To the sadness of many fans, it seems that ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ will not be having panels or making appearances at San Diego Comic-Con this year. According to a statement released by HBO reps this past Thursday:
“Due to production schedules and air dates for Game of Thrones and Westworld, these series will not be presented at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. HBO has a longstanding relationship with SDCC, and we are very grateful for the fans’ enthusiastic response over the years. We look forward to returning in the future.”
For ‘Thrones’ fans this is an especially heavy blow, as this may have been the last time the show would have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con as they might have already dropped their final season by the time San Diego Comic-Con rolls around again in 2019. For ‘Westworld,’ there is a very good chance the show will make a triumphant return to SDCC next year, especially as they have already been picked up for a third year and really just seem to be getting going with their series.
But still, it is a sign of the times to see two massive shows on such a big network opt out of San Diego Comic-Con, and a sign of how overcrowded the event is becoming. It makes sense with the other conventions springing up (such as New York Comic Con, where fellow network Starz has decided to have their ‘Outlander’ panel this year) to move big panels to these other venues, as they will get more attention and cost a lot less than trying to get in at SDCC, but it does weaken the brand of SDCC to now be losing HBO this year, especially since Disney pulled the plug on having big Marvel and Lucasfilm panels a few years back in favor of D23.
Is this a continuing a trend of SDCC toward relative obscurity? Or just a few bumps in the road? Share your thoughts in the comments below!