San Diego Comic-Con 2011 – Game of Thrones panel

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke photo

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in HBO’s Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones panel at the San Diego International Comic-Con

  • by Shawn Conner

The Game of Thrones panel at this year’s Comic-Con was disappointingly low on details of the next season. Even the much-anticipated DVD/Blu-Ray releases got short shrift.

George RR Martin, author of the fantasy novels on which the HBO series is based, moderated the panel, which included actors Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa, Lena Headey, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, and Kit Harington. Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were also in attendance at the 3 p.m. panel Thursday, July 21 in Ballroom 20.

Viewers can expect few if any deleted scenes in the DVD/Blu-Ray release; most of the filmed footage was used in the fantasy series. However, fans will get to see the audition tapes of the cast, including Jason Momoa’s in-character dance as the barbarian Khol Drogo.

Martin quizzed the panel about favourite scenes, while audience members professed their love for Harrington, Clarke and Momao while asking what hooked them about the story in the first place (many agreed it was an early scene in which a main character is pushed out of a window). Momoa came out in sunglasses, then took them off to reveal the eye makeup worn by his character.

One girl, wearing her hair in a respectable approximation of Clarke’s character Danaerys’s platinum tresses and long braid, asked in a shaky voice what tips Clarke could offer in terms of the way she played the character. The British actress gamely tried to answer but in the end could only come up with the meek generalization “Be true to yourself.” To her credit, Clarke seemed mildly embarrassed at both the question and her answer.

Throughout, everyone seemed extra careful not to let loose any spoilers, which was a delicate line since most of the major plot developments are already out there in Martin’s books.

Perhaps the most interesting moment of the panel came when Benioff said that, if they could continue the series long enough to film a major sequence in the third book Song of Swords – a scene he would refer to only by the initials “R.W” – he would be happy.

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