SDCC 2011: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Discussed
"Game of Thrones" season 2 is yet to be premiered, but discussion about the possible third season has brewed at San Diego Comic Con. During a panel on Thursday, July 21, executive producer/creator David Benoiff hinted it will not correspond with the books at that point because "A Storm of Swords" is "too big to do as one season."
Still, there is a scene in the book, which they simply called "RW", they are looking forward to. "If we can get to 'RW' we've accomplished something," Benoiff gushed. Author George R.R. Martin additionally claimed that "RW" was the hardest scene he's every written.
Showing the same passion for Battle of the Blackwater, the panel jokingly asked for donations to get the scene filmed properly. "We're going to pass my hat around to get some extra contributions," said Martin who served as moderator.
Talking about the upcoming second season, Benioff joked, "Everyone dies, sorry," before creator D.B. Weiss added, "It was all a dream." In a more serious note, Benioff teased, "We've got such an incredible cast, but it's time to meet the Red Priestess, and see those dragons and wolves start to grow up. There's bad stuff lurking north of the Wall. It's a season of exploration."
When Martin was asked why he likes to kill off beloved characters, he explained, "It keeps you on your toes." He went on elaborating, "I want people emotionally involved in my story. We all know books and movies where a hero's are in trouble and you know they're going to get out of it. Those are fun but don't involve your emotions. ... I tell myself it's not me killing them it's the other characters."
The cast then dished on how they would like to see their characters at the end of the drama series. Kit Harington shared, "I want Jon Snow to be on the throne. That's the brilliant thing. It's so up in the air. Who knows who'll be sitting up there, who'll be dead and who'll be alive."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) imagined, "20 years later... it's a small cottage, Jaime and Cersei sitting there, 'finally my love, finally.' " Meanwhile, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) demanded, "Bring Khal Drogo back for sure and have him and Tyrion co-rule."
Also showing up at the panel were Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke. Sean Bean, whose character was killed off in season 1, was not among the attendees but the panel did mention him as Martin claimed, "Sean was robbed [for an Emmy nomination]."
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