The faces and brains behind ‘Game Of Thrones’ discussed what fans will (and won’t) see when the show returns in 2014.
The dead walked among the living July 19 at the Comic-Con panel for HBO’s Game of Thrones, as Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley — whose characters were tragically killed at the now-infamous Red Wedding — joined the rest of the show’s cast to talk about Westeros’ past, present and future. And what a future it is!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4: Who’s Dying?
Because nearly every character on Game of Thrones was born with one foot in Death’s door, it’s natural for fans to worry about one of their favorite Westeros residents dropping dead at any moment. But even the most die-hard fans — I’m looking at you, book readers — won’t be able to predict who’s dying (and who’s not) when the show returns next summer.
“Some of the actors finding out what happens in the books to their character doesn’t mean the same will happen in the scripts,” series author George R. R. Martin proclaimed during the panel, though he didn’t clarify whether or not he was specifically referring to deaths.
Fans of the complicated romance between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) will definitely want to tune into season four — as if you were thinking of tuning out.
“Wildling life is the only life she’s ever known, and suddenly, here comes Jon Snow,” Rose said of her character’s inner turmoil. “The love that she has for him dominated.”
Say it with me now: “Aww!”
A Royal Reunion At Comic-Con
One of the highlights of the panel was a brief reunion between Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa, who impulsively joined his former cast mates on stage during the presentation.
Emilia’s response? “My sun and stars,” of course! (She really is always ready to jump into character, isn’t she?)
‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequels?!
Everybody wants to know what’s coming up next — but what about what came before? This was George R. R. Martin’s response when a fan asked about the possibility of prequels to his book series:
“First, I have to finish The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”
(In other words, don’t hold your breath!)
WATCH: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Honors Fallen Characters At Comic-Con
But Robb and Catelyn stark weren’t the only dead characters honored during the panel. In lieu of new season four footage — don’t get greedy now, kids! — HBO sent a special memorial video, honoring those who we’ve said goodbye to during the past three seasons.
— Andy Swift