Actors Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
Actors Pedro Pascal and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
George R.R. Martin and actress Natalie Dormer attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014. (Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesLink
Actors Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann and Maisie Williams attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
There’s no question that the biggest news to come out of Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con International panel was the announcement of the nine new actors who would be joining the cast of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series in its fifth season.
But one of the most intriguing comments made during the hourlong session that focused mostly on audience Q&A was from the lips of Maisie Williams (who earlier in the day had been touted as a potential lead in the upcoming “The Last of Us” movie adaptation). Near the end of the presentation, she was asked about her character Arya Stark’s journey and how she viewed her alter-ego’s evolution.
“She is no one,” Williams said, receiving cheers from the audience members familiar with the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series.
The statement, though seemingly innocuous, suggests that Arya’s journey to Braavos, which she began to undertake at the conclusion of Season 4, will lead to a place at least similar to where she finds herself in the latter books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels.
Williams was joined on the panel by her castmates John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, Rory McCann, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Pedro Pascal, in addition to Martin and the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The session began on a lighthearted note with a blooper reel showcasing behind-the-scenes goof, and the mood stayed relatively light, though fans were cautioned more than once not to pose specific questions related to events that might unfold next season or other spoiler-inviting queries. Anyone asking about whether a strategy had been devised to deal with the fact that the show likely would surpass the point where the novels currently leave off came away without an answer; so did a fan asking why the character of Lady Stoneheart did not appear on the show.
Among the highlights from the discussion, Weiss described Stannis Baratheon (played by Stephen Dillane) as a “fascinating character,” hinting that he’ll have a sizable role to play in Season 5. Martin downplayed his reputation for killing characters, saying that Benioff and Weiss were “bloodier,” but he also joked, “The key lesson for the actors is never ask for a raise.”
Turner mentioned that she would like at some point for her character, Sansa Stark, to be reunited with her husband, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage): “They’d be an awesome power couple,” she said, likening them to the “Brangelina” of Westeros.
McCann and Christie wise-cracked about the fight scene between her noble fighter Brienne and his renegade the Hound, with the Scottish actor teasing, “When she bit my ear, it kind of tickled to be honest.”
And the subject of introducing more male nudity to the series was met with a series of humorous responses, though Jon Snow actor Harington opted to remain silent on the issue to avoid being forced to have his “kit off” next season.
Bradley, who plays Snow’s loyal friend Samwell Tarly, earned laughs with his self-deprecating comments regarding his physique: “I refuse to bow down to public pressure… The good thing about me is it will still get the boob count up, so everyone wins.”
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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