Everybody Loves Tyrion at the 'Game of Thrones' Comic-Con Panel
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The first season of HBO's Game of Thrones was a phenomenon, not
only earning praise from critics and fans, but also garnering big
ratings and a slew of Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama
Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage.
At Comic-Con, with a panel moderated by the author of the original book series, George R.R. Martin, it's clear that Game of Thrones is a full-on obsession. The panel featured many of the show's most beloved actors, including Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryan) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow).
The panel offered some fun and interesting insights into the actors and characters. Here are the highlights.
Three Cheers for Tyrion
The panel opened with a collection of clips from the first season, and much like the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars, you could tell who is the most beloved by the amount of applause. While Daenerys, Jon Snow, the dragons and the golden crown death of Viserys got big ovations, it was any scene with Dinklage's beloved imp that got the real love. Whether you follow the books or just the series, it's clear that Tyrion is already one of the most beloved characters in TV history.
Emilia's Clarke's golden blonde hair makes her very easy to spot on the show, but in the off-season her hair is now dark, which she said makes her go largely unnoticed. She's also just out of school, and she quickly realized "There are no dragons in drama school." Maybe more acting schools should start teaching classes on how to work with dragons and other mythical creatures.
Jason Momoa Rules
His character might be dead, byt Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo, clearly enjoyed his time on Game of Thrones. Besides saying that Drogo would win in a fight against Conan the Barbarian (who Momoa is playing in the new film), he also playfully gave the finger to the producers who claimed they hadn't seen his previous work (I guess they gave up on Baywatch in the later seasons). He also provided great entertainment when describing his reaction after reading that his character died in the books: He threw the book across the room and said, "F*** that!"
DVD Extras with Auditions
The first season DVD won't have many deleted scenes since there weren't many, but it will include auditions from many of the shows stars, which could provide plenty of good DVD viewing.
The cast was asked about their favorite scenes, and here are some of the most memorable ones:
Peter Dinklahe: The trial of Tyrion
Emilia Clarke: The dragons at the end
Lena Headey: The scenes she's read in the books for season 2
Kit Harrington: Jon Snow's scenes with Arya
Executive Producer David Benioff: The scenes between Arya and her fighting instructor, Syrio
How Will It All End?
Author George R.R. Martin revealed that he wants to end of the book series to be "bittersweet," which doesn't sound that uplifting. But star Peter Dinklage has a different idea, suggesting that the series end with a big dance number. I think he's confusing Game of Thrones with Star Wars, and while we'll see more bad things from north of the wall in season 2, I doubt Ewoks will be one of them.
Additional reporting by Laurel Brown
(Image courtesy of HBO)