Thank you, Queen of Thrones! There were essentially two types of sessions: enormous stage presentations in the huge ballroom where it was really hard to see unless you had the Valyrian passes, which we didn't. And even then, I imagine it wasn't anything like the intimate experiences we got on the smaller panels.
I'll talk about some of the panels I have pictures for and there is one video, at least, with possibly one more to come. Ser Hunts filmed his panels, and here is his first. I was front and center for this panel because Anne was ferocious in getting us to the very front of the room for nearly every panel! But we are just at the edge of view on his camera, so you can't really see us. (Except the ballroom panels where the front was impossible.) Here is Game of Thrones: The Endgame, with (I'll try to do from left to right each time) Ser Hunts, Vanessa, Oz (note the beer), and Bex:
Shrodinger's Stannis, with Tony Teflon, Emmett Booth, David Peterson (langauge creator, especially the Dothraki language, on GoT!!!), Vanessa (Watchers - didn't know her before but she seemed really nice and added a great deal to the conversations), and Brad Ausrotas.
Oh, I forgot that I got to chat a wee bit with David Peterson, the language creator for the show! Tony Teflon was in love with Stannis, and he was such an amazingly entertaining and articulate presenter. And then David was all, I hate Stannis and you couldn't have a character who could possibly suck more than Stannis sucks! They were both terribly respectful, though, and so that was one of the very best panels. We had to miss the sound girl talking all about wonderful details to see that one, but I still think we made the right choice. David struck me as the quintessential nerd/geek who happened to be articulate and nice to boot.
Next, we had Motherhood and Power with Laura Stone (hilarious and awesome as expected!), Kate Dickie (there aren't words to express her awesomeness), and our Vanessa and Sue!!! Despite being in the Great Hall, this panel was able to convey an intimate feel and the content was spectacular.
Next, we had The Prince that was Promised with Kim Renfro (INSIDER reporter), Michelle Jaworski, and A. Ron Hubbard (Bald Move). We discussed the usual stuff, but it was fun.
A. Ron led the Red Wedding game the day before, and it was awesomeness! Twelve or so volunteers went up each time: two randomly assigned to be Freys and ten Starks. The Freys would get to open their eyes, see each other, see who the Starks were, and then choose which Stark to kill. Then all opened their eyes, with the Starks not really knowing who the Freys were, and all would have to vote on who they wanted to kill - with the Starks hoping to get the Freys, of course, and vice versa. These rounds were repeated until a Frey was killed or until five Starks had been killed off. I think the Starks won once but the Freys definitely won at least two rounds of the three rounds that were played. (I didn't get a photo of that one, unfortunately, but hopefully someone did.)
The next panel was the Watchers Live Podcast, but I don't know if y'all got to hear that live or not? Surely it will be somewhere at some point. The trailer was dissected, much as it has been on here, without giving spoilers away. It was great to see all of the Watchers: (top row) Axey, Petra, Luka, (bottom row) Sue, Bex, Vanessa, and Oz.
And then we had the star-studded cast in The Ghosts of Westeros hosted by Joanna Robinson and David Chen (A Cast of Kings): (top row) Sam Coleman/Young Hodor, Kerry Ingram/Shireen, Miltos Yerolemou/Syrio, (bottom row) Iwan Rheon/Ramsay, Kate Dickie/Lysa, Roger Ashton-Griffiths/Mace Tyrell, and Aimee Richardson/First Myrcella. There are tons of articles written about this session.
And here is Love: Westerosi Style with Sir Squinty, Luka, Axey, and Bex! We talked about our favorite ships, and the audience was very engaged. Someone kindly brought up the Stark/Mormont warging abilities in association with the Tormund bear-fucking theory that he was with Maege Mormont, I think. And that led to wargasms, which Axey wrote on the back of his nameplate and which 14-year-old Annie Pooh promptly stole after that panel. That night when we got home, I heard my 12-year-old say, what's a wargasm, and I was all, Anne!!!! I told you ****not**** to tell Emma!
And then Axey caught us photographing him...
And here we have The Brothers Black with Oz, Jim and A. Ron (Bald Move), Patrick Sponaugle, and Sue.
Here is The Perils of Adaptation with David, Steve Love, Jessica Naftaly, and Petra.
And the last pic I got was for Spoiling Game of Thrones with Joanna (A Cast of Kings), Sue, Laura Stone, Steve Love, and Sir Squinty.