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The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Melissa McBride (Carol) as well as executive producers Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Robert Kirkman stopped by the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour 2012 in Los Angeles
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today
) 1/14/13 – Based on the graphic novels of the same name by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s gripping hit The Walking Dead
returns Sunday, February 10th
after taking a winter hiatus. Halfway through its third season, the show that takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world has made a name for itself in the realm of television and the internet.
Fans are anxious to discover the fate of Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, and what remains of his pack that has lost and gained members over the course of time. The mid-season finale left viewers biting their nails as gun fire sprayed through the pseudo-Utopian town of Woodbury in hopes of rescuing Maggie and Glenn from the strange town leader who calls himself The Governor, played by David Morrissey. And what will be the fate of brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon who The Governor matched against each other in one of Woodbury’s sport fighting events? Hardcore comic book fans are elated about the long awaited arrival of Tyreese and are curious as to how his story will play out.
As the pack moves from temporary safe-haven to safe-haven, we are discovering that the undead are no longer their only threat. However, when things get “too quiet” and all seems to be going well, prepare yourself for a zombie attack just around the corner! The level of gore is delightfully bloody, so you may want to skip the eating while watching. But one thing is for sure – each brawl with a zombie (or many zombies) will have you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the good guy (whether it be human or undead).
AMC continues to entertain and thrill audiences with each episode, but as former showrunner Glenn Mazzara said during the January 2012 TCA Tour, “You know…this show is about our characters and about them trying to stay alive, hold onto their humanity, find a safe place, hopefully rebuild civilization. I mean, just everything’s collapsed. So they’re under incredible duress.”
Robert Kirkman, who works closely with the show, commented about the show versus his graphic novels, “It’s an evolving process. As we get deeper and deeper into the show, I think that it’s important to note that the comic book series and the TV show exist separately…So sometimes, it will be completely different. Sometimes it will be exactly the same…”
It’s clear the level of commitment and dedication given by the cast and crew of this show contribute greatly to the final product. Filmed on location in Georgia, cast member Norman Reedus who plays archer and tracker Daryl Dixon responded to a question about the challenges of the show, “You’re out there. It’s 120 degrees. You’re sweating. You’re scratched up. There’s bugs. I don’t think we could shoot it in Burbank.”
The Walking Dead
has developed such a following that the show has been successful in crossing over into the world of the internet with special Webisodes, Ultimate Fan Games, smart phone apps, and even The Walking Dead Social Game (http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead
). Also a must watch is the live after-show Talking Dead
hosted by Chris Hardwick. Talking Dead
features a small panel of different guests each week including cast members, producers, and famous fans as they discuss the latest episode as well as develop theories and answer viewer questions. The viewer interaction with Talking Dead
is something special. Hardwick pops up on commercial breaks during The Walking Dead
with a discussion topic and a hashtag to refer to on Twitter. Fans can then take to the social media site with comments, questions, and theories that might be addressed on the after-show.
If you have yet to see AMC’s The Walking Dead
, the first two seasons are available on DVD. I think it’s safe to say our society’s fascination with zombies is here to stay.