The rumors continue to swirl about whether HBO will have a Game of Thrones presence at the San Diego Comic Con or not. First, we received this tweet from industry analyst/insider ProgGrrl.
Hearing some very interesting #SDCC rumors… there will definitely be an AVENGERS panel… GAME OF THRONES will be there… #Whedon #HBO
Then came a report from TV critic Mo Ryan, saying she received word from HBO that there would be no Game of Thrones panel.
There will be a couple of absences this year at the San Diego festival of comic books and pop culture: An HBO source confirmed that “Game of Thrones” will not present a panel (“True Blood” will be the network’s only Comic-Con panel).
Production on “Thrones’” first season will begin in at the end of July, right around the time that Comic-Con takes place (it overruns San Diego July 22-25). Given that the cast and producers will all be in Northern Ireland then, it’s too much of a logistical challenge to make a Comic-Con appearance happen for the show, which arrives in 2011.
Winter Is Coming: Notice that Ryan’s HBO source specifically mentioned there would not be a Thrones panel. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of HBO highlighting Game of Thrones in some other capacity at the Comic-Con. Which means the rumors ProgGrrl is hearing could still be true. My guess? HBO would be wise to use the opportunity that Comic-Con presents to promote the show in some way. Seems like it would be the perfect time to release a few more promotional photos and/or a teaser poster.