. Not happening.

The “Battle of The Bastards” had over 257 bodies.

John Bradley-West, who plays Sam, thinks the ideal way for him to bite it would be Death By Book.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark, doesn’t know how he’ll tell Jon about his mother.

That’s got to be an awkward conversation, “so funny story about your real mother, who’s identity I learned while tripping balls in a tree…”

And Sansa is a queen and everyone knows it.

“I don’t think she believes Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the north; she doesn’t think he has the intellect, the knowledge, the experience that she has, and I concur,” Sophie Turner has said. “He has wonderful morals, those Stark morals, so she thinks that inevitably he’ll make the good decision, but whether it’s going to benefit anyone is another story.”

The panel showed a Season 6 blooper reel but no new Season 7 footage. Season 7, which will be seven episodes long, will air in summer 2017.

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