One lucky fan attending Game of Thrones fourth season premiere won a royal souvenir, a throne, a $30,000 replica of one in the series, on Thursday. Mike Ross, one of approximately 7,000 fans who attended the event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and shelled out $15 for the privilege, was not only treated to the early screening of the fourth season, but also was the winner of the life-sized replica iron throne.
Besides viewing the screening of Game of Thrones fourth season premiere, all of the fans got more than their ticket’s worth of value. They were given free T-shirts, got the chance to have their pictures taken sitting on the replica throne, and got to see some of the actual costumes on display that were worn in the series.
Also, the fan event was emceed by the towering actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor. when they were surprised by the appearance of four of the stars from the series, and also George R. Martin, the author of the books that Game of Thrones is based upon. Martin, himself, is the person who called out the winning ticket number for the iron throne.
Also, three of the other actors in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams (Arya), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), and John Bradley (Samwell), took part in a Q&A with George R. Martin before the premiere was shown, and a marching band performed Game of Thrones theme song. Then, rapper Common performed a rap version of “The Ladder” from a mixtape of music from the hit HBO series.
The fans let out a collective gasp when Kristian Nairn walked onstage. Then, when he introduced George R. Martin, 65, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Martin, who is a fan of Bruce Springsteen, later said that he almost felt like launching “into ‘Glory Days’ but I decided not to.”
One of the questions that fans asked Martin was if any of the characters he wrote about were based on real-life people. He replied that he was “tempted to say Tywin Lannister was inspired by Vladimir Putin, but it wouldn’t be true.”
George R. Martin is currently at work on the sixth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, which Game of Thrones is based on, called The Winds of Winter. He is hard at work on it, but he is often asked by fans when the book will be finished.
When he awarded Mike Ross the iron throne replica, Martin called him “King Mike,” and added that “King Mike” had “commanded me to finish the new book.”
The shocking season finale of the third season of Game of Thrones, which ended with the bloody event fans are calling “The Red Wedding,” was shocking, brutal and disturbing.
Is it any wonder that fans of Game of Thrones are anxiously awaiting the upcoming fourth season of the series? For those of you who were unable to be in Brooklyn to be at the premiere of the fourth season, you can see it on TV at 9 p.m. on April 6, from the comfort of your own thrones — and couches.
Written by: Douglas Cobb