Comic-Con 2019 Friday Live-Blog: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Walking Dead,' Veronica Mars' and More!
By Meredith B. Kile
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and Friday is jam-packed with some of the biggest names in TV, movies and more!
The casts and creative teams behind Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Veronica Mars, Legacies and more will be holding panels and Q&As for fans throughout the day. Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and the Russo brothers, who directed the film, will also be holding discussions in Hall H, possibly teasing some upcoming projects and leftover tidbits from the conclusive Marvel epic.
ET will also have exclusive interviews with the casts of Veronica Mars, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Witcher, The 100, Legacies, The Rook, Stumptown, and more!
Follow along below for live updates on all the biggest interviews and panels and check out ET Live and ET's YouTube page for videos of all of our exclusive cast interviews. ET will also be broadcasting from Comic-Con on Friday! Check here for local listings.
'Game of Thrones' Cast Defend Divisive Final Season
Cast members from the hit HBO drama -- Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham and Conleth Hill -- gathered in Hall H to discuss their controversial final season and leaving the show behind after eight groundbreaking seasons. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pulled out of the panel ahead of Comic-Con weekend, as did stars Nathalie Emmanuel and Iain Glenn.
The cast was asked about the divisive final season during their final SDCC panel on Friday night and they didn't hold back in defending the controversial fan response to the way the HBO drama wrapped up.
"You look at the amount of people who are here and we're here to thank you for watching us all these years," Hill said. "We weren't divisive as a cast. We always did our hardest work... This is the reality rather than a media-led hate."
Coster-Waldau was candid about the passionate fan response that has followed Game of Thrones during its eight-season run.
"It was surprising, the level [of backlash]," Coster-Waldau said. "'Yes, we're going to change [the final season] 'cause that's the power of the Internet!'"
"Every season we had huge controversies. It was from Ned Stark getting killed -- 'We're never going to watch that s**t show again' -- the Red Wedding, the end...," he mentioned. "Obviously when it comes to an end, it's going to piss you off no matter what. Of course, at the end of the day, it's absolutely fine. If you hated the ending, that's great, just don't call people names."
Kevin Smith Reveals Ben Affleck's 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot' Cameo Is an '8-Page Chasing Amy Sequel'
The director, along with longtime creative partner Jason Mewes, sat down with ET's Ash Crossan at Comic-Con on Friday and opened up about the long-gestating meta-sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back -- and the unexpected cameo that brought pal Ben Affleck back into his life.
After debuting star-studded trailer for the film on Thursday, Smith shared an emotional Instagram post on Friday, detailing how an entertainment reporter posing a question to Affleck in a junket motivated him to reach out to his estranged pal and ask if he'd be willing to make an appearance in Reboot, and after a brief text exchange, it was in the works.
In the new film, set several years after the events of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the titular heroes find out that the original Bluntman and Chronic film -- a superhero movie based on them -- is getting remade in the form of a modernized, gritty reboot. So they head back to Hollywood to stop the production. Unfortunately, Smith explained, the movie has mostly been shot by the time he reached out Affleck, and he didn’t initially have an ideal place to slot his old friend into the film.
"I had a good sleep on it, and I woke up and I was like -- Ben played Holden, who was the co-creator of Bluntman and Chronic in the mythology of our movies and stuff, so I could pull him into the third act," he recalled. "Basically, there’s a scene that is the emotional culmination of the flick, that’s his scene, that didn’t exist prior. It was like, one throwaway visual moment. But with him going like, ‘I’ll come out and play Holden,’ we were able to do an eight-page sequel to Chasing Amy, right in the middle of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot."
"And he gave us, like, it’s one of the best scenes -- if not the best scene -- in the movie," he added of the surprisingly heartfelt moment. "It’s incredibly emotional, it’s some of his best performance, definitely some of my best writing. And it’s in a Jay and Silent Bob movie! That, to me, is the trick, that to me is like -- after 25 years in this business, I’ve gotten to a place where I can take the least likely vehicle and put stuff in it to deliver to your heart that you might be surprised by.”
'Stumptown' Star Cobie Smulders Jokes About Having Hubby Taran Killam as a Lead-In
Cobie Smulders and the cast of Stumptown sat down with Keltie Knight in ET's Comic-Con suite, and opened up about her new crime drama -- as well as appearing on ABC alongside her husband, Taran Killam, who star on Single Parents.
"That was in the contract," Smulders joked of having her hubby as a lead-in show, as co-star Jake Johnson teased, "That's gonna be intense in that house!"
"I'm so grateful," the actress said more sincerely. "It's so wild to be like, we're both working and we're both working in the same city. It's gonna be great. Single Parents is a wonderful show, I have no worries about the lead-in."
On Stumptown, Smulders plays Dex Parios, an army veteran who becomes a private investigator, and says the show has only bolstered her admiration and respect for all servicemen and women and made her "excited" to bring more veteran stories to the small screen.
"She's not your traditional P.I.," the actress said of her character, who suffers from PTSD as a result of her service. "I think we're going to see how that creeps up on her, and hopefully, how she seeks treatment for that."
The Russo Brothers on the 'Community' Movie and What's Next After Their MCU 'Endgame'
Joe and Anthony Russo joined Ash Crossan in ET's Comic-Con suite to dish on a few loose ends from their time with the Avengers, and open up about what comes next after their Endgame in the MCU.
"For seven straight years, we had our complete focus on Marvel films," Anthony recounted. "That was a really intense seven years for us, and it was among the best seven years of our lives, but yeah, we’re taking a moment now where we’re looking at other things. We’re taking the capital we’ve built up from the Marvel films and using it to tell important stories that are maybe more difficult to get through the system, but are very important to tell and bring to audiences."
The directing duo did admit, however, that they'd like to find new projects to work on with some of their favorite Marvel stars like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. In fact, one of their upcoming projects is already an Endgame reunion.
The Russos are reteaming with Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, for Cherry, a real-life tale about a veteran struggling with PTSD and opioid addiction -- an important story that hits close to the brothers' hearts and is set near the Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood where they grew up.
As for another of their buzzed-about projects, the brothers are "never saying never" to the possibility of a Community movie -- after teasing the cult comedy during their Comic-Con announcements.
"We would love to see it happen as much as anyone -- all we owe is the movie at this point," Joe said of the series' "Six Seasons and a Movie" promise. "It would certainly require getting Donald [Glover], who’s got a very busy schedule, back, for at least a short period of time."
'The Rook' Cast Admits That The Don't Know How Season One Ends!
The ladies of The Rook, Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell and Joely Richardson, stopped by ET's Comic-Con studio, where they opened up about their supernatural Starz series, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel O'Malley.
"It's been so much fun to put this project together, and see the audience respond the way that they have," Munn told ET's Kevin Frazier. When asked if they could dish on what's to come on The Rook, however, they revealed that they couldn't -- as they don't know how season one ends.
"When fans ask us about the ending, or where is it going, we actually can't say because we shot three different endings," Munn shared. "And we don't know which one they will pick."
'The Witcher' First Trailer Shows Henry Cavill in Action
The first trailer for Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher premiered during the show's Comic-Con panel and showed Henry Cavill in action as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter who finds himself linked to a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret.
"So that's all life is to you, monsters and money?" Geralt is asked in the trailer.
"That's all it needs to be," he answers. Seems like all that may be about to change.
'The Boys' Gets an Early Season 2 Renewal -- and Aya Cash Joining the Cast
Ahead of its series premiere next week, Amazon Prime Video announced at Comic-Con that The Boys has already been renewed for season two -- with You're the Worst star Aya Cash joining the cast as Stormfront for the new season.
The Boys, described as "a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good," launches July 26 on Amazon Prime Video.
'Legacies' Cast Tease Life Without Hope in Season 2
The cast of Legacies sat down with Leanne Aguilera in ET's Comic-Con suite on Friday to dish as much as they could about season two and how the students at the Salvatore School are handling life after Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) sacrificed herself to stop Malivore from rising.
"It’s interesting, you know, everybody’s forgotten about Miss Hope Mikaelson, and so it’s just kind of starting off with where everybody is and how we interact differently now that she’s not there," shared Kaylee Bryant, who plays Josie Saltzman on The Originals spin-off series.
"You see where she is, and you see the toll that it’s taken on her," Russell added. "I really think that the more interesting dynamics are going to be her outside of Malavore, perhaps."
As for Josie's twin sister, Lizzie, Jenny Boyd joked that she's "living her best life" with Hope gone.
"She’s having a ‘semester of yes,’ so we’ll just see where that leads her," shared the actress, who also revealed the Lizzie's emotional outbursts will continue to be a running theme throughout season two.
Vampire Diaries and Originals star Candice King is set to moderate the Legacies Comic-Con panel, leading many fans to speculate that the actress might be gearing up for a guest appearance on the show.
While the cast couldn't confirm or deny that hoped-for cameo, Bryant and Boyd said King was a great resource when it came to moving to Atlanta to star working on the series, mentoring them about where to live and visit in the surrounding areas. "[She] basically mothered us," Bryant said.
"She met with me and Kaylee before we even started and gave us a bunch of advice," Boyd recalled. "We asked her about fan interactions, and all kinds of unexpected things."
Another revelation from The Walking Dead panel? "Rick Grimes returns only in theaters."
The upcoming film centered on Andrew Lincoln's character will receive a theatrical release, from Universal, AMC and Skybound, rather than airing on television. The news was announced through a brief teaser trailer which screened during the panel. No release date has yet been set.
'The Walking Dead' Season 10 Will be a 'Whole Different Style of War'
The Walking Dead came to Comic-Con on Friday, with the show's cast -- including Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan -- joining showrunner Angela Kang and the executive producers for a massive Hall H panel. Not only did the Walking Dead crew reveal that season 10 will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 6, but they premiered the first trailer, too.
"In season 10, we're still finding new ways to explore the story," Kang teased. "We're getting into a whole different style of war... The Whisperers are a really different type of enemy. We're going to see what it's like to be in a Whisper war."
Check out the trailer below and click here for some of the most memorable moments from the Walking Dead panel!
Danai Gurira Announces Season 10 of 'The Walking Dead' Will Be Her Last
During The Walking Dead's Hall H panel on Friday, Danai Gurira announced that the show's upcoming tenth season would be her last.
"It was a very difficult decision and it's not connected to my heart," said the actress, who got a standing ovation for fans as she made the announcement. "My heart stays right here."
The Russo Brothers Still Have More to Reveal About 'Avengers: Endgame'
It has been three months -- and one Spider-Man movie -- since Avengers: Endgame was released and diehard Marvel fans still have a laundry list of unanswered questions about the film: About the fates of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the whole is-it-a-multiverse-or-not debate, among many, many more.
Hence why there were still major revelations to be had during back-to-back San Diego Comic-Con panels on Friday: "Writing Avengers: Endgame" with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and "A Conversation With the Russo Brothers" with directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Among the things we learned was the not-so-surprising fact that Natalie Portman had a longer part that ended up on the cutting room floor and the writers scrapped a meeting between Captain America and Red Skull on Vormir. Click here to read more about Friday's biggest Endgame revelations.
Surprise! 'Veronica Mars' Season 4 Drops a Week Early
Hulu dropped a major Veronica Mars-sized bombshell during its Comic-Con panel on Friday in Ballroom 20, closing out its 75-minute session with a surprise announcement: All eight episodes of the fourth season are now streaming, one week ahead of its planned July 26 launch.
The news of the surprise drop was met with audible gasps, cheers and excitement in the room, as the panelists -- creator Rob Thomas, executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra and Ryan Hansen -- were on hand to promote the cult show.
And trust us, you'll want to stay off Twitter and remain spoiler-free until you watch every last second of the season. Seriously.
Ian Ziering Talks 'BH90210' Revival and Honoring Late Co-Star Luke Perry
Ian Ziering joined ET's Kevin Frazier at Comic-Con to dish all about his new Syfy movie, Zombie Tidal Wave, as well as the upcoming Beverly Hills, 90210 revival, BH90210, and how the cast hopes to honor their late co-star, Luke Perry.
"That's very challenging. It's a personal thing," Ziering admitted. "We all were very close to him. Luke was a best friend to me, not just when we were on 90210 but even before that. I knew him from when we were doing soap operas in Los Angeles."
"So it continues to be challenging and it's always very difficult, but we will find a way to do it right," he added.
As for how they're enjoying married life, Taylor gushed that the pair are "very happy. We love it."
However, they weren't too keen on sharing details from their big day, or how they kept their relationship under wraps. "We value our privacy, I think," Morley explained. "Private life’s called that because it should be private."
The pair recently shared an major moment on screen, in which Morley's character, Bellamy Blake, desperately tried to revive Taylor's Clarke Griffin with CPR, which Taylor said was a "really emotional scene."
"Bob did all the heavy lifting, though," she joked. "I had my eyes closed."
But it might not be the emotional step forward that Bellarke fans are hoping for. "As [showrunner Jason Rothberg] would put it, the show’s not about relationships, it’s about survival," Morley warned. "I wouldn’t put too many eggs into that basket."
The pair are gearing up for the next steps in their professional life as well, with Morley directing an upcoming episode of The 100, and Taylor slated to helm one in season seven.
"It was amazing," the actress gushed of seeing her husband and co-star step behind the camera. "He’s a natural, [I’m] really proud."
As for what's to come in the final episodes of season six -- as co-star Richard Harmon joked, "unbridled chaos" -- Morley said he'd like to see Bellamy "bury the hatchet" with his sister, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), while Taylor had much more laid-back plans for Clarke.
"I’d love to see her kick back on a beach, get a tan," she joked.
Henry Cavill Says He's in Better Shape for 'The Witcher' Than He Was for Superman
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra joined ET's Keltie Knight to discuss their upcoming Netflix series, The Witcher, a fantasy-drama based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Cavill said he got in the best shape of his life for his role as Geralt of Rivia, no small feat considering he's previously played the Man of Steel.
"Every time I get into shape for a movie or a TV show, it’s always trying to upgrade from the last one," revealed the actor, who said he "annoyed the living daylights" out of his agents to get an audition for the highly-anticipated part. "It’s all about the aesthetic."
Geralt's look was completed with his signature hair color and eyes aided by color contacts, which Cavill admitted he could only wear for three hours at a time.
"It was, 'I look really bad ass, but my eyes hurt a little bit,'" he quipped.
And while the cast was enjoying the "Comic-Con before the storm" ahead of their show's premiere, they were amazed to see fans already dressed up in their characters' looks from the teaser trailer.
'Legends of Tomorrow's Brandon Routh Opens Up About Playing Superman Again
The cast of DC's Legends of Tomorrow sat down with Leanne Aguilera to talk about the upcoming season and epic Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover -- including the breaking news that Brandon Routh will be reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman in the multi-episode event, alongside Tyler Hoechlin, who plays the role on Supergirl.
"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to play four characters in the crossover," Routh marveled. "Coming back to play Superman and Clark, alongside Tyler, who’s done a fantastic job on Supergirl, to have two Supermen on screen at the same time I think will be a lot of fun. And also, [we’ll] have Atom and Ray Palmer around for some fun, too."
Routh, who played the heroic role in director Bryan Singer's 2006 film, Superman Returns, joked that he's "working on getting back into Superman [shape]" to play the part again. "You gotta be prepared for the photo shoot that might happen, and also to feel like the guy, inside."
He couldn't dish too much on the crossover, but the actor did admit that he's had "very specific talks about [the cape].”
"There’s a certain regality to it," he explained, prompting co-star Caity Lotz to jokingly demand, "I want a cape!"
Lotz was able to reveal, however, that after almost seven years in the CW's Arrow 'verse, her character, Sara Lance, is finally getting a super power!
"All these years...anytime my friends are like, 'Oh my god, you play a superhero on TV! What’s your power?' and I’m like 'Well…'" joked the actress, who unfortunately still had to keep mum on what exactly her power will be.
As for the upcoming season, the cast teased more of the same for the Legends' hilarious, meta-heavy antics -- which probably will include more Beebo!
And while Dominic Purcell admitted the cast first thought the adorable plushie god would be a "career stopper," they've learned to embrace him as a fan favorite.
"All of a sudden, it just took off, and basically Legends became this critical little darling, because we poke fun at ourselves," he explained. "That’s the genius of the show."
'Veronica Mars' Cast Opens Up About Getting the Family Back Together
The cast of Veronica Mars was the first to join ET on Friday, opening up about the upcoming new season on Hulu -- which continues the adventures of the titular P.I., played by Kristen Bell.
"Everybody’s really excited, they know that Rob [Thomas], our creator, has evolved the show, so there’s definitely something new," Bell said of the upcoming new episodes. "You don’t have to have watched the original series to be a part of it. But to come and have this much hunger -- rather than just being a new show, and being like, 'Look at us! We also have a new show!' -- it was great that the fans were like, ready and waiting."
Bell and her on-screen dad, Enrico Colantoni, said that the moment that they really felt they were back was walking into the Mars investigations office -- "The office was identical" -- while for Percy Daggs III, who plays Veronica's best friend, Wallace, it was seeing Bell back in character.
"Seeing her on set. You know, [you see] everybody at the trailers...but when I got back on set, and Wallace was standing in front of Veronica, it was like, oh yeah, this is comfortable."
As for a new face in the cast, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, the actress said the cast "really is like a family."
"KB and I did The Good Place and House of Lies together, but I described it as going home to meet your boyfriend’s family," she said. "Like, you know your boyfriend likes you, but you just hope their family also likes you!"