Voltron fans were welcomed by the ominous voice of Prince Lotor imploring all enthusiastic panel attendees to take their seats before a screening of the premiere episode of season 3 of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender at this morning's SDCC panel. The 2200 capacity Room 6BCF was filled and the episode screening was met with cheers and wild applause.

Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos revealed that Season 3 will debut on Netflix on August 4th with seven episodes to be followed in October by Season 4 with six more all-new episodes. Dos Santos also announced that AJ Locasio (Back to the Future: The Game, Marty McFly) has joined the cast as the voice of the devious new villain, Prince Lotor. A new trailer was also showcased during the panel, premiering on the DreamWorks TV YouTube channel following the panel discussion.

Season 3 picks up in the wake of Zarkon's defeat and Shiro's disappearance, as the paladins struggle to move forward with no one able to pilot the black lion or the ability to form Voltron. The team must quickly devise a plan as the ascension of Prince Lotor and his generals pulls the team into a perilous game of cat-and-mouse that tests their unity and abilities more than ever before.

The sneak peek screening was followed by an in-depth discussion of the upcoming season with executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, Bex Taylor-Klaus (voice of Pidge), Tyler Labine (voice of Hunk) and panel moderator Kyle Anderson, Associate Editor of Nerdist. Each attendee received a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive poster created by the Voltron crew as well as a copy of "The Rise of Voltron," a new chapter book from Simon & Schuster. DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender season 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix.

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Along with the panel, there will be additional activities at San Diego Comic-Con for this Voltron animated series. Tomorrow (Friday, July 21), there will be a ticketed Voltron Legendary Defender Signing from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Autograph Area in Sails Pavilion at San Diego Convention Center. The signing will be with Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Tyler Labine will take place from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday in the Autographing Area located in the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center. There will also be a Hunk's Food Goo Replication Station (Food Truck) that will be available Thursday to Saturday from 11 AM - 6 PM, Sunday from 11 AM - 5 PM at the Petco Interactive Zone. As Coran would say, "Ahoy, young paladins! I've whipped up a big batch of focusing food. After this snack, you'll be forming Voltron six times a movement and twice on the astral conflux!" Take a break from the crowds and have a cold and refreshing treat on us. DreamWorks Animation Television is bringing every paladin's (least) favorite snack to San Diego: green food goo! Take a look at the new trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender, to get ready for the August 4 premiere date.

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