Full Game of Thrones Panel from Comic Con 2013

You can now watch the full Game of Thrones panel from San Diego Comic Con 2013!

The panel features David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R. R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, and John Bradley with a special appearance by Jason Momoa.

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House Stark: Winter is Coming

Fan art of the Starks; Eddard, Catelyn, Sansa, Jon, Bran, Arya, Rickon and Robb.

Stark fan art

Stark fan art

Character Summary – Robb Stark

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We are down to our final summaries, one of them being on Robb Stark, The Young Wolf.

Robb is the eldest child and son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark and is heir to Winterfell and the North.  He gets along well with all of his siblings, including his bastard half-brother, Jon Snow.

Robb also had a friendly relationship with his father’s ward, Theon Greyjoy, who considered him as somewhat of a younger brother.

When Jon convinces Eddard to keep a pack of direwolf pups for each of the Stark children, Robb names his Grey Wind.

Robb’s relations with the Lannisters already starts off bad when he spars with Joffrey Baratheon using wooden swords, and Joffrey then insults him when he challenges him to spar with live steel.

Once Eddard accepts the role of Hand of the King, Robb takes his father’s stead as Lord of Winterfell. When Catelyn suspects that the Lannisters are somehow responsible for Bran’s accident, she confides in him along with others that she trusts and leaves Winterfell to leave Robb solely in charge while she goes to tell Eddard of her suspicions.

When Bran wakes, Robb is the one to confirm to Bran that his injury is permanent.

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Tyrion provides blueprints for a special saddle for Bran to ride horses, Robb and Theon accompany him in the forest for his first ride.  Although Theon is able to kill most of the wildlings that attack Bran while he is riding in an attempt to steal the horse and his possessions, Robb is angered by Theon’s actions endanger Bran.

Theon did try to convince Robb before Bran’s attack that he should forge an army against the Lannisters for their suspected involvement in Bran’s accident.  Only when Eddard is captured for treason, and receives a letter from his sister Sansa, who he suspects was manipulated by Cersei, does he finally start gathering men for war.

He and his army meet up with his mother on their way south, and they form a strategy.  The strategy involves them going through a river that a Lord Walder Frey is in charge of, so Catelyn bargains with him by having Robb and Arya be betrothed to two of Frey’s children.  Robb agrees, knowing that Frey’s children may not be quite the woman he would have any attraction towards, especially since Frey is not the best looking person and he has never seen his children.

The strategy comes as a success as Robb divides his army, leaving 2000 of them as a distraction against Tywin Lannister’s army, with the rest of his army attacking and winning against Jaime Lannister’s army, holding Jaime prisoner.

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After Eddard’s execution, Robb grieves briefly for him before his mother begins counsel on his, reminding him that he needs to rescue his sisters from the Lannisters, believing they are both held capture by them.  They consider which Baratheon to support over claim of the Iron Throne, Renly or Stannis, Lord Greatjon Umber convinces them to fight for Northern Independence and Robb’s army agrees, including Theon, proclaiming Robb as “King of the North.”

Robb Stark is played by Richard Madden.  Before Game of Thrones, he appeared in several UK shows, but this series has made him known internationally.  At first I wasn’t sure what to think of him or his character, but he started growing on me halfway through the season.  Of course, that’s probably because he doesn’t figure too prominently until later in the series anyway.  I have no complaints of his portrayal of Robb Stark, and I hope that he continues to make a mark for himself in the upcoming season.

Character Summary – Tyrion Lannister

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We are going to try to do double duty and send you one of two character summaries, first one up is on Tyrion Lannister, aka  The Imp.

Tyrion is the youngest child of Tywin and Joanna Lannister, and brother to twins Cersei and Jaime.

Because Tyrion is a dwarf, he has also been nicknamed the Imp or the Halfman.  However.  Because of his deformity, he is not really respected or loved by his father, or his sister.  Also, it didn’t help that his mother died giving birth to him, as they put the blame on him for her death.  However, due to their rejection of him and his size, Jaime seems much more willing to accept him and even sincerely cares for his little brother.

Jaime even arranged a “chance meeting” with an attempted rape victim, whom Tyrion fell in love with and married, only to find out by his father that she was hired by Jaime because he wanted Tyrion to be happy.  Tywin paid the prostitute a silver coin for every guard she had sex with and and made Tyrion watch.  For this reason, he vows to never marry or have a lover, and thus only beds with prostitutes.

Tyrion is perceptive, shrewd, and definitely has a soft spot for those who are mistreated, misunderstood, and outcast.  Even though his size causes problems and persecution for him at times, it is mitigated by his family-wealth, social standing, and his intellect, which he has much of.

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In the beginning of the series, we see him befriend Jon Snow, Eddard Stark’s bastard son, because he feels he has a kinship with him.  He states to Jon that “All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes”.  This friendship continues as he joins the Night’s Watch recruits as they travel to The Wall, and even promises Jon that he will help Bran, who is paralyzed from the waist down, as he did Jon by helping him find his identity.  When Tyrion arrives in Winterfell, he offers Bran the blueprints for a saddle that will allow him to ride a horse.

His compassion isn’t met with caring eyes when goes on his way back to King’s Landing.  He comes across Catelyn Stark on his way to King’s Landing, and finds himself in a pickle when she accuses him of attempting to kill Bran.  When they travel to Catelyn’s sister’s land, they are assaulted, and Tyrion actually ends up saving Catelyn’s life, however, they still take him to Eyrie for trial.  Catelyn’s sister also accuses him of killing her husband, Lord Jon Arryn.  Luckily, his life is saved when someone literally fights in his place and wins.

He realizes that maybe his siblings had something to do with both Jon Arryn’s death and Bran’s fall.

When Tyrion finally reaches his father, who has invaded the Riverlands due to Tyrion’s capture.  Tywin takes this as an opportunity to claim the Iron Throne now, and has Tyrion and his troops battle against some Stark forces in the Battle of Green Fork.  They win, but that battle was actually only a diversion to another battle that was lost to them, in which Jaime Lannister is now held captive.

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Tywin retreats and has Tyrion go back to King’s Landing as Hand of the King for Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion’s nephew, basically to prevent the boy from making things worse after Joffrey had Eddard Stark beheaded.  Interesting and entertaining little tidbit is that Tyrion may seem to be the one to have a major affect on Joffrey, since he has no fear of slapping the boy, as he did thrice when Joffrey vocally refused to his uncle that doesn’t care to pay his respects to the Stark family after Bran’s fall.

Yeah, I like this character a lot.

Tyrion is played by Peter Dinklage, one we should all admire.  He has a fine list of movie and television credits to his name, including The Station Agent, Elf, Nip/Tuck, Death at a Funeral (brilliant in both versions!), and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  He won the Satellite, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister, which was well deserved.  This guy is an amazing actor and it seems that the role of Tyrion was just meant for him to play.

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Character Summary – Jon Snow

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Today we give you Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell.

“A diamond in the rough is worth just as much as a diamond in the clear.” Maxwell Ingram said that.

Jon Snow is known to the people as the bastard son of Eddard Stark.  He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings.  Identity of his real mother has not yet been revealed.  I love this character, his loyalty, love and respect for the Starks despite the alienation he faces now and then from Catelyn Stark, Ed’s wife.  Though she’s just being a human (who sees Jon’s presence as constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, making him feel unwelcome) in not being able to connect with the ‘Bastard’ son, I still feel bad for Jon.  On their way back home after the execution of a deserter of Night’s Watch, they encounter direwolf pups, and Snow takes the albino one as he identifies it with himself as an outcast from its litter.  Amidst all of the issues involving his bastardy he got on well with his half-siblings particularly Robb and Arya (both of whom I adore!)

Jon’s position both inside and outside the family subtly chafe him over the years until, when he nears adulthood, he joins the Night’s Watch, after his uncle Benjen suggested that the Watch could use a man like him.

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On his journey to the Wall, Tyrion Lannister accompanies him, and their friendship is fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders.  Jon also protects the shy and soft-hearted Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits.  Gradually he also becomes a natural leader to his fellow trainees.

His new friends save him from the ultimate fate of death as he is torn between his family and the vows to the Watch.  He wants to join his brother Robb in the fight against the Lannisters but deserting the Night’s Watch has the penalty of death.  Finally his friends – Sam and others – persuade him to leave the thought.

Jon finally decides to honor his bonds and fully commit to the Watch, he accepts his place as Mormont squire and prepares for the journey north, on the large Ranging into the Far north that Mormont leads.

He was raised as Stark and Northman and, in many ways, took to their values of honor, and later on, even when forced with horrendous decisions he stays morally correct and upright.

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Jon also has a strong warg connection with his direwolf, Ghost, also a likeable character.

Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington.  Kit has no known credits prior to Game of Thrones, but is excellently cast as the easily likable Snow.  Kit plays him with subtle brilliance and hopefully this will lead him to further great roles.  As it is, he is already slated to be in a fantasy/adventure film with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore called The Seventh Son, which is set to come out early 2013.

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Character Summary – Catelyn Stark

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Day 10 of our Character Summary Countdown is with Catelyn Tully, Lady of Winterfell.

She is the wife of Eddard Stark, and mother of 5 of Stark’s children, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon.  She is of the House Tully of Riverrun.  She is a strong figure and regarded as honorable and dutiful.  She loves her children as a strong mother does, and is by all accounts generous, kind, and loyal.  However, her pride reveals itself strongly when it comes to Jon Snow, Eddard’s bastard son, for whom she has no care for.

Catelyn receives a letter from her sister, who is also Lord Arryn’s widow, that Lord Arryn may have been murdered by the Lannisters.  Lord Arryn was the Hand of the King, a position offered to Eddard Stark.  She doesn’t want him to take the offer, but he does anyway, leaving her behind in Winterfell to take care of Bran, who was in a coma after falling out the window of an abandoned tower.

When there is an attempt made on Bran as well as her own, being that she was there when the assassin came into the room, she suspects the Lannisters had something to do with Bran’s “accident.”  She then decides to go on a secret trip to King’s Landing to warn her husband, leaving Robb Lord of Winterfell.

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Upon arriving in King’s Landing, she is intercepted by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish and brought to his brothel for safety.  Upon conversation with Littlefinger and Varys, she is given to the assumption that Tyrion Lannister was responsible for the assassination attempt since Tyrion won the assassin’s dagger from Littlefinger a while back, or so that’s what Littlefinger says.  Because of this, she puts her trust in Littlefinger and convinces Eddard to do the same.

Catelyn travels north to encounters Tyrion Lannister at the Inn at the Crossroads and promptly has him arrested for the attempted murder.  She goes to her sister, Lysa, in the Vale to have Tyrion tried, but on their way there, Tyrion actually saves her life when they are attacked by barbarian tribesmen.

After the trial, Catelyn asks for help from her sister, but her sister, clearly unstable, refuses to help in the upcoming battle with the Lannisters.  Catelyn then leaves and meets up with Robb as he and his army are heading south towards King’s Landing.

Catelyn becomes dutiful mother to Robb after the death of Eddard and reminds Robb that must save his sisters at King’s Landing.  When they capture Jaime Lannister and his army, she confronts him about Bran’s fall, to which he admits responsibility for, but he refuses to tell her why.

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There’s something about those that are fiercely loyal to duty and family.  Sometimes they can’t see beyond themselves and refuse to acknowledge any fault.  This is how I see Catelyn.  As loving as she is to her family, sometimes her love blinds her to finding truth rather than justice.  I find her character quite annoying in this fact, especially when it comes to her disgust for Jon Snow and her swiftness to find blame in someone, anyone, for harm done to her family.  Granted, that is noble, but it’s often blinding when you can’t take in other options.  Much can be said about her trust in Littlefinger, considering it was she who convinced Eddard to trust in him, which resulted in Eddard’s imprisonment and ultimately his death.

Catelyn is played by Michelle Fairley, who it seems in recent years has had guest roles on several UK TV shows.  She also played Hermione Granger’s mother in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.  If Catelyn is supposed to be all that I’ve surmised her to be, then Michelle is doing an excellent job.  I like that she’s able to portray Catelyn’s loyalties and love to her family as well as being able to portray a harder side to her, a strong side to Catelyn.