Perfectly timed a few weeks before the premiere of Game Of Thrones concluding season (premiere’s July 16th), a Con Of Thrones came to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville from June 30 – July 2, 2017.
A Press Pass was provided by Con Of Thrones
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Having read the entire A Song Of Ice And Fire series twice over as well as the HBO television show Game Of Thrones, I was naturally excited to attend! Months before started to see advertisements that Con of Thrones would be coming to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and I thought that it would be a natural fit considering Nashville’s central location.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center itself is a short drive from downtown Nashville or easy commute from Nashville International Airport. They regularly hold events that we attend year round. The building itself is a beautiful hotel with enormous, class covered area’s where visitors can stroll among the various shops, places to eat, and extensive gardens where there is a staff botanist required to maintain it all.
After obtaining passes and making our way to the market area we ran into our first bunch of cosplayers, which including the best Jon Snow @con.snow I’ve ever seen!
Moving on to the marketplace area after passing through the official “Welcome To Con Of Thrones” gateway, we encountered more cosplayers as well as every piece of Game Of Thrones merchandise that one could ever hope for, from armor, to weapons, to anything else that you can think of.
|Entrance to the Con Of Thrones marketplace|
|Children Of The Forest!|
|Hodor & Bran!|
|The Hound’s helmet! – $300|
|Ned Stark’s sword ‘Ice’|
|Unsullied – Gave it one|
Towards the back of the marketplace tables were setup where attendees could play the Game Of Thrones boardgame, and around one side, an arena was setup where you could fight larp with foam weapons. The highlight was watching this one little girl who devastated the adults she went up against.
|Game Of Thrones gameplay tables|
|Foam Fighting Arena|
As we finished taking in the sights of the marketplace, we realized that it was time for the official costume contest that was being held in the Delta Island area. We moved through the crowds and made our way through the other attendees and hotel guests. Photos below:
|George R. R. Martin himself LOL|
|Jaqen H’ghar & Cersei|
The Sand Snakes
The Night’s King
After checking out all the costumes it was time for the long awaited panel “What Was Dead May Never Die” made up of dead or thought to be dead characters.
A great write up of this panel was done by The Verge and can be found here.
In summary, I think Con Of Thrones was a major success. We were only able to attend for one of the three days, but extensive planning was clearly done with plenty of events and panels to sit in to get your fix before the new season starts. With a final season on the way and rumors of spin off shows in the works I think this may be a recurring event and heard that there are already planning in the works for another in 2018 which I’d love to attend.
Remember that the coffee is dark, and full of terrors…