SDCC 2011: George R.R. Martin Alludes To Bringing Back Former ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor

George R. R. Martin, author of the books the hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones is based on, expressed his praise of the show while moderating a cast panel on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

During the panel, Martin alluded to the possibility of bringing back one of the actors whose character had been killed off in the first season. (This character originally was killed off in Martin’s novel, A Game of Thrones, which is the first title in A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which the HBO series is based.)

Note: If you haven’t seen the Game of Thrones television series or haven’t read the first book, then be warned, the rest of this article is SPOILER-filled.

Martin said he was very impressed with the scene where Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo is challenged for power by another warrior in his clan. Part of the reason Martin loved the scene was due to actor Jason Momoa’s enthusiastic portrayal of Drogo, which was pretty obvious during the panel.

Momoa, who donned his character’s familiar dark eye makeup for the panel, raved about his experience with the part and lamented on the author’s decision to kill off Drogo in the first book.

It gave fans in the audience a perfect opportunity to voice their dissatisfaction with Drogo’s demise.

“Bring him back?” Martin said in reply to a comment from the crowd. “OK, I’ll take that under advisement.” Just as the audience was ready to dismiss the notion, Martin states: “Who knows? He may have a twin brother somewhere.”

Normally, a comment like the one featured above would be taken pretty lightly. However, in this case it might actually hold some weight. Martin has yet to write the final two novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Reasonably speaking, Drogo could actually have an identical twin pop up in those later books, but it’s unlikely that Momoa would be able to reprise his role as a Dothraki warrior in the TV adaptation for several seasons.

For a more detailed look at the entire panel discussion, including videos from the event, check back with Geeks of Doom shortly!

1 Comment »

  1. So, wait… in a post headlined “GRRM eludes to bringing back former GoT actor” – and I guess you meant ‘alludes’? – the actual story is “panel audience asked GRRM to bring back a *character*, GRRM didn’t outright say no, but the original actor is unlikely to return to the series”?

    Comment by Simon Southey-Davis — July 22, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

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