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[The Walking Dead] RIP Season Two

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-Season Three Starts This October!-


Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home.

Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

The first season of The Walking Dead won the Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation and was nominated for Best Actor on Television (Andrew Licoln), Best Actress on Television (Sarah Wayne Calllies), Best Guest Starring Role on Television (Steven Yeun), and Best Supporting Actress on Television (Laurie Holden). It also received a Director’s Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' — Night (Frank Darabont), a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series — Drama, and a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Outstanding New Program of the Year.

In addition, The Walking Dead recently won the Emmy award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; and was nominated for Emmys in Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.



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The sophomore season of AMC’s zombie horror-fest The Walking Dead aims to be even darker and, um, dead-er, when it returns to the cable network sometime in October. It’s hard to imagine that a series full of zombified loved ones receiving bullets or pick axes to the head could get any more intense, but that’s what the producers and cast promised Friday at the Paley Center’s tribute to the show in Los Angeles.

Executive Producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) described season two as “challenging, dark s—.” The deepening love triangle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) will be a focus, as will the characters adapting to a harsh new world. Forget the threat of zombies: They now have to contend with contaminated water, a lack of medicine, and more than a few standard explosions.

Darabont also promised that season two will start off where season one left off, noting that he wants his characters in a “reactive phase.”

Rounding out the panel Friday was Executive Producers Robert Kirkman (who wrote the graphic novel) and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, along with cast members Lincoln, Bernthal, Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Emma Bell. Kirkman and Darabont agreed that fans of the graphic novel should expect the show to deviate from the comic, as Kirkman insisted his canon ”is not law.”






The Darabont Situation
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Season One: Special Edition
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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre Ragamuffin Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
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    AMC has announced the launch of "Talking Dead," a live half-hour talk show focusing on all things zombified and apocalyptic. The program is set to make its grand debut following the encore of the October 16 premiere of the second season of "Walking Dead."


    As previously rumored, Chris Hardwick is hosting the show, providing recaps and interviews with cast and crew, as well as fans and television enthusiasts.

    “As an enormous fan of both 'The Walking Dead' comic and television show, I pretty much begged for this job,” Hardwick said in a statement. “Dissecting the moves of Rick Grimes and the remaining survivors after every episode is something I would be doing with my friends anyway, so the fact that AMC is actually paying to do so is a bonus.”

    “This half-hour after-show gives fans the opportunity to nerd out about the story in a very public forum: what they like, what they don’t like, or what questions they may have," he added. “Additionally, it will better inform viewers on making intelligent decisions when faced with the zombie apocalypse, which will probably happen sooner or later.”

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  • Big DookieBig Dookie Smells great! Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    Wait, the title says it starts on Oct. 23rd, but the blurb about "Talking Dead" says it premieres after the premiere on Oct. 16th. Which is it?

    I'm definitely trying to stay optimistic about this show, despite all the Darabont news.

  • BloodySlothBloodySloth Registered User regular
    I'm not sure if I should be excited or not. The last few episodes of the first season really dampened my enthusiasm for this show.

  • Fatboy RobertsFatboy Roberts Registered User
    Show premieres on the 16th. I'm certain of this, because I'm hosting screenings of the show again (Hollywood Theater instead of the Bagdad this time) - It'll be interesting to see how many people try to stick around for Hardwick's show. That particular piece of programming seems sunk from the jump - it's not offering what forums/twitter/messageboards aren't already offering so far as instadiscussion, and the flipside is that should an episode have serious problems, I doubt the network is going to allow for Hardwick to delve deep into those problems and highlight the errors in storytelling before the episode gets its first re-run.

    I believe Herc over at AICN said the season opener is maybe the best episode of the show he's ever seen, and definitely the most violent.

  • Cameron_TalleyCameron_Talley Registered User regular
    Really looking forward to this. Up to volume 8 of the trades of the comics.

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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre Ragamuffin Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    I updated the OP with the correct opening date...I'm not sure where I got the 23rd from.

    I also added a Webisodes link to a 20-30 minute (total) short featuring the bicycle zombie's back story.


    Edit: I am getting reports that the "Collector's Tin Edition" of the 3-disc SE of season one...has a cardboard slipcase and no tin. My DVD forums are exploding about this, not that anyone here will probably care, though.

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  • DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    Show premieres on the 16th. I'm certain of this, because I'm hosting screenings of the show again (Hollywood Theater instead of the Bagdad this time) - It'll be interesting to see how many people try to stick around for Hardwick's show. That particular piece of programming seems sunk from the jump - it's not offering what forums/twitter/messageboards aren't already offering so far as instadiscussion, and the flipside is that should an episode have serious problems, I doubt the network is going to allow for Hardwick to delve deep into those problems and highlight the errors in storytelling before the episode gets its first re-run.

    I believe Herc over at AICN said the season opener is maybe the best episode of the show he's ever seen, and definitely the most violent.

    If I could make it up to Portland, I would be there in a heartbeat. What made you guys change it from the Bagdad?

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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre Ragamuffin Registered User regular
    Get pumped!

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  • reVersereVerse Never odd or even Registered User regular
    I'm not sure if I should be excited or not. The last few episodes of the first season really dampened my enthusiasm for this show.

    Personally, the only episode I didn't enjoy was the very last one. The others were perfectly fine zombietainment.

    Now, all this talk about Darabont being fired and AMC looking to reduce the budget of the show by a lot, that makes it somewhat difficult to be excited.

  • amateurhouramateurhour Registered User regular
    reVerse wrote:
    I'm not sure if I should be excited or not. The last few episodes of the first season really dampened my enthusiasm for this show.

    Personally, the only episode I didn't enjoy was the very last one. The others were perfectly fine zombietainment.

    Now, all this talk about Darabont being fired and AMC looking to reduce the budget of the show by a lot, that makes it somewhat difficult to be excited.

    Most of that is bullshit. I write for this zombie news site and I've had the opportunity to follow the story on the major sites plus talk to some of the people behind the show at various cons.

    Darabont was hard to work with because he's brilliant, but he's a movie director. He wasn't suited to work in TV where you film in sequential order a lot of the time and it threw off his direction considerably. The show still has a massive budget, it's just stretched over more episodes this season because AMC did something different than most studios in that they gave TWD a full six episodes for season one instead of just filming and testing a pilot.

    Darabont is still on board behind the scenes and I believe he's retaining his executive producer credit or a consultant credit. Most of the show's major decisions will go to Glenn Mazzara (the special effects head and a director on some of the eps) and Gale Anne Hurd who's overseen most of the day to day activities on the show since the beginning.

    There was a lot of rumor that Darabont fired the writing staff, etc. before season two and this is also not true. Darabont was expected to hand some of the responsibility down after season one, but decided to remain onboard, and his second in command went to work on Powers for FX (a great Bendis comic book) in light of this information. He was the only writer that didn't return that wasn't a freelance writer.

    Also, for those die hard Darabont lovers that just don't want to imagine a Walking Dead without him, he was still the primary lead behind at least the entire first half of the second season if not more episodes (it's unconfirmed regarding his involvement with the back half of the season)

    Most notably though, Kirkman is still a big influence on this show, and will obviously continue to be.

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  • Big DookieBig Dookie Smells great! Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    In other news, I watched American Horror Story last night, and it definitely did not satiate my horror cravings.

    So yeah, I'm more than ready for TWD to rectify that situation.

  • zeenyzeeny Registered User regular
    I'll watch that and hope they pretend the last episode never happened.

  • valhalla130valhalla130 Od's blood Sailing a longshipRegistered User regular
    I can't wait to see this show again. I need to pick up the Special edition bluray and rewatch the first season.

  • reVersereVerse Never odd or even Registered User regular
    reVerse wrote:
    I'm not sure if I should be excited or not. The last few episodes of the first season really dampened my enthusiasm for this show.

    Personally, the only episode I didn't enjoy was the very last one. The others were perfectly fine zombietainment.

    Now, all this talk about Darabont being fired and AMC looking to reduce the budget of the show by a lot, that makes it somewhat difficult to be excited.

    Most of that is bullshit.

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    Well, that's good to hear. I was worried that some suit at AMC was going on a power trip to screw over the show for whatever dumbass reason suits go on power trips and screw over shows.

  • Ragnar DragonfyreRagnar Dragonfyre Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    SO PUMPED! Just read issue 89 last night (after it was delayed for a month). Easily the most badass issue yet!

    I got my girlfriend hooked on this show last year and bought her the first 4 hardcover collections (48 issues) for her birthday this week. It was one of those scenarios where I didn't want to end up like Homer buying Marge a bowling ball, she's never bought a comic book in her entire life... it was a risky move, but luckily for me she's really digging the comics. Conversion to geekette has begun! :winky:

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  • The Last GentThe Last Gent Registered User regular
    2 Questions.

    1) Does anyone know what time on the 16th the show will be premiering? Is it 10 PM like last season?

    2) Is the S2 premiere going to be normal-length or Doctor-Who-special-length like the S1 premiere was?

  • BuddiesBuddies Registered User regular
    Here's to hoping Season two is more like Episode 1 and 2 and a lot less like episodes 3-6.

  • TL DRTL DR Registered User regular
    Fuck.

    Yes.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    Oh crap I almost forgot this was going to be on this weekend! I haven't seen anything about season 2 beyond a trailer they showed a few months ago.

  • InvisibleInvisible Registered User regular
    jdarksun wrote:
    2 Questions.

    1) Does anyone know what time on the 16th the show will be premiering? Is it 10 PM like last season?

    2) Is the S2 premiere going to be normal-length or Doctor-Who-special-length like the S1 premiere was?
    I have it down as 9pm for some reason.

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  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Sid the SquidRegistered User regular
    Super pumped for this show coming back.

    The wait will have been worth it though.

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    You haven't given me a reason to steer clear of you!
  • Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    Don't know if everyone knows this already, but Walking Dead is now on Netflix Instant

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  • Modern ManModern Man Registered User regular
    I'm still ambivalent about this show. It's very well done, but it all seems so hopeless and depressing. A show about people just barely trying to survive, week in and week out, with no real long-term hopeful goal kind of wears you down.

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  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    Modern Man wrote:
    I'm still ambivalent about this show. It's very well done, but it all seems so hopeless and depressing. A show about people just barely trying to survive, week in and week out, with no real long-term hopeful goal kind of wears you down.

    That's why it's great. It's exactly like the comic book. :D

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    i found the last few episodes of this to be really disappointing, for a show that started out so strong

    i think it's because it went with the zombie story trope of being about the people, not the zombies, except the people are largely shallow and uninteresting, and the zombies are far more engaging.

    hopefully it will be better this season.

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  • Ragnar DragonfyreRagnar Dragonfyre Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Modern Man wrote:
    I'm still ambivalent about this show. It's very well done, but it all seems so hopeless and depressing. A show about people just barely trying to survive, week in and week out, with no real long-term hopeful goal kind of wears you down.

    Yeah, this is exactly why I like it. Zombie apocalypses aren't happy-go-lucky times.
    i found the last few episodes of this to be really disappointing, for a show that started out so strong

    i think it's because it went with the zombie story trope of being about the people, not the zombies, except the people are largely shallow and uninteresting, and the zombies are far more engaging.

    hopefully it will be better this season.

    The show/comic is not about the zombie apocalypse. The zombies are the setting. It's about people surviving and adapting. However, if that's not your cup of tea, you should bail out now. There's going to be full episodes without zombies in the future. Give it some time... I've read the entire series up to the most current issue and the characters are anything but shallow.

    All that said, there's plenty of awesome zombie slaying to come!

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  • CarpyCarpy Registered User regular
    How far into the comic did the first season go? I want to start reading it, preferably in trade form, but don't want to spoil myself for the upcoming season.

  • Fatboy RobertsFatboy Roberts Registered User
    It kinda veered sideways right around episode 3. Season 1 doesn't really match up with the comic

  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    so so excited.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    Carpy wrote:
    How far into the comic did the first season go? I want to start reading it, preferably in trade form, but don't want to spoil myself for the upcoming season.

    I don't even think it gets through the first trade.

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  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that happened in the show was not in the original source.
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    edit: spoilered for Just In Case

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  • DeMoNDeMoN Registered User regular
    I like the changes. Mainly because it would be kind of boring to watch if I knew everything that was going to happen.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    SteevL wrote:
    Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that happened in the show was not in the original source.
    Spoiler:

    edit: spoilered for Just In Case

    the main things that I didn't like were
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    Other than that I liked pretty much everything- I thought the whole bit in the last two episodes was really well done.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    T-dogg is an awful character. I hope they find some good use for him.

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  • InvisibleInvisible Registered User regular
    One of the better things about True Blood is that they barely even use the books as a basis now. It gives them an idea of something that could be introduced, but at the same time let's them explore other better, cooler storylines instead.

  • DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    I was pretty indifferent about this show by the time the 6th episode rolled around. Hopefully they tightened up their script and improved in some of the writing (the cheating wife character is so poorly developed, I almost want her to get eaten). If this is a show about the characters, they better start showing it (without telling).

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  • reVersereVerse Never odd or even Registered User regular
    I like T-Dog simply because he doesn't hide from responsibility. He screwed up, he owns up to it and then risks his life in an attempt to set it right.

  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    reVerse wrote:
    I like T-Dog simply because he doesn't hide from responsibility. He screwed up, he owns up to it and then risks his life in an attempt to set it right.

    Yeah he screwed up. What kind of adult lets other people call them T-Dog?

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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre Ragamuffin Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    To be fair, we see in the sizzle reel/season 2 trailer that
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