Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Panel Live Blog

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” concluded its 10-episode third season in June and will begin filming its fourth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years.

Featured cast include: (in alphabetical order): John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. The panel will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell.

You can read the archived version of our live blog below:

2:38 Hi everyone! Silas will be live blogging the panel from San Diego. Stay tuned!
Comment From Balim 
Can we ask questions to the actors
2:41 Unfortunately not. You’d have to be there in person.
Comment From Guest 
i like turtles
2:42 There’s no Paramount Pictures panel unfortunately 🙂
Comment From bonch 
Please post questions that people are asking at the panel – would be great to get an idea of what people want. Thanks!
2:44 We try to usually, yes.
Comment From chris 
when does the panel start?
2:46 Should be very soon, within minutes.
Comment From Sci Fi Sally 
So how does it work?
2:47 Only Daenerys knows.
Comment From Q 
2:49 You okay?
2:49 They should be starting shortly.
Comment From Guest 
is it streamable any where?
Spencer Perry-SHH: Nope, no cameras in Hall H, but we’re live blogging it for you!
Spencer Perry-SHH: There will likely be videos of it but not until much later tonight
Comment From Sci Fi Sally 
🙁 silly cameras must have been murdered.
2:51 By dragon fire.
2:53 Lots of comments asking if they’ve shown anything. The panel hasn’t started. They are running a little behind.
Comment From Sci Fi Sally 
Probs becuz they had to avoid the sections leading to the panel that were surrounded by white walkers
Comment From jedi master yoda 
daenerys is gorgeouss
2:56 Uhm, her dragons heard that.
Comment From Wild Ling 
You know nothing
2:57 We know that much.
Comment From King Daario Naharis 
Panel hasn’t started yet?
2:59 Not yet. When Silas comes on board you’ll know it’s about to kick-off. It’s Comic-Con, things are always running behind 🙂
3:00 Here’s Silas…
Silas Lesnick: Winter is here! The cast is taking the stage.
Silas Lesnick: Prior to the panel, they ran a montage of every death during the series’ first three seasons.
3:01 No spoilers warning? 🙂
Silas Lesnick: Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are the first out.
Silas Lesnick: Followed by Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, John Bradley…
Silas Lesnick: …Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke and, finally, author George R.R. Martin!
Silas Lesnick: “I have many characters,” jokes Martin, “So it’s not hard to kill a few.”
Silas Lesnick: But he says that he’ll only take some of the “bloodthirsty blame” because they’ve been killing characters that haven’t died in the books.
Silas Lesnick: Benioff is talking about what a hard thing it was to do to shoot “The Red Wedding”.
Silas Lesnick: Even though everyone knew it was coming, everyone was crying on set all day.
Silas Lesnick: Madden remembers crying on his flight home with people on the plane just staring at him.
Silas Lesnick: “It’s July and I kind of feel like I should be doing something,” he jokes.
Silas Lesnick: Fairley jokes, “I knew how many years I signed for, so I knew what was coming.”
Comment From Fanamir 
Who, George?
Silas Lesnick: No, Madden, sorry 🙂
Silas Lesnick: Dinklage avoids the books because he doesn’t want to know what happens. But he’s looking forward to reading them all after the show is done.
Silas Lesnick: “You become a dragon,” Benioff jokes to him.
Silas Lesnick: “I would breathe fire in every scene if I knew that!” laughs Dinklage.
Silas Lesnick: Sorry, missed Rose Leslie come out. She’s on stage, too.
Silas Lesnick: She’s talking about losing Snow and how much it affected her on-set.
Silas Lesnick: “I’m going to hunt him down,” she says, “and hurt him.”
Silas Lesnick: “It was phenomenal season to film” says Clarke.
Silas Lesnick: “You think she’s peaking in episode five and then that final episode was just absolutely exhilarating to film.”
Silas Lesnick: “They lifted me up and it just naturally brought me to this grin.”
Silas Lesnick: Jason Momoa just surprised everyone by running out on stage!
Silas Lesnick: “I’m not dead!” he shouted, kissing Clarke on the head and running out!
Comment From Sci Fi Sally 
3:14 Awesome 🙂
Silas Lesnick: Benioff said that the Red Wedding was the point that they were praying they’d be able to reach all series long.
Silas Lesnick: Fairley likens the writing on the show to a piece of music.
Silas Lesnick: She says that, in that sense, the Red Wedding was like a key change and literally gave her a chill.
Silas Lesnick: Benioff is talking about “Rains of Castamere” and how much he loved the song.
Silas Lesnick: At one point, he was arguing for it to actually just be the show’s theme so that audiences would take notice when it played.
Silas Lesnick: “Thank god I lost that argument,” he says.
Silas Lesnick: Bradley is talking about Sam and his transition throughout the series.
Silas Lesnick: “You find that when he’s placed with a bit of responsibility,” says Bradley, “Sam is a bit of a dude.”
Silas Lesnick: Now that Sam is a father figure, he’s reflective of the other characters that Sam has looked at paternally.
Silas Lesnick: “It says so much about an actor when you can’t image another actor playing that role,” says Dinklage, “That, to me, is Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister.”
Silas Lesnick: Dinklage says Dance gives him a shoulder rub after every scene they do together.
Silas Lesnick: “You’re only as good as the actors you work with,” says Dinklage, “And I’m working with some really good ones.”
Silas Lesnick: Martin had previously joked that he was going to a country without television when “Red Wedding” aired.
Silas Lesnick: He soon discovered, though, that “there are no countries without television.”
Silas Lesnick: He says he’s had people curse him to his face and swear they’d never buy another book. But, he adds, usually they still do.
Silas Lesnick: Benioff says that he’s really impressed by the internet’s ability to self-police spoilers.
Silas Lesnick: “There’s always going to be a few douches on message boards who want to ruin everything,” he says.
Silas Lesnick: Weiss says the first season was really a test case. They didn’t know how the Ned Stark twist would play out as far as spoilers go.
Silas Lesnick: Clarke says she’s constantly in awe of how much Daenarys keeps changing
Silas Lesnick: and season four will continue that in a major way.
Silas Lesnick: Madden is saying that, while he knew what was coming to some degree, he felt it was necessary to stay in the moment.
Silas Lesnick: They’re about to show a never-before-seen deleted scene from Season Three.
Silas Lesnick: It takes place before the first small council meeting in which Tywin is the hand of the king.
Silas Lesnick: Normally scenes get deleted because they don’t like them, but this one they loved.
Silas Lesnick: The scene has Tywin fishing and he’s approached by Julian Glover’s Pycelle, offering an intense conversation about the state of the kingdom.
Silas Lesnick: Tywin very quickly reminds him who’s in charge, though, and ultimately sends him back to clean his fish.
Silas Lesnick: Dinklage says they’ll be back to shoot in Dubrovnik for three weeks this year. He had never heard of it before GoT and now it’s his favorite place.
Silas Lesnick: Martin says the series is like a locomotive coming down the tracks while he’s still laying them.
Silas Lesnick: “They’re not here yet, but I can see the smoke on the other side of the hill.”
Silas Lesnick: Martin said he doesn’t want to do an immediate prequel, but he might go back significantly further into Westeros history.
Silas Lesnick: He thinks there’s a lot of great stories to be told, but anything right before the first book would just seem “like connecting the dots”.
Silas Lesnick: Martin says that sometimes he’ll mention little things to actors about what’s going to happen when he visits the set, but that most don’t want to know.
Silas Lesnick: That’s it for Game of Thrones! Check back soon for Sony’s Panel!