‘The Walking Dead’: Showrunner Scott Gimple on what’s next for the Governor

Give Michonne a crack at him, and it’d be a very short comeback!

By the way, there were dozens of very irate comments on the EW.com website when this posted because there wasn’t a spoiler alert (which of course ignited a big, heated debate on whether or not the pissed off people who wanted a spoiler alert were right or wrong, so I think I’d better err on the side of caution and give a SPOILER ALERT just in case.

 

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‘Walking Dead’: Melissa McBride talks about the ‘metamorphosis’ of Carol

SPOILER ALERT (for S3 of The Walking Dead AND the prison episodes of the graphic novel)

So far, they’re keeping VERY quiet about if we’ll see Carol again. I hope we do; Melissa McBride has said she had to talk Kirkman not once, but twice out of killing her off. McBride said in the Rolling Stone TWD cover story last month (we get the print version) that one of the times, it was because the original plan during the “Killer Within” episode was for her, not T-Dawg, to be the unexpected fast death before the bigger death of Laurie during childbirth (I guess ‘dying during childbirth’ is a tactful way of putting it).  Even if we never see her again (though I think we will… hopefully not in the same 1-mile radius about Tyrese, if Rick tells him, or she’s as dead as a walker) I will give them points for not having a character leave the show by being killed off in a sudden way that involves pools of blood (which is why I think she’ll show up down the road somewhere).

Speaking of that, do you want to know what happens to the character of Carol in The Walking Dead graphic novels? If you’re planning on reading them, or are and the lengthy prison arc is still in the early stages, STOP NOW, because it’s pretty shocking. Keep in mind Carol in the comics looks more like Andrea and didn’t lose a kid (I think) or have an abusive husband.

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Gonna try not to make this a giant run-on paragraph here, and the backstory is complicated, so here’s why/how Carol in TWD comic dies: She has a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with Tyrese (hey, he’d be the first man I’d try to hook up with in the comics too) and they share a cell. Michonne shows up and is alone together in the gym with Tyrese; she comes on to him and they have sex. Carol, who was already feeling kind of lonely and off-kilter from all the horrible shit she and the group have lived through, either catches them or finds out, and cuts her wrists in their cell. The group find her in time–Tyrese feels terrible and guilty about it, and Michonne’s not exactly proud of it either–and save her life. Lori starts hanging out more with Carol since she knows Carol could really use some friendly support. Carol surprises the hell out of Lori by hinting around about “sharing” Rick between them sexually, and tries to kiss Lori. Lori tries to let her down easy, but worries about Carol’s mental health. Carol feels rejected. Not long after, poor Carol finally goes completely batshit and goes for a stroll outside. She approaches what appears to be a female walker (I say ‘appears” because it’s pretty rotten, missing chunks, etc.) who is chained up and kept around so that his scent will throw off other zombies from the humans living there) and starts talking to her like she’s human, telling her about how she doesn’t have any real friends, the prison isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, she’s lonely, etc. In one of the most disturbing scenes in the series (which sets the ‘disturbing’ bar pretty high) she strolls right up to it calmly, puts her arms around the zombie and asks if it likes her. The zombie bites her throat and she winces and says “I knew you liked me…”  as it tears in and rips out a big bite. The disturbing part is the look on her face, she looks happy but with her mind totally gone as she smiles and blood sprays everywhere. People in the group come running over as she collapses and bleeds out –Tyrese especially is in serious shock– and when they try to carry her inside, she gurgles to them to let her die (and dies). Of course, they’re still processing what the fuck just happened when she turns, sits up, and lunges for Tyrese- someone in the group reacts quickly and shoots her in the head.  So there you have it, suicide by zombie. Poor Sophie gets ‘adopted’ by Maggie and Glen.  It’s definitely not the most fucked-up thing that goes down in the prison era; most of the really disturbing things could NEVER be depicted on AMC. If they tried to re-create them for the series, it’d have to be so dimly lit and watered down that you wouldn’t even be able to tell what the hell is going on; there’s no way to do a TV version of them (that would get past the network and make it to air, anyway).

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But I digress. Anyway, she (so far) has a slightly happier existence in her AMC TWD incarnation. I think another character–maybe not a prison resident– may end up snapping and commit suicide in a similar manner.  Kirkman and Scott Gimple have both stated they want to use events from the comic, but switch around characters and tweak the situations.  For instance, in the comics, Dale lived and it was him, not Herschel (who is not a even-tempered as he is on the show) who got ankle-bit suddenly by a zombie in a dark location and his leg amputated. Dale sticks around way, way longer than in the series… and Andrea hooks up with Dale (Daddy issues? His character repeatedly says he has no idea why Andrea would want to be his girlfriend, but oh well, he’s not going to complain). Kind of relieved we didn’t have to see that depicted on the show–the comic will suffice.

‘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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Exclusive: Extended Walking Dead Sneak Peek Confirms Time Jump, Mass Casualties and Terrifying New Enemy That’s ‘From Inside!’

Yeah, if it’s not zombies, or other people, what is it? Running out of food? That would eventually land in the category of ‘other people’, (Cannibalism gets pretty intense in the comics). What the hell is it? Fleas? Ugh, your guess is as good as ours. Anyway, check out the sneak peek!

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The Walking Dead Season 4Rick and his battle-weary society of survivors on The Walking Dead are about to get the last thing they need — a new freakin’ threat that is “not really walkers” nor is it “other people,” co-executive producer Denise Huth teases in the following extended preview of the AMC smash’s fourth season (bowing Sunday, Oct. 13). “The relative safety that they’ve created at the prison begins to fall apart.”

Um, if it’s not zombies, and it’s not humans… Then what the hell is it?!

PHOTOS | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Images and Scoop on The Walking Dead, Plus 44 Other Returning Favorites

“You can’t put your finger on where it’s going to come next,” adds EP Greg Nicotero, allowing only that “it’s from the inside.”

That ominous spoiler is but one of the many newsworthy nuggets dispensed in the four-minute video, which, in addition to featuring interviews with the cast and EPs, includes…

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‘The Walking Dead’: Lawrence Gilliard Jr. on how he landed the part of Bob Stookey

Now let’s just see if AMC’s The Walking Dead can keep two black male characters alive for an entire season. Come on, Kirkman.

 

The Good, The Bad and The Worse: The Walking Dead Finale

Yep. Sarah hit about every point I wanted to make in my list of reasons why the finale felt unfinished. Robert Kirkman also promised “the whole prison story arc will be resolved, we’ll see closure as it’s time to move on.” Really? I know Kirkman isn’t going to give out spoilers and not even get anywhere near them, but that was just insulting. Rumor is that he’s the one that made an 11th-hour change to the script to kill off Andrea, which lead to conflict with Glenn Mazzara, which lead to him getting pissed off enough to part ways with the show. Or, he could have gotten the rug yanked out from under him just like Laurie Holden did. Again, major props to her talent for keeping the character likeable (to us, anyway) and being gracious about her exit, even though it was a shitty situation.

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“Your reasoning was bullshit before. ‘Everyone you care about dies?’ Get in line. Who can’t say that? So we just resign ourselves to be miserable? I’ve lost people, we all have. We would just see whose curse is stronger, if mine kills you before yours kills me. We’re all going to die, Rick…that was true before the turn. I guess what I’m trying to say is…I’m glad you decided to stop being such a pussy. Tomorrow is a new day–and for the first time in a long time, I’m actually looking forward to it. So thanks.”

—Andrea to Rick in The Walking Dead comic… where she lives on.

‘The Walking Dead’: Andrea, Milton Discuss The Season Three Finale Shocker (SPOILERS)!

“Do I wish we could’ve seen and explored more of the comic-book-Robert-Kirkman Andrea? Yes. Absolutely,” Holden told TVLine. “Do I wish that I had more scenes with Michonne, showing that friendship? Yes. Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I don’t think I could ask for a better death. I feel like her life mattered, and she died trying, and her heart was in the right place. I feel grateful for that. You can’t have it all.”

Click the big red link below to read the entire Huffington Post article… it’s a great one!

‘The Walking Dead’: Andrea, Milton Discuss The Season 3 Finale Shocker.

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Well, I hope they don’t blow the prison up, or something. I’m not tired of seeing it as a backdrop yet! Maybe Dr. Kimberly Shaw could come in at the very end,  push a button,  and blow up the Melrose Place section of the prison up with a bomb, though.

Musings of a Mild Mannered Man

Robert Kirkman hints at the future of the hit zombie drama.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hinted at more character deaths to come.

The writer – who devised the original comic on which the hit TV drama is based – told Entertainment Weekly that more series regulars could exit the series.

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The Walking Dead Q&A: Robert Kirkman talks the Governor, Andrea, and THAT shocking climax (Spoilers – EW.com)

Wow… should have killed him when she had the chance. Although we do feel pretty sorry for those horrifying burned-up pit zombies… though now we know where those photos came from (we posted a couple gruesome shots featuring them that were advertised as being in “Clear”). Only two episodes left…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – I think that the walker that The Governor smashed in the face with a shovel about nine times might have been green. UGH. We loved it!

The Walking Dead – We Have The Airdates, Titles, and Credits For The Rest Of Season 3 Right Here!

Spoiler Alert, sort of:  if you click on the episode titles, you’ll be taken to the IMDB page for that episode, which lists cast. I personally got accidentally spoiled on the return of a recurring character for the upcoming episode this Sunday; though it’s certainly no bombshell, we still thought you should have a heads up. WARNING: there IS a big bombshell of a character return in the form of an acting credit on “Prey”.  It could be a fake-out, but if it does turn out to be legit, I’ll really wish I hadn’t seen it.

Okay. So. As of this writing, there’s only four more episodes to go and Season Three of AMC’s The Walking Dead will have slammed to a close.  If you’d like more details on the titles and credits, read on!


S3, Ep13, “Arrow on the Doorpost” airs  March 10th. Directed by David Boyd, written by Ryan C. Coleman.

S3, Ep14,  “Prey”, airs March 17th. Directed by Stefan Schwartz, written by Evan Reilly and Glen Mazzara (yay!) Happy St. Patrick’s Day – we’re sure you’ll SEE something green in the episode.

S3, Ep 15, “This Sorrowful Life” airs March 24. Directed by Greg Nicotero (Hurray!), written by Scott M. Gimple. Sounds upbeat…

Finally,  the Season 3 finale (Ep.16) is titled “Welcome to the Tombs” (another cheerful finale title, though honestly, it beats a quirky, contrived one) and airs March 31. Directed by Ernest Dickerson. There’s no writer listed as of yet; we’re hoping for Kirkman, Mazzara,  Scott Gimple, or Frank Darabont (who got a writing credit–albeit a generic, blanket one– for “Clear“, so hey, you never know). We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything!

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Speaking of “Clear”, do you recall seeing the above cringe-inducing official photo released for that specific episode at ANY point in the show last week? Because if so, we missed it, and think that we probably would have recalled that memorable of a shot. Hmmmm, deleted scene? If you saw it, please comment below, ’cause now it’s driving us nuts (click on image for a full-page version on the IMDB).