UPDATE: HBO is delaying its official Game of Thrones convention indefinitely. (News first saw at Winter is Coming.) This message at the event’s official website now greets visitors:
“The Game of Thrones Official Fan Convention in Las Vegas on February 18-20, 2022 is being postponed to a new date and venue to be announced. Ticket holders have been contacted with further information. If you are a ticket holder and have not heard from us yet, please reach out to [email protected]”
The network offered no official reason for the delay. But this is clearly in response to the surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases. Below you can read what had initally been planned.
Game of Thrones’ finale didn’t mean the end of the franchise’s time on HBO. It was just the start. The network’s first spinoff series, House of the Dragon, debuts this year. And the network already has a litany of other projects from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire under development. What is dead may never die, indeed. But soon, the small screen won’t be the only place fans of Westeros will be able to get their Seven Kingdoms fix. Warner Bros. and HBO have announced their first official Game of Thrones convention. And fittingly, this big bet will (eventually) head to Las Vegas.
The Game of Thrones Official Fan Convention, originally scheduled for February 2022, will hold its inaugural event at the Rio Hotel & Suites Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Running for three days, the con is a joint venture between Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Creation Entertainment. The official press release for the event says it’s “in anticipation of the upcoming new HBO series House of the Dragon.” Further evidence that when the show debuts next year, it will air in the spring. That’s when Game of Thrones typically premiered new seasons.
Game of Thrones conventions are not new. Unofficial ones, including Con of Thrones, have hosted successful celebrations. But with the full backing of HBO and Warner Bros. behind this con, attendees will likely expect an even bigger event with even more famous faces. Here’s what the convention is promising guests expect when they arrive.
“Fans of the franchise can expect an action-packed experience with three days of programming featuring special guests, panel discussions, cosplay and trivia competitions, autograph signing sessions, photo opportunities, sales of exclusive Game of Thrones merchandise and more.”
To find the full schedule, as well as ticket pricing and on-sale dates, you can sign up here. Hopefully, those updates will include other spinoff ideas HBO is working on. However, by whatever date this con runs, a single Game of Thrones convention might not be enough to handle all those shows.
This post originally published September 2, 2021.