Comic-Con: What to Expect From 11 Big TV Panels

The Walking Dead - Season 6, Episode 16 -Still 1-H 2016
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Cutting through the clutter of 400-plus scripted series in the Peak TV era is a hard task. But being able to grab headlines during San Diego Comic-Con may be even harder as a seemingly endless number of panels highlight the best in TV, film, comics and so much more. With so many options of what to see — and we're not even counting the convention floor — here's a look at what to expect from 11 of the biggest TV panels set to take place during the July 21-24 pop culture geekfest.

1. Game of Thrones (HBO) Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss make a rare public appearance to field questions about the recently concluded sixth season. However, don't expect much from the tight-lipped duo about the future of the series. (Friday, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Hall H)

2. The Walking Dead (AMC) The zombie drama will unspool the trailer for its highly anticipated seventh season, announce a premiere date and reveal the casting for comic book character Ezekiel. But don't expect to find out who was on the receiving end of Negan's bloody beat-down. (Friday, 1-2 p.m., Hall H)

3. Star Trek (CBS All Access) Celebrating 50 years, the star-studded panel will feature William Shatner and other franchise stars in a conversation moderated by Bryan Fuller, showrunner of CBS All Access' upcoming Star Trek reboot. Our money is that Fuller will introduce (and maybe bring out) his series' new Capt. Kirk. (Saturday, 2-3 p.m., Hall H)

4. Once Upon a Time (ABC) The fantasy drama also will have casting to be revealed for characters from the Land of Untold Stories — perhaps Sinbad and Scheherazade. (Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Ballroom 20)

5. Luke Cage (Netflix) The stars of the Marvel drama will mark their first time at a convention together by unveiling the teaser trailer for the Netflix series and may have some breaking news. (Thursday, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Ballroom 20)

6. Mr. Robot (USA) Fresh off its Emmy nominations, the cast — including leading man Rami Malek — makes their SDCC debut. As for what to expect, showrunner Sam Esmail is still hard at work in the editing bay and won't be attending but may send along an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of the closely guarded series. (Thursday, 6-7 p.m., Room 6BCF)

7. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Continuing the show's annual tradition, the panel will again feature the writers room spilling secrets behind the nerdy comedy's most beloved scenes. Be on the lookout for special guests, with some stars from the series known to make a surprise appearance. (Friday, 10-11 a.m., Ballroom 20)

8. American Gods (Starz) Fan favorite Bryan Fuller returns to the Comic-Con stage for his highly anticipated reboot of Neil Gaiman's popular graphic novel. But we're holding out hope for an update on Hannibal. Look at you, fan questions. (Friday, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Room 6BCF)

9. Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Expect a trailer for the second half of season two to bow as the show returns to Hall H. (Friday, noon-1 p.m., Hall H)

10. Bates Motel (A&E) As the Psycho prequel series approaches its endgame, expect the panel to announce casting of the Hitchcock movie's most iconic character: Marion Crane (originally played by Janet Leigh). (Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 6A)

11. Agents of SHIELD (ABC) The fun-loving cast will unveil the blooper reel from season three as well as tease what to expect from season four. (Friday, 3-4 p.m., Ballroom 20)

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