Andrew Lincoln Confirms 'Walking Dead' Departure: Live Updates From Comic-Con 2018, Day 2

We’ve made it to day two! San Diego Comic-Con 2018 kicked off yesterday and ET’s is bringing you inside the biggest pop culture event of the year. Check in here for live updates of everything you need to know, from exciting announcements fresh out of Hall H to exclusive live interviews with your favorite stars in our very own studio (you can also watch live on YouTube!). 

Following a fun-filled Thursday, which brought us a brand new Doctor Who trailer and hilarious Predator high jinks courtesy of Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown and Keegan-Michael Key, Friday’s schedule is jam-packed. 

Events include panels for shows like The Big Bang Theory, Vikings,The Walking Deadand Star Trek: Discovery, as well as movies like Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and Venom — so expect some new trailers, teases and big surprises. 

As for the casts that will be stopping by ET’s gorgeous San Diego studio, don’t miss the casts of Star: Trek DiscoveryBumblebeeSalvation, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, The Passage, Halloween and Castle Rock. Don’t forget to check back here for all those exciting sit-downs and much more from Comic-Con day two! 

John Cena Teases More of His ‘Bumblebee’ Role — While Wearing a Transformers Helmet

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Everyone wants to know what John Cena’s role is in the upcoming Bumblebee action film, but they’ll have to wait until it hits theaters this December to find out more. Cena plays Agent Burns, an authoritative figure in Sector 7, and while chatting with ET’s Kevin Frazier on day two of Comic-Con on Friday, he — along with co-stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. –brought along a Bumblebee helmet to show off, and revealed that he had some intense action scenes.

“I have some stunts,” Cena said while wearing the Transformers helmet. “It’s in my wheelhouse. We get to do some cool stuff.”

Director Travis Knight also made a surprise appearance during the interview to give some more insight on Cena’s role, adding, “There’s a lot of action within the film, and John gets into some of that. He gets to scrap a little bit.”

Knight also added that the spinoff is “a different layer of experience for someone who’s not familiar with the other Transformers,” but fans will still get “good Easter eggs and cameos” from previous Transformers films. Meanwhile, as Cena continued to wear the helmet throughout the interview, Frazier jokingly asked if the mask was going to patch things up between him and his ex, Nikki Bella.”

“Yeah, this is the mask that is gonna win her back,” he quipped. “If that truly is the piece of the puzzle that’s been missing I have not correctly evaluated my relationship.”

–Liz Calvario

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast and Crew Dish on Sheldon and Amy’s ‘Hardcore Honeymoon!’

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The Big Bang Theory stars and producers took the stage for a panel moderated by Jerry O’Connell (aka Sheldon’s brother, George) on Friday, dishing on everything from Sheldon and Amy’s sweet nuptials in the season 11 finale, to their “hardcore honeymoon,” which kicks off the upcoming 12th season!

“Watching Mayim and Jim do the scene, we became fans in that moment,” Kunal Nayyar said of the moment he witnessed the two characters recite their vows. “It’s a testament to the show we’ve come to love that even we are fans of it. I’ll admit, I watch reruns of the Big Bang Theory. I hate watching myself. But watching that scene was like being a fan of the Big Bang Theory, watching these guys do that magic.”

“Coming back we’ll see Amy and Sheldon on their honeymoon,” added showrunner Steve Holland. “It’s going to be the hardest we’re pushing the boundaries with CBS!”

–Leena Tailor

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Andrew Lincoln Confirms ‘Walking Dead’ Departure

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During The Walking Dead’s Hall H panel on Friday, series star Andrew Lincoln confirmed the long-rumored news that the AMC zombie series’ upcoming ninth season would be his last as sheriff’s deputy-turned-apocalyptic leader Rick Grimes.

“I want to say something. There seems to be an elephant in the room at Comic-Con and many of you have questions  about whether or not this is my last year,” Lincoln told the crowd, growing emotional but promising not to cry: “I’ve done enough crying on the show.”

“This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes. Now hear me out, please, I love this show — it means everything to me. I love the people who make this show… I’m particularly fond of the people who watch the show, you people, and this has been the most extraordinary, amazing and beautiful experience of my career, made largely because of you guys and our relationship we have with you guys this room and in rooms across America and the rest of the world.”

‘Vikings’ Debuts Action-Packed Season 5B Trailer: Watch Ivar and Bjorn Head Into ‘Darkness’!

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Things are about to get a whole lot darker on Vikings. 

The History hit debuted the first trailer for season 5B to nearly 5,000 fans during their Comic-Con panel on Friday, and let’s just say, it’s worth the wait. 

Six months after we last saw Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) battle it out with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in January’s midseason finale, it’s clear he’s still hungry for blood.

The trailer shows Lagertha, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) fleeing Kattegat in their defeat, heading to England with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to seek refuge from King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) — though being back in England may lead Heahmund’s allegiances away from the Vikings. 

Back in Kattegat, meanwhile, tensions appear to rise between Ivar and the only brother he has left on his side, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø). Bjorn isn’t happy with running, and looks to take advantage of the growing wedge between his brothers to take the throne in Scandinavia. 

The sons of Ragnar go head to head in a fight the Seer warns will take them even darker, but they’re not the only ones hitting a rough patch. Towards the end of the trailer, we see Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) coming to terms with the possible failure of his journey to Iceland, as he cries out, “The Gods are not here!” 

And because it wouldn’t be Vikings without a good surprise, we’re also treated to a little glimpse of Rollo’s (Clive Standen) return. “May I ask, why are you here now, in person?” King Harald (Peter Franzén) asks. 

“Because I missed the old place,” Rollo perfectly replies. 

–Jen Drysdale

‘The Passage’s Saniyya Sidney Loves to Tease Co-Star Mark-Paul Gosselaar About ‘Saved By the Bell’

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The stars of The Passage — Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane and Henry Ian Cusick — sat down with ET’s Kevin Frazier on Friday to chat about their upcoming Fox series, based on the Justin Cronin novels of the same name, which takes place in an apocalyptic world that’s being ravaged by a vampiric epidemic.

“Its about a government experiment that goes horribly wrong,” Gosselaar explained. “It has good intentions. It wants to try to eradicate infectious diseases and make us healthier. In turn, things go wrong and things go bad really quick.”

However, in the real world, Sidney, 11, is just catching up on some of her co-stars’ other well-known roles, admitting she “loves” watching Gosselaar on Saved By the Bell.

“It’s awesome to see him as a blonde,” she said with a laugh. “It’s like seeing little Mark-Paul.”

Gosselaar noted that his young co-star has even started doing the patented Zach Morris time freezes on set, joking, “I’m very possessive of my Time Outs.”

–Meredith B. Kile

The ‘Sharknado’ Squad Is Ready to Wrap Things Up — Or Are They?

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The Sharknado franchise is officially coming to an end.

Five years after the Syfy film franchise made its debut, the sixth and final installment, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, is set to premiere on Aug. 19 on Syfy. Tara Reid, Jonathan Bennett, Cassie Scerbo, Alaska, Ian Ziering and director Anthony C. Ferrante all joined ET’s Kevin Frazier for an exclusive chat at Comic-Con on Friday, where they shared their thoughts on the epic series’ swan song.

When asked if this is “really the end,” Ziering said, “Who could say for sure?”

“The fact that this movie got made in the first place tells us that anything is possible,” he explained. “So is this the end? Looks like it.”

“This is,” added Reid. “Every good thing eventually comes to an end. So I think as of now, it will be an end, but who knows? In 10 years, it could be a reunion of another Sharknado.”

“It comes full circle,” she continued. “How they wrote it, it’s amazing.”

–Desiree Murphy

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‘Dr. Horrible’ Almost Went to Amazon?

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Joss Whedon reunited two of his stars, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, for the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Internet sensation, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, made during the Writers Guild strike of that year, bright and early in Hall H on Friday, where the trio waxed poetic about being one of the first successful scripted digital series. While there had been talk (and hope) for a sequel following the release of Dr. Horrible, there was no mention of a potential follow-up in the near future. (It would prove difficult to logistically pull off, considering how busy Whedon, Fillion and co-star Neil Patrick Harris’ schedules currently are.)

In an interesting side note, Whedon revealed that he had originally pitched Dr. Horrible to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos when they were figuring out financing and distribution, but Amazon — now in the original programming business — was “skittish” and passed. Whedon ended up self-releasing Dr. Horrible, ultimately crashing the servers on release day.

–Philiana Ng

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