Throne Con II - 25th-27th January 2013 - Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London, UK

Another weekend, another convention. This time, it was a celebration of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. Based on the novels by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm, bringing the fantasy genre into homes and showing the world that anyone can enjoy something that's not the "mainstream".

 

Throne Con II, run by Starfury Events may have been one of the smaller conventions you could attend, but it's definitely one of the most enjoyable. And it's been picked up for another year. Throne Con III anyone? And will you pay the Gold, or the Iron price?

 

After the success of Throne Con I, where ticket holders were given the chance to have autographs, posed pictures and generally mingle with actors such as Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane - The Hound), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Roxanne McKee (Doreah - Daenerys' Handmaid), Josef Altin (Pyp) and John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Sean Harry - Convention organiser extraordinaire pulled Throne Con II out of the bag! As a massive fan of the show himself, he knows exactly what people are looking for.

 

This years Throne Con had repeat appearances from fan favourites, Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane - The Hound) and Josef Altin (Pyp, though he could only come for the saturday) who were of course a hit again, and newcomers in the form of Kristian Nairn (Hodor?!) Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell) and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne). This was the first weekend event for some of these guys, and they really held up well. We also found out who the party animals were!

 

In the usual convention way, Friday was set for the opening ceremony, and then a themed party afterwards. The guests were brought out one by one for a quick hiya, to start the weekend, and walked then as a group (though we had a quick appearance from a hound) to rounds of applause.

For gold badge holders, it's time for the Meet and Greet reception. In tables of 5-10, the guests come one by one for a chat with your table, a quick get-to-know-you-session. Now, you can ask them things about the show, but i'd save that for the panels. Use your time wisely in the meet and greet. To be honest, it turns into a chat about anything, and it really gives you a chance to know a wee bit more about the real person beneath the character. I'd also recommend something on the table as an icebreaker. We had shots, another table had party poppers. At Throne Con I, someone had jenga! The more you know!

 

Onto the parties. This is where you can display your cosplays, or just be in awe of some of the crazy skills some people have at making costumes. This weekend had such a broad spectrum of costumes, and they were so well done. Each party is themed, and there's one each night of the convention. Our themes for this year were - Beyond the Wall, Kings Name Day and Dothraki Wedding. If you don't like dressing up, don't worry! It's not compusary.

 

Everything ran fairly on time over the weekend, Miltos was late for the opening ceremony, but popped into the Gold Meet and Greet on time, and done his rounds at the tables - so it really didn't matter.

 

What I was really impressed with was how comfortable the actors were. At larger conventions you can see them being shuttled around, hidden from the public wherever possible, but for the most part, they were milling around, jumping around at the parties in Finn's case - running down hallways with his portable speaker, chatting away, and the surprising blues rendition at 2am in the bar on Sunday from Rory McCann, and Daniel. Daniel really knows how to party. He could even still be there. I guess what i'm trying to say, is the benefit of it being a small convention is that it's a bit more intimate. Imagine having your favourite actor call you by name. It happens!

 

Saturday and Sunday during the day are reserved for Q & A panels, where there's an open mic for you to ask a guest what you really want to know, whether it be about Kristian Nairn's hula hoop of truth, or "how big" Finn and Rory's swords are, you're going to get an answer. Unless it's about the upcoming season, no peeking!

  • Q: In your opinion, what would Pod be doing if he lived in the present, the year 2013?

  • Daniel Portman: Let's be honest he'd probably be selling crack.

Full of laughs, (especially in Gemma Whelan's talk, who knew the woman behind tomboy Yara Greyjoy was so feminine and hilarious?) and of course Miltos and Josef gave a brilliant Q&A, in which we discovered that Josef is the new Sean Bean. He dies in everything else he's done. And of course, we can't forget Rory's rendition of Hound Dog on the ukulele! 

 

A costume competition followed on Saturday, and more parties, and when the bar closed, we were still there - still going strong.

 

If this has tempted you, Throne Con III is in the works!

 

Keep and eye out here at the conguide, and at http://www.seanharry.com/ for information on Throne Con III and other events!

 

I suppose the real question is: Will you pay the Gold or the Iron price?

 

Written: Suzanne Brown/shadesofpemberley.tumblr