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GAME OF THRONES Comic Con Panel Recap and “In Memoriam” Video

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Game of Thrones just concluded their Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic Con. Last year’s panel was incredibly weak because they were filming season 3, so showrunners D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, and the bulk of the enormous cast were busy filming and unable to attend. This year’s panel opened with an “In Memoriam” video set to Boyz II Men, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (to Yesterday),” and showcased the large number of characters killed in the past three seasons. It starts with some of the minor character before switching to the main ones we know and love. Check out the video below, and then check out our recap.

Panel highlights:

  • After the video concluded, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke, and George R.R. Martin were brought on stage by Weiss and Benioff.  The panel was moderated Elvis Mitchell, who started things off by asking Martin about killing so many of his characters. He joked that it was to make room for all the new ones.
  • tyrion1Peter Dinklage has not read the books, even though he wants to know what’s going to happen.
  • Harrington (John Snow) congratulated the writers for creating such a great good-bye scene for Ygritte and Jon Snow.
  • Clarke (Dany) talked about how thrilled she was about receiving her Emmy nomination, and talked about Dany’s journey, saying, “The final episode was absolutely exhilarating.”
  • After Clarke’s comments Jason Momoa (Drogo from season 1) rushed on stage and kissed Clarke on the mouth.
  • After the commotion died down, Weiss and Benioff discussed the red wedding, stating,  “If we could get people to throw their remote controls the way we threw the book when we read that, we would have succeeded.”
  • Harrington stated that Jon Snow is searching for a father figure, when he should be looking for a mother figure. Harrington said that in the episodes to come, Jon will give up his quest to find a parental figure and become his own man.
  • Mitchell talked about Ygritte’s defense of Snow. He is the opposite of everything she holds dear, but she can’t help but love the guy. Leslie also thanked the writers for their relationship building and strong dialog.
  • Dinklage then spoke about the relationship between Tywin and Tyrion, saying that he couldn’t imagine any other actor playing Tywin. He also stated that he finds the scenes between Tywin’s children fascinating because they are three parts of the same whole, but they are not in the right person: they all lack what the other has.  Also, Tyrion can get away with it because of he has a sense of freedom, especially when it comes to threatening Joffrey. It helps that Tyrion knows that Tywin feels the same way about the little shit king. “You’re only as lucky as the actors you work with, and I’m lucky to be working with some truly great ones,” says Dinklage.
  • zap-game-of-thrones-season-3-pics-103Benioff congratulated the Game of Thrones community for self-policing itself in terms of spoilers. Mitchell asks if Weiss was surprised that the Red Wedding wasn’t spoiled, and Weiss says Ned Stark’s fate was the test case, and since people managed to keep quiet about that monumental event, he realized they had a good group of fans.
  • Clarke was then asked about Dany facing her fears and finding strength. Emilia says at the end of season 2, Dany’s trust in others had “hit rock bottom” and that she had a lot of self-doubt, so the trust she had to put in others was in her dragons. This leads to her testing herself by taking risks, and so she ultimately starts trusting herself and listening to others less.
  • Madden (Rob Stark) discussed the moment in the red wedding when Robb thinks that everything is going to work out, saying it was more important to play it as honestly as he could. “You commit to the decision, and you get slammed with a curveball,” and Robb’s commitment to the moment and the present made the King of the North think that everything was going to work out.
  • They showed a deleted scene from season 3 featuring Pycelle and Tywin in a scene that takes place before the small council meeting in which Tywin is the Hand of the king. It’s a great scene where we see a rare moment of Tywin enjoying a leisurely activity (fishing), and Pycelle comes doddering along, pleading to be let back in on the council. Tywin asks how many others have fallen for Pycelle’s act of pretending to be an old, stammering fool. At this, Pycelle stands up straight and confidently says that his key to survival is to let others be the best and the brightest in the garden, “and let them get plucked.” He’s happy to just remain in the garden until it’s his time to return to the dirt.

Audience Q&A:

Would Martin ever consider doing a prequel series chronicling the fall of the house of Targaryen?

  • He says he’s working on “Dreams of Spring” (book 7), and that while the showrunners are laying down the tracks, they’re not on top of him yet. He would consider a prequel, but the last two books will reveal all the twists and betrayals, so it would be a retread to go through Robert’s rebellion. Aegon and his sisters and the Mad King could be material for prequels if he pursues them, but he won’t do the immediate precursors (no offense to Sean Bean, “who dies so well,” says Martin).

images-1What is it like for Clarke to play such an icon of female power?

  • “Getting to play Dany has been a phenomenal experience,” says Clarke, and she also finds it empowering to play that character. She also said it’s wonderful to feel that she’s helped to make other women feel empowered.

Has George told the cast anything about what’s going to happen to their characters in the future?

  • Martin says that if an actor asks, he’ll respond, but usually they don’t. Furthermore, just because something happens to a character in the book, it doesn’t mean it will happen to the character on the show.

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