Although I love San Diego Comic-Con with all my heart and soul, I don't always love fighting the crowds to attend the panels. Getting to HBO's "Game Of Thrones" event is another story, however. And naturally, the panel and its featured guests did not disappoint its rapid fans...myself included.
Before a very excited crowd of over 4,000 fans, with a reported 2,000 left waiting to get in, George R.R. Martin stepped to his moderator's podium sporting flame-patterned suspenders and was greeted with raucous applause, cheers, screams. Martin introduced a season-one sizzle reel, after which he brought out cast members: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke, plus producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Here are the highlights from this magical hour of "Game of Thrones" excellence:
-Emilia Clarke said she's only been recognized once and that she received free frozen yogurt from the woman who noticed.
-Jason Momoa, in a response to Martin asking him who would win in a fight, Kahl Drogo or Conan:
"Drogo would kick Conan's ass," which he followed with a stream of expletives in Dothraki.
-The season-one DVD won't have any deleted scenes because the production used everything they shot, but it will have first-time auditions from all the actors before they were officially cast. According to Benioff and Weiss, Momoa performed a special dance for them that won him the role. Bonus Momoa fact: He said he used a night bingeing on pizza and Guinness to master the Dothraki language.
-The cast's favorite scenes include Jon Snow and Arya's parting, Dany's "rebirth" with her "babies," when Drogo rips out Mago's throat.
-Fans are obsessed with Momoa and Kahl Drogo. There were several shout-out requests for Martin to bring Kahl back. Several "Zombie Drogo!" shouts.
-Season two will also stay close to the book, according to Benioff and Weiss. Season three, if it happens, will start to deviate. Benioff is dreaming of the day when they film a certain game-changing scene that he didn't want to spoil, instead referring to it as 'RW.' Book fans should know to what that refers (a scene Martin called the "hardest" he's ever had to write). "If we can get to 'RW,' we've accomplished something," Benioff said.
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