The Walking Dead: Scoop on What's Ahead!

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Strained relationships, a rivalry that will test the survivors’ unity and the possible arrival of a major character from the books are among the stories on tap for the second half of The Walking Dead Season 2. Here are the key takeaways from the AMC drama’s Saturday afternoon session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

1 | AMC screened for reporters a key scene from the midseason premiere that showed Rick giving an inebriated Hershel a pep talk when suddenly they’re interrupted by [SPOILER]!

2 | Young Sophia’s death will strain Carol’s deepening bond with Daryl. “It really affects their relationship,” previews exec producer Glen Mazzara, “and forces Carol to really stand on her own.”

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3 | Despite chatter that the walkers appear to be moving faster this season, producers insisted that no conscious decision was made to speed them up. “Some actors playing zombies make that choice,” said Mazzara. “They’re not getting faster on our end.”

4 | EP Robert Kirkman would neither confirm nor deny that the pivotal comic book character of Michonne will turn up this season.

5 | The escalating Shane/Rick rivalry “puts everybody else in a difficult position on that farm,” said Mazzara.

6 | Mazzara said that, in keeping with the graphic-novel source material, there remain no plans to establish what caused the zombie outbreak: “This story is about our characters.”

7 | Regarding the widely-circulated alterna-plan for Season 2 pitched by EP Frank Darabont before he and the show parted ways — one that, in flashback to the dawn of the outbreak, followed a band of Army rangers through Atlanta and ultimately planted that dead, grenade-clutching solider in the Season 1 tank — Mazzara confirmed that “that story was discussed internally,” but added, “It was under Frank’s stewardship that we moved off of that storyline. Frank moved off of that storyline.”

The Walking Dead resumes its sophomore run on Sunday, Feb. 12. AMC will marathon Season 1′s half-dozen episodes on Saturday, Feb. 11 starting at 8 pm, then encore the first half of Season 2 on Sunday starting at 1:30 pm, leading into the new installment.

Comments (19)

  • February 12th can not come soon enough! Excited to see which character from the comics shows up. So many goood choices.

    Comment by timshel – January 14, 2012 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I could not agree more! The finale to episode 7 was awesome!

      Comment by Peter Leaf – January 21, 2012 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Walking dead returns… Sophia, not so much.

    Comment by Stark – January 14, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really hoping the rumor about Michonne appearing in the season finale is true. She’s an awesome character in the comic and to see her played out on screen will just……it’ll be a dream come true.

    Comment by Joe – January 14, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michonne needs be cast very carefully. I’d rather wait another season than have the wrong actress.

    Comment by Matt – January 14, 2012 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree with you, if they make her too weak, people will be pissed, if she is too much of a bitch, they will be pissed. She has to be this blend of vulnerable but tough that is very delicate.

      Comment by Danny – January 15, 2012 03:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @Matt & Danny, very well put.

      Comment by Winnie – January 15, 2012 05:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cannot wait! Yes, the show may have its issues but it is still my favorite show on TV!

    Comment by Pam – January 15, 2012 03:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Test

    Comment by Brano – January 15, 2012 05:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also agree, only upsetting thing I find is the little changes in the story. Keep the kid I thought and kill pf Shane. Like his character, bit ricks son took him out. That would have blown non readers minds!

    Comment by mark – January 15, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Despite chatter that the walkers appear to be moving faster this season, producers insisted that no conscious decision was made to speed them up. ”Some actors playing zombies make that choice,” said Mazzara. “They’re not getting faster on our end.”

    That is the most stupid thing I have read.

    Comment by meh – January 15, 2012 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if we’ll find out what Jenner whispered to Rick at the end of season one. . .

    Comment by Dennis – January 15, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I always thought he told Rick that Lori was pregnant.

      Comment by Christine – January 15, 2012 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy crap that would be awesome! (Flashback story of the Army Rangers). Damn i wish they were smart, filmed that separately and in between last season and the return of season two, aired the Ranger story. Like 2-4 episodes long or something.

    Granted, i am becoming less and less of a fan of the show in general, so maybe thats one reason the Ranger story is so compelling to me. Its less soap drama, its more guns and tactics, but still enough inter-personal drama because obviously, they all end up dead. (Or maybe not, maybe the story is at the end, only one guy survives, and gets Helo’ed out, and later in season 2.5 or 3 or 4, the Walking Dead group meets that lone Ranger).

    I wish the show would pull back to its source material. I find the comics to be MUCH better. In general Walking Dead would go (in terms of entertaining to wait) from a 6.5 to a 8-9 if they just killed off Shane. I think theres a reason he was killed off in the comics, and thats because hes a annoying piece of crap. But because hes a hot ripped main character, TV wont kill him off, unlike the comic where hes just a drawing so the creator/writer loves killing off main characters.

    Every day hes alive, every scene hes in that hes not supposed to be in (at the barn, eventually at the prison, etc etc) just makes the show less fun to watch for me. Basically they took a amazing crazy comic that broke social conventions, and main streamed it on TV. Keeping characters around that shouldnt be, not moving to a new location cause it would cost money (they werent at the farm this long). Its only little things that are almost identical that make the show still fun, like Glenn and his GF.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – January 15, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Idk if the story line your referring to is the Army Ranger one, but now adays where HD TV can be shot with a Canon 5D, and you can hire 5 male actors to play soldiers off a street corner, and get volunteers to be used for zombies…pretty sure I could film it for under $10K lol.

      My point just being that if you don’t have the budget, using ingenuity and the indi mentality you can get some amazing stuff made now a days. Some of the best tv shows/movies in the past 5 years have been on super small budgets where they used smarts and tricks to make the movie look great, and once they got a huge budget it started to suck. Creativity goes out the window.

      Comment by M3rc Nate – January 16, 2012 12:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They moved off of that storyline b/c the budget was cut for the show.

    Comment by Will – January 15, 2012 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliza Dushku. Maybe she can find some time away from her shows on the MIA network.

    Comment by Piedmont – January 15, 2012 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well first off, Eliza is white and mega gorgeous…compared to Michonne who is black with dreads and moderately pretty. Also as much as i love Eliza and her acting ability… i dont know if she would be up to that mentally ruff of a character. She seems to always bring sexy and a swagger to everything she plays…Michonne is more tuff soldier like. The type that can survive on her own with a sword slaughting zombies, and survive being tortured and raped like crazy, then have the guts to stomach doing what she did in the comics to the people that abducted her and raped/tortured her.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – January 16, 2012 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring Amy or Sophia or both back on show pleaseee

    Comment by Bring more people to WD – November 1, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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