Courtesy of Screen Rant comes the official cast photo for The Walking Dead’s third season. Noticeable additions are Michonne (complete with samurai sword and zombie walker pets) and the Governor. The second half of season two picked up considerably, and I’m very much looking forward to the prison, the town of Woodbury, and especially Michonne. [via Screen Rant]
Many blame the disjointed start of season two to the departure of series creator/show runner Frank Darabont, who got into a rather public feud with the executives at AMC over funding and other creative decisions.
The second season of The Walking Dead was full of drama, both on screen and off. With the bitter separation with series developer/producer/writer/director Frank Darabont and AMC, many fans side with Darabont (I was one of them). The second season was split with fans, most growing tired of the seemingly one-sided characterizations and (overly) long search for Sophia. However, the second half of the season was packed with big plot revelations and characters dying off at a steady clip.
I will admit, I was about to bail on this show after Dale bought it two weeks ago. I’ve been a huge fan of The Walking Dead since I picked up the first trade paperback in 2004. I felt that the plotting was just inching along and that the show runners were trying their hardest to “stay away” from the source material. They won me back with Rick killing Shane, only with Carl to kill him again once he turned to a zombie. The second season left our ragged troop in shambles, on the run from the remnants of Hershel’s Farm (which was overrun by a gigantic zombie horde) in search of safety.
There were three big reveals in Sunday night’s season finale, two of which are huge shout outs to fans. The first being the mysterious woman who saved Andrea from certain death. Out of nowhere there is a hooded figure with a samurai sword, with two armless, mouthless zombies fettered on chains behind her. That woman is Michonne, one of my favorite characters in the comic series. No one really saw that coming, I surely did not. Robert Kirkman announced the casting of actress Danai Gurira (Treme) as Michonne shortly after the airing of the finale.
The second big nod to fans came in the last panning shot in the closing seconds of the finale. As the camera moved away from the group, huddled over a fire the wide shot revealed somewhere safe … a prison. For those of you who are unaware of the importance of the prison, in the comic it is a crucial story arc which brings about the introduction of the villain The Governor. And for you fans out there, it was only a month ago that David Morrisey was cast as The Governor, who is a truly despicable human being. And with the third big reveal, in that Rick told the group that “everyone was infected” and he had been holding onto that secret since the end of the first season after the group’s run in with Jenner at the CDC in Atlanta.
With just these three reveals dropped on the viewing public this past Sunday, I can say now that I am fully on board for season three. Let the feverish wait commence ….
The second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead kicked off this past Sunday to huge ratings totally dominating that crucial 18-49 year old male demographic. As a long time fan of the comic, I’m very pleased to see it getting the respect it deserves as one of the great modern zombie tales.
One of the key things that creator/executive producer/awesome bearded one Robert Kirkman stated from the outset of the series was that it wouldn’t follow every plot point and character development he laid out in the comic. For the series, the comic would serve as the road map getting us to some of the key dramatic moments long time fans have yearned to see on the screen.
The 90-minute finale ended with one of those “Holy shit Kirkman I can’t believe you did that and are making me wait at least another month before the next issue” moments that fans of the comic are used to. The final scene was something that I saw coming as it is one of the critical plot development early on in the series that sets the stage for **SPOILER ALERT** Hershel’s Farm!
It was kind of like cheating on a test because some of us knew what was coming for poor Carl Grimes.
Fortunately for the viewing public, we will only have to wait another week to see what happens with Rick’s son Carl. I’m more interested in the goings on of Daryl Dixon, my favorite and most loveable crossbow wielding racist redneck.
If you happen to be attending New York Comic Con and you’re excited as I am for AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead, it will be worth your while to hang around on Sunday afternoon for their panel. To entice you, AMC has released a brand new sizzle reel introduced by creator Robert Kirkman.
The Walking Dead panel will feature producers and members of the cast and will provide attendees an exclusive preview of the first full scenes before the series premiere on October 31st.
During the 90-minute event, moderator Eric Moro of IGN.com will lead panelists in a discussion about their experience shooting the “The Walking Dead,” and the process of bringing Kirkman’s comic book to life on the small screen, among other topics. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session with attendees.
No word yet if they will have any goodies to hand out to fans, like that truly epic poster they had at SDCC done by master poster artist Drew Struzan. I would murder someone to get my hands on one of those … just saying.
After the Internet ran wild with reports that AMC’s The Walking Dead had already been picked up for a 13-episode second season. Executive Producer Frank Darabont told Ain’t It Cool News that the suits have made not such decision yet.
At this point, I don’t think there is anyone who isn’t on board for this. I’m thrilled beyond belief with the casting and visual style that Frank Darabont brought to this project. I may have been skeptical initially about Andrew Lincoln’s casting as Rick Grimes; but this trailer has me absolutely sold … he is Rick Grimes.
When I have non-nerd friends asking me about the comic, asking if they can borrow some of my trades you can be assured that AMC will have a smash hit on their hands. The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 31st at 10:00pm.
Quite frankly I couldn’t be more excited about AMC adapting The Walking Dead comic book into a live action series. Two years ago, at Baltimore Comic Con I patiently waited in line to meet the creator, Robert Kirkman and have him sign a couple of my favorite issues along with the first trade paperback. When it was my turn, I thanked Kirkman for writing just a phenomenal comic and more importantly getting me back into comics.
The story which Kirkman has given for us over 70 odd issues deals much more with the horrors that man can do, than the looming threat of the zombies themselves. The zombie apocalypse has merely the beginning for the story’s protagonist Rick Grimes. Which, is a perfect way to underscore this first production still of actor Andrew Lincoln as policeman Rick Grimes.
Now, after a thorough examination I went back to The Walking Dead Vol. 1 thinking that I’ve seen this picture before.
After combing through I found what I was looking for, when Rick ran out of gas in his cruiser. Now I’ve made a composite image out of three separate panels of the scene captured above, but from a reverse angle.
From the looks of it, Frank Darabont appears to be exceedingly faithful to the source material. I’m sure that AMC’s production blog will be unveiling juicy bits as the show moves along. Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait until October until The Walking Dead premieres.
The Walking Dead #60 *** 1/2 writer: Robert Kirkman pencils/ink: Charlie Adlard
Previously in The Walking Dead … Rick, Carl, & Abraham venture to Rick’s hometown pick up a new survivor in Morgan (remember his neighbor from Issue #1?) After a stop to the police station for supplies, they encounter an ass-load of zombies and have to make a run for it.
This is Rick, Carl, and Morgan’s first run in with what Abraham called a herd. Apparently these zombies possess a Borg-like collective consciousness which draws them together when stalking prey. Not necessarily a new concept in zombie-lore, but one that puts a little more science into Rick’s world.
Back in the encampment: Michone, Dale, Glenn, and the Mulleted Scientist are just hanging loose when Rick shows up with a couple thousand deadites on his ass. As the company hustles to put some distance between their relentless pursuers, Dale rather succinctly sums up his problems. He doesn’t want to run anymore, and Rick Grimes is responsible for all of the terrible shit that has happened to this group of survivors.
Overall, a decent issue which rightly earns its 3 1/2 stars. So far this year Kirkman has kept true to his “On Time in ’09″ promise, and that is definitely keeping interest going. As the first half of TWD has been so focused on the immediate needs of survival, we now find that the characters are seeking answers for the world in which they now live.
For those of you who have been following the plight of Rick Grimes in a post zombie-apocalypse America … this is quite a drastic change of location. Up until now, the story has taken place primarily in Georgia.
With the events as they are currently unfolding, are we going to see a new group of survivors? Or is this going to be a flashback to just as the zombie outbreak was occuring? As much as I love this book, Kirkman has been really dragging this current arc out. I need some action back in my life! There are promises of a BIG announcement at Image’s panel this week during Comic Con, perhaps this cover is just a hint of what is to come.