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I’m terrible with easter eggs unless they’re right smack dab in my face. And also have to do with comic book characters. While I’m talking about comic book characters, thanks to Robert Kirkmann’s winning series, ‘The Walking Dead,’ let’s center on the television show. Yeah, we hunt eggs on this site from time to time. We found a bunch of stuff from ‘The Flash.’ Then there was ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ buzz, because that movie could do no wrong around here. Once, there were physical ‘Walking Dead’ easter eggs to talk about in a post. But unlike that time when we found The Governor’s patio umbrella in Terminus, the eggs I’m talking about have been going on since the beginning of Season One. (more…)

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The Walking Dead‘s mid season finale was a whopper. (Didja read our review?)  The massive firefight at the prison gates was a moment comic book fans had been anticipating even before the survivors ever looked upon its dank, dirty walls. And with the fallout still to come, showrunner Scott Gimple shares in what state we’ll find Rick and Carl when the series returns. Creator Robert Kirkman, however, is looking even further into the future and teasing when we might see the comic’s current major baddie, Negan, come to TV. (more…)

Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. He recently released the 100th issue of The Walking Dead for Image Comics, and is presently at work on the 3rd season AMC’s The Walking Dead, for which he serves as a writer and an executive producer. He is also developing Thief of Thieves for the network.

While at San Diego Comic Con yesterday morning, our Steven Sautter had a chance to sit down for an exclusive one on one interview with Mr. Kirkman. During the interview they talked about the progress of the Thief of Thieves TV adaptation, the reason why the most beloved characters meet the most brutal of ends in The Walking Dead universe, the future of The Walking Dead, and what Kirkman thinks about non-creator owned comic books and the “corporate entities” behind them.

So Thief of Thieves, congratulations on the pickup — how far away are we from seeing it on the screen?

Robert Kirkman: It’s very much in the early stages right now — we’re in pilot development, which means that we are working on developing the script for a pilot. That is the absolute first stage after something is brought into a network to be developed. Right now I’m working with Chic Eglee and we’re mapping out what the series is going to be and what parts of the comics we’re going to use.

And you’re going to act as a show runner or producer?

Kirkman: Well I’m not a show runner, because that is work and I do not like doing work. No, I’ll be an executive producer and I’ll be writing on the show and all that kind of stuff. Chic Eglee will be the show runner and he’s writing the pilot and it will be his show. You know, in much the same way that Glen Mazzara is the show runner of The Walking Dead. But you know, I’m in the writers room full time and I’m able to say don’t put lasers in the zombies eyes.

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At a time when it seems like most landmark comic book issues are merely designed to get to as many printings as is humanly possible, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Image Comics seem to have actually found a way to justify the term with The Walking Dead #100.

Warning! Spoilers and Graphic Cartoon Violence Ahead! I’m not messing around, don’t keep going unless you’ve read the book.

Picking up the day after Abraham died, we immediately see a group of Nagan’s foot soldiers watching Rick lead a small group away from the compound toward the Hilltop in an effort to get re-enforcements. With him is Carl, Heath, Maggie, Glenn, Michonne, and Sophia, leaving Andrea and the others exposed to an attack that Rick thinks is unlikely. Obviously, Rick’s estimation of Negan’s forces is inaccurate and we find out later exactly how true that really is.

The trip to hilltop is supposed to take less than a full day but on the way it seems like Rick and company have gotten lost and will have  to camp out overnight in the van. Michonne takes first watch, followed by Rick, who seems to nod off and is then lassoed and pulled off the roof of the van by one of Nagen’s supporters while Nagen hangs back.

Here we get to the meat of issue 100. Ever since our survivors left the prison and aimlessly roamed until they finally found refuge in Alexandria the book has been missing something. Sure this band of survivors has struggled with a return to something approaching normality and that has served as a sort of a villain — their uneasiness and their paranoia wearing on them — but it isn’t nearly as frightening as someone like The Governor was and with Nagen, we have a return to that kind of terror.

Introduced with swagger and with unbelievable, almost unrivaled violence, Nagen rounds up the small group that has accompanied Rick on his mission. There they rest, on their knees by the side of the van while Nagen begins to speak as Rick, his group, and about 50 of Nagen’s believes listen in as Nagen explains the kind of New World Order that is about to fall down around Rick’s head. It is a Warlord’s Symphony, a speech of chilling congeniality and breathtaking threats of violence. (more…)

I think we can safely say we all saw the big surprise at the end of the latest episode of The Walking Dead coming from miles away. We’d been waiting for it since the series began and it had been spoiled multiple times online from multiple sources. So, were you shocked? Were you able to not be spoiled ahead of time?

Even if you knew what was coming, what did you think of it? Sound off in the comments. But I’ll warn you, if you want to remain pure and unspoiled about the finale make sure you jump directly to bottom of the page. Below the cut we’re gonna be dropping more rumors about what’s still to come from The Walking Dead‘s finale. Proceed with caution.

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The Walking Dead is enjoying a wonderful return to television, breaking all sorts of cable viewership ratings and delivering some of the most shocking moments thus far. And we’re loving every gruesome moment.

IGN snagged an exclusive chat with comic book creator and executive producer, Robert Kirkman and you can check out the video right here. He talks about the Shane/Rick conflict on the horizon, if and when we’ll see Michonne or the Governor, and he spends a good chunk of time discussing the divergences the series is making from the comics. As a faithful reader of the comic the unexpected twists and turns of TV series have been both exciting and frustrating. Mostly because I don’t know what’s coming! No one does! And that loss of control is fun but so infuriating.

Do I need to remind you of spoilers? ‘Cause they’re here if you’re not caught up with the TV show.

There’s no denying delving into alternate possibilities is cool, but I think there should still be constants between the comics and show. What do you think about some the more drastic changes from the comics being made on The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.

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The first half of The Walking Dead‘s second season is almost over and a lot of questions have been raised which may or may not be answered before the show’s mid-season break. While making recent interview rounds, creator, writer and producer, Robert Kirkman has been fired at with a zillion questions, but mostly about few major points. One, when is Rick going to realize there’s something going on between Shane and Lori? And speaking of those two, just whose baby is Lori carrying? Also, while Sophia is still missing (Seriously, where the hell is that girl?) there’s another character we haven’t heard from in a while we just know will return, Merle. Where’s he hiding?

I think it’s clear, but spoilery talk lies before you.

Kirkman talked about the love triangle and the ramifications of Lori’s pregnancy with TV Guide,

Lori is pregnant! How is she going to deal with this revelation?
Robert Kirkman: It’s definitely a terrifying thing to consider in this world with the state of things, it’s like going back to pioneer days and having to worry about how you’re going to give birth and how you’re going to survive the pregnancy. This is a very complicated process in modern times, it requires a lot of interaction with doctors and none of that stuff is available, so it’s going to be terrifying for her.

The big question is whether the baby is Rick’s or Shane’s. How is that going to affect the dynamic among the three of them in particular?
Kirkman: This is going to be a catalyst for Shane. Once he finds out about this, assuming he does find out about this, he’s going to react pretty strongly to this. His whole reason for worrying about Lori and Carl (Chandler Riggs) is that they’ve become a surrogate family for them. If he believes this baby is going to be his, that’s just going to solidify his state with this family. It’s definitely going to throw a wrench in the whole love triangle thing that’s going on.

Yeah, nice save Kirkman. IF Shane finds out Lori’s pregnant. Him finding out would be enough for him to start thinking everything would be a lot better if Rick wasn’t around, setting up the inevitable Rick vs Shane showdown.

What I really want to now is what the fuck did Jenner whisper back in Rick’s ear at the end of season one!? I was convinced it was, “Lori’s pregnant.” And if Rick does know he’s going to look like a giant dick for not telling Lori first. Again, adding more drama and more fuel for the Rick-Lori-Shane love triangle.

Is Lori’s pregnancy what Jenner had whispered to Rick at the CDC in the Season 1 finale?
Kirkman: [Laughs] I can’t say. That remains to be seen. All I can say is that it’ll definitely be revealed this season. We’re getting close to the midpoint of the season, so the likelihood of it being in the first half is looking pretty slim.

If it’s not the pregnancy, what else do you think Jenner could have whispered to Rick?

And once everyone knows Lori’s got a bun in the oven, well, surely someone (RICK!) will notice Shane acting a little funny at the news. A little funny like, “Holy shit I might be the father,” -funny. Will he ever put it together those two had an affair?

Yeah, definitely. The thing is: We never want our main character to seem like he’s stupid. That’s not something we ever want to do. The audience has been aware of this affair since the very beginning of the show. Rick is a police officer, so I would suspect that he might start catching on to things sooner rather than later.

All right, besides all the baby drama, there’s another huge cloud hanging over our group of survivors, what the hell happened to Merle? When are we going to see him again?

All I can really say about Merle’s return is that it occurred to us in the writing of bringing Merle back that we never even saw Daryl Dixon and Merle Dixon interact in the first season. They were never in a scene together. Getting to see Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker actually interacting and playing off each other is going to be an enormous treat for the audience and it’s something we’ve been dying to get to.

So will we see Merle before this coming mid-season break? I’m thinking his return would be a great cliffhanger. Come on, we know they’ll be ending episode six with a huge cliffhanger to make us go insane until the season returns February 12th.

Here’s a preview of this Sunday’s episode, “Chupacabra.” Umm, is that really the title?

With only two more episodes left what do you think are the most frustrating questions so far left unaswered on The Walking Dead?

Sources: Blastr, MTV’s Splash Page

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