Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Panel Live blog


Cast featured in the second season of “Game of Thrones” and appearing on this panel are Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, moderates with executive producer Carolyn Strauss.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series concluded its 10-episode second season on June 3. Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the series follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Season 2 of the hit series told an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph, set in an enthralling world of intrigue, seduction, and magic.

Check out the new cast announcement video:

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

2:48 Hello everyone, we’re waiting for the panel to start. They’re probably running about 15 minutes behind.

Silas Lesnick: George R.R. Martin has taken the stage to launch the panel!

Silas Lesnick: He says that they’ve started filming season three, which is why the showrunners can’t make it.

Silas Lesnick: He also jokes that the 13 year old who makes sure the show “has boobies” couldn’t make because he realized there was a new scene without them.

Silas Lesnick: They’re doing some recap footage now.

Silas Lesnick: There was a lengthy recap, but now they’re having all the new cast members announce themselves in a video

Silas Lesnick: I believe all these cast members have been previously announced, but the crowd is definitely excited to see them speak about the show

Silas Lesnick: Dame Diana Rigg is raving about the strength of the cast and how excited she is to join

Silas Lesnick: Back to George R.R. Martin, he’s talking about how excited he is for Rigg since he loved THE AVENGERS.

Silas Lesnick: He’s joking that, since the cast keeps getting bigger, he needs to get to work killing people off to make room.

Silas Lesnick: More talent is coming out… Executive Producer Carolyn Strauss

Silas Lesnick: Robb Stark, Michelle Fairley and Alfie Allen

Silas Lesnick: Rose Leslie, too!

Silas Lesnick: And, the final cast member, Emilia Clarke!

3:06 Did she bring the dragons?

Silas Lesnick: Carolyn Strauss is talking about the challenges in bringing Game of Thrones to HBO

Silas Lesnick: She says she wasn’t an ardent fantasy reader, but became a tremendous fan of the books

Silas Lesnick: She describes it as a “genre-buster”

Silas Lesnick: Alfie is talking about Theon and how he doesn’t view him as a villain

Silas Lesnick: George is joking to Alfie that he’s upset that he’s given him so many sex scenes and hasn’t received so much as a box of chocolates.

Silas Lesnick: George is asking Richard Madden if he prefers sex or violence. He says he likes the violence.

Silas Lesnick: Rose is talking about heading to Iceland and how it’s decidedly colder than Scotland.

Silas Lesnick: The focus has turned to Emilia, who is obviously the room’s favorite

Silas Lesnick: She’s talking about getting recognized and freaking people out in public

Silas Lesnick: Different units are filming all of the world, including units in Morocco and Iceland.

Silas Lesnick: George is asking Alife if he’s dead, but he insists that he doesn’t know.

Silas Lesnick: He loved his death scene, though

Silas Lesnick: He said he was sad to go but they came to him and said, “How do you feel about being a zombie?”

Silas Lesnick: There’s a shout-out to Hodor! Kristian Nairn is, apparently, sitting in the audience.

Silas Lesnick: George says he likes to imagine Rose’s characters from THRONES switching with her character from DOWNTOWN ABBEY

Silas Lesnick: Michelle is talking about how hard it was to move in armor, let alone get down the choreography

Silas Lesnick: Robb says he always gets asked what it’s like filming the direwolves

Silas Lesnick: He says there’s sometimes a big stuffed direwolf that they play with on-set

Silas Lesnick: Emilia says she interacted with “a lime green sauage” to stand in for the dragons

Comment From George Mathioudakis
Youtube link with the new cast members already up from the official game of thrones facebook page –

3:26 Nice, thanks!

Silas Lesnick: The panel is opening up to questions from the audience

Silas Lesnick: First question is from someone in a full costume. He wants to know everyone’s favorite scenes from season two

Silas Lesnick: Alfie said he really loved filming his last scene

Silas Lesnick: Michelle loved filming with Alan Taylor

Silas Lesnick: The next question is about costumes and how it helps the actors get into character

Silas Lesnick: Robb says that the moment he’s in costume, he’s walking and breathing differently and just enters the world.

Silas Lesnick: Michelle says there’s such intricate details to the costumes that never even make it to the screen.

Silas Lesnick: They say they’re always grateful for when they get to wear hats and hoods because of the cold

Silas Lesnick: George blames his “13 year-old” partner again for changing the costume design for Emilia

Silas Lesnick: A fan asked Rose to tell him, “You know nothing!” which she happily did.

Silas Lesnick: A fan is asking about the show’s relation to the modern-day world

Silas Lesnick: Emilia says that she thinks it’s an incredibly relevant show but that it applies to eternal human issues, not specifics of the present day

Silas Lesnick: George is quoting Faulkner, saying that the only thing worth writing about is the conflict within oneself

Silas Lesnick: Emilia says that she feels that every choice Daenerys is morally justified

Silas Lesnick: A fan is visiting from Iceland and they’re telling him his country is beautiful

Silas Lesnick: George is talking about how much he has always loved turtles

Silas Lesnick: He grew up in a housing project in New Jersey and the only pet they were allowed to have were dime store turtles

Silas Lesnick: He had a toy castle filled with turtles and he jokes that he’d like to recast GoT with a cast of all turtles.

Silas Lesnick: The cast is talking about how invaluable the books are for getting into character

Silas Lesnick: It looks like it’s wrapping up, but George promises one more treat…

Silas Lesnick: It was kind of a gag — They made it look like a trailer for season three was about to start, but it was just text that read — “GAME OF THRONES… SEASON THREE” and then ended

Silas Lesnick: And it looks like that’s it! Check back soon for our live blog of the RESIDENT EVIL panel.