Game of Thrones

Editor’s Note: Everything in this post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season three. If you haven’t seen it all yet, what’s wrong with you?

The Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con is never really about revelations. There is usually no news to report, mostly due to the positioning of Comic-Con throughout the year. Season three has just taken its bow (in spectacular, blood-soaked fashion) and season four hasn’t even begun filming yet, as it does not debut until next spring. So no, we don’t get any season four spoilers. Which is great, because there’s plenty of reflecting upon what has happened thus far. In the panel featuring show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff, actors Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Peter Dinklage, Rose Leslie, John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and author George R.R. Martin, much of the talk was directed at the events of season three and the experience of making the show.

A few things we learned (not all of which are true, obviously):

  • Richard Madden cried on the plane on way home after wrapping episode 9.
  • George Martin is not our bitch.
  • Peter Dinklage will become a dragon.
  • Khal Drogo, not dead.

These and more can be found in the panel footage, which begins just after the show runners showed in “In Memoriam” for all the characters who have died thus far on the show. It’s probably best that we don’t get to see that at home. No one wants to see you crying in your cubicle. All the same, it’s worth a watch after the jump.

Watch the Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel, courtesy of Emergency Awesome:

A few stray observations for my fellow Game of Thrones fans and Blog of Thrones readers:

  • The high praise for director David Nutter is nice to see. “The Rains of Castamere” was so well-coordinated and shot that it helped deliver the punch of The Red Wedding perfectly.
  • The choice to not use the song “Rains of Castamere” as the show’s theme song was a wonderful choice.
  • John Bradley talking about Sam “needing to get out of his own brain” shows yet another reason why Game of Thrones succeeds so consistently: the actors on the show have such a strong grasp on their characters, whether they read the books or not.
  • Elvis Mitchell… snore.
  • I bet Charles Dance gives wonderful shoulder rubs.
  • David Benioff echoes my own thoughts about book readers and how careful they were about not spoiling things for non-readers. Really impressive in this day and age.

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