While by now some of us have forgotten that Game Of Thrones was ever a thing and moved on with our lives, others haven't. And not just Emmy voters. This past weekend, hordes of fans descended upon Nashville (not unlike an army of ice zombies) for "Con of Thrones" -- a convention celebrating the popular series, not an elaborate scheme to swindle ornate chairs. The event featured guests, vendors, and a "fighting arena" with foam weapons and thankfully no gruesome eye-gouging.
But even this all-out Thrones love-fest was haunted by the specter of the polarizing final season. One fan who schlepped all the way in full costume admitted she's "pretending it didn't happen." And since almost all celebrity Q&As devolve unbearable awkwardness eventually, someone asked the cast about the show's contentious ending.
Jamie Lannister himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, offered an A to the Q, calling the backlash "intense." He also revealed that the cast is all part of a WhatsApp group, which A) adorable and B) way easier than sending filthy ravens flying back and forth. Apparently, some of the actors in the group were "upset" by the criticism: "There was that kind of weird feeling of 'What the hell? We worked so hard.'" Which is fair. Even the harshest critics of the show would probably concede that the cast and crew did an amazing job, even if the writing wasn't what they hoped for.
The con wasn't all complaints about the ending, though. Fans also got the chance to take photos with cast members, "wolf dogs" who weren't actually on the show, or hell, why not have a dog take a photo with a cast member?
We look forward to future cons, where we can plunk down $50 to have a picture taken with Daenerys' Starbucks cup.
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