9 Things Learned at the GOT Comic-Con Panel

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The crowd-pleasing blooper reel kicked off the 2014 panel and it set the tone for a light-hearted event. Late night host Craig Ferguson opened the floor to questions almost immediately after laying out the ground rules: "If you're going to ask questions from book that hasn't happened yet -- grow up and don't." For the most part, the fans respected this request. 

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1. The cast stays in character. Amidst much cheering, Rory McCann (The Hound) arrived on stage, cradling his ear and mimicked hobbling to his seat. Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) came out holding his head and scrunching his eyes closed. Both entrances were wildly appreciated.

2. Jon Snow's maternity came up. Benioff and Weiss told the story of a lunchtime meeting with author George R.R. Martin years ago. The lunch included a test: Who is Jon Snow's real mother? and happily, the two answered correctly. Weiss obliged the audience by revealing it's... "Mrs. Snow." 

3. Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner would like their turn with swords. "I want to kill someone," declared Turner (Sansa). Turner also admitted that her character's dark turn was both "a relief" and "freaking awesome." For her part, Dormer revealed that as someone who was really into swords, she was jealous of the actors who got to work with them, but acknowledged that Margaery has "proven to have other weapons." 

4. Expect more Stannis. Benioff and Weiss went rogue by teasing a small detail from the coming season: "He's a fascinating character and we will be taking advantage of both the character and actor in the season."

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5. Someone still remembers Benjen Stark. A fan dressed as the missing first ranger wanted to know why no one seemed to be looking for him any longer. Deflected Weiss, "It was Kit's idea, he said pointing at Kit Harrington (Jon Snow). "I got distracted," said Harrington, pointing at Rose Leslie (Ygritte). 

6. Sophie Turner thinks Sansa and Tyrion have power couple possibilities. "He was my other half," said Turner, laughing. She rued that just as the two were starting to build a trusting relationship,"in the spirt of 'Game of Thrones,' they cut that off." Should the pair come together in the future, however, Turner thought the combination could be like the new "Brangelina."

7. Maisie Williams got cryptic. When a fan asked what it was like to play a character with so many shifting identities -- Arya, Arry, etc., and Williams replied: "She is no one." 

8. Dragons vs. direwolves splits the panel. When the group was asked -- by a girl dressed as Arya -- "dragons or direwolves?" the answers were varied down the line. John Bradley said Sam's friendship with Jon necessitated he pick direwolves while Rose Leslie and Gwendoline Christie went for dragons. The Starks and Snow -- Maisie Williams, Kit Harrington and Sophie Turner each backed: "direwolves of course," as did Natalie Dormer. George Martin demurred, as did Benioff and Weiss. For his part, Rory McCann bayed like a hound, and Pedro Pascal went with a snake. One twist: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) opted for a "direwolf ... because they're easier to kill."

9. "The show is the show and the books are the books," so spake Martin, addressing a recurring line of questioning including whether book fans should stop watching the show until the books catch up. "I encourage people to watch the show and also, for people to read the books. Reading books is good." The author used his Scarlett O'Hara analogy from 'Gone With the Wind' to hammer the point home: "How many children does Scarlett O'Hara have?" Pointing out that she has three in the novel, and only one in the movie, Martin asked rhetorically, "What's the true story? The answer is she has none. She never existed and is not a real person. That is the situation -- the show is the show and the book is book."

David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con

David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con

Nearly two dozen journalists gathered Friday morning for a David Peterson-delivered  primer in Dothraki. The event served as a kick off for Living Language Dothraki, a conversational course guide out October 7.

Peterson schooled the room in the basics, including four vowel sounds, pronounced much like they are in English. Tossing out terms like "dothralat" (to ride), he encouraged his class to give the word a try with conviction and to scare the rooms nearby. He used phrases like alveolar ridge, which turns out to be a part of the mouth and not a location Essos. 

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Meet the New Faces of Season 5

Can't wait for Season 5 of 'Game of Thrones'? Catch a sneak peek of the series' new cast members. Unveiled at San Diego's Comic-Con, the video below introduces the new actors portraying Doran Martell, Trystane Martell, Myrcella Baratheon, Areo Hotah, Yezzan, Nymeria Sand, Tyene Sand, Obara Sand and the High Sparrow in Season 5:  

The Line Is Long and Full of Fans

What happens the night before a Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con? The fans come to wait. And wait. 

Sharon Schulzki - Favorite Season 4 moment? Mrs Schulzki: "Sansa's lie about her aunt's death." Daughter Karin: "When Joffrey died."

Sharon Schulzki - Favorite Season 4 moment? Mrs Schulzki: "Sansa's lie about her aunt's death." Daughter Karin: "When Joffrey died."

Very first on the line Thursday was Sharon Schulzki and her daughter Karin, both of San Diego. Their 6 a.m. arrival on the line was but one element of their family's highly committed GOT panel day plan. The two, set to change in Melisandre and Daenerys costumes (respectively) were to be joined by dad (dressed as Stannis) and brother (dressed as Purple Wedding Joffrey) at 6:15 a.m. the following morning to hand off overnight gear before heading to the panel together. Mrs. Schulzki flipped through a gallery of photographs of her intricate handiwork, with details that would have made costume designer Michele Clapton proud. 

Melanie Mather, second on line, came in from Washington D.C. Having made it in to the panel last year, she decided she had to attend another. Mather, who hasn't read the books, said Joffrey's death was the most memorable for her last season. "I fell on the floor," she said. Of the panel lineup, Mather was most excited for Natalie Dormer (Margaery Baratheon): "She's my queen!" said Mather. 

Sarah Graves of Irvine, California arrived at 8 p.m. with her sister Lauren and their friend Jonathan Hart of South Carolina. Dressed in a House Lannister t-shirt, Sarah was still waiting for the wristbands that would release them from the line so they could eat and sleep. She defended her t-shirt choice: "Tyrion, all the way."

Jonathan Hart, Lauren Graves, Sarah Graves - Favorite Season 4 moment? Sarah Graves: "Oberyn Martell's death. I couldn't even watch the screen, it was so scary. Reading it and seeing it are two totally different things."

Jonathan Hart, Lauren Graves, Sarah Graves - Favorite Season 4 moment? Sarah Graves: "Oberyn Martell's death. I couldn't even watch the screen, it was so scary. Reading it and seeing it are two totally different things."

Mariel Rascon and Jose Patino of Tijuana, arrived on the line at 7:30 p.m. Their time-passing plan including chatting and reading. Rascon was hoping to see Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) while Patino was interested in John Bradley (Samwell Tarly). 

Favorite Season 4 moment? Rascon: "When Tyrion escaped." Patino: "Ditto!"

Favorite Season 4 moment? Rascon: "When Tyrion escaped." Patino: "Ditto!"

 

Fans Proclaim Their Faith With GOT Tattoos

Fans Proclaim Their Faith With GOT Tattoos

Exclusive to this year's Game of Thrones 'Survive the Realm' experience at Comic-Con was the opportunity for fans to get tattoos. The permanent kind.

The complimentary tattoos were courtesy of the team at local shop Left Hand Black. Owner and artist Turk, who is also a fan of the show, helped devise the tattoo designs on offer as well as the sizing and placement restrictions. (Although visions of ravens and Joffrey's crown were dancing in his head, the final 15 designs were selected for practical reasons including efficiency.) Turk reported that coincidentally, he had been seeing an upswing in GOT-tattoo requests, which wasn't a surprise to him. "The imagery is so awesome," he said.

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All Men Must Drink, Including Pedro Pascal

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Pedro Pascal was on hand for the ceremonial tapping of Ommegang Brewery's latest collaboration with 'Game of Thrones,' Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale. Pascal poured the first glass and pronounced it "delicious."

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."

The event was also an opportunity for a selection of GOT fans to meet the actor as well as sample the beer, which hits stores in September.