I won't be doing as many of these Comic-Con themed blogs this year (though expect ones for American Horror Story, True Blood, Arrow/The Flash and Gotham/Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice over the next few days) but when it comes to Game Of Thrones, well once again, it was a panel where plenty happened, including the announcement of several new cast members for the upcoming fifth season.
On the hour long panel with the majority of the cast, along with writer George RR Martin and executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the highlights were ...
- Benioff talked about wanting to do a 13 episode series (something which Martin had been recently vocal about) but due to the schedules, this was impossible.
- Maisie Williams admitted that Arya sees herself as "no-one" when asked about her character changing her identity.
- Sophie Turner admitted it was devastating to see both Sansa and Tyrion seperated as they had a genuine bond and looked out for each other. She also seemed delighted with being able to show Sansa's more manipulative side during the fourth season as well.
- The issue of seeing more male nudity was brought up with the cast agreeing that there should be more for equality. Hopefully the next season delivers on that then.
- Natalie Dormer talked about Margaery not needing weapons and appreciating the violence of the series. She described it as naturalistic and disturbing.
- The show sometimes has run into trouble with locations due to conservative opposition, including losing one by someone who didn't want their land to be associated with "Porn of Thrones'.
However the highlight of the panel was a certain announcement ...
With Dorne set to be a big factor into Season 5 and Spain being used as a filming location for the place, the panel announced the casting (and recasting with one character) of nine major players for the next season. These are ...
- Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow with Alexander Siddig as Doran.
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara, Jessica Henwick as Nymeria, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand.
- Toby Sebastian as Trystane, Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella, DeObia Oparei as Areo, and Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan.
Now let's see how many of these newcomers survive the fifth season and make it into the sixth season, shall we?
And a look of the cover for the fourth season on DVD ...
Game Of Thrones Comic Con Panel Rundown: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/s151/game-of-thrones/news/a586577/game-of-thrones-panel-at-comic-con-as-it-happened.html#~oL7MZm7aBZoSjY
Game Of Thrones fifth season is currently being filmed in various locations and will air on HBO and SkyAtlantic in Spring 2015. Season 4 will be released on DVD from February 17th 2015.