'The Walking Dead' scoop: Expect a gorier season 2!

The-Walking-Dead-Cast_320.jpg Image Credit: AMC 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.”  He said they’ll be “testing the possibilities” of the violent Merle (Michael Rooker), whom some fans suspect may be the Governor, a twisted and iconic character from the comic.

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.”

Filming is expected to begin in May.

Just over 6 million people tuned in for the Dec. 5 season finale of Dead, making it the most-watched episode of the season. (An additional 2.1 million viewers took in the show during its 11 p.m and 1 a.m. encore airings.) With an average of 3.5 million viewers over its six-episode season aged 18 to 49, the zombie series is now the most watched drama series in basic cable history in the ad-favored demo.

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  • Ash

    Yesss! I love this show! What I love most about it is that it’s not just about the zombies; it’s about STORY and the CHARACTERS.

    AMC knows how to make hit shows.

    • DTO

      With only six episodes, though, I thought both story and character were underserved after that amazing pilot. Give us 13 episodes a season.

      • Lazarus Spazarus

        Totally agree!

      • Mike

        ummm, where have you guys been? The show was renewed for a 13 episode 2nd season AS season 1 was airing.

      • Clark

        …and the 13 episodes start on Halloween, so we can expect a “Very Merry Zombie Santa Christmas” special ep!

  • The Dude

    October can’t come soon enough.

  • john

    How about a season that evolves past teenage histrionics? IMO, a soap opera whose premise is masked by gore. That said, their piling on more gore doesn’t make me too enthusiastic about its continuing plot, which will likely continue to pick and choose around the endearing aspects of the comic book.

    • Kyle

      K, have fun not watching then!

      • Mike

        LOL ! yes!

    • Stark

      Huh?

    • Flip

      Got a problem with soap operas? Because they are legitimate forms of entertainment.

      • Steph

        I have a problem with soaps in that they are stupid. TWD is way better than that if only because of the acting. The first six episodes were uneven, but overall I really enjoyed them.

  • Green

    Was this really that much of a scoop?

  • DTO

    I enjoy the show, but it’s a bit uneven. The pilot was absolutely great, but later episodes seemed to flip-flop back and forth between good and embarassing and there were pacing problems with episodes developing too quickly and later too slowly and vice versa. The season finale also did not pack as much punch as it should have, IMO. I blame a lot of the problems on the fact that the first season only had six episodes, which makes it hard for a TV show, not a miniseries, to develop both dimensional characters and an overarching plot with such a short time. I hope they have a longer season next year so that they can have better plot and character development. I love zombies, but you need people to care about and root for as well. It’s got a lot of potential to be the next LOST, though, so I’m hopeful.

    • Betsy

      I agree with this comment. I thought the first episode was WONDERFUL and recommended the show to everyone. Then I was a little embarrassed about that after it turned into kind of a stupid silly show with gratuitous gore. I hope it gets better in the second season.

  • BobS

    Why would a cable program be concerned with th 18 to 49 demographic. That is normally the goal of networks who have commerials and feel that 18/49 purchase more. Cable doesn’t sell soap so why should they even care?

    • Lazarus Spazarus

      Advertiser’s care. A lot. Because 18-49 yr olds buy the most stuff.

      • Cee

        See.. that’s what I don’t understand. My 30-something kids don’t have a dime to spare… and I’m 60 and can buy whatever I want… whenever I want. And yet.. advertisers could care less about me.

      • ries

        cee, then tell them to stop showing those creepy sex drug ads.

      • Menchy

        Cee: It’s based on like market research or something. I think the thought is that 50+ year olds are more set in their buying habits while younger people can be more influenced to buy something that they normally wouldn’t.

    • Flip

      AMC airs commercials.

  • CMoreno

    Excuse me, but didn’t the Emma Bell character get zombified and put down in episode five? Don’t get me wrong I loved her character even with what little development Amy received but if they resort to constant flashbacks to bring back old characters, it’s going to get confusing.

  • Sabrina

    I love walking dead.For years I always wonder why wasn’t there a zombie show and when I heard about walking dead I was excited I looked at every episodes and enjoy the whole short but good season now to hear that it is going to be more gore I can’t wait

  • trololo

    did you mean ‘expect a duller season 2’?

  • maiv

    I hope they keep Meryl’s brother! (forgot his name….) Is it true that he’s not even a regular yet?

    • usualsupect

      It’s Darrell, which should come as no surprise considering all redneck, hillbilly types are named Darrell…usually their 2 brother’s as well…you know the ones married to their sisters?

  • Laurel

    Hurry up Halloween !
    I can’t wait for Season 2 to start.

  • tracy bluth

    Love the show, but they need to get rid of Shane ASAP. He died in the comics, can’t they please kill him off in the show?

    • tipsy

      Thank you! I so hate his character. Love Glen, Rick and my absolute fave the cross-bow redneck Daryl. Neutral on female characters for none impresses but new addition to Season 2 is going to change that.

  • Joyce

    Love this show! Can’t wait for the season 1 DVD and for season 2 to start!!!

  • Matt

    This show was disappointing. It wouldn’t take much to elevate it from Kirkman’s writing, but man, that last episode was hilarious.

  • Matt

    October?!

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