Walking Dead at SDCC: When Michonne is in the House OMG DANGER!

The Walking Dead is most certainly “in the house” at Comic Con.

SDCC attendees lined up in droves to take pictures with a life-size replica of Michonne and one of her lovelies. Where’s the second one you ask? Attendees got a chance to step into the dead, by placing a chain around their necks and taking a picture as one of Michonne’s pets. Most fans tucked their arms away in their shirts for the truly authentic feel. Unfortunately, nobody got to hold the fabled sword.

The Walking Dead stacks Comic Con with an overdose of talent. Stars in attendance include: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, and David Morrisey. Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer David Alpert, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero will also be in attendance for Saturday’s panel.

EDITOR’S PICK: Walking Dead Season 3 – See Michonne Get Her Slice ‘n Dice On

What’s up with this pet’s dirty checkered draws (pictured below)? If you’re going to die and come back as a zombie – before getting your arms and jaw sliced off – at least have the decency to wear fashionably clean underwear.

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Clip – Heads Will Roll When Michonne is in the House

Even if you haven’t read The Walking Dead comics, you likely took one look at Michonne in the Season 2 TWD finale and realized she was nothing less than 100% badass. What other reason could there be for someone whose weapon of choice in the zombie apocalypse is a Leonardo-style katana?

Behold the brief clip that aired during tonight’s Talking Dead episode. Michonne, who reminds me a tad of R&B artist Lauryn Hill (minus the singing), strolls in to a convenience store to get some aspirin. When this lady has a headache, there’s no telling how many zombies will get the Conan the Barbarian treatment.


The Walking Dead Season 3 doesn’t premiere until October, but the cast and producers will be on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con this week. Even better, there will be some TWD-style games at SDCC for Con-goers to keep busy with. Stay tuned for BuzzFocus’ coverage of the event, which will hopefully show off a brand new trailer for the action to come.

Becoming One of Michonne’s Pets is Part of ‘The Walking Dead’ Experience at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con is going to keep zombie fans in a frenzy, the entire weekend. The Walking Dead‘s executive producer and special effects supervisor extraordinaire, Greg Nicotero revealed on AMC’s Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick that one of the coolest booth experiences at this week’s Comic-Con will be, not surprisingly AMC’s Walking Dead booth. Find AMC’s booth when you head into the convention floor and you’ll find a lifelike recreation of Danai Gurira as the katanna-wielding Michonne with one of her “pets” chained to her. You’ll be able to place the other chain over your head and become her second pet for pictures, except you’ll be able to smile and wave to the camera unlike Michonne’s armless and jawless pets.

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For more serious fans, they can try out the Walking Dead Escape course. For $75 you can go through 35-55 minutes of an obstacle course that’s been created out of a portion of Petco Park. The concourse of the ballpark will be infested with zombies where adventurous ones will crawl, climb, hide, and slide to safety. This seriously sounds like an awesome experience. Tickets can be purchased online or in person, but supplies are limited. And if you’d rather just watch the carnage, you can view people running through the zombie gauntlet for $15. Trying to run the course will get an exclusive variant of Walking Dead #100.

• Also Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) will be participating in Entertainment Weekly’s “Powerful Women in Pop Culture” panel with Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast), Nikki Reed (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), and Anna Torv (Fringe). 4:15 – 5:15 pm Ballroom 20.

• Cryptozoic Entertainment is hosting both Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun (Glenn) at their pop-up store on 411 Market Street to see The Walking Dead Board Game, Season One Trading Cards, and the new Comic Book Trading Cards. Kirkman will meet fans and sign autographs Thursday, July 12, from noon to 1 pm Yeun on Saturday, July 14, 2 – 4 pm

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• There’s the panel and autograph session which we detailed earlier.

• And you can always purchase the Walking Dead comics at the Image-Skybound booth including issue #100, which hits comic shops this week. There will be eight variant covers total (nine if you count the one from the obstacle course), but wait there’s more variants and exclusives for the rich and undead…

The Diamond Comics booth (#2401) will have copies of the “Retailer Exclusive Edition” of issue #100 from Image Comics, as well as The Walking Dead Minimates Rick and Zombie 2-pack at booth (#2607). Over at the Image Comics/Skybound booth (#2729), The Walking Dead Michonne Bloody Poncho variant action figure, The Walking Dead 100 Vannen Watch, and the extremely limited edition of The Walking Dead hardcover Compendium which collects the first 48 issues of the comic.

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Walking Dead Brings More Zombie Overload to Consoles in New FPS

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is one of the most beloved zombie slayers in town thanks to The Walking Dead‘s first showrunner Frank Darabont and Dixon’s brilliantly reserved portrayal by Reedus. His skill with a crossbow and unique little-brother relationship to racist-redneck Merle has now earned him the coveted spot as lead character in a new TWD video game.

Although Telltale games has been releasing comic book inspired gamed, which center on strong storytelling and quicktime clips, Walking Dead has extended its license to Activision, which will be releasing a new First-Person Shooter (FPS) based on the AMC TV series.

EDITOR’S PICK: Interview – “Hi My Name is Daryl: Norman Reedus”

It’s a stealth driven game where, according to Activision: “No place is truly safe for Daryl as he makes his way through the Georgia countryside in this new, post-apocalyptic world.”

If there are two things I love, it’s slaying zombies and FPS games. Brought together by the right development team, it could be a perfect marriage. However, there are a few pitfalls to avoid.

Walking Dead FPS Planning & Pitfalls
1- Give players a meaty campaign. If you played Warner Bros Interactive’s newest zombie slayer, Lollipop Chainsaw game, you’ll note that the biggest complaint about the game was the short campaign. However, shear personality and quirky dialogue and characters won out.

2- Don’t toss in a bunch of uninspired multiplayer game types, trying to fool players into thinking that the same old game of Deathmatch and King of the Hill has been somehow reinvented because you slapped a new name on to it. Gamers would rather get on Modern Warfare 3, the upcoming Black Ops 2, and upcoming Halo 4 for their multiplayer fests.

3- Norman Reedus has to be the voice. Sorry, we the players will except no imitations. Plus, Reedus is an all around good guy so do whatever you can to ensure he’s the voice.

4- Telltale games offered us great dialogue in its digital games. Even if you have Reedus, make sure you get someone from the AMC TWD writing staff or Robert Kirkman to help with and approve the dialogue choices.

5- Cooperative multiplayer with Merle would be cool. This is a prequel after all. Although, whoever chooses to play as the unlikeable Merle has some serious issues.

6- FPS vs Third-person adventure. You went with FPS. Daryl has a crossbow. Don’t make us play the entire game with a crossbow.

7- If you’re giving us a stealth mechanic, take some lessons from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

What other suggestions do you have for the development team?

You can check out the trailer for The Walking Dead FPS on IGN. The game will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

‘The Walking Dead’ to Usher in King Heisenberg to Comic Con 2012

breaking bad poster comic conThe presence of excellent television has been on the rise at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, but this year will be the biggest and best presentation by cable network AMC. Two-year veterans of the insanity that is Comic-Con, AMC’s The Walking Dead will return once again, upgraded to fill Hall H full of zombie heads on Friday, July 13 at 1:25pm.

Talking Dead Host Chris Hardwick Moderates the hour-long Walking Dead panel and panelists include Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero, and stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Denai Guerrero, David Morrisey, Laurie Holden and Sarah Wayne Callies. Look for the panel to preview some scenes that have been shot for Season 3 and lots of talk about The Governor and Michonne, and maybe we’ll see just how many people will voice their hate towards Lori in public. Autograph sessions will be Friday, July 13 at 10:45 am at Booth #3721.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because Heisenberg and the blue crystal are coming to Comic-Con. That’s right, Breaking Bad will also appear at Comic-Con for the first time, Friday, in the smaller Ballroom 20 at 6:45pm to talk about the first part of their final season and will likely premiere or preview the season opener, which will air for the general public on AMC the following Sunday, July 15.

The hour-long Breaking Bad panel will be moderated by TV Guide’s Mike Schneider and led by Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan and be accompanied by stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, and Jonathan Banks. Autograph sessions will be Friday, July 13 at 10 am at Booth #4229.

Filling out the AMC Comic-Con lineup is filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State) who will be doing is annual marathon Q&A panel Saturday, July 14 at 10pm in Hall H and will be promoting the second season of his podcast/retail reality show, Comic Book Men.

‘The Walking Dead': First Photo of David Morrissey as the Governor Hits Web

Can’t wait for the new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Neither can we, and the first image of David Morrissey as the Governor hit the web today. TV Guide posted the image earlier Friday afternoon and even though he’s sans goatee and long locks, Morrissey looks fiercely villainous in this snapshot.

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Together with this first image of Danai Gurira as Michonne, and we’ve got one heavily anticipated season 3 of The Walking Dead. The new characters should blow the character dynamics apart this season as both are major characters in the comics and helps fill the hole left behind major losses in Season 2.

EDITOR’S PICK: Meet The Walking Dead’s Governor

We’ll remind you what showrunner Glen Mazarra had to say about casting Morrissey in the important role, one that had a marvelous run in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s Walking Dead comics.

“We had a list of actors we talked about, discussed and pursued, as who would be right for this role. And David Morrissey was someone whose work I was not really familiar with. But he came in and read and I just thought was terrific. He really had a lot of the qualities that we were looking for in the Governor. I don’t want to give away any story by saying what those qualities were but he had a take on the governor and he understood what the role was. Some actors realize they’re going to play a villain and they say, well, yes, but he’s not really so bad. David was saying, ‘This is the role of a lifetime and I’m excited to play this.’”

EDITOR’S PICK: See what else Glen Mazzara had to say about Season 3 of The Walking Dead

governor the walking dead comicsWell, what do you think of David Morrissey as The Governor? Does it bother you he’s not sporting the facial hair and long locks… yet? Or does it even matter? Personally we can’t wait to see Morrissey in action; his work is largely based in British television and theater so this will be a big debut for American audiences. If he starts out with a clean-shaven face and grows the hair over time, that would be a cool transformation shown on television, especially once audiences are acquainted with his evil. The Walking Dead was intense last season, but this season promises to be even bigger and better, especially with Michonne and the Governor in the mix.

AMC Plans ‘Walking Dead’ Marathon and Season 3 Preview Before Comic-Con

What better way to get your fix of The Walking Dead than by becoming a zombie watching a marathon of it?

AMC is dedicating the weekend of July 7 and 8th to The Walking Dead, airing all nineteen episodes that span Seasons 1 and 2. This marathon will also include the black-and-white version of the pilot that can be seen on the Season 1 DVD release.

To sweeten the deal, AMC will be heavily integrating its Talking Dead talk show, with host Chris Hardwick introducing each TWD installment from the set of Season 3 in Atlanta. Hardwick will be setting up the storyline in each as well as providing additional commentary on special moments and unique characters.

It all culminates with a live hour-long edition of Talking Dead at 10PM on Sunday, which will give viewers a hearty first look at Season 3. This will include an actual scene, video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set (can you say prison) and some in-studio guests as well.

This is all interestingly positioned the week before San Diego Comic-Con 2012, where the show will most likely have a large presence. July is clearly meant to be an oasis to give TWD fans their fix while we wait for the October Season 3 premiere.

Also hitting the web today is a photo from Season 3, featuring Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) working with a silenced pistol. That will come in handy for taking zombies (or humans?) out without alerting any roaming herds.

Hell Waits For Those Who Don’t Love A Woman With A Sword – ‘The Walking Dead’ First Look at Danai Gurira as Michonne

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To keep fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead in a frenzy during the summer, EW released this picture of Danai Gurira all decked out in her outfit for the zombie-slashing Michonne. She’s got the trademark dreadlocks and is wielding the katana blade in her hands. For readers that don’t remember seeing Michonne, she made a brief appearance in the Season 2 finale of The Walking Dead, as the mysterious hooded figure tethered to two armless zombies with their jaws cut off saving Andrea from a walker in the woods, after she was separated from the group in the fight for the farm. At the time, an actor had not been cast for the role, so they cleverly kept her shrouded in one of the most dramatic television entrances of 2011-2012. Gurira is an explosive actor with a powerful presence. If you’d like to preview her talent, go rent the movie The Visitor with Richard Jenkins and watch reruns of HBO’s Treme.

EDITOR’S PICK: The Walking Dead Showrunner, Glen Mazzara Previews Season 3 in our 2-Page Special: STACKING UP THE DEAD

You all may recall our participation in a conference call with Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara. If not, click the link above as he gives an extensive look into what’s to come as well as answer questions lingering from Season 2. In it he had this to say about Michonne:

“Michonne is one of the lead characters in the graphic novel, so we’re excited to finally introduce her. She is a loner. She’s a kick ass character. She’s very dynamic and we really see her as a very, very important addition to the cast. She’s a significant character and she’ll be carrying a lot of story, so we’re excited about her. We’re also excited about Danai Gurira who is the young actress who is going to play this role, so we’re lucky to have her and look forward to seeing what she does with it.”

“We really feel like she’s going to bring this kind of character to life that she’s going to make this character her own. Someone of her caliber will establish the character in such a way that years from now, hopefully, people cannot imagine anyone else ever playing that character. I just really think she’s going to own it in an exciting way. So I’m really happy with our casting. I think we’re lucky and these are great actors and we’re going to fuck them up and give them a lot of hard stuff to play and they’re saying bring it on, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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As you can see from the color picture above and the Charles Adlard black and white interior panel art below, how much they’ve stuck to the inspiration from the comic, with some slight modifications to Gurira’s attire.

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Whether it’s the comic or the television show, I guarantee to those who are unfamiliar with Michonne, she will quickly become one of your favorite characters and a much needed ally for Rick and the survivors, especially with the prison storyline on the horizon. I personally can’t wait for her to school Andrea layering on top of what she learned from Shane in Season 2. What are you excited to see Michonne do in Season 3? Share your thoughts below.

Robert Kirkman Develops ‘Thief of Thieves’ for AMC

thief of thievesCreator, executive producer, and writer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman is striking while the iron is hot as the television adaptation of his zombie comic of the same name is at an all-time high. The Hollywood Reporter says that Kirkman is developing a second show for AMC based on the heist comic book, Thief of Thieves he’s producing at Image Comics under his Skybound imprint. Issue #3 of Thief of Thieves is out today and is about a seasoned veteran thief, Conrad Paulson who decides to steal items already stolen to redeem himself to win back the approval of his wife and son for his addiction for illegal activity.

Producing the show is Kirkman along with David Alpert of Circle of Confusion and Chic Eglee (Dexter, The Shield), who both were a big part of launching the first season of The Walking Dead. Eglee is also still hard at work trying to push Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Oeming’s Powers through at FX, as the parties patiently await a verdict on whether or not to continue forward with pilot reshoots. Should AMC pick Thief of Thieves for series, Eglee would be the showrunner.

Kirkman oversees the comic with a rotation of creators for each arc. The first arc of Thief of Thieves is currently being written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) with art from Shawn Martinbrough (Detective Comics). The prolific writer is hoping he can bring the similar success to the heist genre that The Walking Dead did for horror television and show all the complexities of the human condition.

One has to wonder if Thief of Thieves is on a development schedule that would pair it up with The Walking Dead. This past season it was paired with Hell on Wheels and Kevin Smith’s Reality series, Comic Book Men, both failing to hold much of the several million viewers who tuned into the zombie drama. AMC may be banking on a Robert Kirkman 2-for-1 block if they decide to pick up the series.

Stacking Up The Dead: ‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara Previews Season 3 – ‘Pace Will Feel Like A Freight Train’

Are you still buzzing about the Season 2 finale of The Walking Dead? Good, because we are too. Well know that Season 3 is already in full bloom. Showrunner Glen Mazzara and his writing staff are outlining episodes 3.01 to 3.06 and they’ve pitched through episode 3.08, and once they’re approved the first eight episodes of season three will be written.

Mazzara took time out of prepping Season 3 to answer burning questions the press had about the Season 2 finale and what to look forward to in season 3. There are light spoilers ahead but nothing that would ruin the experience of next season. What follows is a compilation of two extensive conference calls with Mazzara about The Walking Dead that BuzzFocus participated in. There are TWO pages of Q&A. Many of your concerns are addressed in the following piece and if anything, should keep the flame burning brightly for Season 3.

The Governor
“We had a list of actors we talked about, discussed and pursued, as who would be right for this role. And David Morrissey was someone whose work I was not really familiar with. But he came in and read and I just thought was terrific. He really had a lot of the qualities that we were looking for in the Governor, okay. I don’t want to give away any story by saying what those qualities were but he had a take on the governor and he understood what the role was. Some actors realize they’re going to play a villain and they say, well, yes, but he’s not really so bad. David was saying, ‘This is the role of a lifetime and I’m excited to play this.’

EDITOR’S PICK: Meet The Walking Dead’s Governor

governor comic walking deadDavid and Andy Lincoln (Rick Grimes) were also friends. Andy called me and said this guy is one of the best actors in Britain right now. We’d be lucky to have him. So that was exciting, you know, to us that Andy felt so strongly in David’s talent and his craft, and then David came in and met everyone and, we all were unanimous that he was fantastic.”

“Michonne is one of the lead characters in the graphic novel, so we’re excited to finally introduce her. She is a loner. She’s a kick ass character. She’s very dynamic and we really see her as a very, very important addition to the cast. She’s a significant character and she’ll be carrying a lot of story, so we’re excited about her. We’re also excited about Danai Gurira who is the young actress who is going to play this role, so we’re lucky to have her and look forward to seeing what she does with it.

We really feel like she’s going to bring this kind of character to life that she’s going to make this character her own. Someone of her caliber will establish the character in such a way that years from now, hopefully, people cannot imagine anyone else ever playing that character. I just really think she’s going to own it in an exciting way. So I’m really happy with our casting. I think we’re lucky and these are great actors and we’re going to fuck them up and give them a lot of hard stuff to play and they’re saying bring it on, so I’m looking forward to it.

EDITOR’S PICK: Meet The Walking Dead’s Michonne

Will Michonne’s Introduction Bring More of the Feel of the Graphic Novel?
“The reason that the character’s cloaked at the end was because we had not cast the actress, okay. So that was a cheat there. We were thinking about that character during the casting process, you know, and we were just wondering, you know, how theatrical is Michonne? That’s quite a theatrical entrance and that was something that we didn’t realize at the time.

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She comes from the comic book. She feels like she stepped off those pages into the show. I think that’s exciting. That’s a challenge for us but, you know, knowing me as a writer, I think I’m going to keep it real, keep it grounded because if it doesn’t feel real I think the audience will not be able to put themselves in the immediate circumstances of the story.

I think our show is successful because people watching say, oh, I’d be dead now or I’d kill that guy or I’d shoot him in the leg and get away. I think that’s what’s fun about the show. We’re very consciously trying not to keep the show too serialized, you know, not have an overdeveloped mythology so that it’s accessible to people in the way that a good horror movie is. I find the best horror movies to be very simple and that’s something that’s important and so I think overall my entire intention of the show is to keep the show grounded, real and Michonne is going to be a great challenge.”

Dale and the Comic Beats (Warning: Spoilers about Dale follow for those who are planning on reading the comics)
“Yes, he had to go. He had to go because by getting rid of Dale, you lose the moral compass of the group and, again, we just wanted to just burn it all down by the end of the season.

As for his stories in the comics, anybody can be cannibalized on this show, so we’ve still got that in our pocket. And as far as the romance with Andrea, we just weren’t going into that territory. If we were going to go into that territory, we would have. But we just didn’t feel that that was a storyline that we were going to pursue, so we didn’t really see that as a loss.

Laurie Holden is a beautiful actress and a terrific actress and so that’s somebody that we would certainly consider having romantic interest with other characters down the road, as she did with Shane, just a small, little pop. But that was just not something that we were exploring and then abandoned. It just was never really on the table.”

Will T-Dog Get His Bone
“I’ve been surprised at this because I’ve worked on shows before that have had characters in the background and have been on a slow burn. If you look at the David Snell’s character, Ronnie in The Shield, that was a character that we brought along throughout that series and he had a very significant role at the end. I’ll admit, T-Dog has been off to the side and has been forgotten. And part of my goal as showrunner was to really address developing Rick’s character and some other stuff.

So poor T-Dog was left by the side. That’s something now that he has survived the finale we’re going to correct. I think (Irone Singleton) has done a fantastic job of establishing a character and making people interested in him with just very, very little to say. That’s a strength of the show.

I think moving forward hopefully we’ll make him a strength, and that’s a character we’re looking to develop in a significant way. So that’s a fair question and we haven’t done our work yet with T-Dog, but we’re going to roll up our sleeves and get to it.”

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The Annoyance of Lori
“I think Lori is a compelling, interesting character. I think she is realistic in a lot of ways and she’s certainly a character that people are talking about. So I don’t find her irritating.

I think it’s interesting that people are so focused on her. In Season 3, we really have to look at the Rick–Lori relationship and what it means; she put Rick and Shane in motion to try to kill each other. So that’s an interesting place to start and we’ll certainly examine that character. But I don’t know if we really need to start creating false beats to make her more likeable. That’s not part of the plan.”

Lori’s Reaction to Rick’s Explanation of What Happened With Shane
‘I think that was a very, very difficult scene. And I give a lot of credit to Sarah Wayne-Callies because she has no dialogue in that scene and this is really some terrific acting where she is listening to him and you’re going through her internal process with her. We do have great actors. That’s one take. Go back and look at that. Rick is speaking and she is listening and that’s just one take.

I actually wrote that scene. To me she did not ask for Rick to kill Shane. She just said take care of it because Shane struck an emotional cord when he said, ‘You know it’s true.’ She’s confused and this is a character that sanitizes the truth. She chooses to believe what she wants to be. She’s a control freak. That’s why she’s running around the kitchen saying we need to do this and that. Everybody thinks she’s sexist. No, that’s what she can control. You can’t control the world (that’s gone to hell).

lori grimes the walking dead sarah wayne calliesSo here, she tried to control Rick. Things got out of hand and led to a murder. We play the deaths in our show as very, very real, okay. We really feel the effects of the deaths on our characters. That’s something we put a lot of effort into and so do the actors and the directors. So when she learns that Shane was not killed by the zombie herd that he was killed by Rick’s own hand and Rick wanted to kill him, she’s horrified by the entire circumstance, she’s horrified by her own role in that as a catalyst, her own culpability and she is, I believe, dealing with thoughts of guilt and self-hatred.

She projects those onto her husband because who could possibly accept the idea that ‘I made my husband kill my former lover?’ That’s a horrible thought. So she’s going to push that out of her mind and just as she’s trying to do that, bam, oh, and your son’s involved. So she’s got a lot going on in that scene and she is appropriately fucked up.

Keeping Track of Carl
That’s a funny question. Here’s my rationale for this, okay. I have three sons, okay, young sons. And, you know, a lot of times I’m trying to kick them out of the house. Go do something else. Stop playing video games or whatever, you know. Before Carl is walking through the woods and he finds the zombie in the mud, he comes out of the house he’s just kicking up dirt outside the barn. He’s actually picking up shell casings, the same casings used for the (barnmaggedon) slaughter. So he’s kicking around in the dirt. He’s bored. He’s a kid. He’s going to be precocious. He’s going to be mischievous. And he’s trying to establish himself in this world. He’s trying to find his way.

There have been scenes where he’s sitting under a tree, he’s whittling and the kid is obviously bored and trying to find out what else is going on in this camp. I don’t know if it’s plausible that he would always be within, you know, in her eye line or wouldn’t he, like most boys, try to give mom the slip and go out there and get in trouble?

That feels plausible to me. If it means that she’s a horrible parent, or Rick’s a horrible parent, well, it feels real to me. I hear that criticism but it kind of feels like it’s not really thinking it through to the way we are. It makes sense to us and if people don’t like it, well, then we’ll have Lori lock him in a cell when we get to the prison and won’t have any story for that character. I don’t know what else to do. We’re trying to tell interesting stories here.

If Lori doesn’t watch him, everyone’s saying she’s a horrible parent. If she has somebody else to watch him, she’s a horrible parent. And so then I don’t know. Is everyone going to really watch a thousand scenes of Lori staring at Carl?

Does Carl’s Descent Mean a More Featured Role in Season 3
“We do have a strong story for Carl in season 3 and showing how he’s grown up in this world. Him and the rest of the group. I think Chandler’s done a fantastic job that we’re excited to write this character.”

What To Do With Carol?
“Well, that’s been an interesting character because I think the trap with the Carol character is just to make her the grieving mom and she could fit into a very, very common character type, okay. I’ve seen that character on TV a lot.

That’s why we even wrote the scene in which she’s saying, you know, I lost my child. I’m not losing my mind. She’s a woman who’s trying to define herself in this world. She really has no skills to contribute as of yet. So let’s dig in. We have a terrific actress. Let’s go along on that character’s journey as she tries to establish herself.

There’s a lot of very, very compelling material in the comic book, some of which we’ll use, some of which we won’t. And I think that whatever we throw at Melissa, she’ll be more than capable to deliver it. So I’m exciting about writing that character.”

Address the Beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse
“That story has been told in many zombie stories and outbreak movies. Even in the Planet of the Apes. Maybe we got back and do a stand-alone movie or a webisode but it’s not something that interests me or in the writers room. I’m not particularly interested in using flashbacks and filling in bits of people’s histories. I’m not interested in that because I want to propel the story forward. There’s a lot of adrenaline involved in the story. That’s just my natural inclination as a storyteller. I don’t want to go back I want to keep people guessing, confused on the edge of their seats so they don’t know what’s next. They don’t know all the information, that’s exciting. That’s the kind of show I’m interested in telling. That’s the kind of show I want to watch. So to go back and tell people how the outbreak started, who gives a shit? The outbreak started and everybody is screwed and now we’re running from these zombies. I love that! That’s my personal take as a storyteller. I just want to push it forward and have people frightened.

I like our characters being in the dark. We’ve been pretty faithful to Robert’s comic book. The survivors on the ground don’t have that information. They’re just trying to live in this post apocalyptic world. One of the rules of The Walking Dead is that we don’t really know what’s going on and how they are going to survive. It’s more exciting when they don’t know what’s going on and whether they’ll be safe again.

‘How long will The Prison storyline run for?”
“Right now I do see that prison as a significant storyline for Seasons 3 and (maybe into) Season 4. I do think that’s a major story line. I know we were on the farm for longer than perhaps people wanted. There were reasons for that.

I think the farm played a little claustrophobic for people. We want to make sure the prison does not become claustrophobic too. The entire landscape has fallen to the zombie apocalypse and zombies are literally at the gate of the prison — if you see the graphic novel, that prison is really a very, very small, safe corner and there’s a lot of danger around. So it won’t feel like we are bottled up in the same way that we were on the farm in Season 2, let’s say.

So I do think that prison is a significant storyline. But we’re interested also in opening up the world. You know, the Governor has a story in Woodbury. There are other factors out there in the world, other groups. So I think that Rick’s group is really stumbling into a much larger world.”

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