JK, GAME OF THRONES Creators Aren’t Going to SDCC

Update: 07/17/2019

Choose or lose, you guys! Just when we thought Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were going to buck fan backlash and attend their farewell panel at San Diego Comic-Con, turns out they aren’t. From EW, the official HBO Twitter account gave us an updated panel lineup Wednesday afternoon.

Cast members Iain Glen (Jorah) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) along with director Miguel Sapochnik will also bow out of the panel. After this week’s historic Emmy nominations–which gave Game of Thrones 32 noms–maybe the show’s creators and director feel like they don’t need to go anymore. Especially considering Sapochnik earned a nomination for directing “The Long Night,” an episode nobody could see, and David and Dan got a nom for writing “The Iron Throne,” an episode with a 4.2/10 audience rating on IMDb.

Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) will still attend, though. So that’s something. Just maybe don’t expect a ton of juicy goss to come from the panel Friday night.

Original post below!

Earlier this month we found out Game of Thrones was going to hold the very rarely seen “two-month reunion,” with a Hall H panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Two very big names were not expected to be a part of that celebration – showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. That wasn’t exactly a surprise. The two co-creators, who told the world they were going to hide from the internet after the series finale, have not been heard from since the show ended with a divisive finale that ended a frequently criticized last season. But now, in what qualifies as a minor stunner, HBO has announced that the pair will be in attendance at the pop culture event of the year.

The network announced it will host three Hall H panels at this year’s event. Alongside the Game of Thrones (Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m), there will also be ones for their upcoming adaptation of His Dark Materials (Thursday, July 18 at 4:45 p.m) and Westworld (Saturday, July 20 at 1:15 p.m.). HBO also says fans should “keep a look out around the Gaslamp Quarter for a surprise in-world opportunity to engage” with their new Watchmen series.

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In addition to the panels, each show will hold an autograph session. You can find information for all of them, as well as who will appear at the other two panels, below.

The biggest news though is that Benioff and Weiss will be joining Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), and director Miguel Sapochnik on stage. We don’t know who will host the panel, or if the showrunners will address the criticisms of the series finale that they both wrote and direct, but we can’t wait to find out

If you do go though, remember you’re only upset because you loved something they created, and they didn’t have to attend at all. So maybe don’t ask Benioff and Weiss to sign yours “Sorry.”

Game of Thrones

Friday, July 19: Hall H panel at 5:30 p.m

Autograph signing: 3:30 p.m., Friday July 19.

His Dark Materials

Thursday, July 18: Hall H panel at 4:45 p.m. will include: James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Dafne Keen (Lyra), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), Jane Tranter (executive producer) and Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter).

Autograph signing is at 2:45 p.m.


Saturday, July 20: Hall H panel at 1:15 p.m. will include creators, executive producers and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and cast members: Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright.

Autograph signing is at 11:45 a.m.

Images: HBO

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