Game of Thrones @ Comic-Con: Some Season 2 Scoop, Zero Beheadings

HBO’s Game of Thrones, much like its sprawling cast, knows how to fill a room — and so it did at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, letting slip with a few pieces of Season 2 scoop, a hint at what Season 3 won’t be like, much ruminating on ghastly deaths, and one response to the question of who is Jon Snow’s mother. Here’s a peek at the Thrones panel discussion.

* The casting of fan favorite Jason Momoa actually came from fans. The producers couldn’t find the right guy for the role until they stumbled upon a fan suggesting the actor on a message board. ““No offense, I hadn’t heard of you before,” said executive producer David Benoiff. “I hadn’t kept up on my Baywatch.”

* Why does author George R.R. Martin like to kill off beloved characters? “It keeps you on your toes,” he replied. “I want people emotionally involved in my story. … I want readers to be afraid to turn the page, not knowing who’s going to live and die.”

Season 2 Scoop: Thrones Casts Maester Cressen, Melisandre and Stannis

* Surveying Season 2, “Everyone dies, sorry,” Benoiff joked. “It was all a dream,” added Weiss before getting serious. The EPs promised lots of new characters like the Red Priestess and “bad stuff lurking north of the wall.” We’ll also “see those dragons and wolves start to grow up,” teased Benoiff. “It’s a season of exploration.”

* The Season 1 DVD and Blu-ray release won’t have any deleted scenes, sadly. “We didn’t really have any deleted scenes,” said executive producer D.B. Weiss. “We pretty much used everything we shot. It was an ambitious and challenging schedule.” But that doesn’t mean fans can’t expect some treats on the DVD release like Jason Momoa’s audition, featuring the “dance that won him the role.” EP David Benoiff pointed out that the dance wasn’t even in the actual scene, but Momoa went for it, ripping his shirt open before.

* If the show is lucky enough to get to a third season, it will not correspond with the books at that point, revealed Benoiff. It’s “too big to do in one season,” he explained. Whatever happens, the Battle of Blackwater will be in the show even if they have to collect fan donations to fund the epic scene. “We’re going to pass my hat around to get some extra contributions,” joked Martin.

* Does Martin feel pressure to give fans a proper ending and “not pull a Lost,” one fan asked. “I guess I am concerned about the ending,” he replied, who singled out the end of “Lord of the Rings” asa great ending. “I certainly hope that the ending will tie together. Hopefully, it will make some people happy. I’ve always been a fan of the bittersweet ending. I’ve said to people that’s what to expect.”

* Don’t ask Kit Harrington who Jon Snow’s mother is. “I have no idea,” he said. But he was more than happy to share his dream ending for the end of the book series. “I want Jon Snow to be on the throne. That’s the brilliant thing. It’s so up in the air. Who knows who’ll be sitting up there, who’ll be dead and who’ll be alive.”

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  1. LJ says:

    Thanks for the recap! Just wanted to point out that the Battle of the Blackwater will be part of Season 2 (it’s the climax of the second book), not Season 3. My understanding of what they were saying about S3 from reading tweets was that the book was too big for one season and that they wanted to get to a certain major event that happens about 2/3rds of the way in (the RW to those who have read the books) for Season 3 anyway.

  2. João Amaral says:

    my understanding on the season 3 issue is the size, not the content. So they will no change the story bu they will try to a bigger season or to expand it in two seasons.

  3. Ang says:

    I haven’t read the books yet. Are they saying season three will use material from the second book?

  4. Snickleboom says:

    Apparently he hadn’t heard of “Stargate: Atlantis” either. Jason Momoa is great!

  5. Janae says:

    This was my favorite SDCC panel of the day!! So entertaining! Jason Momoa is so hot!

  6. Dominique says:

    Jason Momoa is a great actor and I’m glad he got this part on GoT. Loved him since the day he arrived on Stargate Atlantis.

  7. Laurel says:

    Jason Mamoa is great.
    I really wanted him to continue on the show.

    He’s still wearing his Kahl eye makeup… lol
    Maybe he’s not ready to leave either.

  8. Emma says:

    Thanks! I love this show!!

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