Walking Dead Director Greg Nicotero Explains How They Pulled Off That Premiere -SPOILER ALERT (EW.com)

EW.COM: When you were shooting stuff like that throat slitting scene, was part of you like, “Yeah, we’re never getting this on the air?”

GREG NICOTERO: When Scott Gimple pitched the episode we had a long conversation and I said, “Listen we have a great opportunity to put a little red herring in here because [MAJOR COMICS SPOILER REMOVED BY HORROR BOOM] So we set that up specifically to tease to the audience that Glenn might go. And so that is a perfect example of Scott and I taking something and just continually ramping it up. And the way that we accomplished the blood gags were that we put a tube around the actors’ necks and we shot the entire scene with the tube there, and then the actor came across with the knife and we sprayed the blood out, and the visual effects went in and erased the tube. So the tube was there the entire time. So we shot the whole scene and it was easier than putting a prosthetic on and trying to hide the tube. Again, a really good marriage of practical and digital and it’s so shocking. I had that low angle with Robin Lord Taylor — who is in Gotham — that was him, because he played the character Sam in episode 4 of last year. People will hopefully notice that that’s him. That’s where Rick gets his watch back. So we just put the tube on and shot the scene and I had this low angle where the blood sprayed the lens and they were like, “You’re never going to get away with that. They’ll never let you do it.”

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This EW.com piece, in which Greg Nicotero spills stuff about everything from that post-credits tease in the premiere, to wondering if they’re going to get away with certain gore, to the emotional re-unions of characters on the premiere, plus a big comics spoiler we had to remove! They didn’t bother with spoiler alerts for the comics, so when you read this piece on EW.com, BEWARE OF SPOILERS FROM THE COMICS UNLESS YOU ARE PAST ISSUE 100!

Click “View Original” in the lower left to read the entire article.

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Variety Gives The Walking Dead S5 Premiere A Rave Review -“Breathtaking” And “Dazzling Adrenaline Rush”

Well, sounds like this is one premiere you do NOT want to miss! Check this out (click View original in the lower left for the entire review)!

‘The Walking Dead’: New showrunner Scott Gimple calls season 4 ‘a greatest hits approach’

We’re guessing the ‘totally new threat’ that is not ‘zombies or people’ is going to be running out of food and water. We’ll find out after the season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead airs tonight on AMC! If you want some spoilers, check the related articles below…

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The Walking Dead: Lennie James Talks Return of Morgan; Plus, Exclusive Photos! (from EW.com)

This episode was The Walking Dead back on its A-Game, and a heart-breaker… and it wouldn’t have been half as good without Lennie James as Morgan.

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 7.24.18 AM Lennie James, being modest about some AMAZING acting talent:

“It’s easy to shoot good script and good storytelling. Before I had to get my head into the unseen journey of Morgan, the writers had to get their heads into the unseen journey of Morgan. They had to join the dots long before I did. So in a weird way, my job was done for me and I just got to show up and have as much fun as was humanly possible in Atlanta with my mate Andy.”

 

The Walking Dead: Exec Producer Robert Kirkman Talks About The Return of Morgan (SPOILERS

Robert Kirkman, on the episode titled “Clear”:

It means a lot of things. To a certain extent it’s the ravings of a lunatic but it’s also about him trying to clear out his life and clear out any entanglements around him. He’s living by himself so he’s trying to have a clear head. It’s basically about him getting rid of his wife and getting rid of his son and the only way for him to survive is to clear the area around him.

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Read This Meaty WALKING DEAD Season 3 & 4 Update W/Cast, Greg Nicotero, and Robert Kirkman (Interviewed By Collider at PaleyFest) -Minor Spoilers

Truthfully, they never tell us to scale back.  We pretty much go for it.  In Episode 10, when Daryl smashes the walkers with the crossbow and then smashes his head in the trunk of the car, since I’m directing second unit, a lot of times, I’ll go in and shoot those little accents later.  I’ll say, “Oh, this would be a great moment,” or “We need a little punch here, or little push here,” like tearing the face of the gas mask walker to see that hideous skull, or shit like that.

Greg Nicotero, on not scaling back with “Walker” kills (Hooray!)

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If you’d rather read some great interviews Collider.com got to do–and they had great questions–before The Walking Dead Paleyfest Panel, which you can watch the actual footage of right here, and plenty of it-– we sure as hell found some! For the print interview w/Collider, click on the big red link below…

via THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 News from the Cast, Greg Nicotero, and Robert Kirkman at PaleyFest | Collider.

Among other topics, they discuss:

  • If Rick has totally lost his shit or not
  • Carl calling out Rick (last episode)
  • Mapping out Season 4 (including working on some make-up effects)
  • If Beth kissing Rick on the cheek was totally innocent or not (it was meant in a wholesome way, in case you’re wondering–phew)
  • and WAY, way more! If you’re a fan, it’s a must-read.

Enjoy! Here’s a really horrifying Walker (shown in a PR photo) that’ll be in Sunday night’s episode (insert your own corny joke about the importance of sunblock here)…

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Fuck!

 

PaleyFest 2013: Watch the Full The Walking Dead Panel (or Just the Highlights) Right Here! (From Dread Central.com)

Man, are we sorry we couldn’t be there! However, we’ve got the next best thing, courtesy of Dread Central…click on the big red link to check it out!

PaleyFest 2013: Watch the Full The Walking Dead Panel (or Just the Highlights) Right Here! | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central.
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Lew Temple (a.k.a. Axel) Talks About The Latest ‘Walking Dead’ Shocker — EW.com EXCLUSIVE (SPOILERS!)

Be sure you read both pages, because there was a scene we didn’t get to see – AND a dark turn for Axel’s character that Robert Kirkman and Glenn Mazzara had locked and loaded in case they decided to go a different way. Plus, find out where did Greg Nicotero (or his body cast) showed up in this episode.

 

Watch ‘The Walking Dead’ Super Bowl Ad Spot + Five Promos For Mid-season Return (The Global Dispatch)

So, we get to see Merle VS. Daryl Sunday night! I also am 99% sure what the outcome will be*, though I admit The Walking Dead (S3) hasn’t been as easy to second-guess as I thought it would. Such as the below spoilers, hi-lite to read, skip if you haven’t seen S3 and care about what happens being a surprise. Let’s see if I can name ten off the top of my head that made me involuntarily shout, “HOAH!”. (bullet – point spoilers for Season Three Part  begin here)

  • T-Dog,, who I was sort of concerned about but figured hey,  they wouldn’t be jerks and use the “one black guy in the group dies” cliché. Guess what? They used the “one black guy in the group dies” cliche (goddamnit)! But that zombie just came out of nowhere. One minute he’s securing the gate, next second a zombie suddenly enters the frame and CHOMP!
  • Lori dying in childbirth (especially in the same episode as T-Dog)
  • Rick finding the bloody spot where her body had been dragged off to and following it to a zombie who ate so much of her he looked like he was 9 months pregnant (maybe with really lumpy twins) including HAIR sticking out of its mouth.**
  • Rick taking a huge knife and stabbing that zombie very specifically in the zombie’s big gut, where his wife’s remains were. He looked really angry when he did it. Unless he was looking or some non-digestible item, like a necklace, that had sentimental value …or had gone completely batshit insane with grief, I had no clue he’d do it… who knows what someone would do when faced with that fucked-up set of circumstances, though?
  • How quickly and gruesomely Michonne killed the Big G’s undead little girl. Speaking of the little girl, I also inhaled sharply when he was brushing her hair and a big clump of hair, scalp, and maybe even some bone (the Foley art was really crunchy and nasty-sounding)
  • Rick suddenly burying that machete in the big Hispanic inmate’s head (in the group that they discovered in the prison). For a second, I thought they were going to shake hands, then fleetingly thought that Rick was going to punch him in the teeth, then HOAH!  Greg Nicotero said on The Talking Dead after-show that the effects department couldn’t believe  AMC didn’t give them any “notes” on censoring or toning down the scene.
  • The fact that  the prison inmate —who Rick decided not to kill personally, but toss him to be the zombies (not only escaping, but also apparently without even one zombie bite) turned out to be the guy was the one to open the gates of the prison and cause all hell to break loose as revenge
  • The zombie-head channel on 24/7 in the Big G’s “rec room” contained heads that hadn’t been put out of their misery (the comic doesn’t get that specific, I thought they were some kind of dead zombie-head trophies he liked to look at to relax) and…
  • …That one of his men was among them.

(End Spoilers for S3) There, 10 surprises off the top of my head… so to speak.

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So I’m hoping to be surprised (though personally speaking, can we have just one that’s not either totally depressing or very bad news?) during the premiere. We didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but as soon as we heard about The Walking Dead commercial, we were all over that (especially the guest star, who has a ton of female fans that want to be all over him). Click the big red link below to see the commercial and the latest new promos from Part Two of Season Three!  If nothing else, check out the Super Bowl ad, which is funny whether or not you’re a fan of the show.

Watch The kick-ass  ‘Walking Dead’ Super Bowl commercial +five Fresh promos for mid-season return (Global Dispatch)

 

Don’t forget, “Talking Dead” has expanded to an hour, which should be cool since the 1/2 hour shows seem kind of rushed, especially the past year. Glad they’re giving it some room to breathe… and I want Greg Nicotero as a guest (bringing props used for gruesome practical effects with him as often as possible) Until then, remember to aim for the head!

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*our official prediction: Daryl and Merle will, within the first minute of beating the shit out of each other (if it gets that far) mutually decide you know what? Fuck these people, and especially fuck Phillip/The Governor – Merle is feeling betrayed and pissed off after all his…what’s it been, a year? Years? What ever amount of time is was, he was fiercely loyal to the Governor, maybe even thought they were buddies, and even though Merle. is a shitty human being, probably did some things that he really didn’t want to. All he did was lie about Michonne getting away alive (oh, and killing one of his own men, though the Big G was WAY more upset Michonne returned, “killed” his daughter, and took his eye out, among other things). I think somewhere is Merle, there is a tiny pinch of humanity left in there, and he loves his brother. We know why Daryl hates the G. So after a fake-out, they both make eye contact, nod grimly, and both attack the G. and whoever his goons/security staff is. Then they’ll both be on the run back to the prison… but I don’t think the ones back at the prison are going to take too kindly to him. Especially Glen and Maggie…

**I’m curious what happened to the bones. I understand it was probably too nasty for AMC to show a pile of bones with a ragged scraps of gore clinging to them (though there could have been something suspiciously looking like a pile of bones a few yards back from where the gorged zombie, but out-of-focus), and I could even see a zombie being so hungry it just crunched up most of the bones in her arms, legs, and possibly even part of her ribcage, backbone, but zombies can’t unhinge their jaws like giant pythons (thank God, they’re enough trouble) and swallow an entire skull. Not like the zombies on this show are smart enough to use tools; he couldn’t pick up a hammer or other blunt tool/object lying around and have the knowledge to use it to pound her entire skull (or pelvis, and I’m dubious about femurs, too) into bite-size bits. Why would it want to eat bone, anyway? Suck out the marrow, eat whatever it could from the skull, maybe, but after a year, I doubt the zombie’s teeth are strong enough anyway. My friend Carol and I had a long discussion about the topic; wish I could ask Nicotero because I know he’s smart enough to come up with an explanation.

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The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman Talks About Tonight’s Show, ‘When The Dead Come Knocking’ – From EW.com (Spoilers!)

I’m way more into American Horror Story, but tonight’s episode was fucking intense. Not to mention, I spent the whole time waiting in dread for Maggie or Glen’s hand to get chopped off, or for Maggie to get raped… plus I KNEW there would be a goddamned cliff-hanger, but when it came I still cursed loudly.  I’m going to pretty much support Greg Nicotero no matter what he works on, he’s earned my loyalty for life. Plus, Robert Kirkman deserves the attention he’s been getting …and I’ve had Vol. 17 on pre-order from Amazon for months now …though lately I hear it’s so brutal, I’m a little nervous about it, too. Enjoy!