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The HBO hits Comic-Con panel at Hall H kicked off with a bloopers reel, with Charles Dance (Tywin) cursing, Pedro Pascal (Oberyn) smiling through his mangled face, and most importantly, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) doing their meme-worthy jig during the trial of Tyrion.
The panel reunited author George R.R. Martin, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weis, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Rory McCann (The Hound), Pascal, John Bradley (Sam), Rose Leslie (Ygritte),
Early on, the showrunners introduced footage revealing new castmembers, including Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Dr. Bashir) as Doran Martell, the older brother of the late Oberyn.
You can read a detailed breakdown of the casting here, but other new additions include:
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell; Nell Tiger Free as a recast Myrcella; DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah; Enzo Cilentias Yezzan; Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand; Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand; Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand; and Jonathan Pryce will play the High Sparrow.
The team didn’t have much to say about season five, but the showrunners did promise Stannis (Stephen Dillane)— last seen at The Wall — will play a significant role.
After their epic onscreen fight, McCann and and Christie traded friendly jabs. Christie called it “the best moment” of her life when she got in a certain good blow, and “the second best” when she bit off The Hound’s ear. McCann said he never was trained in swordfighting, but he joked his rough upbringing helped him with the role.
“I grew up in Glasgow. We used a thing called a chib. It’s like a sword. It’s got nails at the end of the stick,” he said.
Martin said he wished the series would get three more episodes a season (“”It would give us parity with other HBO shows”) and also defended his reputation as a bloody author.
“David and Dan are fare bloodier than I am,” he said “I may only be the second-ranked murder here on the panel.”
But it was John Bradley who got perhaps the biggest reaction from the panel, addressing controversy that there’s not much male nudity on the show. He teased that perhaps Sam would need to fix that: “It will still get the boob count up … everybody wins.”
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