Carlisle Comic Con To Host Game Of Thrones Star

Carlisle Comic Con to Host Top Film Stars

This March a number of top movie and television stars including Game of Thrones actors, and the original Darth Vader, will be paying a visit to Carlisle for the city’s latest comic con event.

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Our editor, Rachel Flynn caught up with former Game of Thrones villain Ian Beattie or Ser Meryn Trant as fans will better know him, to discuss being part of the biggest show on television, meeting fans and of course coming to the Lakes.

The last time we saw him, he was in the midst of his own gruesome death at the hands of Arya Stark in the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.

The Northern Irish actor has starred in the show since season one as a knight of the Kingsguard under Robert Baratheon as well as Joffrey and Tommen. But Ser Meryn met a sticky end in season five of the fantasy drama after Arya discovered him in Braavos and decided to cross off another name from her kill list.

On his first trip to Cumbria, Ian said: “I am so looking forward to coming to the Lake District. Like most other comic cons, I’m really looking forward to meeting Game of Thrones fans and having a chat with as many of them as possible. It’s always great fun to talk to the fans, as I’m such a fan of the show myself; I love it as strongly as any other person you’ll ever meet,  I love getting together with them and hearing all their theories, favourite moments and characters, it’s just great, great fun.”

Writers of the series have no revelations about killing off major characters during a series and we have already said our farewells to the likes of Margaery Tyrell, Joffrey Baratheon, and Hodor, (hold the dooooor), in what can only be described as truly epic episodes.

But with so much fan theory circulating the internet after each drama filled episode, it can be hard to stay away from unwanted spoilers.  Ian said: “I remember very early on I would say just send me the scripts for my scenes, I don’t want to know what’s going to happen and a lot of the others do that too, I know Sophie Turner (Sansar Stark) does. We all hate spoilers, anybody who’s ever worked on the show hate people spoiling what’s going to happen. Of course, now that I’m out the show, I’ve no idea where it’s going to go. It’s one of the few good things about being out of the show, that I don’t know what’s going to happen next , I am completely in the dark.”

On his final scene in memorable episode, ‘The Dance of Dragons’,  Ser Meryn met his match when a feisty, young Arya revealed herself and despatched with him a blood-soaked killing. Ian said: “I figured that Meryn was going to bite the dust somewhere and the writers David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] – they’re pretty classy guys – they phoned me to tell me:  ‘Meryn, that’s your lot, chum’.  But they said you’d see a really nasty side to the character and have a great death.”

He continued: “I’m going to miss everything from the show, absolutely everything.  To be a part of it was fantastic, it was this extraordinary, slightly dysfunctional family, and when you leave that, it is a real wrench. What makes it worse is, I live in Belfast and because so much of it is filmed here, I can’t go into a restaurant without bumping into one of the cast.”

When it aired, the Game of Thrones season six finale ‘The Winds of Winter’ broke the show’s record for the highest ever viewing figures with an estimated 2.2 million people in the UK tuning in to see Cersei Lannister blow up the Sept of Baelor.

Ian said: “There are several factors to why so many people love the show, one being, it all starts with the story line, and they are fantastic. Mr Martin is a particular genius and he has created this world, and it’s such a believable world. The story lines for me are what makes it so compelling and so watchable; the characters, the characterisation and the different interweaving stories. I think we are entering the golden age of television, you see that with the quality of shows, but I do think Game of Thrones has set a completely new benchmark for quality television; every single episode is movie quality.”

Filming for season 7 has recently finished and fans will be delighted to learn the hit show will return to our screens towards the end of the year; and we can’t wait!

Don’t miss the chance to talk all things Game of Thrones with Ian at Carlisle Comic Con which takes place at the Richard Rose Central Academy on Saturday March 18. Visit www.cumbriaguide.co.uk for more information.  

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