Showrunners run, that’s what they’re supposed to do. And David Benioff and Dan Weiss of Game Of Thrones infamy are doing just that; running away as fast as they can. D&D were scheduled to appear on a panel at Comic-Con tomorrow, but HBO just released the final lineup and their names are missing. These two gingerbread men are not trying to get caught out here with their smallclothes down around their ankles in front of a mob of angry nerds. Not today, R’hllor!
According to Entertainment Weekly, tomorrow’s panel was to be D&D’s first public appearance since the show’s final season limped its way across the finish line. Before the almost universally unpopular season 8 even aired, D&D joked/confessed that they were going to spend the night of the finale holed up in an “undisclosed location” and only come out “if and when it’s safe to come out again”. They added they hoped someone would give them a “breakdown of what was out there without us having to actually experience it.” (via IndieWire). So it’s no surprise that, in the immortal words of Marcia Brady, “something suddenly came up”.
HBO revealed Wednesday an updated panel lineup for the upcoming San Diego fan event, with five previously announced names no longer scheduled to attend: Writer-producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, director Miguel Sapochnik, and actors Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath) are no longer going.
Comic-Con was expected to be the first public appearance or interview by the Game of Thrones showrunners since the divisive series finale aired in May. No reason was given for the schedule change.
Can't imagine why. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/TJTzYvKa8N
— Koen (@FleuryBE) July 17, 2019
Still, the show must go on and the remaining panelists now have the fun job of appeasing the angry mob. Last weekend, sister-fucker Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) appeared on a Con of Thrones panel and defended D&D’s commitment to the show saying “For anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of the show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all, and to for a second think that they didn’t spend the last 10 years thinking about how they were going to end it is kind of silly”. Oh, would you call a petition that now has 1,690,320 signatures silly? If so, same. It’s very silly.
Here’s who will be there to answer the people’s burning questions like “why tho?” and “seriously?”. I don’t think anybody will be surprised to learn that Curly Sue (Michael K’s name for Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow) was never planning on having anything to do with this shit.
Still scheduled to attend the panel: Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
Honestly that sounds like a fun bunch. Who needs those two deserters anyway! If somebody shits the bed and then runs away, who’s inviting them back for a sleepover? Who needs ’em! And don’t let the Hodor hitcha on the way out.