Game of Thrones
Jul 25, 2014
Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer
So far, the Game of Thrones panel was the one to get into. Even people who showed up at 8:30 a.m. for the 1:40 p.m. panel didn’t necessarily get in. Luckily, Comic-Con has added a playback room. So – whew – we have Game of Thrones coverage!
The panel consisted of actors who are still employed with those whose characters have gone to the TV wait room in the sky. These included John Bradley (Samwell), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Natalie Dormer (Margaery), Kit Harrington (Jon), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (the Hound), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn the Red Viper), Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya). Joining them were showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and the real king of Westeros — George R.R. Martin.
(And what was it it with Dormer and Turner showing up with matching hairdos?)
Despite the fact that many of the actors have never had scenes together, they acted like old friends, trading quips back and forth. For instance, the talk turned to the recent fight to the death(?) between Brienne and the Hound. “I’m not feeling myself,” said McCann, lying back in his chair. Christy quipped right back: “I thought you got off lightly.”
Then everyone talked about have sword envy. Tucker especially. “I want to kill someone,” she said with a pout.
Here are a few more fun facts…
–Last year, the show lost a location due to the nature of the storyline. “It was this man who decided he did not want his property connected to what he called ‘Porn of Thrones,’” said showrunner D.B. Weiss.
— Cast members agreed it’s best not to argue with the showrunners, including Williams. “We know that Dan (Weiss) and David have killed characters that are alive in the books,” she pointed out. “So I find it’s best to suck up to them.” Martin fired back: “The key is to never ask for a raise.”
— The characters at the wall agreed the cold of Iceland affected their performance. “Sometimes it was -40 degrees out, but we had these thermal packs we wore under our costumes,” said Leslie. Bradley was even more graphic. “Sometimes you just can’t act because your face has frozen up!
— Weiss and Benioff broke their own vow of silence and revealed that the character of Stannis, now at the Wall, will be more developed in the fifth season.
— Martin revealed a little about the next book by mentioning that the Rob Stark’s wife from the novels (which is different from the TV show) will appear in the prologue.
— A fan question about male nudity was addressed to Harrington, who decided for the lifespan of his character, not to answer. But Bradley had this to say: “The good thing about the male nudity is that it gets the boob count up. Everyone wins.”