What is the status of The Walking Dead Universe panel at SDCC 2023?

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 23 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 23 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

San Diego Comic-Con International (July 20-23) is less than a week away, and we’re anxiously waiting for what’s to come for those lucky convention goers. Unfortunately, plans might change for several panels, including The Walking Dead Universe.

Why? SAG-AFTRA, which represents the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has officially gone on strike.

For those who may have forgotten, the Writer’s Strike (WGA), has been on strike since May with no end in sight. Fed up with how long the process is taking, not to mention how outright and unfairly writers in the business are treated, SAG-AFTRA decided to take matters into their own hands.

While this is all good news, it may pose bad news for panels at the upcoming convention. In regard to The Walking Dead specifically, it was previously noted that The Walking Dead Universe panel would take place on Friday, July 21 in the classic Hall H at 1:00PM.

What could have been discussed at The Walking Dead Universe panel?

No further details were mentioned as to who was going to attend or what TWDU news would be discussed. What we were hoping for were major announcements such as the possible renewal of The Walking Dead: Dead City, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon season 2 (which has unofficially been filming for some time), teasers for the Rick and Michonne spinoff, and news about more TWDU projects.

But if the strike continues during the convention, all of this information will assumably off the table for discussion. Not to mention several actors themselves might not even be present.

Below we shared a tweet detailing what members of the SAG-AFTRA are not allowed to do, which includes interviews, conventions, and panels. If this be the case, the possible annoucements we mentioned above will have to wait.

While this is going to be upsetting for many who look forward to panels the most at any convention, this could add more pressure on major studios to listen and actually work with the WGA and now SAG-AFTRA.

During the strike, SAG-AFTRA members cannot do the following 🧵

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