What happens the night before a Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con? The fans come to wait. And wait.
Very first on the line Thursday was Sharon Schulzki and her daughter Katrin, both of San Diego. Their 6 a.m. arrival on the line was but one element of their family's highly committed GOT panel day plan. The two, set to change in Melisandre and Daenerys costumes (respectively) were to be joined by dad (dressed as Stannis) and brother (dressed as Purple Wedding Joffrey) at 6:15 a.m. the following morning to hand off overnight gear before heading to the panel together. Mrs. Schulzki flipped through a gallery of photographs of her intricate handiwork, with details that would have made costume designer Michele Clapton proud.
Melanie Mather, second on line, came in from Washington D.C. Having made it in to the panel last year, she decided she had to attend another. Mather, who hasn't read the books, said Joffrey's death was the most memorable for her last season. "I fell on the floor," she said. Of the panel lineup, Mather was most excited for Natalie Dormer (Margaery Baratheon): "She's my queen!" said Mather.
Sarah Graves of Irvine, California arrived at 8 p.m. with her sister Lauren and their friend Jonathan Hart of South Carolina. Dressed in a House Lannister t-shirt, Sarah was still waiting for the wristbands that would release them from the line so they could eat and sleep. She defended her t-shirt choice: "Tyrion, all the way."
Mariel Rascon and Jose Patino of Tijuana, arrived on the line at 7:30 p.m. Their time-passing plan including chatting and reading. Rascon was hoping to see Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) while Patino was interested in John Bradley (Samwell Tarly).