The Walkind Dead

First Frank Darabont goes to Comic Con promoting the next season of walking dead, days later he quits ‘The Walking Dead’, and now reports are surfacing that he didn’t leave, but was forcibly removed. Did you catch all that? If you didn’t just read it again…ok, now doesn’t that sound like one dramatic reality tv show? Well it isn’t my nerdies, The Hollywood Reporter has just released a lengthy expose describing the “real story” behind Darabont’s sudden departure.

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Here we are at the finish line of AMC’s The Walking Dead. With bodies everywhere, friends lost and relationships in ruin can “TS-19” be our group’s hope for a possible cure. Let’s dive into this season finale with a recap & review.

A flashback of the day the zombies took over started our finale. With Shane trying to rescue the comatose Rick from the hospital while the military shoot innocent civilians. Showing a sense of compassion for Rick he tried to move him, only to remember he was hooked up to machines  that are keeping him alive. Having no other alternative Shane had to leave Rick behind, but not before leaving a hospital bed to block his door. Panning towards the bed we reach into our final episode of the season for The Walking Dead.

Back to our current date, Rick and company have seemingly met their salvation at the CDC (center for disease control). Upon meeting Dr. Edmond Jenner they learn a blood test is the cost of admission. Grabbing what they can before the doors are shut they agree. We learn that Rick and company have reached ‘Zone 5’, a voice activated command center and their new home.

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‘The Walking Dead’: What Did You Think?

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“In a world ruled by the dead, we a forced to finally start living”

Hey bastards! It came, it went and totally kicked our ass. I am, of course referring to the premier episode of Frank Darabont‘s ‘The Walking Dead’, AMCs new series based on Robert Kirkman‘s acclaimed zombie comic series.

We actually caught the episode a few days back, and in celebration we put up a full review (check it out here), but if I may, I’d like to say a few more words. Never has a premier episode, of any television series grabbed me (no zombie pun intended) or had me fixated with my jaw agape like The Walking Dead did. It was quite, it was somber and it was haunting.

As a fan of the comic-book I went into the episode with a critical eye, purposely trying to find fault. I didn’t think it was possible for a television show to capture the mood, the tone and character behind Robert Kirkman‘s science fiction examination of the human condition, at-least with out taking liberties from the source material. Ya, know what? I didn’t find any! Frank Darabont took what was already defined in the comic (first 38 pages) and simply put page to screen, making a seamless adaptation.  The way the camera moved, the gritty-ness of the filter, the actors (who were all brilliant), the real-world feel and many other creative elements brought life to Robert Kirkman’s brilliance.

AMC is known for setting the standard when it comes to showing how good television can be, and The Walking Dead is just another example of that. Real drama. Real emotion. Real horror. One episode in and I can confidentially say that it might already be the best show on TV now.

So, enough of what I thought. What did you think? Have AMC and Darabont revolutionized TV by creating the first prime time zombie show? Does it deliver on the scares, the gore or in setting up a world that we want to visit week after week for the next two to five years? Please share your thoughts below.

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Post by nerdbastards contributor and Zombie purist Drew Bergmark- Twitter @ViggoTheCarp

With Halloween just days way everyone is chomping at the bit for “The Walking Dead” on AMC. As you know the Frank Darabont produced and directed pilot is based on the highly acclaimed Image Comics series by creator Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. A zombie apocalypse story that’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare or an excuse to exercise cliched Zombie killers. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of people are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. While, we are all excited about the show lets take a moment to reflect on the highly acclaimed comic series itself. For those that have read the series this is just another excuse to get you amped for the show. For the folks that are new to the series you need to pick it up now, or at least read the first few issues in prep for the premier (First Ep.  follows first 12 pages of issue one). Let this introspective be your guide.

Through dark nights and unsure days, any survivor of the zombie apocalypse fears their next step could be their last. In the southeast region of America, survivors band together to live for another day in Image Comics popular series The Walking Dead. It seems like the only two things holding them together is the bond of humanity and their will to live another day. Robert Kirkman wrote the story while Tony Moore has predominantly done the art for the series (from issues #7 to #24, Charlie Adlard worked on the art). The comic book series has yet to hit 100 issues but has already been green-lite for a new AMC TV series. What did these executives over at AMC see in the title that made it worth bringing to the small screen?

In every story, there is some kind of dramatic action like murder or adultery. In the Walking Dead, you follow the story of Rick Grimes a cop who after being shot has to go through the realization that he has awoken from a month long come in order to defend himself through the zombie apocalypse. In a small town, Rick gathers his things to go find his wife and son in Atlanta. Rick finds his family outside the city in a small pack of survivors where they begin their story of survival against the zombies. The Walking Dead captures the heart of the readers through its characters and what may happen to these characters. This is where the comic truly shines brightest with the interactions between each character, from heart break to the mending of those whose hearts were broken. The story that is told through the panels and cover art seems to go deeper than what pages can hold. Things go unsaid that in many other comics would be said obviously ruining a bit of surprise or curiosity for the reader. While this story doesn’t need to be in the hands of kids, older audiences will enjoy the story for its humor, sense of adventure and  constant risk that the characters endure.

Though many comic book readers would question the reasoning for leaving the panels black and white, I don’t question the artist’s choice to do so. Leaving color from the panels gave the impression that the character’s world is much darker than the real world and with this painful situation, the characters no longer see these unimportant parts of the world causing the black and white to symbolize their own visual filters. The art, though black and white, still gives readers the storytelling that an instant comic classic would deserve, but the cover art conserves color to appeal new readers to pick up the comic.

Again I ask: what did the executives over at AMC see in the series that made it worth bringing to the small screen? The story of struggle between life and death, between the zombies and survivors creates a tension that is rarely seen in such an artistic storytelling. The art that seems to go deeper than what the panels could hold making the world more believable than just a story in a comic book. That is what the executive producers saw and why you should start reading the series as soon as possible. Be sure to also check out the series premiere on AMC Halloween night!