Robert Kirkman on 'Walking Dead' season two: 'You haven't seen anything yet'

The-Walking-Dead-CastWith The Walking Dead coming out on DVD next week, the show’s writer-producer and original comic book’s creator Robert Kirkman answers some of our burning questions about the second season, the upcoming video game and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What makes the DVD a must buy for fans?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: There’s a lot of cool behind-the-scenes footage, we had a great guy on set every minute of every day to catch a lot of candid footage and it’s put into bunch of documentaries. Plus, of course, we have the six episodes.

I love that it’s coming out now instead of like some TV shows that put out the DVD right before the next season.
It always bugs me when I want to re-watch the last season of Lost but I can’t watch 22 episodes in the four days just before the new season starts. I understand that they do it for marketing reasons, but I wish they would give us more time.

Exactly. How are things going on season 2?
Great. We’re mapping out everything. We got a lot of cool ideas. Everyone here is mindful of how well received the first season was. We’re breaking our backs, story wise, to make sure the next season is twice is good, or three times as good, with a lot of twists and turns and pushing the envelop of what you can do on TV.

The first season alternated mainly between the camp site and Atlanta. What will the setting be for season 2?
I don’t know if I can go into that, but 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.

Of course, the survivors have to stop at Mustafar. How much Rick vs. Shane drama is going to play into season 2?
That’s definitely the core dynamic that’s going on, but there’s a lot of other interesting stuff in the mix. We’re going to seeing a lot of Andrea and a lot more of Laurie.

How much is Frank Darabont writing/directing?
He’s focusing on writing. He’s in writers room every day. I’m writing some episodes and he’s writing some episodes. We’re trying to figure out what we’re doing with the directing right now. The logistics and also being big part of the writers room will limit his time.

Is the great Bear McCreary staying on as composer?
Yes.

And we still have to wait until October?
Yes, that’s pretty public at this point. That’s the target.

The Walking Dead will be at Comic-Con, I assume?
Oh yeah, indeed. We’re going to have a 12-foot-tall zombie costume

I’ve played through Left 4 Dead, so what will the upcoming Walking Dead video game bring new to the genre?
Left 4 Dead
is much more focused on action. On of the key aspects of Walking Dead is it focuses on characters and the emotion, and that theme is very much alive in the game, and luckily with modern games you can actually do that.

Anything else you can tease to from about season 2?
We’ve been talking to [zombie effects master] Greg Nicotero a lot about some cool zombie stuff he has planned. As much as this show pushed the envelope of gore on TV, the joy of seeing the best zombies ever done on a TV show every week, all I can say you haven’t seen anything yet.


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  • jen

    can’t wait for season 2, so sad i have to wait until October.

    • jewels

      I agree October is way too long to wait. loved the first season..

    • Carlos

      This show never explained how the people got infected and become the walking dead.

      • Stephen

        Pretty sure they did that in the last episode with the whole brain virus thing

      • BJG

        Why do you need an explanation? Just accept the world as given to you. We’re almost 90 issues in the comic and they never explained it and no one’s complained. Heck, it’s never explained in many zombie movies either.

        Get over an explanation. Better yet, just say it’s all because of all the preservatives in the food we eat.

      • Fatima

        And they never should have even tried in the finale. Comic book is 80 something issues in and never has had to explain itself. It’s not necessary to this type of zombie story.

      • Biden

        Any explanation would be stupid anyway.

      • AntonioSaucedo

        Not interested in the causes but in the consequences

      • Trenton

        It’s not stupid…it’s human to wanna know why. A rich guy was dying paid for a clone to be made so he could harvest the organs…something went wrong…boom

      • Dave

        If the survivors aren’t able to find out (which is quite understandable), why should we find out?

      • Amy

        I agree with that, Dave. We shouldn’t – and may never – find out. But I also agree with those who wonder what the hell happened!

      • Chris

        Exposure to Justin Bieber and his music.

      • Crystal

        Trenton: So, the sequel to Parts: The Clonus Horror?

      • chris

        r u sure u watched the last episode. It tells u in that show. The main dr killed his wife. She was the first to turn.

      • Viaumeister

        Actually, all they told you was who the patient was, I think the name for the virus, and that was similar to meningitis. The never told us how it started and T-19 (the docs wife) was not the first to be infected. She was the first to allow the scientists to see how the virus worked.

        Are you sure you watched the last episode?

      • CaptainStimpy

        Not knowing “the cause” adds an extra layer of mystery & drama to the show. I rather be left wondering & using my imagination than being told what caused it. Remember, it’s better to be SHOWN the story than being TOLD the story. It’s a human drama set in the back drop of the zombie-apocalypse not about the zombie-apocalypse itself.

      • josh

        Chris ur an idiot if she was the first to turn and she got killed, how would someone else get infected… she got bit

      • Tiffany

        The comic still hasn’t really explained it either. You have to remember we are looking at the world through the eyes of these characters and they wouldn’t have a clue as to what was going on. They’re just trying to stay alive and one step ahead. There are little hints to stuff about the zombies in the comics but there is never anything conclusive.

      • hass

        Not knowing what the cause is adds to the whole air of the show. not knowing what is happening, where to go, what to do adds to the tension and suspense that cuts through the story that makes the show so enjoyable. If you knew exactly what their goal is you would lose half of the drama. remember i am legend? you knew what the end goal was so you were never constantly on edge, just when they forced you to be during the zombie scenes.

      • LOST

        It started with these midichloridians…

      • Mike

        Hey guys, stop being so nasty. It.s a valid concern to want to know the cause, Personally, I dont really need to know, I think the mystery adds to the drama…imho.

  • Steve

    Can’t wait until next week for the DVD set and October for the next season! Hopefully Season 2 previews will be included, as well as a sneak peek of Michonne!

  • elevendcc

    best new show since lost premiered.

    • Lazarus Spazarus

      No. Justified and Boardwalk Empire are better. The characters are more layered and the storytelling is significantly tighter. The Walking Dead has potential, but it’s not there yet…

      • Mike

        Agreed on all points, Lazarus.

    • adam

      Damages

  • anonymous

    I wish you had asked when the next compilation of the comics is coming out. I’ve got through #13 but need more.

    • Doubt it

      What ar eyou talking about, there are over 80 Walking Dead Comics

      • Rolo Tomasi

        He meant trade vol. 13.

    • mikeman

      it’s going to be a while buddy. each compilation is 6 individual comic books, and i think they’re on issue two of the walking dead volume 14 arc called “no way out”.

    • Channing

      Instead of the trade paperbacks, I get the hardcover volumes that contain 12 issues. With No. 6 of that set on my shelves and the series up to issue 80-something, it shouldn’t be much longer until the seventh book is released.

  • Antonio of Gilead

    This show is a real treat.

  • JL

    Lori*

  • Kim Marie

    I feel Kirkman’s Pain on the dvds coming out the same week as the new seasons…

    HEy EW.. can you do an article on that maybe they’ll start putting them out at least a month or 2 before the new seasons come out!?

  • K

    As a person who doesn’t like zombies and gets easily grossed out by TV/movie gore and who doesn’t like horror movies…I am SO EXCITED about season 2. I can’t wait. This show is fantastic, in my opinion because it’s character-driven like Lost was. I have to sit a little behind my husband and/or a pillow while watching and occasionally hide my face when particularly gross/scary stuff happens, but I love the show. Also, I giggled aloud at the Mustafar reference. Awesome.

  • tigger851

    i cant wait for it, love extra scary zombie eating ppl shows!!! i hope we find out what happened to merle, and what happened to the son and father in the first two eps…..

  • sunoverla

    based on the above cast photo…too bad only a bunch of white people and a token asian survive!

    • BJG

      Actually, not everyone in that photo survived. Take heart: the asian lived!

    • Johnification

      Don’t forget T-Dawg (actually…maybe you should forget T-Dawg), and the father and his boy. Something tells me that even though they haven’t been seen since in the comics, those two will end up back on the show.

      • Black Kristos

        You obviously haven’t been reading the comics. They came back about 20 issues ago.

  • UncleWalty

    Please give us more than 6 episodes this time around. I can’t wait for season 2.

  • Sunstreak

    I started reading the comics after the show (my boyfriend gave me the first 3 for Christmas after I complained about not being able to handle the suspense) and I’m pretty surprised by the fact that the show & the comics seem to be following a pretty different path… why isn’t Robert Kirkman commenting on that!?

    • BJG

      Because he did in the last EW interview he did. Heck, just look up Robert Kirkman and Walking Dead TV and you’ll find your answer.

  • Trenton

    Bear McCreary is the most amazing composer since John Williams. Everything he does is epic and genius. From Battlestar Galactica, to season 1 Human Target, to the Walking Dead…nothing this guy does is ever not amazing. I didn’t even realize he was the composer of this show till I read this article, and my first thought was of course it would be Bear McCreary. That opening song is about half the reason I love this show…just scares the hell out of me. I could be anywhere…I could be at Disney Land and if that song came on in my ipod i’d expect Mickey Mouse to be zombified and chasing me through the tea cups.

  • Cat

    They’re going to feature a Lava planet? Anyone have any clue how this would figure into the show?

    • johnnycagewins

      as a part of ironic, playful banter during an interview.

    • Trenton

      Sounds like either a misdirect…like a model version of a lava planet as a toy for the kids, or just a reference to ROTS

    • sash fan

      Yeah, I think that was supposed to be a joke. I didn’t get it. Anyone?

    • tom

      FACEPALM.

    • CaptainStimpy

      It was a joke. Reference to the planet in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith & the lava planet Obi-Wan & Anakin had a duel on @ the end of the movie. Bad joke at that.

    • Stark

      Idiot

  • Heather

    Is Norman Reedus still staying on for season 2?

    • Johnification

      Great question. Can we get an announcement of him becoming a series regular? Please?

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