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Winner Experience: Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere

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Game of Thrones season 6 is coming, but for Jeff from Seattle, WA it’s already here. He flew to LA for the premiere, where he met the cast, watched the new episode and hit up the after-party! Here’s your spoiler-free recap.

Tell us everything!
We met a bunch of people and took great photos. Absolutely every actor we met was awesome. Even though they were meeting probably a thousand people that night, they were all so gracious. It was great. If there was anything I’d change, it’d be to tell myself to calm down. I got really excited and worked up and nervous about what questions to ask, and if I’d sound like a dork, and what tie to wear. None of it mattered. It was an unbelievable experience.

What was it like to be at the premiere in person? 
Before this, the only way I’ve ever experienced this stuff was on TV. But watching the actual process and how it works, what the stars do, and all the little stations they go to—from the red carpet, to Facebook Live, to the Instagram booth—was really interesting. It’s like, you know what a space shuttle launch is, you’ve seen it on TV, but actually going to a launch and feeling the pushback of the engine and hearing the roar, it’s a totally different experience.

And how was the episode? No spoilers please. 
Being in the theater and seeing the actual episode was amazing. If we just got to do that part, it would have been 100% worth it. We were in the same room as all the actors and actresses so Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly, was 2 rows ahead of us! Hodor was right there, Sansa was right there, it was unbelievable. That was the biggest surprise for me the whole night. I was fully expecting there to be a roped-off area for the actors, and it was not like that at all. Everyone was in the same room, everyone had the same access, the whole night was absolutely a VIP experience.

Did anything else surprise you?
Popcorn! I wouldn’t have thought they’d give out popcorn because everyone was in their fancy dresses, but there they were, serving regular buttered popcorn.

What was the after-party like?
We walked over to the Roosevelt for the after-party, and it was just unbelievable. Really impressive. It was intimate, it was great, everyone was happy, having a good time, smiling. We were just walking around and all the stars were literally right there. There were all these different rooms themed from the show like Castle Black, and House of the Undying—it was everything an LA premiere party would seem like in my mind… times 10.

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How was meeting the cast?
Every actor asked me what I thought of the episode. And it seemed genuine, like they really wanted to know if I liked it! Most of the actors said they’re huge fans of the show and just happy to be there. It was awesome. I told Owen Teale (Ser Alliser) and Liam Cunningham (Davos) that I was a big fan of the show, that I love their work and think the production is amazing, and they seemed to really value that, which was pretty cool. To have them appreciate my comments and love for the show was really nice.

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What was the one standout moment? 
Man, there were so many! Meeting Sophie Turner was pretty cool. She was so nice and gracious and really cared about the charity in a genuine way. It’s just hard to pick out one moment. It’s the combination of the whole night and each little moment. I mean it would have been a magical night if I even met one actor.

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Anything you want to say to your fellow Omazers?
First off, episode 1 is AWESOME. No spoilers, but it’s incredible.

I walked away with the feeling that everyone I met, from the actors, to the execs at HBO, to the people from the IRC, genuinely appreciates the fans, and the opportunity and ability they have to produce this amazing show. As a fan, it’s very nice to know that. It feels good that I love a show that they love making. If I knew this was the experience, I would’ve donated to every experience I’ve seen so far that I liked. I would encourage anyone who’s thinking about donating through Omaze to absolutely do it. I’d rather win an Omaze experience than win the lottery.

My friend James and I also made a little video of our experience just for fun for our nerdy friends, and so everyone could experience it too:

Thanks for sharing this up-close look at your night, Jeff! We’re so glad you and James had an experience fit for a (rightful) king.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere and After Party – 2016 from James Mattox on Vimeo.


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