Live from the heart of the official SXSW Games of Thrones fan meetup . The prize for biggest fan just might go to the guy who hacked a Chinese government firewall to see Twitter reactions to the show's shocking finale. [Warning: First Season spoilers inside.]
It got off to a potentially ominous start: I was the only person in attendance who had only seen the show and not read the books. A polite deference to avoiding spoilers was always maintained. Fortunately, I wasn't the sole un-costumed civilian: none of the two dozen or so diehard fans showed up in armor. Perhaps because it's going to be 85 degrees in Austin today.
So on the surface, it appeared to be a group nicely dressed professionals using a common interest in the popular fantasy book and TV series as an ice-breaker to meet and network professionally. But then I met people like Ben Chang.
Ben Chang was in China when the episode where Ned is beheaded aired.
"My friend emailed me to say I had to check out Twitter. I was like, 'well, crap,' because Twitter was blocked there and I had to hack around the firewall. So I hacked around the firewall, and I saw post after post of people saying 'I'm never watching this show again!' It was funny."
Mr. Chang's favorite book of the series is the third. He is concerned George R. R. Martin won't live to finish the series.
Though no one dressed in costume, David Wells showed up in an “Adopt a Dire Wolf” t-shirt.