Comic-Con 2011: GAME OF THRONES Panel Recap

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At the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, author George R. R. Martin moderated select cast and crew (Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and creators David Benioff & D.B Weiss) as they discussed the forthcoming second season and beyond, special features on the first season’s bluray/dvd, what initially hooked them to the show and how they would end the book series – if they were Martin. For highlights from the panel, read beyond.

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(Mild spoilers to follow)

Weiss and Benioff talked extensively about the upcoming new season – in particular that fans of the book and T.V. series can look forward to watching the dragons and dire wolves grow older and bigger, as well as the introduction of the red priestess – a prophet who can foresee partial future events (the recently cast Carice Van Houten). Benioff stated that going forward the T.V. show would have to divert from the one book = one season formula. The third book is just too big to be contained in ten episodes.  Either two seasons or a season + an abbreviated half season would be needed to do the lengthy book justice. Benioff confided that his entire mission when taking on the television adaptation was to get to the third book’s climatic R.W. segment (I’m being deliberately cagey with the abbreviation as not to spoil the event for non-book readers). Martin responded that when the show reaches said climax, he’ll probably move to a country that doesn’t have televisions as to avoid having to watch and relive the moment again (in addition to more-than-likely viewer outrage)

Martin confirmed that he is currently writing the second season’s climatic Battle of Blackwater and jokingly sought donations from the audience to get the television sequence to match the grandiosity of what was on the page. Regardless of budgetary concerns, he promises there will be battle.

Miscellaneous Tidbits From The Panel:

On the upcoming DVD/bluray of the first season, there will be no deleted scenes – as everything that was shot made it into the show; however those who wish to watch the actors’ first audition tapes will be more than satiated (special mention was given to Jason Mamoa’s audition which supposedly features him ripping off his shirt and breaking into dance.)

Speaking of Momoa/Khal Drogo: he received the brunt of the questions – mostly from those lamenting his untimely demise (my favorite being from a young women wearing an Obama-Hope shirt, except instead of the president’s face, it’s Khal Drogo’s mug in red and blue.) Momoa sympathized with the condolences joking that once Drogo got offed, he threw the book across the room and since has refused to read any subsequent novels in the series. And of course the question on everyone’s mind: What would happen if Khal Drogo and Conan were put in the same room? Momoa didn’t miss a beat selling out his big screen alter ego on the dime: “Khal Drogo would beat the shit out of Conan.”

On What “Hooked” Them To The Show: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau cited the moment he (Jaime Lannister) pushes Bran off the tower as the moment he knew he was reading something special; for Kip Harrington it was the discovery of the dire wolves and for Peter Dinklage, it was the white walkers and the peripheral supernatural elements that drew him to the material.

If you were George R. R. Martin: How would you end A Song of Fire and Ice?

¨      Kip Harrington naturally advocates for his character Jon Snow to ultimately take the Iron Throne.

¨      Lena Headey gives into the Kahl Drogo memoriam and wishes for his resurrection so that he and Tyrion (The Dinklage) can co-rule together.

¨      Peter Dinklage utters two words and two words only – Dance number

¨      Finally, Martin himself states that readers can expect a bittersweet ending, as those are his favorite type. Something akin to the finale of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (the obvious precursor to Game of Thrones).

Wherever the series and books go, count me in. The second season of Game of Thrones premieres some time next year. A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the series, currently resides in bookstores everywhere.

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  • big dick dog

    BEST SHOW ON TV..

    I echo the same sentiment as the others, Khal Drogo was killed off too early. Kind of wish they would have taken the True Blood approach and borrow from the source material while having their own spin.
    When Ned Stark (sean bean) was killed off I was so mad, I told my fiance I didnt want to watch the show anymore, as I havent read the books I was shocked. The main characters went out in a wimper but the supporting cast really kept the show going forward and it really is the best quality show out there.

    • ThorOdinson

      Given what a colossal trainwreck True Blood’s becoming, I’m grateful that that’s not the route they opted to take.

  • drew

    I am just finishing the second book and I cant wait for the next season.
    I love that they aren’t keeping to the one book one season. best show ever

  • drogofan

    I have have suggested on every board I can post that the solution to this problem with having drogo killed off could be resolved by having him come to her in dreams, he could give her advice and thers always the added benefit of “those kind of dreams” I mean she is lonely and misses him.

  • Tol

    Agreed, best show on TV.

    Khal Drogo had to kind of die really, for Dany to become a leader in her own right. I am not sure how it could possibly have played out otherwise. She needed her own ‘tribe’. Now she will amass a mighty one.

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  • J

    One thing I have been wondering about, which no one has asked Martin, How does he feel about pirates (not the sea-faring kind) taking free episodes and books? I am one myself and although I watched the series for free online, I do plan on buying the DVD/Blu-ray for my PS3(and girlfriend lol.)

  • slammer

    I’m with Jason all the way.
    Once Khal Drogo was disposed of
    I disposed of Game Of Thrones myself.

    Martin creates great characters on a great canvas
    but he wastes them not fulfilling their promise.

    • Ringbearer1420

      That’s life.

      • slammer

        Not everyone’s life.
        And not good writing.

      • ThorOdinson

        You have a strange definition of good writing. One of the main plot points of the story is about Daenerys reclaiming the Iron Throne. Drogo has to die for her to come into her own as a character.

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    Thank you for this recap — wish I could’ve been there. I love this show and am torn between just enjoying the show or spoiling myself and reading the books!

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