Not unexpectedly, HBO will be represented at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 with panels for two of the network's biggest and most geek-centric shows. Now comes word the location of the Game of Thrones panel is being moved to the much larger Hall H, as attendance for the beloved series' session is expected to reach epic proportions. Meanwhile, True Blood will be staying put in its original venue of Ballroom 20.
The Game of Thrones move comes as a surprise, considering the normally accommodating Ballroom 20 (a large room in its own right) usually serves as host to such television panels, while Hall H is reserved more for blockbuster films that attract a large audience. However, given the increasing popularity of Game of Thrones, and the fact the show's presence at SDCC 2011 was met with great fervor by fans, it seems certain the move into Hall H (and its 6,700 seats) is a wise one.
On the other hand, taking into account the dearth of certain Hollywood blockbusters like Star Trek 2 or The Wolverine at this year's event, perhaps the move was made in part to compensate for that less movie blockbuster panels. Either way, Game of Thrones won't be the only television show packing fans into Hall H this year. The hit CBS sitcom centered on all things geek, The Big Bang Theory, will also be having its panel discussion in the huge auditorium.
The transition out of Ballroom 20 seems to leave the vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters and various other supernatural entities of HBO's True Blood as the odd things out in regards to upgraded digs at the Con. It is being reported that a minor scheduling conflict (with the Con and with the show's cast) had arisen, keeping True Blood in its original spot, as opposed to any notion of waning interest in the series. In fact, considering last year's panel filled the 4000+ seats by including such key players as Alexander Skarsgard (Eric), Stephen Moyer (Bill), Anna Paquin (Sookie), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Rutina Wesley (Tara) and creator Alan Ball, it's safe to say attendance this year will probably be just as high.
Game of Thrones' panel at the 2011 Comic-Con was also packed with stars. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) were all on hand for a panel moderated by none other than author George R.R. Martin. At the moment, there is no official word on who is planning to attend, but given arrangements are being made for extra seating, the chances are it'll be impressive.
Game of Thrones will have its panel on Friday, July 13th @3pm in Hall H, while the True Blood panel will be on Saturday, July 14th in Ballroom 20, at a time yet to be determined.
Source: SDCC Blog