The Women of Thrones Hit the Panels at Comic-Con

Photo by Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

Photo by Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

With the GOT panel behind them, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer participated in other discussions happening around Comic-Con.

Christie was part of TV Guide's annual Fan Favorites gathering. When asked about a standout fan interaction, Christie told the story of a root canal that required her having her mouth clamped open. When the dentist stepped out, his nurse jumped in and demanded details about 'Thrones,' along with what it was like to be naked on TV. "Was it sexy?" Christie recalled her asking.

As for her favorite part of playing Brienne, Christie said she was happy that people were responding to her character and "making judgements for the choices she makes rather than the way she looks."

Williams and Dormer were featured in Entertainment Weekly's 'Women Who Kick Ass' panel. Williams said that before she took the part of Arya, acting had been more of a hobby, but she was interested in playing her because "she was similar to me." She added, "My 12-year-old head didn't realize it would turn out like this."

A fan of 'Thrones' from the start, Dormer had watched the first season and admired the way it "wrote 3-D, complex women really well." She revealed that her audition scene was the moment from "What Is Dead Will Never Die" (203) in which Margaery offers to bring Loras into the bedroom for Renly.

On the topic of Margaery's motivations, Dormer pointed out that female characters are better served on TV than in film these days. "TV doesn't feel the need to polarize women so much. Male writers want an angel or a whore," she said, adding that with Margaery, those traits don't have to be mutually exclusive. "You can be human and be shrewd," she said. "Those are not two separate things."

Williams spoke of "staying true" to the Arya of the books by playing her left-handed. "It started as a giggle," she said, "and it's become more difficult, but I'm sticking with it." She revealed that her dedication has required re-choreographing scenes at times because sometimes the crew forgets she'll be playing the scene as a lefty.

Dormer revealed that when she took a "Which GOT character are you quiz" online, the result said she was Arya. Williams admitted to not having tried the quiz yet but said she hoped her answer would be Cersei. "I think she'll be Tyrion," Dormer predicted. 

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Pascal went with a similar turn of phrase when asked to describe what Oberyn Martell would be like as a drink. "Rich, delicious ... and a little dangerous," he offered. "A good poison." Pascal hospitably poured and served Valar Morghulis to the many who flocked around the bar at the Wired Lounge on Thursday afternoon. 

As for his ideal GOT drinking buddy, the actor named Tyrion Lannister. "Tyrion and I would have been buddies," Pascal theorized about what could have been. "We would have gotten into a lot of trouble together and a lot of it would have included beer and wine."

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