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Comic-Con 2014: Fourteen Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Friday

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Comic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Here are our picks for the Friday events you can’t afford to miss!

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WDeadAMC’s The Walking Dead (12:20pm – 1:20pm, Hall H)
The first massive Hall H presentation of the day puts the spotlight on AMC’s runaway hit zombie drama. In addition to a preview of season five, the panel and Q&A session will include a good chunk of the cast and crew. You’ll be able to toss your questions at actors Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glen), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), and Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Ford). On the crew side, you’ll get showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer/creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. Nerdist mogul/Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick will once again moderate the proceedings.

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The Walking Dead Walls Off A Georgia Neighborhood For A Key Season 5 Location

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The Walking DeadFans of AMC’s hit The Walking Dead may have just received a big hint about the location, and by extension the story, that season five of the zombie drama will explore. Reports from the region surrounding the Georgia-based set say that the production is building a 15-foot high wall as part of a filming location.

Readers of Robert Kirkman’s comic books that serve as the source material for the wildly popular series will have a strong idea of what this means for the show. It’s hard to hear a description of a set that includes tall walls made out of a concrete, or at least a substance designed to look like concrete, and not immediately think of the Alexandria Safe-Zone.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Photo Puts Daryl In A Dangerous Situation

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The Walking DeadDespite the fact that he doesn’t appear in Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material for AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, it didn’t take long for Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) to become a fan favorite on the series. Since the beginning, he’s been the best character on the show, often the lone bright spot when the show bogged down in the tedium of seasons two and three. Fans are also hugely protective of the younger Dixon brother, and as a result of those feelings, the latest still released from the upcoming season five is going to cause some trepidation.

In past years a significant amount of time, at least a few months, usually passes for the between seasons for the characters of The Walking Dead. Due to the cliffhanger nature of the season four ending, that’s not going to be possible this time around. Without giving too much away, the season ends with most of the key people involved in a perilous predicament, one that will have to be dealt with sooner rather than later. This year there has been more security/less news from the Georgia set, though we’re willing to bet there will be substantial reveals at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. They are taking over the massive Hall H for a panel on Friday, July 25.

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Cosmos, Futurama, And More Represent Sci-Fi With Primetime Emmy Nominations

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cosmosAs sci-fi fans, we all know that unless an awards ceremony is specifically centered on science fiction, genre programming doesn’t stand much of a chance against the plethora of mainstream media out there. That said, the nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and science and sci-fi programming actually made a strong appearance, thanks in large part to Fox’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. The biggest story of the announcement was actually what didn’t make the list—they will rue their ignorance of Orphan Black’s dramatic superiority—but that’s for another story. For now, we celebrate.

The Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos was the definite standout, though it obviously didn’t get recognized in the Outstanding Lead Actor category or anything like that. Some of the infotainment series’ more notable and deserving noms were for Outstanding or Documentary Series, Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction, and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects, while the show’s art direction, music, main titles, and sound editing were also recognized. With twelve total nominations, it tied with acclaimed narrative series like True Detective and Orange is the New Black. (Breaking Bad earned 16 nominations.)

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The Walking Dead And Outlander Reveal Big Panel Plans For Comic-Con

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walking deadComic-Con 2014 will seemingly have more TV shows vying for fan love than in any other year, due in no small part to comic books making a huge splash on current TV trends. One such adaptation, AMC’s ridiculously popular The Walking Dead, will make a big, bloody splash for its fourth Con appearance, while Starz newcomer Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels, will make its SDCC debut. Don’t worry, the two are being held at different times, so you won’t have to worry about zombies traveling back into 18th-century Scotland.

The Walking Dead is gearing up for its highly anticipated Season 5, during which Rick Grimes and his filthy-faced gang of misfits will presumably find themselves on the wrong end of a zombie threat. (Is there a right end?) Their fate will probably come up quite a bit during the series’ panel on Friday, July 25, inside the giant Hall H. The stage will be full of cast members such as stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham). On the crew side of things, Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman will be joined by executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and showrunner Scott Gimple. And yes, make-up maestro Greg Nicotero will also be there.

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The Walking Dead Season Five Clip Is Overrun By Zombies

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While we won’t see any new episodes of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead until October, if you tuned into the network over the Independence Day weekend, you probably got your fill of walkers and indecision, as they marathoned the entire series. Those of you watching also got your first look at season five, which is currently filming, but has been under much tighter security than previous years. Don’t worry if were too busy blowing shit up and burning meat to tune in, because now we have what you’re looking for.

Be warned, there are some SPOILERS for those of you who haven’t finished season four. But honestly, if you’re that concerned, you probably should have found a way to watch those episodes in the more than three months since it wrapped up.