'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'When the Dead Come Knocking'

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I was fascinated by the sequences with Mr Coleman. Generally, when people turn into zombies, both on the Walking Dead and elsewhere, it’s a source of dramatic tension. Obviously, there was some tension in the scenes but I’d never before seen a set up where someone went, “Let’s strap a dying person down and see what happens.”
Yeah, it’s taking a clinical look at this kind of stuff and that’s something the Milton character brings to the show. I think all of the fans watching the show, they really like that stuff, they like seeing the nuts-and-bolts rules play out.

We’ve seen that situation before many many times — it’s Andrea holding Amy, it’s dealing with Jim, Shane’s transformation — there are different ways that we’ve shown that. But being able to watch it in a safe environment is kind of a cool way to change it up.

Talking about Andrea and Amy, I’m assuming one of the reasons Andrea was so vehemently opposed to the idea that zombies have any kind of trace memory is because she would then have to reevaluate what happened with her sister.
Exactly. Her main reason for being so against that theory is because of her personal issues with that.

How far is Woodbury from the prison, would you say?
Well, I would say it’s maybe a few miles. There are certainly times when we seem to truncate that distance, or whatever. We’re certainly keeping it somewhat malleable. It’s not going to be a comfortable walk — but it is a possible one.

Not for the first time Daryl had the best line in the show: “I guess Lassie went home.” You really should compile Daryl Dixon’s greatest hits as a DVD extra.
I’m sure there’s going to be a Daryl Dixon quote book at some point.

Or maybe a self-help guide?
Yeah, start writing to AMC. Send in your requests now!

What was up with the guy in the shack and his “I’ll call the cops!” routine? Is one supposed to believe that he has no idea the zombie apocalypse has occurred and that there are still cops to call? Or is he just some moonshine-crazed nutjob?
That’s the reason Michonne killed him. He was clearly losing his mind and was not all there and was not only a clear danger to them in that moment but would have been dangerous to have around in the future as well. That guy had completely lost it—that’s what we were trying to convey with that dialog.

At one point Michonne compared the Governor to Jim Jones (infamous leader of the Peoples Temple cult, many of whose members died in a mass suicide in 1978.) Was he someone who was in the back of your mind when you originally came up with the character?
Yeah. I mean, cult leaders of all shapes and sizes really. It was just that idea of people who are in a situation of distress and charismatic, intelligent people who take advantage of that.

So what’s next?
We’ve got Rick and Daryl and Michonne and Oscar about to go to Woodbury and we’re going to see some pretty crazy stuff. That’s also our midseason finale so I would expect some surprises here and there. It’ll be another explosive, shocking episode of the Walking Dead!

But with a musical number?
With two musical numbers. [Laughs]

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