Con Report : Throne Con 2, London Jan 25-27
Finn Jones and Rory McCann – photo by Andy Webster
Game of Thrones actors Finn Jones, Gemma Whelan, Josef Altin, Rory McCann, Kristian Nairn, Miltos Yerolemou and Daniel Portman were joined by over 160 wannabe Westerosians this weekend as Starfury staged their second Throne Con.
Attendees came from as far away as the USA, Australia, Croatia and Belgium to attend the three day convention which included Q and As and photo and autograph sessions as well as three themed costume parties and a masquerade contest which raised the bar for Thrones cosplay considerably – some participants made their own material and commissioned prop replicas specially for the event.
For some of the guests this was their first taste of a three day con. For those unfamiliar with the concept, imagine a hotel-based conference, add replica swords and imagine that everyone is drunk from 11am on Friday to 8am on Monday. For some celebs this can be intimidating but let no-one tell you that the cast of Thrones don’t know how to throw down. Part time DJ Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) had a portable speaker which turned him into the Funky Piper of Hamlyn, a ragtag band of costumed revellers trailing him like a surreal conga line. Rory McCann (Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane) was in fine voice belting out the blues at 2am on the last night. The relaxed atmosphere and ‘grown up summer camp’ vibe made it a memorable weekend.
During the daylight hours the cast took part in Q and As, though they were very careful not to say anything about season three which airs in the UK on April 1st. Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) described watching Benicio del Toro eat three Fab ice lollies in a row on the set of The Wolfman, an image which I have found hard to shake. She said that her personal house sigil would be a rabbit, in a teacup, eating green beans, and talked about the return of her one woman show ‘Chastity Butterworth and the Spanish Hamster’.
Rory McCann brought out his ukulele and played Hound Dog in one of the more surreal moments of the weekend, and related a condensed version of his life story which sounded like that of a Game of Thrones character in itself, taking in Iceland, the far reaches of Scotland, working as a lumberjack and becoming the face of Scots Porridge Oats.
Finn Jones was slightly mortified at the image of him in his underwear on the front cover of the Gay Times being beamed onto the big screen at his joint talk with Rory but recovered well enough to talk about how much he enjoyed working with Gethin Anthony and his relief at getting to wear something other than armour in season three. He also spoke of being jealous of ‘something Gwendoline Christie gets to do in season 3’ – could that be related to this recent news? (Spoiler inside). At the costume contest Finn could barely contain his delight at the two girls who cosplayed as female interpretations of Renly and Loras, complete with rainbow sunglasses and stags in places where stags have no business being. He said his favourite moment of the convention was seeing the effort and that people put into their costumes.
Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) spoke of his influences in acting (Marlon Brando) and his favourite films and books (On The Waterfront, The Departed, Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.) When asked that old con chestnut “Do you have any practical jokes on the set?” he replied that man of Peter Dinklage’s witty retorts were at his expense and that he needed to come up with some revenge plots. He described the stunt in ‘Blackwater’ where Pod saves the day by stabbing Ser Mandon Moore through the head with a spear and said that regrettably a stunt performed did the cool bit using a fake head filled with blood.
Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) made an interesting double act for their Sunday talk.(One attendee commented they would make a perfect Lenny and George in Of Mice And Men). Kristian found a lot of kindred spirits in the room when he described his addiction to World of Warcraft and his efforts to get some of the other cast to take it up (apparently Alfie Allen is on the fence). Both said they were slightly concerned about working with children on Game of Thrones, however Kristian said that after Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) borrowed his iPhone and broke it on the first day they met they became best of friends. Miltos spoke very highly of Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) describing her as ‘amazing’ and revealing that his accent as Syrio is based on his dad who still has a strong Greek accent after many years living in the UK. Miltos also revealed he was the voice of Gollum on the Lord of the Rings games and gave a choice reading of ‘Gollum climbing a wall’.
If you’re already sorry you missed it, Starfury announced that next year they will run Throne Con 3. Keep an eye on their website for more details..
Gemma Whelan appears in ‘Chastity Butterworth and the Spanish Hamster’ at the Leicester Square Theatre on 7th and 8th of February.
Cosplayer as The Hound. Photo by Grant Gowdy.
- Cosplayer as Margaery Tyrell. Photo by Grant Gowdy.
Andy Webster as Jon Snow. Photo by Andy Webster.
Cosplayers as Ygritte and Jon Snow. Photo by Grant Gowdy.