For most of this season so far the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have been able to rest up and hide out at Hershel's farm. We've already discovered that all is not as it seems in the kindly veterinarian's home, and in this sneak peek at the second half of Season 2 we see both Hershel and Shane act.
For those who haven't yet watched last night's episode, here's a !!SPOILER ALERT!! You might want to come back and watch this later.
Yeah, you don't even have to answer that. Just wow.
Now that you've seen what everyone's been talking about, here are a few season premiere reactions from the show's new boss Glen Mazzara and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.
Warning: Major Season 2 premiere spoilers ahead!
Now I was one of the ones on the fence about this show after its way too short first season, and I know a lot of fans are worried about the series being in new hands since Frank Darabont passed the showrunning torch off to Glen Mazzara.
But after seeing the 90-minute premiere (Sun., Oct. 16, 9PM ET on AMC), I can safely say that we can all stop worrying. This is non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, pulse-pounding zombie action and suspense at its best. Now they just have to keep that up for the second season's full 13-episode order ... no biggie.
I caught up with Mazzara and fellow executive producers Gayle Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert to find out more about Season 2's drama, the introduction of new characters Herschel and Maggie, Andrea's eventual evolution and giving back to the fans. Keep reading for more ...
In this new video from AMC, Kirkman gives a guided tour of the Season 2 set, exposing TV magic to the masses. From giant portable air conditioners to chilling with actors in full gory make-up, 'The Walking Dead' set is every zombie-lover's dream.
Be on the lookout for Kirkman holding his first gun ever and trying on Rick Grimes' hat. Plus, he slips a detail we've all suspected: 'The Walking Dead' will be back in October.
'The Walking Dead' started PaleyFest 2011 off with a bang (or was it a cry for "braaaaains"?) in Beverly Hills last night, as the cast and creators of the hit AMC show took to the stage of the Saban Theatre to answer -- or artfully sidestep -- many of the fans' burning questions.
The undead drama was the first of many popular shows to be honored by the Paley Center for Media at its 28th annual television festival, with upcoming events set to spotlight 'True Blood,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Supernatural,' 'Community' and 'Glee,' to name a few.
Though writer/director/producer Frank Darabont and creator Robert Kirkman were infuriatingly tight-lipped about much of what season two has in store, we were able to glean a few tasty tidbits to whet our appetites for the fresh batch of episodes (13 in total) before their October debut. Join us after the jump for more. Heavy spoilers for the comics and light spoilers for the series ahead.
In fiction, a bright light often signifies hope, or the coming of some greatness. It can also mean the end of one's life, perhaps the light at the end of that proverbial tunnel. For the survivors of the outbreak of the dead, Jenner's light at the CDC meant both of those things.
It also shined brightly upon them, asking them to question their drive and motivation. Their very will to live in such a world.
In a dramatic departure from the source material, 'The Walking Dead' did a fantastic job of setting us up for the remainder of this story by stripping these characters down to their emotional cores to see what they're made of. It's what they faced inside themselves here that will speak to how they can face the world out there.
Fear not, 'Walking Dead' fans. Reports of the writing staff's demise earlier this week may have been exaggerated.
Executive producer Robert Kirkman, upon whose comic books the zombie drama is based, has spoken out about this week's news that showrunner Frank Darabont had apparently fired the entire writing staff..
Kirkman told tvguide.com that this week's report in deadline.com was "premature," and said "It's kind of unfortunate that it's being reported that our writing staff has been fired because that's not the case. ... It makes Frank look bad. I don't think Frank wants it out there that he's just firing people off of a successful show."
According to Kirkman, what really happened was that Darabont's "go-to guy," executive producer and writer Charles "Chic" Eglee ('Dexter,' 'Dark Angel') chose to leave the series after Darabont decided to stay on for Season 2. The original deal had been that Darabont would be showrunner for Season 1 and then move on, leaving room for Eglee to take over.
It's been reported that Darabont, executive producer of AMC's hot new show, 'The Walking Dead,' has fired -- or "let go" to put it more politely -- the entire writing staff. What's more, he's apparently considering not replacing them for Season 2, instead assigning scripts to freelancers.
Is he completely crazy, or what? Only this week our own Jason Hughes called 'The Walking Dead' "the best show on television" and said he could see it getting an Emmy nomination for writing. So what's up?
"Tell me something with certainty."--Lori
We've seen a lot of different directions this show intends to go, and this week we got to see its heart on full display. It's an odd thing to say about a show featuring the undead walking the earth and people swinging pick-axes at dead bodies, but the word that first sprang to mind by the light at the end of this episode was "beautiful."
Now, more than in any episode prior, I can definitively say 'The Walking Dead' is just as cinematically flawless and powerfully acted as 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad.'
Series creator Robert Kirkman took a stab at penning an episode, and gave us a little bit of everything this show is capable of. After the epic climax of the search for Merle, I thought Kirkman was done with us. But he had another trick up his tattered sleeve for the closing moments. Now we stand with the potential of this series fully realized.
It can terrify and terrorize us. It can give us heartwarming and touching moments, as well as show us both the best and worst of what humanity is capable of. We can see bravery and heroics unmatched, with action and danger. Then we can see those small conversations, those little moments that make us human.
Oh, and all the dead people up and walking around. There's a bunch of those shambling around, though thankfully not dominating every scene.
Comic Con could be the biggest PR event that the cast and producers do this summer, but it won't be the last. Producers are hoping that by the time the show's October premiere rolls around that the whole world will know about 'The Walking Dead.'
Kirkman, who will also serve as the show's executive producer, was joined on the panel by cast members including Sarah Wayne Callies, Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden and Emma Bell and executive producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd.
The show hired some actors to play zombies to walk up and down the aisles during the panel. "I'm shaking," said Callies, who accidentally knocked her name tag off the table (perhaps so the zombies couldn't find her?).
The show announced two cast additions: Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus will play brothers Merle and Daryl Dixon.
The comic itself is pretty awesome and lends itself to television well; it's pretty much about the relationships between the survivors in a world where they can be killed or turned into zombies at any minute. Actually in the comic everybody who dies automatically becomes a zombie so if the television show follows the comic death and zombification will be much the same thing.
You know the series will be quality as well since Frank 'Shawshank Redemption' Darabont is writing and directing the pilot. I'm convinced that the fourth 'Indiana Jones' film would have been much better if they used his version of the script.
The basic cable network behind 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and the upcoming conspiracy thriller 'Rubicon' has given a six-episode order to this new one-hour drama, based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series of the same name. 'The Walking Dead' follows a group of human survivors, headed by small-town Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes, as they attempt to find a safe haven amidst a post-apocalyptic landscape overrun by zombies.
AMC has ordered a pilot for The Walking Dead based on the popular Robert Kirkman comic book series with Frank Darabont still attached to write, direct and produce it.
I can't tell how psyched I am to hear it. Not only am I excited to learn that AMC is producing and bringing this awesome comic series to life, but I'm even more excited to learn that zombies are starting to take over the deluge of suck that are vampires. If both factions got into a war, zombies could totally kick the vampires' collective asses. It's just simple science.
It's about time! Let's give the blood suckers a break and revisit some good ol' brain eaters, shall we?
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