There were certainly some big movies being promoted at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but the glitz of the big screen seemed no match for the momentum of the small screen. Television has gained a huge foothold at the annual event.
‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ panels got star treatment in the main presentation area, Hall H. "Fringe" and "Doctor Who" also held panels on the biggest stage at Comic-Con.
Two of the most eye-catching "wrapped" buildings near the convention center this year featured ads for "Revolution," NBC's much-hyped fall offering, and the upcoming Syfy TV series/video game "Defiance."
Sunday's final panel for "Fringe," which enters its last season on Fox in the fall, was a memorable event: Producers of the series put together a montage to thank fans for their efforts in keeping the show on the air.
Cast members Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick struggled not to tear up as they recalled their most memorable scenes.
"The thing that holds 'Fringe' together is the power of love," star John Noble summed up.
There were plenty of laughs on the panel too, with a few accidental double entendres, Nicole's remarks about "Fringe" fanfiction ("You guys are scandalous"), and a trio of women who asked about the possibility of female Observers, while portraying spot-on impressions of the iconic "Fringe" villains.
Fans shared their love for the show. “It does things sci-fi hasn’t ever really done," said panel attendee Valerie Ettenhoffer.
"Anything is possible, you can’t predict what happens next," said Emmanuelle Works of Tempe, Arizona. "You get a different show in each dimension."
"It’s a triumph to be able to wind up the story," Noble told CNN Geek Out. "To be able to know that this is definitely it, finish this story off and it’s a great gift as far as I’m concerned."
Among the other big TV attractions at the Con, "The Big Bang Theory" announced it will literally send a fan to space; "The Walking Dead" introduced new cast members Danai Gurira and David Morrissey; "Community" promised more "Inspector Spacetime"; and "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin once again served as the master of ceremonies for his show's panel, which revealed some new cast members, and a March 31 premiere date.
“[The show is] nothing I ever could have anticipated," Martin told CNN Geek Out. "It’s been a wild ride, hopefully not Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride."
Even so, "while all this success has been great, it means I can’t walk the floor of Comic-Con. I’d like to see what the cool new games are and what the toys are they’re promoting this year. Or look for that old issue of ‘Classics Illustrated’ I’m missing from my collection."
But for Whovians, Hall H saved the best for last, with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill's final "Doctor Who" panel Sunday.
"I didn't stop crying for two weeks," said Gillan about her final scenes on the show.
"Fringe" was not the last emotional panel of Comic-Con by any stretch. Darvill was weeping after an emotional scene from the show featuring himself and Gillan was shown.
“This show will continue to go on long after me, and continue to be bloody brilliant," current "Doctor" Matt Smith told CNN Geek Out. "It will get great writers, great actors and the stories you can tell are infinite."
But Smith had to take a moment to thank the people who made it all possible. "The ‘Who’ fans seem to shout the loudest. It’s incredible.”