As you probably know, the hit HBO show Game of Thrones made an appearance at this year’s Comic-Con to promote its upcoming fourth season. The panel was attended by author George R.R. Martin, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Beniof, as well as select members of the cast, including Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark).
To kick things off, the group showed a touching (and amusing) “In Memoriam” clip featuring all of those who have died on the show in the last three years, which as you can imagine is quite a large number of people (we’ll miss you Baratheon soldiers #43-58!). Be forewarned though, if you haven’t caught up on the show, there are obvious spoilers to be found.
Much of the discussion had to do with one of the most shocking events of television history that occurred last season, referred to as “The Red Wedding,” with the cast and crew talking about filming the heavily-emotional scene. Luckily, the panel wasn’t depressing the whole time. Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) dropped by to make an amusing cameo, and Martin relieved the gloom by relaying a story of how he tried to hide in a country without TVs when The Red Wedding episode aired.
In another interview, Benioff talked about the upcoming season, saying:
“It’s the toughest production schedule we’ve ever had. We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].”
As we all know, the fourth season is going to cover the rest of A Storm of Swords, which is book three in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Having just finished the book, I can totally see where Benioff is coming from. The remainder of it is very intense, packed with action, and has several major events left to come that will be just as shocking as The Red Wedding, so just in case you thought the third season was a little too slow, the next season should be a welcome surprise.
Season four of Game of Thrones will begin airing in Spring 2014, presumably at the end of March or beginning of April. One thing’s for sure, it can’t get here fast enough.
Check out the “In Memoriam” clip below and let us know what you think in the comments!
(Source: Screen Rant)