San Diego Comic-Con: Panels to See on Friday featuring ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and More

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Another San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and we’re back to show you what panels we think you should check out on Friday! The schedule for Friday was released and features some shows, films, and actors we love to cover here at Nerds & Beyond!

Let’s dive in!

Friday, July 22

The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Hall H

Prime Video’s new series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, from the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map. Meet cast members Morfydd Clark, Charles Edwards, Rob Aramayo, Benjamin Walker, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charlie Vickers, Nazanin Boniadi, Tyroe Muhafidin, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trystan Gravelle, Maxim Baldry, Ema Horvath, Lloyd Owen, Leon Wadham, Markella Kavenagh, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Sara Zwangobani, Sophia Nomvete, and Owain Arthur along with showrunners JD Payne, Patrick McKay, and EP Lindsey Weber.

The Origin Story You’ve Been Waiting For . . . Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Magic, mystery, mayhem, and Mogwai! The cast and crew of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai answer your questions about the upcoming HBO Max animated prequel series. Executive producers Tze Chun and Brendan Hay, alongside Tara Rueping (art director), Izaac Wang (the voice of Sam), A. J. LoCascio (voice of Gizmo), Gabrielle Neveah Green (voice of Elle), and others will unveil the first clues to unlocking the secrets of the Mogwai that will leave you hungry for adventure (just don’t eat after midnight!). Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation.

Meet the Creators of Blackout

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Room 24ABC

The authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Blackout and the hotly anticipated novel Whiteout—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon–engage in a panel discussion moderated by Adam Silvera (author, They Both Die at the End, The First to Die at the End). Blackout, a novel of Black love and joy, is currently in development as a TV and film project for Netflix, produced by the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, and Temple Hill. An exclusive sneak peek chapter sampler of Whiteout will be given to the first 50 fans at the autographing line.

Marvel Studios

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM – Ballroom 20

Marvel Studios head of streaming, television and animation Brad Winderbaum; head of visual development Ryan Meinerding; and special guests dive into all things animation with exclusive looks at X-Men 97, Marvel Zombies, What If…? season 2, and more.

AMC’s Tales of the Walking Dead

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Hall H

Introducing a new series within The Walking Dead Universe, cast and creatives discuss the anthology of life-and-death, high-stakes survival within Tales of the Walking Dead. Cast will appear to discuss their exploration of unique stories within these stand-alone episodes focused on both new and established characters within the walker apocalypse. Creators will share their thoughts on single-episode storytelling, and cast will share behind-the-scenes anecdotes about these stories. Plus, view the premiere of the series’ trailer.


The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Room 6A

♪ The! Proud! Family! What? ♪ Creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith, executive producer Ralph Farquhar, and series stars Kyla Pratt (Penny) and Alisa Reyes (LaCienega)—with more names to be announced later—discuss the revival of the groundbreaking animated series The Proud Family and share a behind-the-scenes look at the first season, moderated by Janine Rubenstein (editor-at-large, People magazine and host of People Every Day).

Paper Girls

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Ballroom 20

From Amazon Studios, Legendary Television, and Plan B comes Paper Girls, a coming-of-age sci-fi adventure series based on the bestselling graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. The cast, creators, and executive producers present an in-depth look at what to expect from this Prime Video series, debuting on July 29. Paper Girls is a high-stakes personal journey following four paper girls—Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ— who are out on their delivery route in the early morning hours after Halloween 1988 when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travelers, changing the course of their lives forever. Transported into the future, these girls must figure out a way to get back to the past, a journey that will bring them face-to-face with the grown-up versions of themselves and the Old Watch, a militant faction of time-travelers who have outlawed time travel so that they can remain in power. To survive, the girls will need to overcome their differences and learn to trust each other, and themselves. 

AMC’s The Walking Dead

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Hall H

Cast and creatives of the flagship series The Walking Dead discuss the highly anticipated remaining episodes of the decade-long apocalyptic drama. Celebrate the monumental journey of this beloved series and characters as we follow their arcs in the final eight episodes of this epic final season coming to AMC and AMC+ this fall. Plus, a look at the official trailer for the upcoming final episodes.

The Alternate World of For All Mankind

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Ballroom 20

Kelly Lawler leads a conversation with creators and executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi are joined by executive producer Maril Davis and cast members Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Sonya Walger, Krys Marshall, Cynthy Wu, Casey Johnson, Coral Peña, Wrenn Schmidt, and Edi Gathegi to discuss the propulsive third season of the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ alternate reality series.

Keanu Reeves BRZRKR The Immortal Saga Continues

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hall H

Since its record-breaking debut in 2021, the BRZRKR comic has been thrilling readers with its story of the half-mortal, half-god warrior as he battles through the ages, seeking answers to the mystery of his endless blood-soaked existence, and how to end it. Keanu Reeves joins series co-writer Matt Kindt, and screenwriter on the BRZRKR film Mattson Tomlin, Matt Gagnon (editor-in-chief, BOOM! Studios), Eric Harburn (executive editor, BOOM! Studios), and Stephen Christy (president, development, BOOM! Studios) for an exclusive look at the final issues of the series, along with details on where the saga will go next.

FX&’s Little Demon Exclusive Pre-Series Premiere Sneak Peek Screening and Q&A

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

It’s been long prophesized that a malevolent force would alter the universe for the rest of time, and you can get a front-row seat! FXX celebrates its newest animated comedy, Little Demon, by heading to the metaphysical realm of San Diego in advance of its premiere later this summer. Thirteen years after being impregnated by Satan (Danny DeVito), a reluctant mother, Laura (Aubrey Plaza), and her Antichrist daughter, Chrissy (Lucy DeVito), attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware but are constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul. Actors Danny DeVito, Aubrey Plaza, and Lucy DeVito and creators Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, and Kieran Valla join executive producer Dan Harmon for an exclusive screening, followed by an other-worldly Q&A.

Entertainment Weekly: Brave Warriors

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Ballroom 20

They may be fighters on screen, but that doesn’t mean they’re not lovers (of the craft). A panel of actors discuss the thrill of playing iconic characters, the difference between their personas and real life, and the highs (and lows!) of their careers in Hollywood.


FX’s Archer: Exclusive Season 13 Screening and Q&A

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Archer, the award-winning animated comedy series, returns to San Diego in celebration of its upcoming 13th season! This year, Archer and The Agency have been acquired by the spy conglomerate known as IIA and struggle to find their identity. Will they be able to maintain their independence, or will they succumb to their corporate overlords? There will be an exclusive screening of the season 13 opener, followed by a spirited Q&A with H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, plus executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis.

Nandor Fodor and The Talking Mongoose

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM – Ballroom 20

In 1935, Hungarian-American parapsychologist Nandor Fodor began his investigation into a strange occurrence on the Isle of Man. An average British family, the Irvings, claimed to be haunted by a mysterious entity at their farm. Was it a demon? A ghost? No. It was a talking mongoose name “Gef.” Actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) joins Ruth Connell (Supernatural), with special video messages from stars Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), as director Adam Sigal (Chariot), associate producer Clare King (Legion M) and members from the film’s creative team discuss how this wildly original story based on true and very strange events made its curious path to the screen and how fans can get involved. Moderated by executive producer David Baxter (Legion M).

The Walking Dead: Last Mile – The Future of Entertainment

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM – Room 6BCF

The Walking Dead: Last Mile is the next big installment in the beloved franchise created by Robert Kirkman, but this time the story is driven by YOU, the fans. Actress, comedian, and Walking Dead superfan Yvette Nicole Brown and actress/creator Felicia Day co-moderate a discussion with Massively Interactive Live Event (MILE) creator Jacob Navok of Genvid Entertainment, creative executive Mike Rogers of Skybound Entertainment, senior writer and producer Jessica Woodard of Terrible Posture Games, and Matthew Ball, noted Metaverse author and producer on TWD:LM. The team will share the latest details of this MILE, exclusively on Facebook. All attendees receive an exclusive T-shirt!

Collider: Directors on Directing

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Hall H

Tim Miller (director of Deadpool, creator of Love, Death + Robots), Andrew Stanton (director of Finding Nemo,WALL-E, and John Carter), and Chad Stahelski (director of the John Wick franchise) take part in a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion about the craft of directing and projects past, present, and future. Moderated by Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub.

You can view the full schedule for Friday, here.

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