One of the biggest shows ever to have been on TV ended this year. Game of Thrones wrapped up its epic eight seasons with dragons, really-dead-this-time wights, murder and betrayal, love and anguish. And to say thank you to the fans who supported the show, and waited breathlessly for each turn of Arya’s dagger, several of the show’s cast members sat for a giant Hall H panel at San Diego ComicCon earlier this month.
What fun that was! It started on an interesting note – SDCC’s head of programming stepped up to the microphone before any cast members were introduced, and gently reminded the 6,500 audience members that ComicCon was all about acceptance and tolerance, that everybody’s opinions were valid, and that he believed we were all civilized human beings. What he was really saying was that during the Q&A that was planned for the end of the panel, he didn’t want to hear questioners screaming out their disappointment at what was, in many minds, a very weak ending to the series. (As it happened, the cast chatted for the full hour, and could have gone much longer – they never got to the audience Q&A.)
Yes, we know that at least one prequel series is in the works – and why not, this show made a TON of money for HBO and had huge audiences – but nothing could ever equal the scope of this series. Days of filming for four-minute battle sequences, hundreds of extras, hordes of famous guest stars, giant careers made. And it was incredibly fun to hear the cast talk about the show and how it impacted them over many years.
I have to admit, I’m now more than a little bit in love with Conleth Hill, who played Varys, and I was quite charmed by Jacob Anderson’s (Greyworm) bits of embarrassment and his giant hugs for co-star Liam Cunningham (Davos) – bits that required donning a full face Spiderman mask to cover up. In addition to them, other panelists included Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran); Maisie Williams (Arya); John Bradley (Sam); and Nikolai Coster-Waldau (do I even need to tell you? Jaime Lannister).
Here are some of the highlights of the panel. Please excuse the video quality – if you’ve ever balanced a camera on your foot while trying to take stills with your phone, around the giant heads of the people in front of you, you’ll understand. In the first video, cast members talk about what they think their characters would have done following the end of the series, and their favorite lines in the series. And head to the bottom of this post to win a Varys figure from Dark Horse, which was given to me several years ago at an earlier ComicCon!
In the second video, they talk about what they took home from the set; John Bradley discusses that infamous water bottle mistake; and they reflect on what they miss most about playing these characters.
Audience members were given a ticket to collect a great swag bag from the show – a smaller canvas tote, a metal water bottle, a nice GoT branded notebook, and a pen! Definitely a classy way to finish a series that can never be topped.
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