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San Diego Comic-Con: New cast members and bloopers for 'Game of Thrones'

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We all know that 'Game of Thrones' is serious business, but the cast, show runners, and creator George R.R. Martin cut loose at San Diego Comic-Con Friday during their highly-coveted Hall H panel. With 6,500 people in attendance, the panel showed a season four blooper reel that reminded the audience everyone's favorite characters are human, too. The actors - some of whose characters are already dead in the 'Games' television universe - answered questions gamely, as did Martin.

The panel also revealed a number of new cast members for season five which premieres next spring on HBO. Actors include several genre faves like Alexandar Siddig, Toby Sebastian, and Jonathan Pryce. Fans of the books also noted characters missing from the story's progression, and quite a few pre-panel discussions were had in Hall H regarding those who never read the books and why it's important to do so. See the entire new cast on the official making 'Game of Thrones' blog.

During the Q&A, one fan asked Martin why he kills off characters with such impunity, to which he replied, “I have plenty of punity. My reputation for killing is exaggerated," and he went on to blame the GoT show runners for being even bloodier than his own imagination. Martin was also asked what he would say to book readers planning to stop watching the show to avoid spoilers, and he heartily encouraged people to keep watching, and also to read the books.

Craig Ferguson - who we hope makes a new career as a Comic-Con moderator - oversaw the 'Game of Thrones' panel which also included Martin, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Pedro Pascal and more fan favorites. Full Comic-Con covergage, and additional video clips, are available at the Making 'Game of Thrones' blog.

More George R.R. Martin at SDCC 2014: For those at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Martin will be offering autograph signings on Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the convention center's Sails Pavilion. He will also participate in an author's panel at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, in room 6A.

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