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"The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" Are Even More Popular Than You Think

Tim Beyers
July 20, 2013

Among all the San Diego Comic-Con rituals, none is so common or frustrating as waiting. Arriving at the show early Friday bought me a spot in line about eight hours away from entering Hall H and the high-interest panels for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

Lines and waiting, two Comic-Con traditions. Photo credit: Tim Beyers.

I didn't stay, and as I'll relay in a different article, that turned out to be a wonderful choice. Comic-Con offers such a bounty of opportunities to see and discuss great content that it's tough to be disappointed with the experience.

Take the Nickelodeon panel. Fans behind me in line for Ballroom 20 couldn't have cared less about a later panel for Walt Disney's forthcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which I was there to see. Rather, they were there to scream and shout for Avatar: The Legend of Korra, an animated series whose second season kicks off in September. Book One: Air drew 4.3 million viewers per episode, a huge win for an animated show and Nick parent Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB).

Meanwhile, over at Hall H, the teeming masses willing to pay to wait hours for just a chance to see The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, among oth