Game of Thrones will not be at Comic-Con this year

Ben Arnold
Game of Thrones (Credit: HBO)

Hoping to get a glimpse of what’s happening in Westeros at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month?

Well, jog on.

Game of Thrones will have no presence at this year’s fan event, the biggest convention of its kind in the world.

Westworld will not be involved either, with HBO confirming: “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.”

It’s potentially last time that the stars and makers of Game of Thrones could have made an appearance at the convention.

HBO is currently filming the eighth and final series, due to air some time next year.

(Credit: HBO)

The news follows word that Marvel will be skipping the event too, likely because it has nothing significant ready to show fans, with production still in the early stages of both Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel.

Last week it emerged that HBO had settled on its first potential Game of Thrones spin-off series, to be developed by Jane Goldman, the British screenwriter behind the likes of Kick-Ass, the Kingsman movies and X-Men: First Class.

A prequel, it will explore the period in Thrones lore prior to the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, which the TV show is based on, when Westeros was in the throes of a night that lasted generations, and spawned the White Walkers.

So the official logline goes: “The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

Giving his two cents, Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin wrote on his blog that he’d call the series ‘The Long Night’.

“My vote would be The Long Night, which says it all,” he wrote.

“More likely HBO will want to work the phrase Game of Thrones in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later.”

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