San Diego held their annual international Comic-Con last weekend. It was a few days filled with cosplay, gadgets, demonstrations, authors and representative cast interviews from some of my favorite stories and shows. But my main draw is always the Con’s Game of Thrones presence. Last year, the production company chose to release a truckload of exhilarating casting news, while this year, they humbly honored some of the show’s most beloved characters that have met dangerous, disastrous and devastating ends.
There was even a surprise visit from Season One’s Dorthraki King.
Game of Thrones has never been afraid to shock it’s audience, therefore, this season’s “The Rains of Castamere” which showcased the epic Red Wedding event, where two central and pivotal characters became casualties in what could be described as a clan massacre, was heart-breakingly brutal but an incredible Game changer. Fans everywhere, whether they’d read the books or not, were left tear stained and stunned by that last scene in the penultimate episode.
However, this isn’t the first time characters this audience believed would war until it’s last season bit it earlier than expected and thankfully, the Game of Thrones writers and producers put together an endearing video tribute to curtail the mourning process and salve our broken and unsteady hearts.
What I loved about this video (besides my favorite tear stinging Boy II Men jam) was that they named each character, group and people. It’s this progression of their importance on the story and ultimately the audiences’ mind and heart and that in itself was beautiful. For, when you read the books, these characters have personalities and traits and meaning. They represent an aspect of story, a stamp in the narrative and time. But on the show, this doesn’t always happen. Therefore, they may (and do) go unnoticed or unnamed, and subsequently, forgotten. Main characters get the most screen time and love but this video showcased every casualty in the Game and I appreciated that, for there were some awesome men and women that I would have loved to have seen die another day. And don’t you love have they tied in the clan slogan/oath? The North Remembers.
Of course, this isn’t all that transpired over the Con, there were tons of fans and interviews and even Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) resurrected for this gathering, along with recently deceased Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). All I can say is, this moment would have been perfect, had they been able to wrangle Sean Bean (Ned Stark) in for an appearance. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have something concerning these actors and character tribute in the future.
Game of Thrones Season 4 premiers on HBO 2014.