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AMC has its Lead Zombie-Killer for 'The Walking Dead'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 7th 2010 12:02PM

The Walking DeadAndrew Lincoln has been cast as the lead in the upcoming AMC series 'The Walking Dead' based on the comic book of the same name. The series will be executive-produced by Frank Darabont, who is also writing and directing the pilot.

I've never seen any of Lincoln's previous work but I have read the comic. Lincoln seems a good casting choice although truthfully the part is somewhat generic and there are probably many lead actors who might have done the role just as well. Upon reading the comic, one actor that came to mind for the main character of Rick Grimes was Scott Bakula, but he's probably a little too old for that character now.

Jon Bernthal has been cast as Rick's partner in the police force, but he's likely only going to be seen in flashback as he's never really seen over the course of the comic. In fact, he's likely zombie food by the middle of the first issue. This is assuming the television series follows the same general story as the comic, which is no guarantee. See 'True Blood' for an example of this.

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Glenn

George McBain is right - Shane was a pretty important character in the comic, with traces of him leading all the way up to the prison in the comic, as readers will know what I mean there. Not trying to give any spoilers away, btw.

April 07 2010 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George McBain

"Jon Bernthal has been cast as Rick's partner in the police force, but he's likely only going to be seen in flashback as he's never really seen over the course of the comic. In fact, he's likely zombie food by the middle of the first issue. This is assuming the television series follows the same general story as the comic, which is no guarantee. See 'True Blood' for an example of this."

Actually, Rick's partner Shane was an important character through the six issues and then factored in emotionally thereafter, so I can see him popping up more then in the comics. If nothing else, the Shane character in the comic will most likely be in most, if not all, of the first season

April 07 2010 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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