We're not sure that Game of Thrones can squeeze in a "happy" ending at this point, or whether any of Westeros' power players will go out with smiles on their faces. But we do know that, behind the scenes, the cast and crew that doesn't take the demagoguery and death too seriously.
In the just-released Season 6 blooper reel, introduced today during the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, we see such heartwarming sights as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) flubbing his lines; Carice van Houten (Melisandre) pulling away a blanket to reveal the covered nether-region of Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Emilia Clarke choking on Dothraki-speak; Rory McCann (The Hound) struggling with an axe and log; and most of the cast taking nasty spills at the most inconvenient moments (Theon may be a eunuch now, but his real life counterpart Alfie Allen surely felt something down there when he fell into a frozen river).
The Thrones-themed comedy comes on the tail of some sour news: Season 7 of HBO's fantasy series won't arrive until next summer -- meaning a longer wait for fans to see fresh episodes than in past seasons. "Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing," said HBO’s president of production, Casey Bloys, in a statement to TVLine. "Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."
No Game of Thrones until later in 2017? Even though they've already started production? Guess we'll have to tide ourselves over with bloopers.