Game of Thrones had barely finished its first season before people were already proclaiming it one of the best shows of the year. Now with an Emmy nomination under its belt for best drama series, the show swept through San Diego Comic Con with swords, dragons, and dwarfs. Considering an epic fantasy series such as GoT calls for an incredible ensemble cast, not all of the actors from the show were be present. But on hand were the best of the best including Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo). And to top it all off, moderating the panel was the series A Song of Ice and Fire (from which the show is adapted) author George R.R. Martin.
Here are the need-to-know notes from the panel:
Apparently, Peter Dinklage merits louder applause that Robert Pattinson. (via All Things Fangirl)
Jason Momoa showed up wearing Khal Drogo eye make-up and was apparently a bit enthusiastic. (via Renee Franquiz)
“About six years ago they sent us the books, about 5000 pages in all, but I remember the bran window scene and I was hooked.” -producer/writer David Benioff
“Between you and me, Drogo would kick Conan’s ass” -Jason Momoa
“Unfortunately, we didn’t really have any deleted scenes. We used everything we shot.” -DB Weiss
“We will have all the casting calls for all the guys you see here. You get to see Jason dancing that crazy dance.” -David Benioff, on the impending DVD
“Storm of swords (book 3) is too big for one season. We’d need to split it up if we get a season 3.” -David Benioff
“I’ve always been a fan of the bittersweet ending. You can expect something like that… Tolkien did it brilliantly with the scouring of the Shire, and I hope I can do it half as well.” – George RR Martin
“Well, it all started in your twisted mind.” -David Benioff to George RR Martin
David Benioff gave a shoutout to Westeros.org as the reason for casting Jason Momoa.
“It’s time to see those dragons and wolves grow up in season 2.” -David Benioff
(via Game of Thrones Twitter)
“I wanted to do something so it looked like he was just the baddest man in the world,” Momoa says, apologizing to Martin for deviating from the book. (via HitFix)
Game of Thrones comes off one of the most successful freshman series on HBO and the panel will sure to be one of the highlights of the convention. The series returns in 2012.