It was no surprise that Game of Thrones opted to sit out last year’s SDCC, given that the convention takes place in July and the final season of Game of Thrones didn’t premiere until the following April, but 2018 was the first year that the show was absent from the con since it made its SDCC debut in 2011. The cast and producers have always been secretive about plot details, but spoiler sensitivities were at an all-time high before Season 8, so it’s obvious that the stars wouldn’t have been able to say anything about the plot twists of Season 8 if they had made an appearance.
There’s no word yet on which cast members might reunite for a potential panel in San Diego this year – since production has ended and many of the actors are likely now attached to other projects, it could all be a matter of whose schedules are free – but given Daenerys’s shocking death, Bran’s surprising promotion to king, and Jon Snow’s ambiguous ending, there’s certainly plenty for the stars to discuss now that they’re not bound by NDAs.
One property that does seem likely to make an appearance at Comic-Con 2019 is HBO’s Watchmen TV show, which is slated to premiere this fall and stars Jeremy Irons and Regina King.
The hotly-anticipated series from Damon Lindelof has been ramping up its promotional campaign with atmospheric teaser trailers that preview clashes between masked police and equally secretive vigilantes, but concrete details on the plot have been kept under wraps so far, which would make SDCC a prime platform for a splashy reveal.
HBO could also preview Westworld Season 3 this year, after the high-concept sci-fi series skipped Comic-Con in 2018. The premium cabler dropped an enigmatic new Westworld Season 3 trailer featuring Aaron Paul last month, but since it isn’t expected to premiere until 2020, it may be a little too early for spoiler-averse showrunners Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy to reveal what they have in store for the next installment of the Evan Rachel Wood-fronted drama.
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