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Daryl and Rick work on their bromance with an epic road trip that not only brings a bit of cardio, but another possible Alexandrian. Michonne goes for a hike through the woods with Spencer on what seems to be a wild goose chase. Carl and Enid have a lovely picnic in the woods and their first lover’s spat. So if you haven’t watched tonight’s episode, stop reading now because there are spoilers ahead and you really don’t want this episode ruined for you. 5…4…3…2…1. (more…)

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Going into season five, The Walking Dead is more popular than it’s ever been, which is probably why on Sunday the National Fan Expo was barely open for business and Constitution Hall was almost full of fans waiting for a panel with Walking Dead cast members. A little over an hour later, the moderator called out the “five of the amazing people from the show; three of whom are still living on it,” and Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), and David Morrissey (The Governor) all gathered on stage to a thunderous applause. (more…)

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She was easily one of the most anticipated characters to come off the page and into AMC‘s The Walking Dead, and Danai Gurira has simply nailed it with her Michonne. At least in my opinion, I believe she’s perfectly portrayed the stoic and lonely warrior, especially as she’s grown and transitioned from solitary figure to integral member of Rick’s zombie slaying squad. There’s still so much of Michonne to come and I can’t wait to see where Gurira and new showrunner, Scott Gimple, take her.

Gurira recently chatted with Comic Book Resources‘ Jason Tabrys – hey, why’s that name sound so familiar? – about a number of things from Michonne’s growth this season, her future, to that sweet sword. She has nothing but praise for the new showrunner, Gimple, which certainly makes me less worried about Glen Mazzara leaving knowing it’ll be in Gimple’s capable hands.

CBR: What do you think you’re going to miss most about outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara and what’s do you think Scott Gimple is going to bring to the role next season?

DG: Well, I can’t go into that. That’s a little personal. But, you know, I think that Glen is very talented, so I’m not worried about his next step — I think they will be great and he will do great things. And I also think that Scott — they brought someone up into the role from within the family, which, of course, makes the transition much easier for us, and you know, Scott wrote “Clear.”

CBR: Yeah, that’s the thing that stuck out for me. I thought the episode was — next to the pilot — probably the second best episode of the show’s run.

DG: Yeah, that’s what Andrew Lincoln said as well, and I agree. I think that [Scott Gimple] is a very powerful storyteller. You know, I’ve spent a lot of time with him because he tends to write the episodes that I’m heavy in, like this one and “Hounded.” I think that he brings some very amazing stuff to this world, so I’m excited for him and his ability as well.

I think we can all agree that “Clear” will stand as one of The Walking Dead’s best, and I wasn’t aware it was Gimple who wrote it! More of same, please.

Head on over to CBR to read the full interview, you won’t be disappointed!

Fans of the The Walking Dead have been witness to some new faces and shocking conclusions this season – and we’ve only just crossed the halfway point. Seeing as how the series has diverted from the comics there are some notable differences, but one fan favorite from the comics will be making his way to AMC.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Robert Kirkman teased the introduction of this new but already well-known character, saying:

“There’s a new character added. A big deal fan favorite from the comic book is introduced into the show in this episode, so be on the lookout for that,”

Check out just who it could be after the jump.
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We’re now three episodes in to the third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead and it is time to meet the man who will undoubtedly serve as this years main protagonist. Spoiler alert!, he’s not a zombie. One of the most anticipated events of this season has to be the introduction of David Morrissey‘s character ‘The Governor’, combined with the return of Merle (Michael Rooker) and more Michonne (Danai Gurira.) Well, good news everyone! This episode has all 3 mixed in with a few surprises. We’ll dig deeper (and supply heavy spoilers) for ‘Walk With Me‘ after the jump.

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The Walking Dead has reached a fever pitch. Their Season 3 panel with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, David Morrisey, Michael Rooker, and moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick has just finished and the buzz is maddening!

To kick things off they shared the first few minutes of the season premiere airing tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm, and it stands in stark contrast to last season. Since the clip was actually shared through the live-stream of the panel I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it on the ‘net real soon. Basically, what we saw was Rick, Carl, Daryl, and T-Dog entering a home and checking to make sure it was clear of zombies. Carl even dispatches one with a headshot! That’s right, this Carl is carrying a gun and knows how to used it. Once the house is made safe Glenn and Maggie enter followed by Herschel, Beth, Carol, and a VERY preggers Lori.

There’s been a significant jump in time since we last saw these survivors and it’s made very evident in these opening moments. There’s no dialogue, the group is moving as one, as a cohesive unit who’s only mission is to survive. After resting in the home for a few moments walkers are spotted outside and they have to book it. Silently they exit out the back, head to the vehicles, and leave.

It’s a startling opening for the season, full of tension, and works well to whet your appetite for what will be a season, “full of zombie action,” as Hardwick promises. In fact, if there was to be a theme of this panel it’s this season’s got all the zombies we were looking for last year, and then some. Just to give some hint of what they mean, Lincoln says, “there are more zombie kills in this episode than in the whole of season one.” Whoa.

With their decision to jump ahead in time by several months we’re meeting a very different group than who we left last season. In particular, Carl has likely changed the most. Riggs calls his character a “darker” one but enjoys being able to play this different version of Carl. No more, “Where’s Carl?” or “Carl, stay in the fuckin’ house!”

Speaking of Carl, I think Chandler Riggs will have a future as a teen hearthrob because there was much love for him from the surprising amount of young girls asking questions at the panel. Actually, Kirkman was a little mortified at how many kids, say around 11-13 year olds, were fans who’d watched the show and read the comic. But after the young girls fawned over Riggs, their mothers were swooning for Norman Reedus.

His is a character we’ve seen grow a lot since Merle left, and as Reedus puts it, “he’s been away from the enforcement of his big brother,” and because of it is more loyal to the group, they’re his new family. Something we’ll see explored in this season is what kind of effect Merle’s return has on Daryl, and we’ll see their relationship being tested again and again. But in place of Merle it sounds like Daryl and Rick have been forming quite the bromance, Reedus calling Rick the brother Daryl wants to have.

And what of Merle? Rooker says, “I’m a tough asshole,” and leaves it at that. But really, what more do you need to know? We’ll see what Merle’s all about as the series progresses.


Enough on our returning characters, what about the new faces? Hardwick mentions, and rightly so, there were three things people have been demanding to see ever since the show began: Michonne, The Governor, and the prison. The trailers have already promised us we’ll be seeing the prison very soon, but Michonne was tantalizing teased at the end of last season and we’re desperately awaiting seeing her in action.

Gurira is pumped as well telling us Michonne kicks so much ass in this first episode, we won’t be disappointed with her. She continues, playing the katana-wielding badass is, “an intense, brutal joy.” As she puts it, Michonne isn’t just a surviver, she’s a “thriver,” and Gurira admires how smart she is to use what she’s got around her. Like the zombies she’s keeps as “pets”, Gurira calls it, “masterful.” Hearing her talk about Michonne only make me more excited to finally get to see her. Tomorrow, get here faster!

And, The Governor. I don’t know if there’s ever been such a vile character as The Governor and everyone is in anticipation for what David Morrisey will bring to the role. Interestingly, Morrisey mentions that his Governor isn’t the same man as in the comics when we first meet him. This Governor is actually somewhere in between The Governor of Kirkman’s recent novel, The Rise of The Governor, and the man we met in the comics. I think this is going to add an interesting spin to the character, having him interact with Rick earlier on in his evolution to psychotic villain. Morrisey continues calling The Governor different, but very, “in the spirit of him.” I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see him and the Woodbury he rules over with an iron fist.

Lastly, Kirkman promises us, “there’s a lot of dark stuff on the horizon,” and Rooker adds, “this show is just beautifully brutal.” Oh, I am pumped! Are you?

The Walking Dead returns tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm!

Make sure you stay glued to Nerd Bastards for all your NYCC coverage! More to come!

 

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 14th which means prepare for promotional onslaught! To begin with we ‘ve got these stunning, up close and personal portraits from the Huffington Post,

 

I’m so excited for people to meet Michonne. What’ll be weird, as well as interesting, is meeting Michonne through her interactions with Andrea and the Governor – whom Entertainment Weekly has some new shots of you can see below – as opposed to joining the group at the prison. In fact the whole switch up of having Andrea and Michonne separated from the group and set up in Woodbury in the first place is gonna be weird. But I’m excited to see what they do with this twist.

Danai Gurira , Laurie Holden, and David Morrissey, the actors responsible for Michonne, Andrea, and the Governor, also spoke to EW about their characters in Season 3.

Gurira: For Michonne, it’s the first time she has opened up since her trauma happened, which occurred at the beginning of the apocalypse. So Andrea is the first person she’s really been able to open up to, to love, to care for, take care of. I think there’s a lot of yearning in her humanity to be able to do that with somebody. And she’s found the person for her.

Holden: She asked a lot of questions at first and she was a bit wary, but the Governor is very seductive — in a calm, loving sense. If you look around, everybody seems happy; there are children playing ball with dogs, and pregnant women walking around happier than clams, and there are cellos in the street being set up for the blues band. It’s pretty idyllic.

Morrissey: People in the world that we inhabit need structure, they need to feel safe, and he provides that. And I think any leader of any community has to earn trust. And the idea of power is a really interesting idea of how people keep their power in a community. They keep it in all different ways. They can keep it by being generous, by facilitating your good life by giving you gifts. But they can also take those gifts away, they can be intimidating. They can be powerful, they can protect you from the enemy, whether that protection is just a fight or not, or whether they create the feeling of paranoia in order to suppress it. That is a great game that politicians and power-hungry people do. I think he does all those things. The world that has been created plays into his hands.

What are you most excited for this season?

Source: MTV’s Splash Page, The Mary Sue

For those of us not in attendance at Comic-Con, Twitter is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Sure, it in no way compares to actually being there, in the room, when big announcements are made but at least now we can learn these things instantly. And what did we learn instantly from The Walking Dead panel? AMC‘s hit zombie series will shamble back on to our screens October 14th. That’s only about 13 weeks away!

If you need more Walking Dead updates than 140 characters can handle, Cinema Blend was running a live blog of the panel. Here’s some highlights,

  • The prison set will look “amazing “and was created entirely on set.
  • The intensity level will start where it ended in Season 2 and keeps going from there.
  • Worried about the lack of zombies in Season 2? Apparently they were hanging back for Season 3 because “there will be a lot of them.” Including new animatronic puppets and new visual effects.
  • An iconic moment from the comic we can expect to see is Michonne (Danai Gurira) facing the Governor (David Morrisey). It’ll be in episode six which is written by Angela Kang.
  • We’ll see Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne bonding while they’re separate from the group, Holden refers to Michonne as the “alpha female.”
  • Sarah Wayne Callies says she knows a lot pf people are mad at her, or rather Lori. “Uh, I’m Sarah. I play a home-wrecker on TV.”
  • Steve Yeun says Glenn’s gonna be, “”manning up and doing what he’s supposed to be doing.”
  • Andrew Lincoln on Rick, “”Rick has isolated himself from the group and his marriage. That’s the way that he is protecting everybody. It’s a really interesting way to start the season.”

And here’s a clip description of a scene screened at the panel,

Michonne using her sword, a helicopter takes flight (and is in trouble). Beth’s singing around the fire. Walkers at the prison. Maggie screams (gives me chills!) Rick says “We have to go in there. Hand to hand. This prison is ours.” Cut to inside the prison. Seems like they found a secure cell block. Shot of Andrea inside somewhere with Michonne. Scary scenes in the dark through prison corridors, trying to get past walkers. “You’re not prisoners here, you’re guests,” The Governor (I think). “Welcome to Woodbury.” Andrea telling him about the others. Implied stand-off between Rick and the Governor. “Fight the Dead. Fear the Living,” the text reads. Ends with Rick firing a gun. And then goes back for one image. Merl! He said something but people were cheering too loudly to hear.

Make sure you check out Cinema Blend for the whole panel recap! And believe me, if a grainy, bootleg version of that screened footage shows up online we’ll make sure to post it for ya.

UPDATE! You can watch the official – yay! no grainy footage – Walking Dead season three trailer here!

Two Ways to Get to Know Michonne

Everyone’s got Michonne fever, but if you only know of the sword wielding bad-ass from her brief introduction during the season finale of The Walking Dead, now you’ve got a chance to get acquainted with the source material. Robert Kirkman and ComiXology have made Walking Dead #19 free for digital download in an effort to more fully introduce people to the character. There, I just saved you $2, you can aim your prayers upward, I would like a pony.

Speaking of the character, actress Danai Gurira spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about which direction Michonne will take in the far far away 3rd season, how she found out that she got the role, and how her own background in the theater may inform the character, here’s a taste:

I was trying to really investigate a character and allow her to have as much dimension as possible and crack it open even more. What you see through the writing and vision of the creator, you add to it by bringing your full humanity and by really delving into the character’s background and their motives and fears, all those things can make a multidimensional character come to life. That’s how I’ve been trained from the beginning and how I’ve created characters in the past on the stage or through my playwriting. I plan to bring all of that to the table to allow Michonne to be as rich and complex as possible. I’m excited to bring her to life as someone who really has a lot of life and a lot of complexity.

Boy that sounds actorly. For more of THR’s interview go here, for more on the upcoming NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever, go to hell.