This panel turned out to be a very fun event (I kept thinking my seats were in row J of Orchestra left, but they were in row F) with a food and drink get-together before the panel at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Hollywood & Highland Center. I have to say that had been several tables reserved for our group and when we overflowed those, the staff accommodated us easily and swiftly. They really deserve all the kudos (and large tips) for dealing without our quite large and barely organized group. There was an opportunity to pre-order a custom lanyard which would come with a name badge all organized by the fans. There was also a custom designed T-shirt which could be pre-purchased and picked up at CPK prior to the panel. I only bought the lanyard, and having the lanyard helped everyone identify each other as Outlander fans while in the mall areas.
|Holding Jamie\’s hand|
The panel started with a screening of the next episode (9 set to air in the US on April 4), which was fantastic! The Q and A was fun as there was a drinking game, Newlywed game, then on to the audience questions. Caitriona was asked which Outlander characters would she (Cait – not Claire) want to Kill, Marry, Screw. When Cait said she would kill Father Bain, it was clear who in the audience had read the books and who had only seen the show by their reactions. People who had read the books were laughing, applauding and agreeing, and those who hadn\’t seemed a little perplexed. I can\’t wait for that episode!!!
I took well over 150 pictures which I managed to whittle down to the best 99 (not including those taken in the lobby), but I\’m only posting a handful here.
|Tobias Menzies, Ron D. Moore, Diana Gabaldon|
|Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan|
|Diana\’s reaction to an audience question for Sam.|
After the panel, people rushed the stage, and since my seat was in the middle of the row, we got our feet trampled on as people tried to rush into the aisle to get to the stage. Ugh, so annoying. Below is the initial melee at the stage.
|Ron D. Moore|
Upon exiting the Dolby, I saw a table where the Dolby staff was handing each person a small black box. The line for these was a bit long and winding (unorganized winding), but I found the end of the line and my friend (I had lost her when we went into the melee at the stage). Inside the boxes were flasks!
|Outlander Flask – Thanks Starz!|
It was a fun night, and I\’m excited for the Arrow/Flash panel on Saturday!