Con of Thrones Returns to Nashville in 2019!

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We’ve been dying to share the news with you, and now it can be told: Con of Thrones will return in 2019, from July 12-14! Join your fellow Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire fans at the incredible Music City Center in the heart of Nashville, TN. We’ll be gathering for the third annual celebration of the story, stars and fandom we all love, and I hope we see you there.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on October 10, 2018, with more details in the weeks to come!

Watchers on the Wall will once again serve as the Programming Partner for Con of Thrones, working with Mischief Management to bring fans an exciting variety of panels and events.


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  1. Firannion,

    Some people only choose to see red or blue these days. Shame. I am from California and I’ve been to Nashville, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and chose to enjoy the beautiful mountains and trees as far as I could see. I loved my time there and the people but I was not actively seeking something to complain about

  2. Making the 8,

    I’m not ‘actively seeking something to complain about.’ I’m actively seeking to spend my very limited vacation budget on travel to places that don’t politically undermine my rights as a woman.

  3. I went to the first one here in Nashville. It was so much fun. The cosplay were amazing and so were those that looked just like the characters. I swear the young man dressed as Jon Snow could be Kit’s twin.

  4. Whoop whoop! Marking my calendar 🙂
    Already started trying to plan with my Paris friend- we travel anywhere for Con of Thrones 😉

  5. I’ve been to Tennessee multiple times; it’s among the most beautiful states, a personal favorite. Always had an amazing time. Great Smokey Mountains, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg…ah! And none of my “rights as a woman” have ever once been undermined. But I don’t see things in red & blue either.

  6. MMJ: Nice! Just curious, who decides how panels and sessions are organized? Can fans organize their own?

    Watchers on the Wall is the Programming Partner of the convention which mean we head up the creation of programming. We come up with a large portion of the panels, as a committee. Eventually there will be a public call for panels from fans, as we have done in the past two years, where you can submit a panel idea if you’d like to and it might be chosen.

  7. Firannion,

    Here in Nashville, we pride ourselves in providing hospitality to all – Starks, Lannisters, Tyrells, Wildlings, dragons, everybody who walks among the living (except maybe Boltons, we don’t like them). Politically, we are a very blue dot in a red sea. But our music is incomparable, the restaurants and lodging are fabulous, and the outdoor recreation is lovely. I hope you’ll visit us and find out for yourself.

  8. Pigeon:
    Bring it to northern Canada. The environment is much more atmospheric for the show. 🤪

    That’d be great. I’ve loved Canadians though I’ve never visited Canada.

    Just so long as they don’t bring the Con to Florida. Red tide is choking the beaches and causing mass fish kills. Algae blooms have choked the waterways. High levels of latrine effluents have closed beaches. Crooked politicians let private companies pump pristine water from the Biscayne Aquifer for free, then sell it in stores as bottled spring water. “Citrus greening” infections have turned Fla. oranges into styrofoam flavored golf balls. And of course, by the time of the 2020 Con of Thrones, half of the state will be under water, and the other half will be overrun by 30-foot Burmese Pythons and marauding packs of hungry gators.

    Oh, almost forgot your tag line:

  9. Firannion:
    Making the 8,

    I’m not ‘actively seeking something to complain about.’ I’m actively seeking to spend my very limited vacation budget on travel to places that don’t politically undermine my rights as a woman.

    I’m with you. I prefer to devote my vacation time and $ in places that don’t undermine my rights as a fresh air-breathing, clean water-drinking, tax scam-resisting, President Orson-checking & balancing, happiness-pursuing human being.

  10. Not sure what that referred to, but have to note that the air and water were fresher and cleaner down south and in many red or purple states than in my home state of New Jersey (huzzah for filters), which I look forward to finally leaving. x-p Outrageous taxes. When I think about it, blue states are often blue because of dirtier, more populated & polluted urban areas. Hm. Kinda ironic. (And I’m an independent/moderate.)

  11. AGAIN on the eastern side of the country? AGAIN in a place known for backward regressive politics. Why not mid-America or west coast this time? Somewhere more FUN and DIFFERENT from TN or TX. Las Vegas or Denver would bring in a broader segment of the GoT crowd. AGAIN I will have to pass. A pox on you!

  12. Politics are complicated and there are plenty of things I don’t like about red states, but this is pathetic. Refusing to travel to a specific state because it generally votes differently than you do is about as childish as it gets and it only serves to further the divide in this country. I mean, how much more suffering does this country need to go through to save your pride?

    P.S. While they usually vote red, Tennessee voted Democratic in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections and I think they also voted for Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election too.

  13. Knock it off. Organizing this kind of event takes planning, budgeting, locations available, and a zillion other things to deal with. Pretty dang sure politics or who voted what (and everyone else in the blue/red/purple/green/whatever state) is not one of those factors.

  14. Mr Derp: Refusing to travel to a specific state because it generally votes differently than you do is about as childish as it gets and it only serves to further the divide in this country. I mean, how much more suffering does this country need to go through to save your pride?

    For me, there’s nothing new about factoring in a state’s voting record on issues I care about when I decide how to spend my vacation money and time. It’s rarely the sole deciding factor, but I’ve been doing it since I spent most of 1977-78 working for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (literally working; I was employed as a fundraiser by the National Women’s Political Caucus at the time) and the ERA boycott of unratified states was in full swing. It’s not a matter of “pride,” but of walking my talk, and of protecting my own long-term self-interest via practical application of my political ideals. Others may choose to order their travel priorities otherwise, as they wish, but I know I’m not the only one whose heart sinks every time an event I’d like to attend gets scheduled – year after year after year – in a red state. And I am entitled to express my sadness and sense of regret about it. Hurling insults like “childish” and “pathetic” is unworthy of your previously demonstrated intelligence, Mr. Derp.

  15. Firannion,

    Thanks for saying my previous posts were intelligent! I’m flattered. Sorry to hear you didn’t feel the same about the last one though. My name is Mr. Derp afterall, so I can’t set the bar too high you know.

    I didn’t want the point of my post to be lost in favor of focusing on my use of the words childish and pathetic. I apologize if you felt I was hurling insults. You certainly have the right to feel the way you do and, conversely, I have the right to my opinions as well. That was never in dispute to my knowledge though. I said what I said because BOTH sides of the political spectrum have become increasingly intolerant towards each other in recent years and it’s comments like yours that just make it worse. Both sides feel strongly, but if we’re to co-exist as a healthy society then at some point both sides will need to change this current trajectory towards polarization. We need to build bridges, not walls.

    I have a feeling you and I are both on very similar sides of the political spectrum, actually. Either way though, I both respect and admire the work you’ve done to help in the struggle for equal rights. The world could use more of that.

  16. I could not agree more with Mr. Derp. As a middle-of-the-road sort who can often see the good and bad on both “sides” and thus doesn’t fully align with either of the major parties (guess I’m purple), I view politics as a kind of cliff where both extremes are these flimsy extensions about to collapse, especially as more people head further in those directions. The area nearer the center is firm, solid, steady, and far safer.

  17. Wasn’t really expecting a political discussion.. but due to the location of the second convention, and some of the comments above, I am reminded of the words of the great Texan Jim Hightower:

    “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”

    As to the convention itself, I appreciate to a return to my side of the Mississippi, but am disheartened by a repeat city. There wasn’t a lot to do there the first time, and we did it. Regardless, I plan to be there. It will be nice to (hopefully) avoid the highway robbery that was every financial transaction at the Gaylord property.

  18. Well, all that’s on either side of the political road is the rubbish and roadkill that’ve blown there from the cleaner middle…stick with your stripes, I say…;p

  19. Most people who immerse themselves in a fictional world to the extent of attending conventions aren’t particularly interested in the semantics of real world politics while enjoying their favorite form of escapism.

  20. Firannion,

    I am so sorry that your womanhood is so easily threatened, particularly in a heavily Democratic City like Nashville. You can be whatever you want to be here. But we arent afraid to be around others who have the temerity to believe differently either. Nashville has always been very open minded and accepting of anyone, no matter their beliefs politically. You should try that approach rather than having these false preconceived notions about other Americans. Open your mind because your obvious generalizations and bigotry is quite off putting.

  21. Janet M Iacolino,

    Hey Janet!
    Since you’ve been to the first one in Nashville do you have any tips about this third year there? This would be my first time going and I was just curious if you’re familiar with the new venue it’s going to be held at. If it’s a big space, can you walk through the exhibit hall in one day, or definitely need to get the three day pass to fully see everything. Is it best to book at the official hotel they mentioned or it doesn’t really add anything to stay there.

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