Anyway. I had a great Thursday that really reminded me of the old Con days, because I sat in on what felt like an old-school Con panel re: an indie horror movie that I'm excited to see. AMERICAN MARY is about body modification, and I'm curious about the story and visuals--and Katherine Isabelle (from GINGER SNAPS--whoo!) stars in it. The movie looks to be gory as all get out, but the directors (twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska) seem to be coming at their horror with some cerebral power behind the blood.
Friday was my big Hall H day because I was bound and determined to see GAME OF THRONES this year. (Last year, I came about 30 frustrating feet from getting inside Ballroom 20. Ugh.) So I got up at about 4:45 am (I know! Yuck!), then met a friend in line (Thank you, Nancy!). We did the geek Hall-H waiting thing, then the staff let us into the hall for another wait until the PARANORMAN panel started.
We watched some PARANORMAN clips with our 3-D glasses. My nephew is dying to see this movie, and I would actually love to go with him. The directors said that this flick comes out of a love for John Carpenter crossed with John Hughes. Um...awesome? They said it was influenced by THE GOONIES and 80s films of that nature, too, and it showed. There's a lot of fun and energy to PARANORMAN. Plus, Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR and general actress of awesomeness) is enough to get me to see a movie. She's the dry-witted girl in high school you really wanted to be friends with, but you were careful never to let her know it because that would make you totally uncool and, thus, unworthy of her attentions.
The BIG BANG THEORY panel was hilarious, as expected. Almost the entire cast was there, except for Johnny Galecki, whose plane was delayed, and Jim Parsons--although he did appear via satellite hook-up. (Hah--isn't that totally something Sheldon would do? That's what made it so funny.) The panel was a little weird, though, because for some reason, all these kids kept coming to the Q&A microphone and asking questions. One girl even challenged the cast to a Nerd Battle to the death. (Gulp.) Sadly, she was removed from the microphone. The cast was politely miffed.
THE WALKING DEAD panel was terrific, and I think that's because Chris Hardwick (host of THE TALKING DEAD) was the moderator. He kept everything rolling and was funny as hell. I wish you all could've seen him give Steven Yeun (Glen) a hard time--strangely, the whole "way too many kids asking questions" thing carried over from the previous panel into this one, but this time we had tween girls who were crushing on Steven. ("I guess we've discovered your demographic." -Funnybunny Chris Hardwick) They showed us a kick-ass season 3 clip package, and I'm telling you--this show hasn't even come close to exploding yet. And I'm not just talking about popularity. The action was intense at the prison, you all. HARDCORE ZOMBIE BEANS. Carol, a character who has gone through an admittedly tough time the past couple of seasons, doesn't do much in the series but drag herself around and make puppy eyes at Daryl, but it looks like she's gonna jack up her 'tude and pull out some weapons this time around. (If you haven't read the comics, don't read what's in the rest of this paragraph: POSSIBLE SPOILER!!! We know that the series has deviated from the comics quite a bit, but a pretty big change seems to have been made with the Woodbury story line. In the comics, Rick, Michonne, and Glen, I believe, went to Woodbury and met the Governor. <---shithead But it looks like Michonne and Andrea are the ones who'll have some Woodbury adventuring here. No matter, though, because Michonne looks *perfect.* She is still a zombie-killing goddess.)
I will tell you this, too--Andrew Lincoln (Sheriff Rick) is smoking hot in real life, especially because he has an English accent. Holy moly, that accent. Sarah Wayne Callies was *very* aware of the burning hatred her character Lori evokes, and I felt terrible for her, because she says she goes to places like the grocery store with her daughter and fans accuse her of being a homewrecker. *Get a grip, people!* Yikes. Oh, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) is gold, clearly loving the fans and his job.
Now...the GAME OF THRONES panel. Let me first say that I love that the cast flew a long way to be at the Con, and we adore them. George RR Martin moderated, and I'm thinking that he might've been a little tired from writing away on WINDS OF WINTER. (I hope!) David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the show runners, weren't on the panel this year because they're on the set in Europe, so we didn't get a lot of insight into the story decisions they made re: season 2. (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SEASON 2 yet: I was hoping someone would broach the subject of the Robb/Talisa story line. Truthfully, I'm really curious about why a very key plot element that affected the decisions Robb made about marrying Talisa as well as the one Cat made about releasing Jaime was left out. And I wished for some insight about why they decided to make Jeyne into Talisa.)