With San Diego Comic-Con almost upon us, it’s already beginning to feel a little drafty in Hall H as big names continue to drop out of the convention schedule. Marvel announced that it wouldn’t have a big presentation, only celebrating the MCU’s 10th anniversary and taking a notable step back after Infinity War changed the game in that superhero universe. Now other heavy hitters are following suit.
In a statement today, HBO announced that its big genre franchises, Game of Thrones and Westworld, would be absent from the con. "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,” the statement read.
As Game of Thrones comes to a close (with a final season not airing until 2019) and Westworld finishes out its second season before the convention, the pair of shows won’t have much new to offer fans come July. A similar announcement noted that Starz’s fan favorite, sexy time-travel story Outlander would be attending New York Comic Con, but skipping SDCC 2018. That’s a big lack for the convention. Sure, they have Doctor Who confirmed for a cast panel already, but the real winner of this relatively light showing is DC.
With Aquaman on the horizon and plenty of work needing to be done to restore confidence among fans of the comic universe, DC could step in and wow con-goers with plenty of reveals and first-looks. Otherwise, it might be a prime opportunity for the plethora of smaller genre shows, movies, and comic books to have a fighting chance not to be buried by big-budget trailers.