Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ Salutes Fallen Characters
One of the hottest tickets at Comic-Con, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” panel began with an “In Memoriam” segment played to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” where all of the characters from season one to the present were paid tribute via video homage.
Those fortunate enough to get inside Hall H (many “Game of Thrones” fans who had gotten in line as early as 7am were still unable to penetrate the walls of the hall) proceeded to watch creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss introduce the panelists. The star-studded panel included Peter Dinklage, MIchelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harrington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke, and of course, George R. R. Martin himself.
Benioff and Weiss also introduced film critic Elvis Mitchell as the moderator for the discussion.
Mitchell wasted no time in diving in to say what most fans probably were already thinking by beginning, “George, you heartless bastard,” in reference to the now infamous Red Wedding, which continued to be a major topic of discussion throughout the hour.
After admitting that he does kill characters, but he can always make new ones, Martin defended himself in stating “I should say in my defense David and Dan have turned everything up to 11, and killed many characters that are still alive in the books. I take only a little of the bloodthirsty blame.”
Weiss recalled that when they wrapped the Red Wedding, “The crew was crying on the set. These fictional deaths…had them in tears.”
Madden, whose character Robb Stark was one of the casualties of season three’s penultimate episode, admitted to having a good cry on set and ordering “multiple drinks on a one hour flight” as a result of the sadness he felt from the death of his character, and thus his exit from the show.
“We knew immediately if we could make this happen… and get to that scene and do justice to the ‘holy shit’ of that moment…that we would have done something right,” Weiss said of devastating Red Wedding scene.
“We’d been waiting for it for so long…I remember standing on set and watching Michelle have these takes over and over again… ” Benioff remembered of the day of filming, also remarking that it turned out “better than we could have imagined.”
In regards to the now unforgettable tune “Rains of Castamere” which set off the series of tragic events in season three’s ninth episode, Benioff praised composer Ramin Djawadi for not only composing the song, but also the incredibly memorable main theme to the show.