C2E2 was this past weekend and one of the hottest topics was ‘The Walking Dead’ Having wrapped the six-episode mini-season, Frank Darabont and company are currently hard at work on storylines for a larger second story arc. Series regulars Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Jon Bernthal (Shane) were part of a panel devoted to the show at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, and they ripped a few…. pieces of news.
Jon Bernthal (Shane) had this to say about his character:
“Shane screwed up pretty big at the end of the season. We’re gonna see a guy who is really, really lonely. It’s a different kind of loneliness. He’s with the people he loves and he can’t be with them the way he wants to. You will see the worst of him and the best of him in season two.”
He also went on to say:
“In this season, you’re going to see that these people are a lot more dangerous to each other than the zombies are.”
Laurie Holden also had some information on what direction her character, Andrea, is heading next season.
“The only reason Andrea left the CDC is because she didn’t want Dale’s blood on her hands. She has lost everything and has no love in her life and there will be a lot of resentment towards Dale in season two. Andrea will get stronger and find her feet. In the graphic novel she emerges as a warrior, so I’m excited for that. She may be a bit of a lone wolf in season two, just trying to find her feet.”
While fielding a question about whether executive producer Frank Darabont would be directing the second season’s premiere—the answer was no, by the by—Laurie Holden shifted giddily in her seat (at around 10:45) and said:
“I heard a rumor that Stephen King’s gonna write one.”
Whoa! While yet to be official, how’s that strike you? Short of getting George Romero to direct an episode, this is about as good as it gets, right?
As most of you know, I wasn’t really a big fan of some of the creative liberties taken with Robert Kirkman’s comic series. Shane should have died! Additional characters never should have been added. Nursing home shenanigans was a wasted episode filler and the goddamn finale at the CDC almost took away the shows horror/thriller appeal and put it into ‘LOST’ pseudo science thing. Regardless, Darabont and crew captured the endearing spirit of humans in a post-apocalyptic world. Season two will be a whole other level of drama.