The cast of Game of Thrones is getting ready for a big reunion in San Diego. HBO’s hit fantasy drama concluded its run in May and this will likely be the last time we see them together for San Diego Comic-Con. Fans will undoubtedly be lining up at the doors to see their favorite actors in person, but a few major cast members are skipping the reunion altogether.
‘Game of Thrones’ takes over Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con will kick off Thursday, July 18. Game of Thrones has already booked the largest room in the convention center, and the show’s panel will include Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Ian Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei).
Game of Thrones executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will also be in attendance, as well as director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed some of the show’s most ambitious battle scenes.
It will be exciting to see this lineup take the stage and answer questions about the final season, but there are loads of major cast members missing from the list. According to E Online, this includes the show’s two main leads, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow).
Also missing are Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister). Basically, all of the most important cast members will not be on hand to mingle with fans, which is a major disappointment for fans going to the event.
What can fans expect at Comic-Con?
With so many cast members missing in action, it is unclear how many questions will be answered at Comic-Con. A panel at the event usually consists of a moderated talk amongst the cast followed by an audience Q&A. Even though most of the main characters are skipping the event, it still might be interesting hearing what they have to say about the final season.
The series took a lot of heat for how the story wrapped up in Season 8, which could be why most of the cast opted to stay away from the panel discussion.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones featured a lot of twists before the end. Going into the season, most fans thought either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen would end up on the Iron Throne. Hardly anyone suspected that Daenerys would turn evil and that Jon would kill her as a result.
Even more shocking, Bran, aka the Three Eye Raven, was voted to rule Westeros while Jon concluded his journey by living out his days north of The Wall. This shocking ending sparked confusion with fans, many of whom will be present to ask their questions at Comic-Con.
‘Game of Thrones’ DVD reunion
Although a Comic-Con reunion is not in the cards, fans will get a final Game of Thrones reunion when the official box set is released on DVD and Blu-ray this winter. A reunion special will be included in the release, which features Turner, Harington, Jason Momoa, and Sean Bean, to name a few participants. Conan O’Brien hosted the special, which takes fans on a behind-the-scenes journey of the making of Game of Thrones. A similar clip could be played at Comic-Con, though details of the panel have not been revealed.
In the short documentary, fans will also watch as cast members react to their scenes from way back in Season 1. A lot of the cast members were young when they debuted on the show, and it is hilarious watching them react to their early scenes.
This includes Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner watching themselves portray much younger versions of Arya and Sansa Stark. Needless to say, both actresses have come a long way since the first season.
Although Game of Thrones is officially over, HBO has plans to air a prequel that will cover events that took place thousands of years before the timeline of the original series. HBO has not announced an official premiere date for the prequel, though production is believed to be underway.