Interview Roundup: More of Game of Thrones at San Diego Comic-Con


It’s time for another batch of Game of Thrones interviews from this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, and some more hints about Season 5.

Access Hollywood has released a number of new interviews with the cast.

John Bradley discusses the influence that Samwell Tarly has over people and the respect he can command, specifically from Jon Snow, and says that in Season 5 we can expect Sam to flex those muscles more than he ever has before. He also teases that Sam could strike up an incredibly understanding relationship with Ser Davos Seaworth.

Rory McCann talks about rehearsing for the big fight between The Hound and Brienne, and the amount of work they put into the scene, knowing that it was a very important one. He admits that he was quite pleased with the reaction, and that he and Gwendoline were amazed they didn’t hurt each other during filming. He says that there’s always hope for The Hound to return, but it wasn’t looking good for him in the finale.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks about missing the Queen’s visit to the set, but says that he still enjoyed sending his cast mates who were there screen captures of themselves looking very uncomfortable. He remains humble about the show becoming HBO’s most watched series, and says that he enjoyed spending time with some of the cast at the convention that he hadn’t seen since last year.

Zap2It has also released a number of fun new interviews. (These are linked off site as their embed code doesn’t support multiple videos on a single page.)

In a different world Arya and Brienne could have really hit it off, and if it were up to Maisie and Gwendoline, the powers that be would give them a spin off show to make that world a reality. They also both aspire to be each other!

Kit Harington agrees with the sentiment that there should be more male nudity on Thrones, but says that Jon Snow is in a place where he’s not allowed to have sex, so he’s not sure he should be the top candidate as it would likely be gratuitous. He does recall that somewhat strange and shirtless group shaving scene from Season 1 though.

Kit Harington and Maisie Williams talk all about the Queen’s visit to the set, and what they would have done if she had actually taken a seat on the Iron Throne.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses the very complicated relationship between Jaime and Cersei, and whether Jaime has any feelings of love for Brienne. He believes that Jaime will be shocked when he finds out what Tyrion has done, and will realize that the Lannisters are now in a politically disastrous situation.

David Peterson spoke with Yahoo! TV after teaching some members of the press how to speak a bit of Dothraki. David doesn’t confirm that we’ll be hearing Dothraki again in Season 5, but he doesn’t confirm that we won’t either. What he does say is that “there is a lot of language material in Season 5.”

George R.R. Martin spoke with Clevver News at the Playboy and A&E “Bates Motel” Event about how Comic-Con has changed since his first visit in 1987. He says he’s most excited for fans to meet Doran Martell this season, as well as the three Sand Snakes, whom he says are going to cause a lot of trouble in the books and the show to come. He admits that he’s thankful he doesn’t have to make the tough choices about what makes it into the television series, and that he hasn’t watched the South Park parody episode yet.

George explains the process of choosing which episode he’s going to write for each season with Crave Online. As we know, he is not writing one this year, and expands a bit on the reasons why. “As the whole world knows, I’m behind on my book, and I need to finish it. I’m trying to avoid other entanglements that would distract me.” He also explains why Blackwater is his favorite episode thus far, and praises some of the actors for their work in it.

Some of the cast topped off their weekend by attending Entertainment Weekly’s Celebration. Rose Leslie and Sophie Turner talk about their Comic-Con experience this year, and Maisie Williams was very excited to be wearing a unique dress made entirely out of recycled comic books.

Pedro Pascal stopped by the Xbox Lounge for a Q&A session during Comic-Con, and a fan has uploaded a small portion of it. Pedro admits that after his professional Wushu training he bought a curtain rod from Home Depot so that he could spin around in his apartment and practice for the big fight. (Yes, he did some damage!) His cosplay of choice would be Mad Men’s Don Draper, and the inspiration for Oberyn’s accent started with his own father.

Making Game of Thrones has some great quotes from the cast and crew during their autograph signing.

David Benioff and Dan Weiss chose their favorite scenes from Season 4. Benioff went with the last scene between Arya and The Hound, “Just the way the two actors played it. It was one of the scene you hope looks as good as you imagine it and this one was better than that.” While Weiss picked Ygritte’s final moment, “As far as single shots, Jon holding Ygritte as she died in his arms and the battle raged behind them. That shot was one of my most favorite.”

John Bradley shared his thoughts on Sam finally mustering up the courage to kiss Gilly, and what it means for his character progression. “I think kissing Gilly is a hugely pivotal moment in Sam’s life, and not just because he’s due up for a healthy relationship with women. Sam’s life, the main theme of it so far, has been rejection… Kissing Gilly is the first time he’s getting over that fear of rejection. I think he’s been treading on eggshells so much around Gilly because he’s worried about being rejected. I think that kiss was symbolic of how they learned through each other to trust other people and humanity, and realize their own worth. They wouldn’t have done it in Season 3.”

And Rory McCann managed to snag some very important props from the set. “I’ve got [The Hound’s] swords. Hanging up in my house, just above the door in case there’s any trouble. God help an unwanted visitor.”

Update: Here are a few more interviews that have surfaced since yesterday!

Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes spoke with John Bradley, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Pedro Pascal, and Rose Leslie. John talks about Sam’s vulnerability, and how he represents the truest form of bravery. Kit admits that he wouldn’t take the black in real life, and believes Tyrion is the bravest character in Thrones. Nikolaj discusses some of Jaime’s more questionable decisions, and how he prepared to portray someone who’s lost a limb. Pedro talks about the Brewery Ommegang event, starting a club full of people who’ve been killed off of the show, and fan encounters. Rose confirms that she grew up in a castle, praises the Ygritte cosplayer from the panel, and jokes about getting that club started with Pedro.

The cast share their most awkward fan encounters with Access Hollywood, with more than one answer including nudity.

Zap2it asked some of the cast who didn’t get the chance to film with Pedro Pascal how they would imagine a scene between their character and Oberyn Martell.

Kit also talked to Zap2it about being excited to work more with Carice, Stephen, and Liam, the conflict that might occur between Jon and Stannis, and how Jon will be feeling after the loss of Ygritte.

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