Posted on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over 6,000 Game of Thrones fans were in attendance at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday, held in the notorious Hall H. But that still leaves millions of Game of Thrones fans who weren’t, whether because they couldn’t hack the Hall H line or because they weren’t in San Diego at all. Fortunately, they don’t have to be left out of the fun.
A video recording of the entire Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel has just hit the web, featuring George R.R. Martin and several of the stars. Now all you need to get the full the Game of Thrones Comic-Con experience is to stand outside on the sidewalk for six hours before you watch it. Watch the panel — or just read our rundown of the highlights — after the jump.
Emergency Awesome posted the videos below. The only things they don’t show are the Season 4 gag reel and the Season 5 casting announcement, both of which we’ve already shown you.
At the panel were Martin, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and actors Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Rory McCann (The Hound).
Here’s what we learned from the Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel.
Season 5 will feature some new locations. Benioff confirmed that the series would continue shooting in Belfast, and revealed that it would also go to Croatia and Spain. (The latter is rumored to be the stand-in for Dorne.)
We will learn more about Stannis (“the Mannis”) Baratheon. “He’s a fascinating character, amazingly well drawn by Stephen Dillane and we will be taking advantage of both the character and the actor in the upcoming season,” said Weiss.
Yes, some folks have a problem with the nudity on Game of Thrones. “We lost a location this year to a man who did not want his property to be involved with ‘Porn of Thrones,’” recalled Weiss. Benioff quipped: “If the Bible thumpers stopped thumping for a moment and read the books, they’d see there’s just as much incest as in the Bible.”
Bradley has a suggestion for how Game of Thrones can include more male nudity. “The good thing about me and male nudity is that everybody wins because they’ll still get the boob count up,” he joked.
Turner loves the new, badass Sansa. “It was frickin’ awesome,” she said of her character’s development this season. She also hopes Sansa and Tyrion will reunite: “I think they’d be an awesome power couple, the new Brangelina.”
Everyone wants more episodes… “The things I mourn are the scenes that didn’t make it,” said Martin about the differences between the book and the show. “I wish we had three more episodes a season.”
… But it’s not gonna happen. “Believe us, from a storytelling perspective we’d love to have 13 episodes,” said Benioff. “The problem is [that we have] absolutely no downtime between the end of one season and the start of the next.” More episodes wouldn’t be feasible in that timeframe.
You should really be reading the books and watching the show. Benioff and Weiss admitted that the show simply didn’t have the time or the structure to include everything from the books, like Tyrion’s backstory. So they hope fans will turn to Martin’s work instead. “They can learn more about these characters [by picking up the books] than they ever would by watching the show alone,” said Benioff.