“San Diego. Mmm. Drink it in.”
Another year has already come and again, which means it’s time for San Diego Comic-Con. Once mainly a comic book convention for a small niche within the pop culture community, it’s now a cultural platform for Hollywood studios and TV networks to put their stars and releases on display. Of course, the cast of Game of Thrones will be there, but HBO has made their appearance official, along with announcements for a few other panels.
The Game of Thrones panel, set for Friday, will probably be the same as ones from years past. The show usually airs its season finales a few weeks prior to the Con, so instead of discussing what’s up for next season, the cast and crew recap what just happened while screening deleted scenes, bonus materials, and the sort. Some interesting appearances will include Michael Sapochnik (director of the last two episodes of season 6), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).
Surprisingly absent is the man of the hour, Kit Harington. Season 6 was a major one for Jon Snow (you can find out why here, here, and here), though it’s possible he could be announced later on or be a surprise guest. T.J. Miller is similarly absent from the Silicon Valley panel, which will be held a day before Game of Thrones.
Elsewhere, HBO also announced Danny McBride and Wolton Goggins will appear to promote Vice Principals, while Cinemax shells out Robert Kirkman, Patrick Fugit, and more for an Outcast panel.
See the announced schedule (so far) from HBO and Cinemax below.
Thursday, July 21
The SILICON VALLEY panel at the Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson. Panelists include: co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Zach Woods (Jared), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) and Amanda Crew (Monica). Autograph signing is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 22
The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:15 p.m. will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hemptstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 23
The panel for the new series VICE PRINCIPALS will be in the Horton Grand Theater at 2:30 p.m. and will be moderated by the Nerdist Podcast’s Matt Mira. Panelists include: creators and executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and cast member Walton Goggins (Lee Russell), who co-stars with McBride (Neal Gamby.) Autograph signing is at 6:00 p.m.
The panel for OUTCAST, the Robert Kirkman series based on the Skybound/Image comic produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), will be in Room 6BCF at 5:15 p.m. and will be moderated by Scott Aukerman. Panelists include: creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, showrunner and executive producer Chris Black and cast members Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes), Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson), Wrenn Schmidt (Megan Holter), Reg E. Cathey (Chief Giles) and Brent Spiner (Sidney). Autograph signing is at 4:15 p.m.