Since “Game of Thrones” began its historic run almost a decade ago, the show and its actors have been a staple of the San Diego Comic-Con. Recently, TVLine announced that “Thrones” will be taking a victory lap this year, now that the show has come to an end.
Actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) will make an appearance, among others. Perhaps more interesting, though, is that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be there as well. Following a heavily criticized final season (which included a petition with 1.6 million signatures to remake it), some fans are asking if the pair knows anything at all.
Shame, Shame, Shame
Many viewers were unhappy with the writing and character decisions made throughout the final season. Despite stunning production quality and outstanding acting, the final season’s writing brought the beloved series to a screeching halt. Overall, the concluding storyline was riddled with plot holes and unrealized character arcs that left fans disappointed.
So, it’s interesting that the showrunners are participating in a panel discussion that might be filled with angry fans. This year’s Comic-Con will be the first for the duo since 2016. Of course, “Game of Thrones” was just reaching its peak of cultural influence then. Now, things are quite different.
In fact, disgruntled fans are already gearing up for the convention in the hopes of challenging the show’s writers. So far, neither Benioff nor Weiss has responded to the massive amount of criticism the show’s final season has received. Some of the saltier fans hope the duo gets shamed with a tolling bell, like Cersei Lannister in season 5. Meanwhile, others speculate that the showrunners will back out of the panel at the last minute.
Front and Center
While the panel at Comic-Con will give “Game of Thrones” a final send-off, HBO has something else up their sleeve. Conveniently, the July 19 event takes place just after Emmy nominations are announced.
Perhaps HBO is hoping to put the show in the spotlight one last time as “Thrones” tries to add to its historic trophy shelf. With over 128 Emmy nominations and 47 wins across its history, “Game of Thrones” will surely add a few more accolades to its collection this year. Putting it at the front of people’s minds right before voting certainly won’t hurt the effort.
Now that the “Thrones” watch has ended, HBO hopes its other shows can step up to help retain subscribers. Comic-Con will also feature panels from “Westworld” and “His Dark Materials,” as the network moves into a post-Westeros future.
It will undoubtedly be interesting to see how fans react to the final panel and whether or not the showrunners will field tough questions regarding their season 8 choices. Either way, “Game of Thrones” will get a well-deserved victory lap where fans can pledge their loyalty one last time.
The San Diego Comic-Con takes place this year on July 18-21.