The countdown is on until the second season of The Walking Dead. And by "countdown" we mean "you're going to have to wait a bit, sucker" because the sophomore run of the show doesn't start until next October. AMC premiered a new video previewing what's to come. They talk of answering questions. Questions they think should be answered. I disagree. I think they blew their load too early giving an origin for the zombie apocalypse.
Check it out below.
By the way, does anyone else find it interesting that AMC's publicity gave absolutely no love to that "zombie kill" montage that hit the web a few weeks back, but they have no problem showcasing other fan works? Is it because they're still trying to downplay the "zombie" element and highlight the drama?
Bryan Cranston, the star of AMC's Breaking Bad, spoke to NY Mag and the actor is getting various outlets excited about a possible early debut for season two of The Walking Dead.
"It was a decision from AMC that they wanted to position us [Breaking Bad] in July, along with Mad Men. And I believe they're going to put Walking Dead in July as well. I think it's just a sensible thing — they want to attract as many eyeballs as possible, away from the heavy competition of the September, November, January start."
Mind you, the actor doesn't have anything to do with the programming choices AMC makes. Also keep in mind, production isn't even in full swing yet on WD2. Scripts are not written, cameras have not even rolled yet. A July start flies in the face of previous talks that the series would return in October.
Take it with a grain of salt until something official comes in.
The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman (writer/creator) spoke with EW about the status of season two, due to air this fall.
He confirmed Frank Darabont and the writing team (which includes Kirkman) are "mapping out" what's to come, however, he can't reveal specifics.
"I know [showrunner Frank Darabont] has said we're going to see Hershel's farm. We're looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and playing with that and coming up with some cool zombie visuals. We'll see some of the locations of the first season, but we're going to mainly focus on breaking new ground. Oh, and we're going to feature a lava planet."
Oh, that Kirkman. What a sense of humor. It's good to hear Hershel's farm is playing into the story - that means more characters and more problems.
Laurie Holden, co-star of The Walking Dead, dropped some interesting news on the audience attending C2E2 today.
The actress, known on the series as "Andrea," said Stephen King is in talks to pen an episode of Walking Dead in season 2.
This really shouldn't come as any shocker as series producer Frank Darabont has had a long creative relationship with the author. Darabont adapted The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.
It was also revealed Darabont will likely not direct the first episode of season 2, however, he will helm an episode later in the year.
For the city of Atlanta, The Walking Dead is sort of a big deal. It brings business to the area, and traffic woes to local commuters. The CBS affiliate there recently ran a report on the principal photography start of season two.
They learned the next season, beginning this fall, will consist of thirteen episodes. You can see a gallery of on-set images - featuring the core cast and that RV - right here.
AMC released today a "first look" photo from season two of The Walking Dead!
Thirteen episodes are in the works and you can expect to see the season kick off this fall.
Executive Producer/Writer/Director Frank Darabont says, "At this moment, I'm standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew. Across the board, there are none better. It's great to be shooting again. I think we've embarked on a great season."
AMC has begun to roll out their usual stream of interviews - "dispatches from the set" - in anticipation of The Walking Dead season 2. I extracted some of the more interesting bits which find creator Robert Kirkman ruminating on the casting of Herschel and some of the differences between the comic book and the series.
Q: Previously, you announced that Hershel's farm would play a big factor in Season 2. What can you tell us about that?
A: Season 1 focused on Atlanta so much, and we got to see desolate Atlanta and how this stuff affects cities. And that was really cool, and a lot of cool visuals come from that. But rather than repeat ourselves we're going out into the woods. We're gonna see a lot of rural roads and open fields see how bad things are as you get away from the city centers. It's definitely different enough that Season 2 stands on its own and has its own thing. And a lot of that comes from Hershel's farm and seeing these characters. All I can say is it's gonna be great, and the casting on Season 2 is going to be as pitch-perfect as the casting on Season 1. I can't wait for everyone to meet Hershel.
Q: Any hints who will be playing him?
A: We were looking really hard at Charlie Sheen for everyone, but he can't play multiple roles. Turns out he can't even play one, so, I don't know. [Laughs]
Q: How does the fact that Shane's still alive change the story since he died so early in the comic?
A: While we're mapping out this arc and figuring out this story, we'll pull something in from the comic and then we'll go, "OK, so how does Shane existing change this? What does Shane bring to the situation? What's going on with his character at this point and how does it affect this thing that's already existed." It's really neat for me to treat The Walking Dead TV show as an alternate dimension where Shane lived, and there's all this different stuff happening because of that. Shane really throws a wrench in a lot of stuff.
Q: Are you now reluctant to kill him off?
A: Yeah absolutely. It's hard thinking about killing any character. If they're good characters, there are always more scenes to write, but this is the nature of things: There are zombies around. People gots to die. And after getting to know Jon Bernthal and see his portrayal of Shane, it's not an easy decision. He's past his expiration date by comic book standards, but Shane is by no means rotten. I think he's remaining fresh for a while. We'll see.
The highly-anticipated The Walking Dead season 2 has begun shooting and AMC was there (naturally) to film the team returning to their first day of work in the sweltering heat where the only cool spots to be found...are underneath the cars their filming around. Fun times! The highlight? Steven Yeun getting uncomfortably creepy with a corpse.