'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's shock-filled episode

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I could watch zombies get killed all day but, as someone who used to have to squeamishly watch E.R. through my fingers, I found the caesarean sequence almost impossible to sit through.
Yeah. Look, even though I work on this show and even though I see this stuff in various forms as it goes through, that stuff is hard for even me to watch. That was definitely a moment where I’m sitting in the editing room going, “Really? Really, they’re letting us do this? Okay!”

I also couldn’t help notice “they” also let you use the phrase “rug-muncher.”
[Laughs] Well, we’re doing our due diligence to get around the censors as best we can.

How is all of this mayhem going to affect Rick? It’s fair to say that guy was not the life and soul of the party in the first place.
Right. Coming out of this, I think there’s some really interesting things coming up for Rick. You saw him in sheer agony at the end of this episode. This is something that’s going to affect him for a good long while. I like to say that this is absolutely the worst thing that could possibly happen to him on the eve of what looks like a coming conflict [with] the Governor and Woodbury. So I think he’s in the absolute worst head space he could be for the things that are coming up.

I know you have these farewell dinners for actors whose characters get killed on the show. Did you have a joint one for Sarah Wayne Callies and IronE Singleton?
Yeah. They both got robbed and they had to share a dinner, which is kind of unfortunate. But it may not be the last time that happens!

My favorite line in the show came from Daryl when he said of the two prisoners “They’re degenerates, but they ain’t psychos!” Which leads me to believe Daryl has some sort of graph charting the different levels of maniacs.
[Laughs] I think we’ll have to do that on the AMC website: Daryl Dixon’s Varying Degrees of Maniacs.

I have to quibble with you about something Rick said early in the show. I would have thought “walker-rotted soil” might actually be good for growing vegetables.
Theoretically. I don’t know, though. It might get into the water table and then there’d be some ramifications from having that zombie gook hitting the water supply. I don’t really know how this all works. We’re going to get some farming experts in here very soon!

And now to the really serious stuff. David Morrissey’s got to be a golfer, right? Boy’s got a hell of a swing.
Yes. Yes. I think he did a lot of golfing over there in the U.K. and has been adamantly saying, “Hey, can I do some golfing in the show, so I could show off my form?” We try to keep the actors happy so that’s why we worked that scene in for him.

There was mention of the Governor’s daughter. I’m looking forward to meeting that cute little tyke!
[Uproarious laughter — which will be appreciated by readers of the comic book] I don’t want to reveal too much. But I will say that the opening scene of episode 5 is, uh…It’s going to be a pretty memorable one. So be on the look out for that.

How did you celebrate Halloween?
I went trick-or-treating with my kids. It was a lot of fun. We had some friends over and I got to run around with a bunch of kids in costume from house to house making sure they didn’t get abducted or anything.

Did you dress up?
No — because I am an old man and I’m no fun at all.

Finally, I’m not trying to put words into your mouth, but Rick is Obama and the Governor is Romney, right?
Holy smokes! Don’t box me in like this! Sure…

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