Archive for July, 2013

7 Things We Learned at the Game of Thrones Panel

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Friday was the long-awaited ‘Game of Thrones’ panel, which kicked off with the “In Memoriam” video. While the lustiest cheers were for the fallen Starks, the family’s direwolves, Lady and Grey Wind, also evoked an emotional response. Once the video wrapped up and the crowd quieted, the questions came at a quick pace. Here’s what came up:

1. Khal Drogo still pines for his khaleesi.

Jason Momoa stopped the show by rushing on to the stage and planting a big kiss on Emilia Clarke. “I’m not dead yet,” he told the audience. Clarke responded by calling him her “sun and stars.”

2. Dan Weiss talked David Benioff out of using “The Rains of Castamere” for the show’s theme song.

Weiss suggested they trust composer Ramin Djawadi to come up with something. Marvels Benioff, “What would the show be without that and Angus [Wall]‘s title sequence.”

3. Tywin knows that Pycelle is faking it.

The Season 3 DVD set will feature a deleted scene between the grand maester and Tywin Lannister in which Tywin tells him to knock-off his act. As it was Pycelle who convinced the Mad King to let Tywin’s forces into the city during Robert’s Rebellion, Pycelle emphasizes, “I have served the interest of House Lannister unfailingly.”

4. Kit Harington thinks Jon Snow needs a mother figure.

In reciting a list of Jon’s father figures: Ned Stark, Benjen Stark, Lord Commander Mormont, Qhorin Halfhand and Mance Rayder, Harington paused and said, “You’d think he want to find someone maternal.”

5. Charles Dance gives shoulder rubs.

After the tense scenes between Tywin and Tyrion, Charles Dance will give Peter Dinklage shoulder rubs. “To make sure we still love each other,” explained Dinklage about his TV dad.

6. John Bradley thinks Sam Tarly should get out of his own head.

Bradley pointed out that Sam’s defining moment – killing the white walker with dragonglass – was based purely on instinct, and not a matter of Sam applying knowledge he had read in a book. “Sam needs to get out of his brain,” says Bradley. “When he goes on gut instinct, he’s a bit of a dude.”

7. Peter Dinklage has not gone on vacation in years.

“I haven’t taken a proper vacation because I get to go to these places,” said Dinklage about the show’s exotic locales. Dinklage, was responding to a fan question about what’s great about being on the show. The fan wore a shirt emblazoned with an image of the youngest Lannister that said, “Keep calm and Tyrion.” Another benefit, noted Dinklage: “I get to be on T-shirts.”

GOT Comic-Con Panel Honors Their Dead

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Arya Stark’s assertion that “the one true god is Death” rang true at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Comic-Con panel; the event included a tribute to the fallen members of the realm. Things got emotional as fans relived the loss of a multitude of characters from the past three seasons. View the memorial montage below to pay your respects. While there’s no shortage of guts and glory, the footage is also full of spoilers. Please watch at your own risk.

The North remembers… who will you not soon forget? 

New Thrones Merchandise Pops Up at Comic-Con

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Panels are informative, but you can’t bring them home and play with them. To satisfy that need, there are the ‘Game of Thrones’ products being featured around the exhibition hall. Funko’s latest is already moving fast — Ned Stark with a magnetic pop-off head. The limited quantities have been selling out each morning. Factory Entertainment has a cuddlier interpretation of the epic story with plush dragon eggs, direwolves, and a three-eyed raven on display. The booth for Dark Horse Comics features prototypes of their New action figures of Daenerys Targaryen (with dragon eggs) and Jon Snow, both available in January. Also in the offing, ‘Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros’ due in March from Insight Editions, for fans who want to make the Red Keep appear the same way it does in the show’s title sequence. Not to be outdone, Diamond Comic has a 4D Cityscape of Westeros. The 1500 puzzle piece has three different layers: the regions of Westeros, the terrain of Westeros, and the actual castles and landmarks of the series. If you didn’t get a chance to check out these booths, get a look at the goods here.

Kit Harington Makes a Ballroom Swoon

Friday, July 19th, 2013

As part of Entertainment Weekly’s panel of “Brave New Warriors,” Kit Harington elicited a collective “Awww” from the room when he recalled a defining moment for Jon Snow. “When he had to leave,” he said, referring to Jon’s abandonment of Ygritte. “It wasn’t a sword fight – it was leaving the girl.” Harington was joined on the dais by Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who’), Steven Yeun (‘The Walking Dead’), Tyler Posey (‘Teen Wolf’), and David Giuntoli (‘Grimm’).

Other choice bits from Harington:

His unsexiest moment: Harington said his love scene with Ygritte was “possibly the most humiliating.” Because his ankle was broken, the actor had to “crutch on to the scene naked, not being to hide anything with 100 people around trying not to laugh.”

His feelings about social media: Harington prefers not to participate. “I’m useless with anything with buttons.”

What qualities he shares with his character: “I can be quite emo at times. If Jon had an ipod, he’d have exactly the same type of music.” 

His Comic-Con undercover outfit of choice: Harry Potter

How he would like to see his character die, should it come to that: “It would be a Sunday afternoon. Jon would be 85 years old, resting his head peacefully … on the side of a big iron chair.”

David J. Peterson Says to Learn a Language

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Each year, Comic-Con stages an “I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw but I Love Comics” panel to inspire those who want to break into the industry through less traditional means. Who better to take part than David J. Peterson, the linguist who helped put words in Khal Drogo’s mouth? Peterson – who sat alongside motion capture artist Derron Ross, previsualization artist Kerry Shea, and weapons maker Tony Swatton – recounted how he got his ‘Thrones’ gig after a two-month, two-round application process, an opportunity he heard about through the Language Creation Society. Although just one of many members in the Language Creation Society, Peterson is the only person currently creating languages for TV shows. “Hopefully the number of opportunities increase in the future,” he said. “It’s on me to do a good job.”

The benefit of having a living language on the show, believes Peterson, is that it’s like a prop that fans can use too. “Anyone can use and build on it,” he said. “It’s a really neat way for fans to engage in a dynamic way.” For those looking to break into the field, Peterson says to “study as many languages as possible” – it’s the best way to “understand what makes a language realistic.”

Peterson told Making Game of Thrones that of the two languages he’s created for ‘Thrones,’ his Dothraki is stronger, but he prefers the sound of Valyrian. He has favorite phrases in each tongue: “A dragon is not a slave,” and “It is known.” His go-to phrase? “Where’s the bathroom?” he said. “Everything else is less urgent.”