'Game of Thrones' fans go wild for hidden throne in Queens
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 02, 2019 | 9906 views | 0 0 comments | 1078 1078 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the battle for the Iron Throne, who will succeed? Will it be Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen or a resident of Queens?

The Queens community had an opportunity to claim the Iron Throne last weekend when HBO hid a replica of the "Game of Thrones" throne within Fort Totten Park in honor of the show’s eighth and final season.

The five other thrones hidden around the world were found in England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and Spain.

Queens resident Melanie Joaquín was the first person to locate the only throne placed in the United States, which was nicknamed the Throne of the Crypt after the dark and ominous setting reminiscent of the basement of Kings Landing.

On Thursday, "Game of Thrones" tweeted a clue about the location of the throne. The clue read, “A new city flying a starry banner seeks protection from the Great War. How far will you go.”

The 22-year-old immediately recognized the photo as the battery at Fort Totten Park in Bayside and was the first to find it. The show later dubbed her the “Queen of Queens.”

A local Bay Terrace resident and amateur photographer said he had never seen so many people visit the park before "Game of Thrones" hid the throne within the battery.

The excitement of seeing the coveted throne led to thousands showing up to the park over the weekend, forcing HBO to cancel the event as early as 9 a.m. on Sunday when there were already 2,000 people in line with an eight-hour wait time for the photo opportunity.

Some fans called out HBO, the NYPD and the Parks Department for failing to coordinate the event together properly, leading to uncontrollable crowds dying for a chance to sit on the throne.

Several fans came from as far as Vermont, leaving home at 3:45 a.m. just to be turned away at the gate.

But, as one loyal fan stated on Twitter, “the wait for the Iron Throne is almost six hours which isn’t too bad when you think about how Stannis [Baratheon] burned his daughter alive to be able to sit on that throne, so there’s that.”

Others came extremely early to make sure they were ensured the chance to see the throne.

“We knew it was going to be packed so we left home at 2:30 a.m. to get here in order to be in the front of the line,” said a fan from the Bronx. “It was like the 'Walking Dead' driving here with no traffic and my wife is missing her work shift but hey, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Some fans braved the weather to dress as their favorite character. Others spent the waiting time predicting the upcoming season and discussing the show’s prequel.

Although April 1 was the last day that fans had a chance to sit on the Iron Throne, "Game of Thrones" will return to HBO on April 14.
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