Comic-Con 2012: Television Steals The Show

Between 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Blood,' TV's hottest shows had everyone in San Diego talking.

SAN DIEGO — This year was television’s time to shine at Comic-Con. Though movies like “The Hobbit,” “Pacific Rim” and “Elysium” drew massive crowds, it was the TV fans who camped out for days to see “Game of Thrones,” the “Firefly” reunion and “Breaking Bad.”

MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with most of the stars of the shows during our time at Comic-Con as well as catch some great panels. We’ve decided to compile the shows that walked out the winners of SDCC this year to share with all of you:

“Game Of Thrones”
The biggest news to come out of the “Game of Thrones” Hall H panel was the lineup of 14 new actors who will be joining the show in season three, as well as the fact it will be returning to HBO on May 31. Sadly missing from the list was the name of the man playing Mance Rayder, though author George R.R. Martin later told MTV that was because HBO hasn’t cast him yet. We also would be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that Martin’s inspirations for his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series were apparently turtles .

“Firefly”
The Comic-Con TV panel that featured the most tears was easily the 10th anniversary “Firefly” reunion, which brought all of the show’s stars — including Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau — together with creator Joss Whedon to reminisce about the short-lived space western. Fans started lining up for the Ballroom 20 panel en masse the night before, and though there were no major announcements during the panel, there was plenty of nostalgia. “When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world,” Whedon said while choking back tears. “The way you’ve [the fans] inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”

“Breaking Bad”
The “Breaking Bad” panel might have opened with what Bryan Cranston calls the “most revealing” teaser yet, but the cast of AMC’s hit show did a great job of not giving anything away. During a later interview with MTV News, Cranston and RJ Mitte did discuss how they think Walter White Jr. would accept finding out his father is a murderous meth dealer. “I say a father is a father no matter how you look at it, and at the moment he’s looking pretty up to [Walt] right now,” Mitte said. “Wouldn’t you like to have a dad that’s pretty much like Scarface?”

“The Walking Dead”
“The Walking Dead” managed to dominate Comic-Con with its cool factor this year between the epic obstacle course in Petco Park to the announcement that Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood will be having a “Walking Dead”-themed maze during their Halloween Horror Nights this year. Add to that the fact we can openly talk about the introduction of Michonne and we’re sold. “I really haven’t seen any story told this viscerally and palpably as ‘The Walking Dead.’ To be able to step into it, it’s thrilling,” Danai Gurira said of joining the cast.

“True Blood”
Between the body rolling, strip teases and hand stands during “True Blood’s” Ballroom 20 panel , it ended up being the bromances of the show that reigned king. Alexander Skarsgard and Bill Moyer talked about their growing onscreen relationship as well as their offscreen appreciation for season newcomer Christopher Meloni. But all we wanted to know about when we caught up with Skarsgard later for some interviews was whether Eric would be reunited with Pam any time soon. “I want her back,” he told MTV News. “I’m not going to tolerate an entire season without her, I’m not going to have it so for sure.”

“The Vampire Diaries”
“The Vampire Diaries” cast didn’t have any new footage to bring fans at Comic-Con during their panel, but they did bring plenty scoops when they stopped by MTV News headquarters. Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig and Steven R. McQueen teased that Connor, the new vampire hunter villain in season four, will be a badass and tougher than any of the series’ previous baddies. Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev were a bit more coy, but did say that some of Elena’s memories that have been compelled away during her life as a human will come back now that she’s a vampire and will forever change her relationship with the Salvatore brothers.

“Community”
The “Community” panel at Comic-Con was the perfect opportunity for new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port to assure fans that they will “not screw [the show] up” now that creator Dan Harmon has been booted from it. When cast members Joel McHale, Allison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown stopped by to chat with MTV, they promised that next season won’t deviate much in tone from those that came before. McHale also said that there might be room for Harmon to return in some capacity during the show’s 13-episode final season. Fingers crossed.

MTV News had San Diego Comic-Con covered. Stick with us as we roll out more interviews with your favorite stars!