For those of us planning to attend Comic-Con next week, right now is sort of the calm before the story. The schedule has been posted, and for the most part, we know what we're facing. We can spend days mapping out our plan of attack in the hopes of getting into every panel we want to attend, and then cross our fingers that things will work out. Fortunately for Game of Thrones fans, the series will be featured in Hall H, the biggest venue at the convention center, which improves chances that fans will manage to find a seat to see the likes of Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden and John Bradley, all of whom are expected to attend this year's panel, along with executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, not to mention George R.R. Martin.
Game of Thrones isn't the only HBO series to be featured at SDCC. Also returning is True Blood, which is set up in Ballroom 20 on Saturday. The vampire drama's substantial cast will be on hand for that panel, along with executive producer Brian Buckner. And for Cinemax, Banshee and Strike Back will both be featured in panels. Banshee's cast and executive producers will be set up in Room 6A on Friday, while Strike Back executive producer, writer and director Michael J. Bassett will be joining the Cinemax series' cast in Room 6DE for a Saturday panel.
Here are the full details, including autograph signing information, but keep in mind that the talent listed is subject to change between now and SDCC.
Friday, July 19
The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:50 p.m. will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell. The panel will include: executive producer David Benioff, executive producer D.B. Weiss, writer and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Autograph signing is at4:45 p.m.
BANSHEE, the CINEMAX action series, makes its Comic-Con debut with a panel in Room 6A at 7:15 p.m. moderated by TV, film and comic book writer John Rogers. Panelists include: executive producer Greg Yaitanes, writer and executive producer Jonathan Tropper and cast members Antony Starr (Lucas Hood), Ivana Milicevic (Carrie Hopewell), Hoon Lee (Job) and Lili Simmons (Rebecca Bowman). Autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 20
The TRUE BLOOD panel in Ballroom 20 at 3:30 p.m. will once again be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at 1:45 p.m.
STRIKE BACK, the CINEMAX drama series that follows a covert counterterrorism military unit, returns to Comic-Con with a panel in Room 6DE at 7:00 p.m. moderated by Mike Schneider of TV Guide. Panelists include: writer, director and co-executive producer Michael J. Bassett and cast members Philip Winchester (Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Damien Scott), Dougray Scott (James Leatherby) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez). Autograph signing is Friday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m.
The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s random ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.
And these are just some of the TV shows that will be featured at Comic Con next week. Be sure to check out our additional coverage of what's lined up for the event here.