Friday’s Game of Thrones panel began with a recap video from Season 2 of the highly-acclaimed HBO drama and then quickly made news announcing additions to the cast for Season 3.
Castmembers Alfie Allen, Michelle Fairely, Richard Madden, Carolyn Strauss, Rose Leslie, Emilia Clarke were greeted by a packed Hall H.
When author George R.R. Martin mentioned Clarke’s name, there were shouts from the audience, “"We love you, Khaleesi!"
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Thousands lined up to gain access to the panel, many of them waiting for hours outside San Diego’s Convention Center.
Once inside, they were treated to some interesting “behind-the-scenes” stories. For instance, Madden prefers battle scenes to bedroom scenes and series producers floated a “fake script” to Allen to keep a plotline hidden.
Among the new additions for Season 3 is Diana Rigg who will portray Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns. Rigg will be joined by Clive Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Mackenzie Crook, Kerry Ingram, Paul Kaye, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ellie Kendrick and Richard Dormer.