Highlights from the dead characters’ panel at Con of Thrones
Today, at the first-ever Game of Thrones fan convention, Joanna Robinson and David Chen of the A Cast of Kings podcast hosted a panel discussion with actors who have already died on the show. Called “Ghosts of Westeros,” the panel featured Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Kate Dickie (Lisa Arryn), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Mace Tyrell), Amy Richardson (the original Myrcella Baratheon), Sam Coleman (young Hodor), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), and Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel). Read more
Occupation: Philanthropist, Chairwoman of the Arryn Institute (1990-present), Member of the Arryn Strategic Relations Board of Directors (1990-present), Member of the New York Museum of Modern Art Board of Trustees (2000-present)
Education: Cornell University (Bachelors in Business Administration and Psychology)
Born Lisa Waynwood of the Gilded Age New York Waynwoods, her marriage to Brian Arryn began with hope and optimism. Brian was sweet, Brian was kind, Brian was loving. But when his father died, Brian changed. Their family became less and less important to him and the Game consumed him. When the Targaryens fell, her hope of ever returning to the early days of their marriage died with their empire. Denied the truth, denied his revenge, Brian was a shell, a strategist and a brilliant lawyer but not the husband Lisa wanted or the father their children needed. With traditional family values ingrained into her, Lisa never sought the comfort of another man, nor did she leave Brian. She persevered for the sake of Mason and Danielle, and her perseverance resulted in Alexander.
Today Lisa is one of the strongest women in the Big 7 without being credited for it. Her closest friends are the wives of the very men her husband left her for, her saving grace comes in the form of Mason. Her oldest son had always been her staunchest advocate and ally while Danielle spiraled out of control and Alex found reason in Brian’s ways. Lisa spends most of her days furiously advocating for womens’ rights and against domestic abuse using the historic Arryn family charity, the Arryn Institute as her platform. When not campaigning for these important issues she is faking a smile for the presses and glaring at Brian from the opposite end of the table while he fiddles with his blackberry. And yet, Lisa remains oblivious for the moment to Brian’s genuine efforts to reconnect with her. Unless she decides to let the years of accumulated bitterness go she may lose the man she never thought would go anywhere.