by Katie M. Lucas
Seven thousand lucky fans – some in costume – attended the 'Game of Thrones' Ultimate Fan Experience at Barclays Center last night. The festivities included Common's performance of his 'Catch the Throne' track, “The Ladder,” a marching band rendition of the show's theme song, and a screening of the Season 4 premiere episode. One lucky winner took home a life-sized Iron Throne, which author George R.R. Martin noted is "the perfect accessory to a New York City apartment."
Cast members Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli and John Bradley answered questions doled out by Hodor himself, Kristian Nairn. Here's what had fans cheering:
1. George R.R. Martin Attended Dany's Wedding
The author revealed that he made a cameo in the series pilot as a guest at Dany's wedding to Khal Drogo. Unfortunately, Martin was edited out and audiences missed seeing his elaborate beard extensions.
2. John Bradley Has a Crush on Jon Snow
When asked his favorite thing about playing Samwell Tarly, the Englishman replied, "Five words: Kit Harrington's big brown eyes."
3. Maisie's Swordplay Caused Technical Difficulties
Maisie Williams still needs “dancing” lessons. The actress shared that she's accidentally hit camera equipment with her weapon... many times. Williams laughed that she got "disappointed parent looks" from the equipment operators.
4. Sibel Kekilli Admires Shae's Gutsiness
"She's not scared of anyone," the actress said, citing Shae's bravery as a reason why Tyrion fell in love with her.
5. Martin Joked That He Based a Lannister on Putin
George R.R. Martin quipped that he wishes he could say that Tywin Lannister is a version of the Russian leader. Although that instance isn't accurate, Martin admits that he frequently borrows from history. "If you steal from one person, that's plagiarism… If you steal from a lot of people, that's research."
Season 4 premieres on April 6th.