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.”