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Before I get to today’s Walking Dead update with comments by the cast and crew members, I’m going to put myself in front of the firing squad and say that I am not looking forward to season two (which won’t air till the fall). The AMC drama, based upon Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular comics about a small band of humans’ survival tactics against a nationwide zombie epidemic. The first season was well received. Reaching critical praise and strong ratings. It was well acted, well directed, very cinematic and DID successfully capture what the human spirit would be like during an actual zombie apocalypse. So where’s the complaint? It digressed from the source material. Significantly. New characters and new situations were added (Red necks, a gang that takes care of elderly at a nursing home, Finale at the Center of Disease Control.. etc). Ultimately, it was something different than what I had read in the comics. Was it better, was it worse? That’s up for debate, but it just wasn’t what I, or many fans had wanted. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, I’ll fling my poo at you. Know what I’m sayin’? Ya, I know when something is adapted its subject to interpretation. I’ve accepted that fact in many cases, but in this scenario it’s not goddamn right! Shooting page to screen would give AMC a better product. Period.

Anyway, it was with much hope that Frank Darabont and other creatives behind the show would put our post-apocalyptic survivors get back on the Kirkman track. They should be makin’ a quick stop to a farm (Hershel’s Farm) to pick new permanent members, deal with some shit, and head on down to the prison. Where a lot… like a lot happens. The latter, unfortunately, sounds like it’s far off, but from what I hear things are going to be a hell of a lot more sexier and violent along the way.

E ONLINE Recently conducted an interview with some of the cast and crew of the hit AMC show. Here’s what they had to say:

Laurie Holden Who plays Andrea was asked about where season two for the show would be heading:

“I know we’re going to arrive at Hershel’s Farm, which is a huge part of the next chapter of storytelling I think it’s going to get sexier and more violent.”

She was also asked if here characters relationship from the comics with the much older Dale, to which she replied with this:

“I think that’s definitely in the cards, I mean come on, it’s the end of the world.”

Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic series and executive producer of the show confirmed that some time will be spent at Hershal’s Farm during the second season as well as show the relationship between Glenn and Hershal’s daughter Maggie:

“Anyone who’s read the comic book knows Hershel has a daughter named Maggie, and Maggie has a relationship with Glenn. That’s something we’re probably gonna do…There will be romances here and there. It’s the end of the world, there’s not a lot to do. People are going to be hooking up from time to time. We’re gonna see some stuff like that in the second season”

When we asked who outside the core cast will return, Kirkman name-checked both  Morgan (Lennie James) and Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) but wouldn’t confirm they’d be back. “Those characters are in the wind and we want it to be a surprise if they return, so we’ll see,” he said

The character Shane played by Jon Bernthal has already out lived his comic book counterpart, who only lasted six issues in the comic series.

Kirkman had this to say about the character not meeting his demise, and how it will affect the story.

“Shane is now existing in stories from the comic book that he didn’t exist in before. Just by having Shane be alive changes everything about the comic. The Hershel storyline is something everybody likes—[there are a] lot of cool moments everybody wants to see. We’re gonna get to see little differences because Shane wasn’t there before and he changes the dynamic of the whole ensemble. It’s going to be really cool.”

So, there you have it. Much like the first season, some of what transpires in the comic will make it to the screen, but not without spacing things out with a bunch of unnecessary shit. I’ll watch, but again, it’s not what I want. Here’s to a whole season of screamin’ at the TV saying “That’s not what happens!”

Category: Comics, TV

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