Q&A with Sarah Wayne Callies on Sunday’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, The Suicide King (SPOILERS)

(SPOILER ALERT). For what it’s worth, even in HD I could see so little that I figured they just had a similar-looking female stand in for Callies (especially with that lighting and that wedding dress draped over her figure). Speaking of the state of Mr.  This Isn’t A Democracy’s  health… Wow, Rick is seriously losing his shit. I’m hoping they take a similar turn they did in the print version (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL) and basically vote that there’s going to be a group of leaders, an ad-hoc committee, or put someone else in charge. Vote on it, if the entire gang isn’t as mentally fractured as Rick is. In the comic– well, as I recall anyway– OK, let me back up for a minute. I did all my catching-up on the TWD graphic novels in a series of big greedy bites lasting six weeks (TOPS, probably closer to a month the way I was wolfing them down) in the summer of 2011, and I would have blasted through them in a week to ten days if I had been able to purchase all the compendiums at once. Now I keep up with the paperback volumes, but that’s going to have to stop. After “The Saviors” killed off a much-loved main character (there from the beginning) off shockingly, horribly, and graphically in the last TPB–an event which I’m surprised didn’t have to cause creator Robert Kirkman to pack his suitcase and move to Aruba until things settled down to escape angry fans coming at him with torches and pitchforks– I’m going to have to subscribe, because I want to see some serious payback… and, as usual, what happens next.. OK, where was I? Sorry for the digression, but if you’re a TWD comics reader, you know the event I mean, and understand; I’m betting I wasn’t the only one who actually had their day ruined it was so sad and brutal.

 

Back to the Rick prison-meltdown In the comics–and this was before the shit REALLY hit the fan with The Governor, and Lori was still alive and pregnant– Rick got more and more cold-blooded and ruthless, got in a huge physical fight with another male character bigger than him, and fell off the second-story railing of the prison and was in and out of consciousness due to his injuries long enough for everyone else to have gotten together, had a civilized discussion, and voted on a different system of leadership. [END THE WALKING DEAD COMICS SPOILER] I hope that’s what happens here. They need Michonne, they need Tyreese, and whoever else they can trust –especially with Daryl gone. Too bad Dale’s not around anymore.

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Rick getting those imaginary phone calls from Lori (also happened in the comic-but just Lori’s voice, not a few different people) I can actually excuse as a reaction to acute grief and shock. Shit, when you’re in that much pain, do whatever works do get through it, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. However, he lost his shit in front of the entire group, also doesn’t seem to be bonding to his infant “Little Ass-Kicker” daughter, looks like someone you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw them in public–and carries around a loaded weapon. Something’s got to change. Until next week, enjoy this interview with Sara Callies on the post-mortem cameos–voice and otherwise–by Lori. We’ll re-blog anything else of interest on EW.com’s “Inside TV”, especially when Dalton Ross writes it.

Sneak Peek of Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead Unveiled – Darryl VS. Merle VS. The Governer VS. Andrea!

Speaking of The Walking Dead- Killer Kaylyn has a clip from the newest episode, 309, titled The Suicide King. There’s also a GREAT promo for the 2nd half of S3. Check it out! Don’t miss the links for “related articles” below from Dread Central, either (and that “major spoiler” has been confirmed to be an image from another movie – it is Norman Reedus, just NOT from The Walking Dead).

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Was the ending of the midseason finale a cruel cliffhanger or what!? The long separated Dixon brothers were finally reunited, in the worst way possible. In a gladiator-style arena, the Governor brought Merle and Daryl together, and ordered to fight. Before the battle could begin, however, the episode ended, and the audience was told to wait until February to witness the outcome of the horrific, highly anticipated event. Luckily, a clip from the newest episode, titled “The Suicide King”, was released recently, along with a trailer for the second part of the third season. Check out both below!

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The Walking Dead’: Andrew Lincoln Talks All About The Midseason Finale’s Surprise Cameo

I admit, I missed it the first time around. There was already enough hell breaking loose in The Walking Dead mid-season finale, “Made To Suffer”, written by Robert Kirkman, and I had plenty of re-winding to do. Pretty cool interview, though!  If you want to read the Robert Kirkman EW.com review, it’s over here, and the interview with show-runner Glen Mazzara interview is here.  Enjoy!

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 10th, at 9PM Eastern.  ‘Talking Dead’ is also expanding from half-hour format to an hour!

‘The Walking Dead’: Showrunner Glen Mazzara Breaks Down The Shocking Midseason Finale And What To Expect Next February!

You heard from creator Robert Kirkman, (click here if you haven’t read it yet and want to), now let’s hear from Glen Mazzara. He was, after all, one of the show runners of one my five favorite shows of all time, The Shield. Glad The Governor is going to end up with an eyepatch after all… but now he has a whole different reason (then the comics) to make things personal and take the prison.

Hey, it just occurred to me that the guys who were stabbed with Walker bones (bleh) are going to come back.

So glad “Inside TV” on EW.com allows Word Press re-blogs/re-presses now – one less clanky link for your guys to deal with to get to the goodies. Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale – Robert Kirkman Interview With EW.com (SPOILERS!)

SPOILER ALERT FOR 12/2/2012 episode of TWD! Proceed at your own risk.

Robert Kirkman wrote the screenplay for the episode tonight (“Made To Suffer”, which if it isn’t a title of one of those quarterly volumes, sure as hell sounds like one) and it damn well showed. A pretty good interview, though I admit I’m not thrilled with the idea of mid-season finales in general, especially when they end on the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER they can come up with, that after a point in some instances, it seems more of a “I bet you wanna know what happens next, huh? Well,  fuck you!   You’re waiting as long as we say you are!” This tonight was just about right, though. It was also Kirkman’s idea–or at least his brainstorming –to figure out a way to bring Jon Bernthal back, which was made more difficult by the fact that he was in the middle of shooting the new Scorsese flick and contractually, couldn’t shave his beard off. I think they worked it in pretty well.

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Also cannot BELIEVE the amount of gore this show gets away with. I’m definitely not complaining; it just seems bizarre that they can do ANYTHING gory as long as they do it to a zombie (though T-Dawg’s shoulder bite and subsequent ripping apart were bloody, and the great “Romero shot” last week with the hobo was maybe the goriest death a human has had on the show. Oh, when I say “Romero shot”, I mean those magical sick shots where at least 4 or 5 ravenous zombies all fall upon a human at once, ripping him apart at the same time and hungrily rifling through his internal organs to grab whatever they can stuff in their mouths, and for a REAL Romero tribute, limbs are pulled off by separate zombies to gnaw on with everything they have. The icing on the Romero Tribute cake it when the person screams until you see their head pulled off.

I remember-I was only nine or ten, but I remember– Dawn Of The Dead   being rated X for “graphic scenes of cannibalism” and “Made to Suffer” made it look kind of quaint. Oh, it had some great gore, but tonight a zombie got its face graphically hacked into split down the middle, and a little girl zombie got the business end of a Katana sword – not decapitated, but shoved into her mouth exiting the back of her skull to take her down (the argument could be made for a mercy killing).

Earlier in the season Rick discovers that his wife’s corpse (she was killed after she died and before she could turn) is now a gory puddle, then follows the drag marks down the hallway, until they lead to a zombie with a big fat belly as though it were pregnant (it ate her whole body and was stuffed and lethargic, but my brain said the zombie’s either pregnant or just fat, there’s no way they could get away with… shit, is that HAIR sticking out of its mouth?)   Rick then really lost his shit and stabbed the very satisfied zombie RIGHT IN THE STOMACH over and over. I still didn’t believe it until I saw Talking Dead and Nicotero confirmed the whole thing. I can’t recall as of this writing whether it was due to him just taking out his rage and grief, or trying to get her wedding ring back. That was his half-digested wife it there!  That’s fucked up, down, and sideways. I recall the usually enthusiastic, bloodthirsty  studio audience of zombie/TWD fans all making a disgusted groan (first reaction like that I can remember on The Talking Dead) when Nicotero pointed out the tufts of hair.*

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Oh, and the shard of glass in the Governor’s eye made me wince it looked so real- large broken off chunks of it sticking out of it – I was hoping she was going to do it, but I winced during the scene where the doctor was taking way too close of a look at it. If that was practical effects, they did a hell of a job, and if it was CGI, I couldn’t tell. I know they get away with much more on the show after the commercial success, and that usually pisses me off, but I’m sure as hell not going to complain about a bunch of gruesome, creative kills Nicotero and his team put together that I get to watch. They want to keep trying to top themselves every week, fine with me!

It would be really nice, though, if the show could have two black male characters alive through an entire episode. Just once, I’d like to see a black male meeting another and kicking ass as a team. SIGH. Oh well, we have Michonne and Cutty from The Wire. Would have been nice if Oscar had been able to stick around, that’s all. That’s my two cents– enjoy the interview, and don’t miss this one with Glen Mazzara, either! EW.com has it together to give you what you want to read RIGHT after the episode.

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*I’m kind of wondering, now that I think of it, what happened to her bones-especially her skull. No way it could fit in the zombies mouth, and the zombie didn’t have the motor skills to break it into pieces with a brick, so did it just rip the face and scalp off her corpse, or… I guess Nicotero, who helmed the episode, knew they had to draw the line because they were pushing it already.

 

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!