If you follow Twitter much through Comic Con, there’s such a huge flurry of activity and excitement that it’s hard to recognize that, once the dust has settled, there’s not that much to report. If you’re in Hall H, it’s undoubtedly an exciting experience, if only to witness dozens of your favorite celebrities speak about dozens of your favorite movies, television shows, and books. (Sometimes, comic books are even mentioned!)
As someone who works in the industry but doesn’t attend Comic Con due to crippling anxiety when it comes to crowds that gigantic (also, sweaty people), I always feel anxious that I’m missing something huge. And I probably am in terms of life experience. I don’t care how much of this stuff eventually shows up online, or how maddening the crowds must be, or how much sleep one probably loses over the course of the weekend, seeing Harrison Ford, Norman Reedus, Joss Whedon, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, and tons of other geeky celebrities in one weekend has to be an exhilarating and giddy experience (the closest I could get were Twitter updates from Joanna all weekend).
But as far as actual news? It’s on the thin side. Comic Con is not really about breaking news, as much as it is about promoting a product, even if that product is one you dearly love. That’s fun, but it doesn’t translate into substantive posts.
Here, beyond what we’ve already covered, is what I gathered were the biggest moments and the most important revelations from the weekend at Comic Con.
Game of Thrones — The Game of Thrones panel didn’t offer too much by way of news, though some sites are pushing the “revelation” that Stannis Baratheon is really dead as a big deal (director David Nutter made that fairly clear after the finale aired). One of the reasons why there wasn’t much new information to come out of the Game of Thrones panel was because they only sent the B-team (the A-list cast, George RR Martin, and showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff took this year off), and the B-team hasn’t read any of the scripts for next season, so they say. Joanna has a nice run down of the panel over on Vanity Fair.
Maybe the best thing to come out of that panel, however, was not news, but in finding out that Obama was bummed about the death of Jon Snow.
“Three weeks ago, I was the in the company of the President of the United States,” acclaimed director David Nutter told EW at Comic-Con on Friday. “He turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘You didn’t kill Jon Snow did you?’”
It’s the question every fan wants to know, and apparently Obama is quite the fan, telling Nutter that season 3’s notorious Red Wedding episode is his favorite.
So what did Nutter say?
“I said, ‘Jon Snow is deader than dead,’” the director recalls. “I thought I was going to be sent to Guantanamo or something, but fortunately I’m here — but he’s dead.”
Nutter added that Obama also complained, “You keep killing off my favorite characters.”
The Walking Dead — Nothing much was revealed at the panel that could not be gleaned from the premiere of the trailer (namely it will be Alexandria vs. Rick this season), althoughI have no idea why no one is making a bigger deal out of the fact that Ethan Embry has joined the cast. They did mention, however, that we will get Morgan’s backstory this season.
Meanwhile, Fear the Walking Dead also debuted its full-length trailer, I think it looks fun. I am all in.
Movie Trailers — Trailers for Deadpool, Suicide Squad and the next X-Men movie all debuted at Comic Con, but they haven’t officially been made available to the rest of the Internet. You can easily find grainy, low-quality versions of them recorded on camera phones online (which is dumb), although we did get an official one for Batman vs. Superman. By most accounts, despite a better than expected Batman vs. Superman trailer, Deadpool’s trailer won Comic Con this year. We can’t wait to see the official version.
Star Wars — There was no huge revelations to come out of the Star Wars panel, but fans were stoked to see Harrison Ford. In a rare moment for the otherwise grumpy actor, he actually seemed stoked to be there, commenting:
“I never thought it would come back to bless me instead of haunt me. I was very gratified when I read the script, because I read something that I thought was really remarkable. Well written, with some intriguing developments. So I was delighted to be involved.”
Best Single Moment — Bryan Cranston dropping the mic on a fan after making a Your Mom joke.
Nerdiest Selfie — Harry Potter, Clara Oswald, and Arya Stark.
Best Donald Trump Dis — Joss Whedon, hosting the Another Period panel (a very funny show, by the way) found a way to reference Trump in celebrating the Comedy Central show.
“It makes us laugh, but it makes us think and it reminds us of the universal truth: that rich white people are f-king insane,” Whedon said regarding Another Period. “It’s obviously a fantasy and something we can all laugh at, because those days are all over—and then Donald Trump says something. I suspect he may be a Bellacourt.”
Sweetest Moment — During the X-Men Apocalypse panel, Charming Potato made an appearance to promote Gambit, but the highlight of that panel was seeing Tatum help 92-year-old Stan Lee off the stage, because CTates is, beyond everything else, a total sweetheart.