Having completed its phenomenal eight-year run, and with a record 32 Emmy nominations, Game of Thrones returned to Hall H for a victory lap in the wake of the show’s polarising finale.

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss pulled out of the panel just days prior, leaving the attending cast members to face the possible dragon’s breath of disgruntled Throners. And the mammoth in the room was quickly addressed.

“It’s going to piss you off because it’s the end. But it’s fine. If you loved it, that’s great. Just don’t call people names,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, drawing a boo when he described Jaime Lannister’s fate as “the perfect end”.

The final Game of Thrones panel wasn’t all about the backlash, though, and the mood was kept light and celebratory, with lots of reflection on the incredible eight-year journey. Coffee cups were left for the panelists in a nod to the infamous Starbucks gaff, and favourite lines, ‘what if?’ scenarios and souvenirs from the set were shared .

There was no news on the prequel series, however, although Liam Cunningham did suggest Better Call Davos as a potential spin-off.

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