It has been more than a month since "Game of Thrones" wrapped season 3, but many won't shy away from the latest shocking deaths of some major characters. Thus, instead of sharing what's coming in the fourth season, the show paid tribute to fallen characters at its panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19.
An "In Memoriam" video was played to honor all dead characters from the first season to the latest one. It begins with final scenes of such smaller characters as Beric Dondarion and Viserys Targaryen set to Boyz II Men's "Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday".
The music switches to more somber tone when highlighting the demise of beloved characters like Maester Luwin, Lord Commander Mormont, Khal Drogo, Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark and Robb Stark. It ends with a tagline, "The North Remembers," which is a key phrase going into season four.
Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden, who played the deceased Catelyn and Robb, were also brought back to join returning cast members Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington Rose Leslie, Emilia Clarke and John Bradley to talk about the bloody Red Wedding at the panel. "It was a rough day on set," co-showrunner David Benioff said of filming the episode. "That was the last day we would work with them."
His co-showrunner D.B. Weiss recalled, "The crew was crying on the set. These fictional deaths...had them in tears." Madden admitted to having a good cry on set and ordering "multiple drinks on a one hour flight" after filming the emotional scene.
Speaking of season 3 overall, Benioff said in the EW.com interview suite at the convention, "It's the toughest production schedule we've ever had." He went on teasing a more action-packed season 4, "We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It's a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it's going to surpass season three."
"The last 3 episodes, there's so many scenes we've been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them," he shared.