‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ top Friday lineup
SAN DIEGO – Appearances from the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Orphan Black” look to be among the top draws at Comic-Con International’s July 25 events, a day heavy on programming centered on top-tier genre television.
“The Walking Dead” will amble into Hall H early on, with a panel featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, along with executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special-effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick will lead the cast through a discussion of Season 4 and what’s in store from the next run of episodes from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., according to the official Comic-Con schedule released Friday.
Riding high from an Emmy-topping 19 nominations, cast members from HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones,” will immediately follow with a Hall H presentation from 1:40-2:40 p.m. Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Pedro Pascal, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will appear alongside executive producers and writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany, widely lauded for portraying nine different characters on BBC America’s cult sci-fi mystery series, will attend the show’s panel, as will fellow cast members Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Evelyne Brochu and Ari Millen, as well as co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. The action begins in Room 6A at 6 p.m.
Friday will also mark the world premiere of “Wayward Pines,” Fox’s upcoming “Twin Peaks”-style 10-episode thriller, produced by M. Night Shyamalan. After a screening of the premiere episode, the marquee cast, including Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Carla Gugino and Terrence Howard will be on hand alongside Shyamalan, who directed the premiere, for a Q &A in Room 5AB from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey and more will appear at the presentation for the CW’s hit series “Arrow.” The show’s executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg will also take part, with a special video presentation previewing the highly anticipated third season scheduled to screen during the session in Ballroom 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
FX’s “Archer,” which nabbed an Emmy nomination for animated program, will present an exclusive screening of an original short animation piece created specifically for Comic-Con in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., plus an exclusive showing of next season’s premiere episode. The voice cast, including H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell and series creator Adam Reed, will be appearing as well.
The cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” including Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, will be featured in the Marvel television panel, with the cast of the anticipated new series “Agent Carter” also on hand for an autograph session and panel discussion with Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel television, in Ballroom 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday night will also see the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, featuring nominees include Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” DC/Vertigo’s “The Wake” and many more.