Live Blog: Will 'The Walking Dead' Comic-Con panel have hints about Negan's victim?

Probably not, but hope springs eternal.
TWD Hall H 2016
Credit: AMC

[1:00PM PDT] - Welcome to The Walking Dead San Diego Comic-Con panel at Hall H. As it goes with these things we are running behind but I will keep you posted as we go!!

[1:05PM PDT] - Still waiting. The Walking Dead fan art is playing on the big screen while 'Thriller' fills the speakers. I'm at 34% battery and I've had nothing but coffee today. LET'S DO THIS.

[1:09PM PDT] - Here we go. The creators and directors are headed to the stage now. 

[1:11PM PDT] - Chris Hardwick pulls no punches. Asks about Negan's victim. Robert Kirkman promises the wait will be worth it. I am skeptical. Scott M. Gimple says we'll see Carol and Morgan in the trailer. Trips over his words and calls Carol, Karen. It devolves into a bit where Karen is Carol's evil twin and Melissa McBride plays both. Karen wears an eyepatch obviously. 

[1:16PM PDT] - Seeing images of the zombies from the new season. It's described as "half-pizza/half-burnt pizza." Red and pull of pustules. There is also a dusty walker and one that evokes the feel of the fat zombies from the game "Left 4 Dead."

[1:19PM PDT] - We're watching a trailer. I will try to stream-of-consciousness as much of it as I can as obviously  video is banned!

[1:25PM PDT] - They forced me to close my laptop so I’m going on memory. We open on Negan’s bat. We see a footage of Glenn and Maggie then it goes through all the people lined up for Negan’s bat and what they have in the world that means something to them. We also get a look at the Colony and Morgan and Carol’s journey with them. I have no idea what’s going on in the most wonderful way” Carol says before we spin the camera around to introduce King Ezekial. A shot of Negan’s bat covered in blood. We end with his leashed tiger roaring and Negan laughing before fading to Tara and Heath hiding in the woods, fighting walkers, and generally being on the run. Tara thinks about shooting someone but knocks them out instead, fade to black.

[1:26PM PDT] - Jeffrey Dean Morgan says he's only been in 12 minutes of the show so far and he's never been stopped more in his life. People asking who Negan killed, shouting out who they think it was. He also talks about "the cast" with no hints as to who "the cast" is.

[1:29PM PDT] - Andrew Lincoln’s mom is a superfan. She told him “You gotta dig deep and get back to that place you were at the beginning of last season.” Wants Rick to get away from that place of abject fear. Says to hang in through the shitty beginning of the season, one of the biggest showdowns ever coming.

[1:30PM PDT] - Steven Yeun reads the comics and when issue 100 came out (spoilers if you don’t know) and he was like “Oh no.” But as a fan he found it to be an iconic moment. To lead up to that on the show — no matter who gets the back — but Negan will thrust the show further into a new direction. 

[1:32PM PDT] - Lauren Cohan used her acute appendicitis as motivation for Maggie's medical emergency at the end of Season 6. For two days her mom was like 'You're fine, you're fine' and by the time she got to the hospital they were like 'Wow, you almost died.'

[1:34PM PDT] - Chandler Riggs really enjoying the prosthetic over the the bandage last season. It takes about an hour to put on but then it's done. With the bandage it had to be readjusted after every take because they needed to see Riggs' eyebrow so he could still be expressive. Riggs laments his lack of depth perception. Says Norman Reedus would tap him on the other shoulder just to mess with him.

[1:38PM PDT] - Danai Gurira first thought Rick and Michonne might get together was during the run on the jail to find ammo but there was none. On set that day, the crew all turned to Scott Gimple and were like “Are they going to get together?” It took a long time to happen because Michonne has to respect the man she’s with. 

[1:40PM PDT] - Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln talk about their escalating prank war. Reedus filled Lincoln's car with glitter in the A/C unit and got video of it. Lincoln even went home and vacuum it out for 20 minutes, got back in the car, and BAMF! More glitter. 

[1:41PM PDT] - Lincoln just glitter-bombed Reedus on stage! But it backfired and a bunch of it ended up in Lincoln's beard. He looks like he did something dirty with Tinkerbell. 

[1:44PM PDT] - This is the first SDCC for Josh McDermitt and he’s seen a bunch of Eugene cosplays. “I understand,” he says, “maybe you don’t have the body for Daryl.” Audience laughs and groans. McDermitt has seen some female Eugene’s though and now he’s confused because he kind of wants to sleep with Eugene. Talks about seeing one Eugene cosplayer who had a mini-bookshelf built into the costume to be a creeper. 

[1:49PM PDT] - Sonequa Martin-Green and Michael Cudlidtz were cooped up in the car on set while she was pumping for breast-feeding and she was impressed with how much of a champ he was. Every two hours she was pumping and he would take it to the fridge in the cooler so it wouldn’t go bad in the Georgia heat. AWWWWWWWWWW. 

[1:51PM PDT] - Christian Serratos talks about the importance of bringing a Latina comic book character to the small screen. It means a lot to her when Latina women come up to her and geek out about having someone that looks like them on a show like The Walking Dead. 

[1:53PM PDT] - We've moved into the audience question portion of the panel. I'm at 4% battery so I'm signing off now, but thanks to everyone for reading along! But before I go, they've already pu the trailer up!

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Live Blog: All the fear 'Fear the Walking Dead' Comic-Con news you can handle!

Join me (virtually) in Hall H!
Fear TWD SDCC LiveBlog 2016
Credit: AMC

[11:58AM PDT] - Hey guys! Welcome to the Fear the Walking Dead live blog! I am sitting inside Hall H waiting for things to begin. Send good thoughts that the wifi holds up under the strain of so many fans and journalists!

[12:00PM PDT] - In the long tradition of SDCC panels, we are not starting on time. Hang tight, y'all!

[12:03PM PDT] - The lights have dimmed and we're being reminded not to film anything, including the footage. So we're still not following the Star Wars Celebrations model of "Footage for everyone." Chris Hardwick is taking the stage to HUGE applause. 

[12:05PM PDT] - We're going to watch a trailer. I will explain as much as I can.

[12:09PM PDT] - Nick is headed to Tijuana. A bunch of people are scarfing their own to the zombies. They enter a fenced in area via bus. They people are chanting, they look like they’re in Mexico (probably Tijuana). The rest of the main cast head to a hotel. “Better indoors than out.” Nick collapses and the people who were sacrificing their own stop him and take him in. “Death is not to be feared but pursued.” There’s a gang running things in Tijuana. Someone falls from the top of the hotel. Mexicans believe the dead are walking to their final resting place, that some people have been chosen. There will a bunch of Nick walking with walkers while covered in blood. The rest of the group seems to be hanging out in the hotel for the rest of the season. Shoutout to “Shaun of the Dead’ as they get trapped behind a bar surrounded on all sides by zombies.

[12:10PM PDT] - The group now realizes this is the new normal, we're not going back to our society. Things will get progressively more violent. No one will be talking to zombies this season. We're beyond thinking they're just people on bath salts. 

[12:12PM PDT]- Dave Alpert is excited to see their characters become battle-hardened warriors. Watching people shed their old skin and evolve into something new is fascinating to him.

[12:14PM PDT] - Robert Kirkman loves that Fear shows a completely different part of his world. Something we've never seen before. 

[12:16PM PDT] - Greg Nicotero talks about the animatronics and how it's fun to do things in Fear you can't do in The Walking Dead because of the timeline. Technology is still working to a degree, so the infected can get a plane propellor in the face or rip their arm in a boat. Side note: Nicotero says it's very difficult to ship dead bodies to Mexico.

[12:18PM PDT] - Cliff Curtis talks about how his character will evolve into a more competent fighter. Travis will become a more badass dad. 

[12:22PM PDT] - Frank Dillane is covered in the fake blood a lot and it's so uncomfortable. Whatever is in the fake blood is sticky and where they film is hot so Dillane is not really a fan of it, lol.

[12:29PM PDT] - We just got a great blooper reel and Colman Domingo did an entire scene where he danced to 'Beat It' while in the Captain's Cabin and he was REALLY good. Audience lost it.

[12:36PM PDT] - As the show is moving to Mexico for part of the season, they rules of how the dead are treated. Mexican culture has three different "levels" of death. The day you die, they day you're buried, and the day you're forgotten. But now people are buried OR forgotten and it effects how the people of Mexico behave towards the zombies. They're more pragmatic and/or constructive. 

[12:40PM PDT] - We're now opening the floor to audience questions. This part is always hit-and-miss but I'll post anything funny, interesting, or important!

[12:47PM PDT] - Poor Lorenzo James Henrie! He was asked how his character has influenced him as a person and he gave a great speech about bullying but the entire audience thought he said BOWLING. We all just rolled with it though, until Hardwick finally stepped in to say "Oh! BULLY-ING!"

Sunday August 21 at 9/8c will be the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC!

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'Big Bang Theory': Producers reveal who will play Penny's mother, brother

'Big Bang Theory': Producers reveal who will play Penny's mother, brother
Credit: CBS

On The Big Bang Theory, we’ve been introduced to many of the parents that make these characters so oddly lovable (or slightly warped). Now one last piece of that puzzle is finally being revealed.

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'BoJack Horseman' picked up for Season 4 at Netflix

'BoJack Horseman' picked up for Season 4 at Netflix

The third season of BoJack Horseman has only been out on Netflix for a matter of hours, but there’s already good news for fans of the second most important talking horse in TV history (behind Mr. Ed, of course). BoJack has been renewed for Season 4.

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Misha Collins plans to ‘humiliate’ his ‘Supernatural’ co-stars with his scavenger hunt

GISHWHES 2016 registration ends today, and the hunt begins July 30
Misha Collins plans to ‘humiliate’ his ‘Supernatural’ co-stars with his scavenger hunt
Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

If Pokémon GO has got you in a hunting and scavenging mood but wishing you could discover some treasures IRL and not just on your phone screen, then Misha Collins has just the thing for you. The Supernatural actor is bringing back GISHWHES — the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on 'Drunk History'

Lin-Manuel Miranda will tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on 'Drunk History'
Credit: Comedy Central

Lin-Manuel Miranda may have left Hamilton but he's still not entirely done with the story. During Comedy Central's Drunk History panel at Comic-Con yesterday, Derek Waters announced that Miranda will be in season four to — surprise, surprise — drunkenly narrate the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

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Watch new teasers for 'The Defenders,' 'Luke Cage,' 'Iron Fist'

Watch new teasers for 'The Defenders,' 'Luke Cage,' 'Iron Fist'
Credit: Netflix

Yesterday, Netflix basically owned Comic-Con by releasing a handful of new videos, from a Marvel sizzle reel reminding us of the greatness of Daredevil and Jessica Jones to a new trailer for Marvel's Luke Cage to even some quick teasers for Iron Fist and The Defenders. Oh yeah, and they announced that Daredevil was renewed for a third season. 

Netflix had a lot of ground to cover during its first ever Marvel panel at Comic-Con but suffice to say, all of the news was exciting. First up, they debuted a Marvel sizzle reel, which you can view below:

Next up was Marvel's Luke Cage, as Netflix debuted a new teaser — brilliantly featuring Wu-Tang Clan, of course, which further speaks to the importance of diversity in the series — to get audiences hyped for the series which premieres September 30:

"Come As You Are" played in the teaser for The Defenders, which revealed the logo. 

And finally: here's a first look at Marvel's Iron Fist.

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Ask Alan: What it's like to get spoiled on 'Game of Thrones'

On Sipowicz, Ned Stark, and a lot more
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Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Happy Friday, everybody! For this week's Ask Alan, I decided to experiment with taking Twitter questions in addition to the usual emails to This week's four questions are a mix of the two, and if you want to try tweeting questions to me in the future, use the hashtag #askalanday (there are enough other #AskAlan features out there that this would be less helpful, while #askalansepinwall is too many characters).

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Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Cheo Coker discuss racial diversity in 'Luke Cage’

Staying true to the spirit of Harlem.
Luke Cage
Credit: Marvel Entertainment

Turning a behemoth like Marvel in a new direction takes a long time. Momentum isn’t gained in a day. So when fans began pushing a couple of years ago for more diversity in geek culture, it seemed at first as those pleas were falling on deaf ears. Then the movement of the Marvel (and DC) ships began to be noticeable.

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Kristian Nairns swears Hodor is gone for good on 'Game of Thrones'

He had to keep it a secret for a looooooong time.
Hodor - Nairns
Credit: HBO

Out of all the twists Game of Thrones fans anticipated in Season 6, the fate of Hodor wasn’t one of them. For some, the knowledge of what ‘Hodor’ meant was a mystery they’d been waiting 20 years to uncover. But with the Night King’s brutal attack on Bran Stark and his companions wiping out half the team, fans weren’t ready to say good-bye.

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