'Westworld' absent from network's fan convention lineup
HBO just unveiled its Comic-Con plans, and once again Game of Thrones is going to have a major presence.
Below is the premium network’s line up for the July fan convention, with participating shows including Silicon Valley, Vice Principals, and Cinemax’s Outcast. There’s one surprise omission, however: The buzzy sci-fi drama Westworld, which premieres in October, is not among the HBO shows paneling at the event. The series seems like an obvious brand fit for the convention (see our interview with the producers and the show’s latest trailer). Here’s the lineup:
— Silicon Valley: Thursday, July 21, The Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom at 4:00 p.m. will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s own 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.
— Game of Thrones: Friday, 22, Convention Center Hall H at 2:15 p.m. Panel will be moderated by Rob McElhenney. Panelists include: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director Michael Sapochnik and cast members 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. The lineup represents the return of showrunners Benioff and Weiss, who were absent last year while the show was coming off the Jon Snow “Is he really dead?” cliffhanger. Series author George R.R. Martin, however, is once again not returning to the panel. He hasn’t been on the show’s Comic-Con panel since season 4 (after which he pledged to start focusing more on writing his next novel, The Winds of Winter).
— Vice Principals: Saturday, July 23, 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.
— Outcast: Saturday, July 23, 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.
READ ON: “Winds of Winter” finale coverage: Here’s star Natalie Dormer revealing her feelings about her character’s tragic end. Here’s star Lena Headey with her thoughts on those huge game-changing twists (she doesn’t think she’ll last long!). And star Emilia Clarke making her bold season 7 predictions (she agrees with Headey). Plus there’s our ultra deep-dive recap with our opinions on the finale. Our breakdown of that Tower of Joy reveal. Maisie Williams reveals who Arya should kill next. And our Game of Thrones Weekly podcast (new episode posted below):