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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Panel Didn’t Go Off Without a Hitch

With an online petition calling for its final season to be rewritten (it’s never going to happen guys) and a sizeable portion of fans enraged, Benioff and Weiss ducked out of Comic Con, leaving the Game of Thrones panel open to solely the cast members.


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The event promised to look back at 8 seasons of television the televised leviathan created proved to be…almost uneventful.


The final episode of 'Game of Thrones'
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In attendance were Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), and executive producer and frequent director Miguel Sapochnik.

The cast of Game of Thrones started off the panel at San Diego Comic-Con last Friday by saying they wanted to make everyone “feel welcome,” something that feel oddly off-putting considering that it draws focus to exactly what shouldn’t be focused on in a retrospective panel.

But the show must go on, as the saying goes, but I’ll admit that even writing that seems weird considering that petition to “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers“, that so far has 1,692,909 signatures, implies that, yes, the show must go on.



However people tend to be less argumentative and headstrong when they’re not on Twitter because, let’s face it, it’s scary to talk to people. Facing down your foes becomes a much daunting task when they have a human face and aren’t just a name, or even image, on a screen.

Plus, who could be angry with seeing these people?


Much of the cast of 'Game of Thrones' together again
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They were your heroes and villains on screen. Granted, notable names such as Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) didn’t show up to the the panel along with Benioff and Weiss, but you got the majority of the main cast there and, while I can’t say for certain, they seem like affable people.



Cast of 'Game of Thrones' with Starbucks coffee
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They even brought their Starbucks cups!


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There was John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarly, joked “Pardon me for being thirsty” before denying any of the theories that he was to blame for a plastic water bottle incident.

Oh, Sam!

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark, admitted that he “ended up with a wooden spoon”.


Maisie Williams was at Comic Con
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Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, admitted that she stole fake blood from one scene and left it on the bathroom floor of her dressing room, reducing the whole panel to a giggling fit.


Jacob Anderson was at Comic Con!

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When the cast members were asked about what George R R Martin told them about their characters that didn’t make into the show, Jacob Anderson bettwe known as Greyworm,  answered, “I got told one thing – last time I’m ever going to say this: Dick, No Balls. That is what they told me.”


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Even Conleth Hill who played Varys joked I don’t regret starting the petition”. How can you not love these people?

That doesn’t mean there were hotspots for fans during the panel. Issac Hempstead Wright touched on the controversial ending, saying:

One of the cleverest things about the ending is that it doesn’t conclude everything very neatly…The kingdom’s in disarray… They’re not finished, there’s no full stop. It’s not finished conclusively, it lets you read into it.


All hail Bran the Broken!
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Personally, I liked the ending to Game of Thrones, I was just wasn’t a fan of how they got there. But that’s not what this panel was about and nor should it have been.



In this whole panel, there was only one moment when things got awry.

When speaking of where characters ended up, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said of Jamie’s death that, “It made sense to me”.

This was met with…

…an oddly strange and surreal moment….


Danny fuming
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…when one lone heckler made a loud and startling “boo!”


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This was met others in the crowd…


Greyworm marching
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…being quiet as Coster-Waldau elaborated.

It’s nice to know that in a day and age when information is readily available and people can connect across the world that we have to be reminded with a phrase that can be summed up as, “Don’t be a jerk”.



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George R.R. Martin Dismisses Claims That Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Books Finished

So that speculation was fun while it lasted.


Ian McElhinney in a scene from the HBO television series "Game of Thrones."

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Previously, it was reported that actor Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Barristan Selmy before the Sons of Harpy got to him, stated that George R.R. Martin “struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.”


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Before the actor even said anything, Benioff and Weiss were Google-bombed by angry Redditors who were able to manipulate Google’s algorithms so now their faces appear when you search “bad writers” after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired.

Needless to say, these comments couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Naturally, George R.R. Martin was quick to deny that he’s done with Winds of Winter on his website Not a Blog:

It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice and Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.

In case you didn’t get the point, this entry on Martin’s blog was titled “Idiocy on the Internet”.

He brings up a good point. Why would delaying the books help the show? Considering that even if Winds of Winter was published after, say Season 7 was aired, fans would binge the season and rip through the book, creating thousands of think-pieces and millions of comments and videos about the differences.

As George says, “books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the book”. It’s a symbiotic relationship, even if it can sometimes be parasitical.

OR MAYBE Martin had to say this because if he didn’t the conspiracy would be out?

Maybe the only reason the book publishers don’t know Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring have been written is because of this agreement with Benioff and Weiss?

Maybe the plan is to end of Game of Thrones and continually generate interest by releasing book in between seasons of the Game of Thrones prequel show.

Maybe the plan is for George Martin to expand the series into fifty books so HBO can continually generate money?

Maybe the plan is for George Martin to reanimate the dead so he can continue writing fantasy novels until the end of time?

Who knows at this point?


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