Michonne showed up last season on The Walking Dead slicing and dicing with her big katana sword. She was a force of nature, but one with a wall built up around her. Emotions were few and far between. But this season we have been introduced to Michonne 2.0. Instead of merely glaring and brooding, Michonne has actually made connections to people in her community — connections which have led to the most shocking development of all of season 4: Michonne smiling! READ FULL STORY
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Could this be the best season of The Walking Dead? Not just in terms of the numbers, but creatively?
First here are the latest ratings: Sunday night’s The Walking Dead viewership was down from last week’s premiere. Yet it was still easily the biggest audience the AMC zombie drama has ever delivered before this fall. The Walking Dead had 13.9 million viewers and and a 7.1 rating in the adult demo, slipping 14 percent from last Sunday’s record setter. That’s a typical second-week percentage drop, and The Walking Dead also faced a massive telecast of Sunday Night Football (the NFL’s biggest overnight October deliver since 1998). So I suspect DVR will recover a lot of that ground.
Now, here’s my take on season 4’s first couple weeks: READ FULL STORY
Things seemed so peachy keen for Glenn and Maggie when season 4 of The Walking Dead began. They were engaged and having a grand ol’ time sleeping in the watch tower. But now there’s a killer virus going around. Glenn has been exposed to people that are sick and Maggie has not. So how exactly is the farmer’s daughter supposed to help while also keeping her safe distance? READ FULL STORY
The season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead featured one of the most epic action scenes in the show’s history, with the survivors encountering death from above as a supermarket roof caved in, sending zombies — and a helicopter — down upon our unlucky survivors. “It seemed like that episode was too big to get,” said Norman Reedus when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios to chat about all things Walking Dead. “We went large with the first one.” But if you thought that was intense, Reedus says to just wait. “This season is crazy,” says the man who plays Daryl Dixon. “It’s by far our best season, and the writing is just phenomenal.”
Now you can hear the entire interview with Reedus right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Listen in as Norman talks about the evolution of Daryl Dixon, and why he now in season 4 has turned into “a reluctant leader.” There’s also plenty of chatter about Norman’s relationship with his costars and fans. Find out why Norman “started licking people on set,” and how Andrew Lincoln is “like my BFF.” Norman also gives his side of the story as to his hotel pranking of the man who plays Rick Grimes, and explains why everyone keeps coming up to him and requesting he give them the finger. It’s an in-depth interview with the fan favorite. READ FULL STORY
As Andrew Lincoln warned us the other day, some stuff is certainly about to hit the fan on The Walking Dead. People (as in Carl’s buddy Patrick) are dying. Pigs (as in Rick’s farm animals) are dying. And crazy women are walking around in the woods attempting to find meals for their zombie head husbands. So much for there being 30 days without an incident. READ FULL STORY
'Walking Dead': Andrew Lincoln warns 'something terrible happens that divides the group irrevocably'
As if being lured by a crazy woman in the woods to be a meal for her zombified husband in the premiere wasn’t bad enough, Andrew Lincoln warned that things are about to turn a lot more ghastly on The Walking Dead. Lincoln stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studios (SiriusXM, channel 105) to discuss the premiere episode of the AMC drama, and he teased that the new illness that has infected both Rick’s pig and Carl’s friend Patrick has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“I love this story arc,” said Lincoln. “You wait and see where it heads. It puts far more pressure on the group, and something terrible happens within this story arc that divides the group irrevocably.” Uh-oh. (Maybe if Daryl Dixon would stop licking his fingers and then shaking people’s hands they could at least slow down the spreading of germs. Where’s the Purell?!?) READ FULL STORY
The big news out of the The Walking Dead panel at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con was the announcement of three new cast members: Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, and Southland actor Michael Cudlitz, who will play Sgt. Abraham Ford. The latter character is a favorite among fans of the Walking Dead comic, which is written by Robert Kirkman, one of the TV show’s executive producers. So why did he and his fellow zombie overlords think Cudlitz was right for the role of the hyper-capable military man?
Another The Walking Dead premiere.
Another all-time record.
Sunday’s zombie drama return delivered a huge 16.1 million viewers and an even-more-stunning 8.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 30 percent in the demo from the show’s previous high (the season 3 finale).
The Walking Dead also once again has crushed the broadcast networks: This is the largest telecast of the fall in the adult demo, beating all entertainment shows. In fact, if you combine all the broadcast dramas that aired Sunday night — Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Betrayal, The Good Wife and The Mentalist — they still don’t match The Walking Dead‘s demo rating. READ FULL STORY
Watching the season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, it was easy to imagine you had fallen into a Rick Grimes-esque coma and missed a few shows. When did Andrew Lincoln’s much-tortured cop become so handy with a hoe? When was David Morrissey‘s depth perception-challenged maniac The Governor going to make an appearance? And, perhaps most bewilderingly, when did it become okay for Carol to call Daryl “Pookie”?
'The Walking Dead': See Greg Nicotero's storyboards for the epic supermarket zombie scene -- EXCLUSIVE
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.] READ FULL STORY
The Project: The Walking Dead
Panel: Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Steve Yuen, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Norman Reedus (armed with stuffed squirrels to throw to the audience), Gale Anne Hurd, and Dave Alpert
Footage screened: Producer Hurd introduced two never-before-seen clips from the fourth season — one at the start of the panel and one at the end. SPOILER ALERT! The first scene features Daryl (Reedus), Michonne (Gurira), and a new young male character armed but relaxing by an abandoned store in a former mall plaza. The newbie compliments Daryl, who is now part of the new council, and theorizes about Daryl’s former occupation prior to the Zombipocalypse. He guesses homicide cop, which amuses Michonne and Daryl — a rare moment of these two intense characters allowing themselves to laugh. The group is then met by Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Tyreese (Coleman), and newcomer Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) as they enter a store to take out the few remaining Walkers inside. But little do they know, the roof of the store is infested with Walkers spreading out from a crashed military helicopter.
The second sneak peek also stars Daryl and Michonne, this time in a car accompanied by Bob and Tyreese. As Daryl asks Michonne to put in a CD, they hear a faint voice coming from the radio. Daryl attempts to adjust the frequency to get a clearer signal but while doing so, almost hits a Walker in the road. Swerving away, Daryl dodges a scattering of Walkers that then turn into a herd. Before the crew can get rid of the infestation, they are surrounded by Walkers. This is no herd of ordinary Walkers — it’s the edge of a Walker army; hundreds are heading in their direction. Daryl quickly puts the car in reverse but a wheel gets stuck in a pile of fallen Walkers. Blood spatters and bones crush as the wheel cuts through the Walkers.
Snap judgment: The overwhelming fear of the Walkers is back — and it is good. After a third season featuring more human-on-human conflicts than human-on-undead confrontations, this season is a welcome return to the zombie portion of the Zombie Apocalypse.
Big revelations: Michael Cudlitz is “motherf—ing Abraham!” The Southland actor stormed up to the audience mic disguised as an angry fan, demanding showrunner Gimple include Sgt. Abraham Ford on the series. He then revealed his identity, in fully bearded and muscle-toned character. The producers also confirmed the casting of Christian Serratos (Twilight) as Rosita Espinosa and announced actor/comedian Josh McDermitt as Eugene, who, according to Nicotero, is sure to be “fully mulleted.”
Lincoln also teased a big moment for Rick’s son Carl (Chandler Riggs). “Chandler is going to kick ass. Wait for episode 9. There’s a spoiler. I don’t care. I’ve just said it,” said Lincoln. He later added that he was “so disturbed” and “shell-shocked” after reading the script for an episode later this season. “I was trying to call everybody because I needed to speak to a human voice. We are going to get in so much trouble in this episode,” he said.
Latest Carol/Daryl and Richonne romance news: Moderator, Walking Dead super-fan, and Community co-star Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she is an unabashed Carol/Daryl shipper and is also excited by a possible Rick-Michonne romance. “You do know, Sarah Wayne Callies [who played Rick's wife Lori] will kick my ass if it happened in season four. Maybe after a couple more seasons,” said Lincoln. Reedus kept coy, quipping, “I’m practicing behind the scenes if you know what I’m talking about.”
Most incisive audience question: At first, one young male fan incurred boos from the panel after mentioning some fans’ dislike of Lori and Andrea. But he brought his question back around, asking about Carol’s development into a strong, female lead character. Gimble gave an insight into what we can expect from Carol. He said, “This season, we’ve seen her in the trailers teaching kids about knives. She had a daughter that died, and there’s a lot of kids in this prison now. She’s making sure that she herself is not a victim. She’s also making sure the kids aren’t victims.”
The fourth season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
The Walking Dead returned on Sunday. And not only is it the first episode of season 4, but it will also mark the first episode of the Scott M. Gimple era. Gimple, a writer on the past two seasons of the AMC drama, replaces Glen Mazzara as showrunner. Mazzara, of course, himself replaced original showrunner Frank Darbaont. So there has been quite a bit of replacing going on. It’s kind of like a semi-famous Minneapolis punk band or a goofy Keanu Reeves movie.
So what will the new season feel like under Gimple? Well, star Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, has a word you might not expect to describe it. “This season is very beautiful,” said Yeun when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this week. Come again? Beautiful? Yep. Yeun went on to tell Jenna Morasca and me how the emphasis on character development and story will lead to some truly touching moments. Of course, those moments are just designed to crush us that much more when horrible things start happening to the characters we love the most. I know, diabolical.
Yeun also talked about the evolution of Glenn (“He’s seen the horrors of this world more than anybody else”), losing so many of his castmates in last season’s bloodbath, and why “we’ve all been Obamaed.” What does he mean by that? Well, you can listen to the whole thing now on the InsideTV Podcast and find out. Just click on the audio player icon below as Yeun previews what to expect in tonight’s big season premiere. READ FULL STORY
It’s the question Norman Reedus gets asked more than any other: When is The Walking Dead‘s Daryl Dixon going to fall in love? Or at least get a little action? Most of the romantic talk surrounding Daryl also involves Carol, and not just because their names are so gosh darn similar. Both are somewhat damaged characters who have leaned on each other during tough times. Reedus told EW that Daryl will, in fact, have a love interest in season 4, but it’s not whom you might expect. It’s…well, we’ll let Norman explain.
“I think in season 4, he and the Glenn character, I think they really have a lot of romantic time that they spend together, and alone time,” says Reedus. “And I think, you know, it is a prison and I think that that’s probably where his character is going to go. Maggie? Who’s Maggie? You know what I mean? It’s Glenn and Daryl from here on!”
WHAT?! Okay, we assume he’s kidding, but perhaps you should click on the video player below to see for yourself as Norman expands upon the future of Daryl’s love life. And as if that’s not amazing enough, you also get to see behind-the-scenes video footage of Reedus snuggling a dog, causing approximately half the female population of North America to simultaneously swoon. READ FULL STORY
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