Comic-Con 2011: Game of Thrones Actors and Author Answer Fan Questions: Favorite Scenes, Wigs, Killing Characters, and Series Ends…

During the 2011 Game of Thrones Comic Con panel, fans had the chance to ask the panel of actors questions towards the end of the hour. The actors were asked for their favorite scenes with their characters. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) chose the scene with Catelyn Stark towards the end of the series, while Kit Harington (Jon Snow) chose a scene in the beginning of the season, “The scene with Arya with Needle…it was beautifully written”. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) said her favorite scene to film was the scene between Mark Addy as Robert and Cersei, saying it revealed a lot about their characters. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) replied simply, “The trial was fun”. Emilia Clarke’s (Daenerys Targarean) answer was obvious, “The final scene where I get to meet my babies!”. Apparently it was a popular scene, as producer David Beniof laughed, “[You] stole mine!”
Another fan asked actress Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) about the massive wigs that she has to wear as the character. “They’re apart of the game”, said Headey, commenting that they really weren’t that bad or too heavy at all.
The panel then turned more “ask the author” than “ask the actors” as fans took the opportunity to ask the moderator, George RR Martin himself, some burning questions on their mind. Martin, famous for killing off many (many) main characters, responded to the question we all wanted to know – why. “I want people to be emotionally involved in my characters”, said Martin. He explained he wants people to really become attached to the characters, and to feel as they do – including loss.
Martin also answered about how he plans on ending the series when, in fact, it does come to an end. “I’ve always said it would be a bittersweet ending”, said Martin. There was an audible groan and sign throughout the ballroom; knowing Martin, fans can expect more bitter than sweet.
However, should Martin be unable to come up with an ending, a few of the actors had their own ending. “Well I’d want Jon Snow on the throne, obviously”, said Harington. Lena Headey foresaw a bizarre ending, one in which Khal Drogo and Tyrion Lannister ruled together, however, Dinklage disagreed. “Dance number” was his suggestion. “Well, the last book is called A Dance With Dragons!” joked Martin.
Perhaps a musical ending isn’t that far off after all…

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Mike Macauley is the founder and editor in chief of He also founded and runs, the official Inheritance Cycle community, and published his book, The Inheritance Almanac, in 2011. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.

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