7:12am PT by Hilary Lewis
'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Gives Away $30,000 Throne at Fan Event
One lucky Game of Thrones fan walked away from Thursday night's fan event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with his very own iron throne, given to him by author George R.R. Martin.
Martin gave the throne to a random audience member, reading out a seat number, before a screening of the season-four premiere and a panel discussion with the cast.
The lucky winner was Mike Ross, 37, from Hoboken, N.J., according to Reuters.
"I have no idea where I'm going to put it," Ross told Reuters. "We'll make a little room for it."
Earlier, Ross chose not to wait in line to sit in one of the four throne replicas in the arena, Reuters reports, queues that were so long ushers started cutting them off so fans wouldn't miss the show.
But now he can sit in his own throne, which HBO sells for $30,000.
7,000 people bought tickets to the sold-out event, which also included a performance from rapper Common, whose song "The Ladder" appears on the Catch the Throne hip-hop album inspired by the series. Although tickets only cost $15 each, all proceeds were donated to two charities, anti-Malaria organization Nothing But Nets and Books for Africa. The fourth-season premiere was shown on the arena's stadium screen.
The Q&A, which preceded the screening, included Martin and actors Kristian Nairn, Maisie Williams, John Bradley and Sibel Kekilli.
Many fans came dressed as characters from the show — with the most popular choice, according to Reuters, being Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen — and other costumes were on display at the event.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m.