'Game of Thrones' Comic-Con panel live blog

HBO’s Game of Thrones cast has taken the stage at Comic-Con. Below they answer questions about their favorite moments from the show, what’s on the season one DVD, on how they want write George R.R. Martin to end the show.

— Martin takes the stage and congratulates “the few of you” who managed to make it into the jam packed ballroom.

— Clips from season one. Funny how people cheered Drogo pouring molten gold over Visery’s head. “That’s pretty amazing work, they managed to cover in 10 minutes what took me 1,200 pages,” quips Martin.

— The cast is introduced to wild cheering — Peter Dinklage in particular.

— On the creation of the show, producer David Benioff. “I remember the scene when Bran gets out the window and from that point on I was completely hooked. It’s like crack on paper. [People] called and said ‘We cracked it, we figured out how to do it as a two-hour PG-13 movie.'”

— Emilia Clarke came to the show right from drama school: “The thing that prepared me for this was falling in love with Dany.”

— Lena Headey: “It’s fun to play a character who isn’t horribly good. But people come up to you and say, ‘I hate you.’ I think she’s misunderstood.”

— Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the debate about his rather prominent nose: “Years ago I was in Iceland and I shot a movie. And the guy who does the lighting, says, ‘When I saw that nose I thought, ‘s–t I’m in trouble.'”

— Jason Momoa is asked who would win a fight, Khal Drogo or Conan, whom he’s playing this summer in the movie reboot: “Between you and me, Drogo would kick Conan’s ass.”

— On what’s on the DVDs: D.B. Weiss: The first auditions of all the actors will be added. Producers say they learned about Momoa from a suggestion thread on a fan site (so those really do sometimes work).

— Cast favorite scenes: Nikolaj says his last scene with Catelyn. Kit scene with Arya. Lena says her favorite is still to come in season two, but noted her scene with King Robert where they discuss their marriage. Dinklage says when Tyrion was on trial. Jason: “Well there’s a love scene…” Emilia says the final scene with the dragons. Producers cite Arya and Syrio.

— Martin: “Sean [Bean] was robbed [for an Emmy nomination].” On killing off characters: “I want people emotionally involved in my story. We all know books and movies where a hero’s are in trouble and you know they’re going to get out of it. Those are fun but don’t involve your emotions. … I tell myself it’s not me killing them it’s the other characters.” He notes that the “RW” [a major spoiler event] in Book 3 was the hardest scene he’s every written.

— On how they want Martin to end their characters: Kit: “I want Jon Snow to be on the throne.” Nikolaj: “20 years later,…it’s a small cottage, Jaime and Cersei sitting there, ‘finally my love, finally.'” Lena: “Bring Khal Drogo back for sure and have him and Tyrion co-rule.” Peter: “Dance number.”

— On the moment that hooked them in the story: Kit: “The scene with the direwolf pups.” Peter: “I liked the very beginning of the show. The White Walkers stuff. And then I lost interest when I came on.”

— Producers on season three, assuming it happens: “Storm of Swords is too big to do as one season. There’s a certain season in Swords, if we can get to ‘RW’ we’ve accomplished something. I think we can get to RW.”

— A fan asks if Martin is still concerned about “pulling a Lost.” “Well I think Damon Lindelof is in the room, so I have to be careful what I say. Yes, I am concerned about the ending. I’m juggling a lot of balls. I’m going to juggle as fast as I can and bring everything together in the magnificent way I see it in my head. In terms of people happy, hopefully it will make some people happy. I’ve always been a fan of the bittersweet ending.”

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  • Shane G


    • tracy bluth

      ME. TOO.

      I would love if there was a video of the panel, but if there are they will probably be extremely hard to hear and shot by someone sitting in the very back row.

      • bob

        there are video’s of the panel on you tube. they not hard to watch.

  • M


    • kate middleton

      I know, isn’t he adorable? I’m really partial to Richard Madden (Robb Stark) too!

      • ilovehbo

        haha and I wanna marry Emilia Clarke

      • M

        They are both too adorable!

  • Gabi

    About the DVD, OMG! I want bloopers so much!

    • Gabi

      and cast audio commentary for several episodes (if not all of them) :)

  • Ericalee

    Where is the trailer?

  • Gabi

    On their fav scenes.. LOLOLOL! Please get us a video of this, this sound like great fun!

  • Alison

    sounds amazing!! i wish i was there!!

  • Kelsey

    I’ve suspected for a while now that A Storm of Swords would be two seasons, with *ahem* RW being the cliffhanger/shocker ending to one of them. Looks like I may be onto something.

    • tracy bluth

      That’s what I’ve been thinking they’ll do as well. “RW” would make an amazing cliffhanger.

      • charlotte

        Yeah, but if it ends with RW, do you think the Unspoiled would come back? I mean it’s 10 times worse than what happens in GoT.

      • anon

        I agree Charlotte! I wonder if the Unspoiled would find it frustrating and drop off, for me it wasn’t even that big of a blip in the book… though it made me sad for at least the rest of the book

  • Renee

    RW? What’s that?

    • david

      Its kinda like the climax of the first three books.

    • steph

      i’m pretty sure you can find that out on google….they appear to be trying to keep this spoiler free.

    • anon

      you don’t want to know what RW means if you haven’t read the book, that’s why they are abbrievating the event name.

  • Duvall

    You have to read book 3 or wait for season 3 to find out.

  • Anna

    I don’t understand “RW”. What does it mean, “If we can get to RW”?

    • Kelsey

      RW refers to a major turning point in the third book as well as a critical moment in the series. It’s said in a way so that book readers will know immediately what it refers to, while show-only fans won’t be spoiled.

    • charlotte

      Unless you read the books, don’t spoil yourself. Trust me.

    • tlw

      Seriously – Its THAT important to the 3rd book, so if you want to know then check out the book series so you see it in context. Otherwise, trust D&D that they’ll do it justice.

    • Jsjs

      In rw some people wil die important people read THE books to find out who

  • Renee

    Thank you for not spoiling the show, I will wait to find out about RW! :)

  • tina

    Thanks Berd, you rock! Hope you do True Blood and walking Dead tomorrow, if you can.

  • Ryan

    What does RW Stand for no don’t tell me to read the book I want to know

    • heatherkay

      Two seconds of google searching for “storm of swords spoilers” will give you the lowdown on RW. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

    • Momo

      ok if you wanna know…

      RW, refers to the Red Wedding, where the Frey’s, which if you remember in season 1, Robb was forced into the betrothal of a female member of his choosing, from house Frey: in exchange for the alliance of the Freys and the use of their convenient crossing.
      Robb, marries someone else and dishonours his deal; and at the “Red Wedding” the Freys betray the Starks and slaughter everyone there; including Robb, his wife, and Catelyn.


      *end spoilers*

      • maja

        hmmm… his wife was not there….

  • DB

    having just finished book two, i’ll agree with Lena Headey, her character has more great scenes to come in the second season. oh can’t wait…

  • lvbagsuk

    Thanks for interesting blog post. You guys are always provide information that it makes it impossible not to want to buy your next product ;I caní»t wait to see what you guys come up with based on all your research and data that you gather.

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