As if Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hadn’t soiled their reputation enough already, they go and pull the certifiably pussy move of dropping out of San Diego Comic-Con to avoid the potential wrath of fans.
Despite wrapping up back in May, various people involved with Game of Thrones — Benioff and Weiss included — were scheduled to appear at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19.
Described as a “triumphant celebration” of the iconic HBO fantasy drama series, the Hall H panel was set to see Game of Thrones stars such as Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Isaac Wright (Bran Stark), John Bradley West (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Conleth Hill (Varys), Raleigh Ritchie (Greyworm), Ian Glen, (Jorah Mormont) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), in addition to Benioff and Weiss.
Now, however, just days before the scheduled panel, Benioff and Weiss — who would be making their *first* public appearance since the Game of Thrones series finale — have dropped out due to undisclosed reasons. In addition to Benioff and Weiss, acclaimed director Miguel Sapochnik, Ian Glen, and Nathalie Emmanuel also dropped out.
Naturally, Benioff and Weiss immediately got dragged on social media for the decision, as many fans have accused them of not wanting to face the music of the scrutiny that would come with attending a public forum.
“Why are the actors going to have to cop all the uncomfortable questions. Can d&d’s egos not take it?” one Twitter user questioned.
“If D&D don’t want to face angry fans maybe they shouldn’t have fucked up so badly writing the final season,” said another.
Frankly, this is yet another very poor look by the Double D’s, as it would have been far better to not attend at all then to schedule an appearance only to later back out.
The Game of Thrones San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H will continue as scheduled on Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m. EST.