Grab your house shirts, and listen to George R. R. Martin ask some poignant questions to his cast. That was the general consensus in the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con. Joining him in the panel was executive producer Carolyn Strauss, along with Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, and Richard Madden.
The audience was introduced to several new characters joining the upcoming season. The character that seemed to have the most effect on the audience was the Queen of Thorns, who will be played by Diana Riggs. The new actors on the show discussed in a short video how excited they were to be joining the cast. Martin’s response to all of the new characters was that they have “the biggest cast and getting bigger, so clearly I have to start killing people off.”
Next discussed in the panel was how Game of Thrones is a genre buster, meaning they defeat the entrapments of just one genre. The cast also talked about how most everything in the show can relate to the events of today. War, conflict, love, and trials were examples used in comparison to Game of Thrones and life.
Similarly, the cast discussed how their characters are all gray and none were black and white, like everyone is in life. The characters on the show all do things that are questioned by the audience and their motives are often put to question, but they all act out of what they feel is the correct thing to do.
Shooting locations were discussed in detail. There are four different units, each with their own name and country. Belfast is the wolf unit, Monaco and Croatia are both known as the dragon units, and Iceland was the unit referred to as the “freeze your ass off” unit.
Game of Thrones has one of the largest casts in television. Shooting in four different countries is clearly a challenge that the crew handles well. The panel was a great inside look of how the show is operated and a lovely character analysis.