Post Mortem: Walking Dead Boss Dissects Killer Finale, Talks [Spoiler]'s Arrival, 'Spoils' Season 3

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The Walking Dead Season 2 FinaleWARNING: If you have yet to watch The Walking Dead‘s Season 2 finale tonight, run don’t walk to the nearest exit. We’re serious, folks. The following Q&A with exec producer Robert Kirkman contains massive spoilers. Trust us on this one. Everyone else, you may proceed…

The Walking Dead closed out its second season Sunday night with a pair of deaths (R.I.P. Patricia and Jimmy), a game-changing revelation (Jenner did whisper to Rick that everyone is infected), one major character introduction (Michonne!) and a confirmation of Season 3′s setting (prison!). Oh, and Rick finally started channeling his inner badass! Below, executive producer Robert Kirkman deconstructs the spectacular episode’s most memorable moments and teases a Season 3 he promises will blow Season 2 “out of the water!”

TVLINE | So, Patricia and Jimmy got the hook. Was it just that they were the most expendable at this point?
We never treat a character as expendable, nor do we treat a character’s death as being something that is of varying importance. This was very much about these characters who had lived on this farm pretty much all of their lives. Hershel was very connected to the farm, and losing the farm and losing these people at the same time is going to mean a lot for him — as well as Maggie and Beth — in Season 3. It’s unfortunate to lose Jimmy and Patricia, but every character death is going to have ramifications for all of the other characters that continue on and each one of them is important in their own right.

TVLINE | Which surviving character made it off the farm by the skin of their teeth. In other words, did you come close to killing anyone else only to change your mind at the 11th hour?
This is going to sound coy, and I apologize for that, but almost all of them. One of the things that’s always been important to me with the Walking Dead comic book series is that you always be willing to get rid of every character at any moment if it serves the story. I’ve always tried not to grow any kind of attachment to any character. And also, there have been times where I’ve had big arcs plotted out for [someone] but at the moment it seemed like the right thing to do to completely get rid of the character. And now that we’re getting further and further into the show, and we’re able to tell the stories [with] high stakes, pretty much everything is on the table when we sit there in the writers room. There’s some pretty terrifying, crazy things discussed. And every character, at some point, we’ve talked about, “Now? Later? When are we going to do this?” It’s a dangerous show.

TVLINE | Some fans were grumbling about how there were long stretches this season without any major Walker sequences. Were you just saving your zombie budget for the finale?
It really comes down to storytelling. If you listen to music at maximum volume at all times, it eventually becomes quiet to you; you get used to it. We do stories where there aren’t a lot of zombies so that when there are a lot of zombies it’s that much more jarring and terrifying. If we had five zombies in every episode that did five cool things, it would eventually become white noise. So we have to bring it out, show it to you, get you terrified and then pull it away and watch the characters react to what they’ve just gone through… Lull the audience into a false sense of security. There’s obviously a budget — I mean, it’s TV. But the season is structured in a way that we know what’s coming and we know when to show our cards and when to hold our cards. It’s all part of an overall plan.

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TVLINE | Let’s talk about Rick. As I was watching his big speech to the group I couldn’t decide if this was a man in the throes of a psychotic break or someone who was finally, for lack of a better turn of phrase, growing a pair. Which one was it for you?
I like to think at [all] times it could be 50/50. This world definitely takes a toll on you. Rick just murdered his best friend, his wife appears to be disgusted with him and, instead of going, “I’m really upset; let me figure out how I deal with it,” he turns around and he’s got nine people going, “We’re scared — what do we do?” He’s forced into this leadership role and, at the end of the episode, we see that he is taking this on and it is affecting him. And he’s growing darker. And he is saying, “Hey, you want me to be the leader? That’s fine. I’m going to be the leader. You don’t like it? Fend for yourself. Let’s see how you do.” He’s growing harsher in this world. And the series is always going to be about whether or not he can retain his humanity, or whether or not he is going to become some kind of hardened monster that really exists only to provide survival for him and his family.

TVLINELori’s disgust over Rick killing Shane confused me a little. Didn’t she just a few episodes ago all but order Rick to whack him?
A lot of that anger [she's expressing] could be directed at herself. I think she feels partially responsible for sending these two men on a path. That’s the moment where she found out that Shane was dead. And not only did she find out that Shane was dead, but her husband totally killed the guy! This was a family friend. This was a guy that used to come over on weekends and watch football in the house and things like that. It was a really emotional moment that is going to drive her a little batty. Having to handle those emotions and looking at the guy that kind of caused the situation, she’s not going to be considering, “Oh, yeah. I did this. I should calm down.” She has these emotions and she doesn’t know what to do with them.

TVLINE | What does having Andrea cut off from the group do for your from a storytelling standpoint moving into next season — and we’ll get to her run-in with Michonne in a second.
Andrea had a really interesting arc in the second season. We start off with her somewhat suicidal and upset that Dale wouldn’t allow her to remain in the CDC and die. And over the course of the season, we’ve shown her find a purpose for living, and also find the means to survive at all costs. And at the end of the season, we really put her to the test. She is out on her own. She is for all intents and purposes in the most danger out of anyone in the group by the end of the episode. And we’re going to be exploring that a little bit more in the third season. But really just putting her in the pressure-cooker situation and seeing how she fares and how she’s going to do and how she’s going to survive is going to be interesting thing to follow in the third season. We have some really cool stuff planned for Andrea.

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TVLINE | The introduction of Michonne was an incredible moment, but I’m curious: Why did you decide not to show her face? Was that just an issue of the role not having been cast yet?
We thought that it would be a little bit more mysterious. And, also, in the interest of keeping these things secret, the casting would’ve been announced right away. And because it is such a short scene, we didn’t cast an actress; we used a stand-in. And as far as her relationship with Andrea goes, she cut the head off of a zombie. She could easily stab Andrea next in the first minutes of Season 3, so who knows what that relationship will be like?

TVLINE | Have you cast the role?
There will be announcements forthcoming… [THIS JUST IN: Find Out Who's Playing Michonne!]

TVLINEHow will the TV version of Michonne be similar/different from her comic book counterpart?
She will be very similar to her comic-book counterpart. Most of the characters as they’ve been translated into TV are pretty much exactly the same character. Andrea is Andrea, Rick is Rick and Michonne is going to be Michonne. Now, the stories that we’re going to tell with her are going to be somewhat different at times. The show has always followed the comic book to a large extent, it just has different divergences from time-to-time and we’re definitely going to continue that in the third season. But the fans have expectations for Michonne, and I can say with full knowledge that their expectations are going to be met. They need not worry.

TVLINE | Did you always know the season would end with her introduction? Did you ever consider, perhaps, teasing the Governor’s arrival instead?
There was a lot of stuff thrown around. It wasn’t really planned early on to have Michonne show up at the end of the season. I have to give credit to [executive producer] Glen Mazzara. He came into the writers room one day and was like, “We’ve got to add this scene. It’ll have so much punch. We have to build to this. It’ll be great. Let’s go ahead and introduce her now.” The original plan was to hold her for Season 3 and introduce her then.

TVLINE | The episode ended with the confirmation that Season 3 would be set in the prison. Not a big surprise but a cool reveal nonetheless.
What I really like about the transition from Season 2 to Season 3 as opposed to Season 1 to Season 2 transition is that when we were moving into Season 2 there were so many unknowns. All of the questions were, “Are we going to see the farm? Are they going to follow the comic?” And now that we’re moving into Season 3, we’ve seen Michonne. We’ve seen the prison. We know that that the Governor has been cast. So the fans really have a clear indication of what kind of things to expect in the third season and where we’re going and some of the stories that we may be telling if they’re familiar with the comic book series. Our third season is definitely going to be our best season yet. I’m really excited to get into it. It’s actually hard for me to do interviews about Season 2 because I’m like, “Oh my God, Season 3 blows this stuff out of the water. You just wait.” We’ve been working on Season 3 for a few months now. We’re wrapping up the first half and we’ve got everything nailed down. I can’t wait for people to see it.

TVLINE | Any other major characters aside from The Governor and Michonne that will be introduced in Season 3?
There are still some surprises around the corner. We wouldn’t be revealing so much in our final episode of Season 2 if we didn’t have so much more to reveal in the marketing [campaign] for Season 3 and also in the episodes when the season begins. There are a lot of surprises around the corner.

TVLINE | Will Season 3′s 16 episodes be broke up into two parts?
I don’t know if this is 100 percent confirmed, but the idea is we will do eight-and-eight. Getting eight-and-eight will almost be like doing two seasons a year, which is cool.




Comments (353)

  • So.. it IS Rutina Wesley? Isn’t it? :P

    Comment by p – March 18, 2012 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m running a prayer circle that it is Rutina lol

      Comment by Misha – March 18, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If you watched talking dead you’ll find out

        Comment by chris – March 18, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i saw it and it was an amazing episode cant wait for the 3rd season

          Comment by james – March 19, 2012 07:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Please God no, she was the most annoying thing on True Blood.

      Comment by AJ – March 18, 2012 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I hated her on true blood, but Rutina is not that bad on other things.

        Comment by p – March 18, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes! She sure was irritating!

        Comment by Sheri – March 18, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think it’s going to be Danai Gurira or Gina Torres… oh well

        Comment by Richard – March 19, 2012 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • she may have been annoying on true blood but that was because her character was supposed to be annoying. I think that she played that part incredibly well and she would be great for the cast of the walking dead even though she wasn’t the one who was cast.

        Comment by hahaha – April 8, 2012 12:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tara did get shot in the head on True Blood finale, and she can definately play a bad ass. So I would be happy with her.

      Comment by Russ – March 18, 2012 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Danai Gurira is our Michonne and she will be perfect.

      Comment by P – March 18, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, it’s not.

      Comment by Nope – March 18, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes it is.

        Comment by Yup – March 19, 2012 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes it is going to be Danai. They said it on Talking Dead and showed her picture.

        Comment by catalina1227 – March 19, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope.

      Its an actress from Treme

      Comment by A. – March 24, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes your right, The actress from Treme..

        Comment by sheglid – April 29, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why did this Michonne character have the two zoombies on a chain with their arms cut off.

    Comment by Ashley – March 18, 2012 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Those are her “pets”.

      Comment by Brittany – March 18, 2012 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • they werent her pets it was her boyfriend and the boyfriends best friend

        Comment by Dalton – March 26, 2012 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @Ashley – There is a story reason, look back at one of the season one episodes when they are stuck in the department store, and how they escape.

      Comment by Frank – March 18, 2012 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You have to read the comic books to understand.

      Comment by Vicky – March 18, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Her origin is also in this months copy of Playboy Magazine

        Comment by Todd – March 19, 2012 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My guess…to cover her scent from the “herds” of zombies?

      Comment by L Gee – March 18, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In the comic they are the re-animated corpses of her boyfriend and his best friend. They allow her to walk around freely with no fear of walker attacks.

      Comment by Calvin Cave – March 18, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I heard it’s to cover her scent with their dead scent but she also keeps them because one was her brother and the other was her boyfriend. She removed their arms and jaws so they cannot attack her.

      Comment by Sheri – March 18, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the two zombies are her boyfriend and his best friend…she keeps them to fend from walkers

      Comment by jenny – March 18, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ikr!!

      Comment by anonymous – March 18, 2012 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • its her boyfriend and his friend

      Comment by MAry – March 18, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I heard that in the comics, the zombies are her former boyfriend and HIS best friend…and she literally pulls them around on chains with their arms AND lower jaws cut off so they can’t attack her. Somehow this keeps zombies away?!
      Sounds like her character goes in major comic book ridiculous mode, lol

      Comment by ketkat – March 19, 2012 12:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Their smell covers her smell, so the zombies doesn’t notice her as quickly.

        Comment by Dragen – March 19, 2012 06:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Prayers answered, it’s not her. It’s Denai? Guerrero

    Comment by AJ – March 18, 2012 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So who is the governor and when will they be introduced? Didn’t see any indication of this character in season 2.

    Comment by Tina – March 18, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The helicopter is the indication that the Governor is coming. That is how they encounter him. They cast David Morrissey to play him.

      Comment by AJ – March 18, 2012 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So will it be the real state governor, or is it just a nickname? I think Merle is going to pop up soon, too.

        Comment by David Willey – March 20, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d highly advise you to NOT look for spoilers on this one. This is one you really want to experience as it happens. (Unless you read the comics, of course.)

      Comment by Ruby – March 18, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree

        Comment by Lisa Stockstill – March 18, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jim Morrissey will be playing The Governor,no idea when he will be introduced.

      Comment by Judi – March 18, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • David Morrissey…

        Comment by Jerry – March 18, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her armless jawless prisoners are her ex boyfriend and his best friend who she has with her to deter walkers! How do you spell the girls name??? Denai?? Denye???

    Comment by Mercedes – March 18, 2012 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also, when is the exact date of the first episode of season 3 and will you have the same time slot?

    Comment by Tina – March 18, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • their series are always in the same time slot, sunday at 8 and 9 (central). and the last 2 years walking dead has premiered its seasons on halloween weekend

      Comment by t – March 18, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show. Keep up the AWESOME WORK!!!!!!

    Comment by Lisa Stockstill – March 18, 2012 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • According to Robert Kirman’s Talking Dead interview, an actress named Danai Gurira will be playing Michonne. With the prison, Michonne, and the Governor in the mix, season 3 sounds inredible already.

    Comment by Aiden – March 18, 2012 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I literally screamed out loud when Michonne showed up. I did not expect that just yet! And EXACTLY like she showed up in the comics, with the armless zombies in tow. AWESOME. That was the only thing that made up for the lack of Shane for me. But I was kind of glad the group was upset with him for killing Shane. I honestly expected them to be like, “Huh. Moving along now.”

    Comment by Ruby – March 18, 2012 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh man, me too on almost all accounts! Gonna miss Shane, but so long as Andrea continues growing into a badass and Michonne is as awesome as I know she will be, I’ll keep watching.

      Comment by Wadjet – March 18, 2012 10:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Didn’t Rick kill Shane in self defense? I keep reading different things saying that he murdered him. If he had to kill him in self defense, then that is not murder. I record the show and part of that episode was deleted, so I am not sure exactly what happened… I did hear Rick say in the season finale that Shane had led him into the woods with the intent of killing Rick, so he had no choice. If this is true, no one in his group should be upset with him.

      Comment by Skippy – March 19, 2012 01:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, Rick killed Shane inn self defense. Shane took the prisoner Randall from the barn making Randall think he was going to free him. As they go further in the woods, Shane breaks Randall’s neck. Shane then headbutts a tree, busting his nose to make it look like Randall had attacked him. While this is happening Rick and the others have realized Randall is gone. Shane comes back to the barn all bloodied up, and spins the attack lie but does not tell them Randall is dead. Shane convinces Rick to come with him to search for Randall and as they are walking in the woods Rick realizes Shane is going to kill him. They have a big confrontation and Rick puts his gun down, when Shane is about to shoot Rick, Rick stabs him with a knife he had concealed.

        Comment by buffy2012 – March 19, 2012 05:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The governor is a huge character from the comics. While they haven’t introduce him in the show yet, a few weeks ago they confirmed that British actor David Morrisey was cast in the role for season 3.

    Comment by Leah – March 18, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is michonne going to be a badass charecter on the next season

    Comment by Eddie – March 18, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • badass is putting it mildly

      Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Michonne makes Chuck Norris look like a pu$$y…

      Comment by I_Luv_Chuck – March 18, 2012 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, but Chuck Norris makes himself look like a pu$$y.

        Comment by Daryl – March 18, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Well said Daryl. Stil, I_Luv_Chuck (Please tell me a fellow fan of the series Chuck?) was right.

          Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Finally, yes!!! Someone who sees through the emperor’s clothes.

          Comment by Credit Giver – March 19, 2012 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just read a cast list from the comics. he says that the tv show sticks to the comics and yet laurie is alive and dale is dead. carol is alive and sophia is dead. the cast list i read was pretty much the opposite of all that. it also made out that shane shouldve died in season 1. is it just add lib that cast members are alive when they should be dead, and dead when they should be alive?

    Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • From what I just saw on Talking Dead kind of. It’s what best serves the story they want to tell

      Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lori is alive because in the comics she doesn’t die until after this point.

      Carol also was alive at the prison.

      The people who died that should’ve lived, oh well. There also is no guy named Tyrese in the show and there was never a guy named Daryl or a guy named Merle in the comic. What’s your point?

      Comment by Jude – March 18, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the comics are much further ahead in the story. ie. lori has her baby in the comics… so we still have plenty of time to play out the story. also in the comics.. dale does die. but he dies much later on in the series.

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’re using the same characters from the comic but changing the storyline to keep it interesting for us and to allow it to grow and not be stagnant like a zombie.

      Comment by Xombi – March 18, 2012 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She uses their smell to keep other zombies away. She cuts off the arms and lower jaw, so they can’t attack her.

    Comment by Taylor – March 18, 2012 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Honestly I wish I could do that to my boyfriend and ex husband…. armless and jawless in chains… hmmm…

      Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Then they could not pleasure you with fingers or a tongue…

        Comment by Ken – March 18, 2012 11:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They probably wish the same for you.

        Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the cloaked swordsman with chained zombies was an interesting effect. Good call.

    I don’t know why everyone is mad at Rick for killing Shane. It was the smartest thing done all season. Lori is still acting like Lady MacBeth. It now seems she may have wanted Shane to kill Rick. She has been manipulating the conflict the whole time.

    I don’t know why Herschel didn’t realize they were camping near the prison. They didn’t drive too far from his house and a man like Herschel would certainly know his own territory.

    Will Merle be in the prison? If they go to the prison, I don’t think Rick will be the new dictator very long.

    Where did the helicopter come from? We have hope that civilization still exists in some significant form elsewhere.

    It was a great season finale. WE ARE ON THE RUN AGAIN!!!!

    Comment by Steve in Harrisburg, PA – March 18, 2012 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • no merle will not be there. there should be 4 convicts in the prison when they arrive. and the helicopter is the govenors. hes some sicko in charge of a nearby town who fights humans against humans and zombies for entertainment like some sort of gladiator thing.

      Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think Merle will be with the governor.

        Comment by P – March 18, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No, they cast an actor to play him. That looks nothing like Michael Hooker (the guy that played Merle). If Merle is involved, he might work FOR The Governor – maybe even on the helicopter, since it was in Atlanta, too.

          Comment by Jude – March 18, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • How does this contradict the person you’re responding to, who said they thought Merle might be with the governor?

            Comment by MichelleR – March 18, 2012 10:54 PM PDT  
        • No it’s not Merle. I would be surprised if Merle is ever brought back in an episode.

          Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Well, according to an interview on Talking Dead last night, a caller asked if we would be seeing Merle, Morgan or Dwayne in season 3 and the question was answered by one of the writers that “there is a 100% chance that 33% of that group will be there.” So, one character of those three should be in season 3. My guess is Merle. Dont know if we will see Dwayne and Morgan again. Do they ever show up in the comics after the first episode of Season 1?

            Comment by catalina1227 – March 19, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  
          • Merle is not coming back yet, the governor will be played by that guy from The Raping and Basic Instincts 2 (David Morrissey).

            Comment by A. – March 24, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  
      • Er – wrong. The helicopter was *not* the Governor’s, they ran into the Governor’s people who were also hoping to check out the situation. Comprehension fail.

        Comment by sj – March 19, 2012 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hershel does indicate he knows some places nearby. Might be talking of the prison. Merle’s dead. He isn’t nearly sick enough to be the Governor.
      and Lori is a PAIN. Nobody else was mad at Rick, they were just shocked.
      Nobody’s taking the position of authority from Rick, there will be issues and people will fight him for it, but he is the one person we know will not die, and because he’s the main character, he’ll remain in power.

      Comment by Fatin – March 19, 2012 04:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the person playing michonne is Danai Gurira it was revealed on Talking Dead

    Comment by Jacobie – March 18, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If we could give it a grade ABOVE A I would. It was, in the words of Doc9 “FANTASTIC!” Amazing all around. Michonne had one of the best entrances of all time, up there with the legendary River Tam.

    Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the infection airborne ? How r they all infected? I think it was a local infection like food or something

    Comment by Eddie – March 18, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well keep in mind that this is going on around the world “The French held out the longest”. So chances are it is airborne.

      Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Im putting my money on an airborn virus. What I want to know is… does the govenor have anything to do with that group who drew on glenn, hershel, and rick at the bar… or was that group of survivors that we never saw some sort of disappointing red herring? 30 men, women, and children, one who was killed by shane on the farm, a big thing about whether or not they would be a threat, and then it goes nowhere?

      Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thats what I would like to know. I never got to read the comics but does anyone know how the infection started in the first place?

      Comment by Nicole – March 18, 2012 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Nope, even in the comics it is never explained and was discussed as never going to be revealed. Obviously, the tv show might be a platform for them to explore that though. I doubt it, but let’s hope.

        Comment by Amber Kipp – March 18, 2012 09:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • my friends who have read all the comics tell me it’s silly to want to know what caused it. I for one disagree with them, sure I get it’s supposed to be about survival and what not, but still, it’s always nice to throw in a little hope, otherwise how’s the show going to end, with everyone dead? I actually probably just answered my own question.

          Comment by Carmichael – March 18, 2012 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The comic doesn’t tell so the show won’t either. I read an article where Glen Mazzara, executive producer/writer, said they won’t be going into that like the comic didn’t.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The are her boyfriend and his best friend…they have no arms and no lower jaw…

    Comment by Timmy – March 18, 2012 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They hide her scent from other zombies, and I’m pretty sure she knocked off their jaws

    Comment by Karina – March 18, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So if Lori’s baby is stillborn, will it be a zombie and eat it’s way out of her Ala Alien..?

    Comment by Pooter – March 18, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i was wondering the exact same thing. :O I wonder?

      Comment by lauren – March 18, 2012 10:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • We can only hope. lol

      Comment by Xombi – March 18, 2012 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If they go by the comic, Lori will have the baby and it’s human.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope, the baby will offer the writers a cure for the virus. It will turn out it is Shane’s baby, created before the airborne virus, and the placenta will keep the virus in Lori from the baby’s blood or placental blood/antibodies. They will derive some type of potential cure (whether they can do it in time, or have enough time to do so, is another matter) from some of the blood. Lori will cry about Shane and his ‘gift’ to all the rest of them, wah wah wah.

      Comment by Larry – March 20, 2012 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • <3 this show

    Comment by Eugenio Chávez – March 18, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whats up with the Air Plane ? Where was it going ? And now is the walkers pets ? I Love you The Walking Dead!

    Comment by Tabbie – March 18, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly I get the whole thing about taking out the zombies for a while to make their overtaking the farm a more shocking experience, but at what cost? I had a large group of friend who have watched it with me since season 1 and it got so boring for them this season that I’m the only one left who still watches it. I give my boyfriend the highlights, and everyone else is all “i dont care anymore.”

    Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I hear you about the boredom.

      They made a big mistake in sacrificing excitement/survival for drama. Are we to blame the comic strip for this?

      Comment by Steve in Harrisburg, PA – March 18, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I”ve never found ONE episode to be boring! The characters themselves are extremely entertaining…and you just never know when a walker is going to come around the corner….the not knowing is half the fun!

        Comment by Todd – March 19, 2012 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Their loss. It’s a great show.

      Comment by Daniel – March 18, 2012 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yup their loss. Go tell them to watch all the shoot em up zombie movies out there, so many to watch. If you or they haven’t realized yet, this show isn’t about killing zombies every show, it’s about the humans and what they got to do to survive, etc and this new world they live in where zombies aren’t the biggest threat.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t know how it can be “their loss” if they’re bored with it. You can be certain that it’s the season finale that’s keeping me around for another season. The Season 2 finale was clearly the best episode all season long. But it’s all just a matter of opinion I guess. Let me put in another way or in better perspective. I’m a “Breaking Bad” fan and I think “Breaking Bad” is a much more entertaining show with MUCH richer character development. I was easily immersed into “Breaking Bad”. The difficult problem with a zombie movie is that it’s a high-budget proposition from the get-go. Lots of actors and lots of special effects. In all my years I have yet to see a fully convincing zombie movie. But I think “The Walking Dead” brings us one step closer. Also, it’s not the zombie killing that does it for me. Most blood and gore to me is simply silliness. What does it for me is best described as DREAD and PARANOIA. I have been feeling a lack of dread and paranoia for weeks now. I think they need to inject more dread and paranoia into this series…not necessarily zombie killing.

        Comment by Steve in Harrisburg, PA – March 19, 2012 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Come on now.. the finale was great.. but we had some great moments during the season too…
          Sophia coming out the Barn…. that was awesome.

          Comment by Kurse – March 22, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Finally someone else who sees the show as not just a zombie killing field, but a survival story after what happens to be a zoombie apocalypse. Watch all the other zombie shows for zombie action but see this show for what it is; a survival show!

        Comment by Sandra – March 19, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ok..i have never read the comic books, but am a huge fan!. I have a question….if they are all infected…what does that mean for the baby?hmmmm does that mean the baby is infected or is the baby the holder of the cure? Nobody has asked this?!

    Comment by sherrie – March 18, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well i think the baby will be infected pretty quickly if not already. as soon as its born it will breath the air, and it has shared loris blood anyway. I’v read the comics and they still don’t know much about the “disease” in the comics. so don’t expect an cure anytime soon

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, the baby will not be born as a zombie, if you’re thinking like the remake of Dawn of the Dead. But likely it will have the infection because it is obviously airborne. Or maybe it will all be outta the air by the time the baby’s born…?

        Comment by kailey bender – March 18, 2012 10:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those two “pets” she has with her, are her boyfriend and his best friend…hey! She is just like Lori, only cooler…has two men, who happened to also be best friends running behind her just like Lori had Rick and Shane…that b….

    Comment by Flor – March 18, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So if this season will be anything like the comic then it will be the last season :( & lori will never have her baby because she gets killed & so does carl :(

    Comment by antonia – March 18, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • what are you talking about? if you read the comics,then you must not remember them too well

      Comment by Matt – March 18, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You realize that new issues of the comic are still being published right?

      Comment by Nick – March 18, 2012 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Uh Carl doesn’t die.

      Comment by Fatin – March 19, 2012 04:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where the hell is Tyrese?????

    Comment by Calvin Cave – March 18, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What did you all get eaten? Where did everybody go?

    Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pretty girl and looks tough great casting!

    Comment by Heather – March 18, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How do you pronounce Michonnne’s name?
    This finale blew me away!

    Comment by Brianna – March 18, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wikipedia says its pronounced “Me-shown”

      Comment by Russ – March 18, 2012 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bahahahah!!! I am with you on this :)

    Comment by Katrina – March 18, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope they add alice to season 3 or 4. She was a big part in the baby delivery for Lori, and I really liked her. Hopefully she lasts longer though, like shane did.

    Comment by Thomas – March 18, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • a couple questions real quick do you think that murle and the black dude (morgan and dwayne?) from the first episode are ever gonna be back. I still dont like that dale died but I am glad they killed shane off

    Comment by james – March 18, 2012 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well without being an annoying spoiler.. in the comics the meet back up with morgan. but who knows. the show is roughly slowly following the comics at this point. duno about Merle as hes not even in the comics at all

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kirkman said in the Talking Dead show that only one of those three does. My guess is Morgan.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually it’s been announced it’s going to be Merle.

        Comment by Marco – March 19, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually I think he said that he could only confirm that 1 of the 3 will be back. Since Merle already said in an interview that he is coming back, we know now that he’s the confirmed one that Kirkman said. That doesn’t mean that Morgan and Dwayne won’t be back on the show at some point, though; just that it might not be until a later season or that Kirkman and company haven’t decided for sure yet what they want to do with Morgan and Dwayne. :) I kinda hope they show them again at some point since Rick has contacted them on the walkie-talkie thing from time to time. It would be nice for the show to tie up the loose end of their characters, whether they reappear as humans or walkers Ha ha!

        Comment by Kristina Hammock (@kristinahammock) – March 19, 2012 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hi um I’m confused if you have halfthe season nailed down why make us wait til October I mean I get the actros need a break but 7 months?!

    Comment by Daria Ghegan! – March 18, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • there are also other shows amc airs that people love

      Comment by T – March 18, 2012 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Since the show is headed into winter, I’m guessing that they wanted to get some shooting done in the winter months so they won’t have to spend budget money on boring ‘removing leaves from trees’ type special effects.

      Comment by Liz – March 19, 2012 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In season1 there was a man n his son that saved rick the show last showed them alive will they ever b shown again

    Comment by amy – March 18, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • On the Talking Dead(the show that comes on after the walking dead), one of the writers pretty much said no. They were gone.

      Comment by christina – March 18, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I took it more as a not yet, or not so far, not a “never.”

        Comment by MichelleR – March 18, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tyreese has not been introduced yet. Neither have the suicide pacters. Does nobody else wonder about the 30 some odd group of people that they were so afraid of? The group we never saw? Why make such a stink about it if it wasnt going to go anywhere? And if it goes along the storyline I read, everyone dies except Carl and Rick but we all know that the characters lives are the whim of the writers at this point. If anyone noticed we also forgot about that guy and his son that took Rick in in season 1. The dudes on the walkie? We just totally ditched that idea after the CDC blew up.

    Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Morgan & Dwayne are not a part of the comic after their introduction..don’t know what will happen in the show. I’m willing to bet the group Randall was a part of is a part of The Governor’s group – they sound like they are right up his alley.

      Comment by I_Luv_Chuck – March 18, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • obviously u haven’t read very far in the comics… bocz morgan does come back

        Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really disappointed with the season finnale. To me, it was just a regular episode and they used up a lot of time with the zombie herd and Andrea running through the woods. Instead of Jimmy and Patricia getting gutted, it should have been Lori, Carl and Carol. I was pleased Daryl spoke up, to Carol, about Rick. I got the impression Lori was upset with Rick because Carl had shot Shane.
    (As a mom, I think she was upset her ‘little boy’ had to experience such a horrible act.) I think it was wise for Rick ‘not’ to tell everyone they were already infected. Can you imagine how people would have reacted? I know I would have run around screaming. I would have taken a van, kept taking supplies, gas & ammo & driven cross country-for the heck of it.

    Comment by Cam – March 18, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with it being like a regular episode. I thought someone would die with a bigger impact than just the two from the farm, but I guess they decided Shane and Dale were enough? Carol needs to GO. I hoped for Carl too but I guess that’s just wishful thinking. :(

      Comment by Taylor – March 18, 2012 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • if the virus is airborne why did it affect only shane and the prisoner shane killed (forgot his name)
    ?? are some people just more immune?? is this explained at all in the comic book

    Comment by JohnBoy – March 18, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you have to die before you turn. in the comic they figure this out also. and figure out the bites kill you (prob by blood poisoning) but arent how u get infected. everyone is infected but u have to die first.. so if you killed yourself. you would turn.

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • huh, so maybe that’s why there was a walker hanging in a noose from a tree in season 1 still “alive.” I just now remembered that…

        Comment by figuring it all out – March 18, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think I saw anyone else killed by something other than zombies in the series so far, other than those two. The CDC explosion would have incinerated the bodies completely.

      Comment by Alison – March 18, 2012 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Lori so mad at Rick? I understand she wanted to keep Carl sheltered but doesn’t she know that Shane was compromising ricks safety?

    Comment by Ben – March 18, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anybody know what prison that is they are shooting in?

    Comment by Angela – March 18, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • prob somewhere in Atlanta

      Comment by Daniel – March 18, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dose anyone know what comic book number michonne is interduced in?

    Comment by Lareyna – March 18, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Check out the Walking Dead wiki site online, it’s a great resource, just search it online and you’ll find it.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Issue #19. My favourite cover so far.

      Comment by sj – March 19, 2012 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it’s episode 19

      Comment by otterscrubber – March 22, 2012 05:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wow so the dark character is Michonne and there is a character called the governor this should be an intresting season 3 I can’t wait I’m really excited anf fyi i haven’t read the comics yet so I didn’t know who they were.

    Comment by Andrew – March 18, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lol i’m glad everyone’s with me on the 1st season guy and his son. Seriously. We started something there and it went nowhere. Theres a lot of that going on isnt there? Its like the writers are ADHD or something. Maybe they are purposly leaving big plot holes to extend the show as long as possible. When they run out of ideas for the last season, they will fill it with plot hole answers. What happened to that big group? Did that guy ever kill his zombie wife? what happened to merle? all that good stuff.

    Comment by alison – March 18, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are MANY holes/problems in this show.

      I don’t think there are many survivalist types among the writers. Infinite ammunition and auto fuel, Herschel not knowing his own territory, the group making lots of noise all the time, etc. There are real problems with the script, but this finale was pretty good. We need to be on the run more often.

      Comment by Steve in Harrisburg, PA – March 18, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Like the lighter would no have stayed lit when it was dropped like that.

        Comment by izzy – March 23, 2012 03:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes it would have, Zippo lighters are wind-proof

          Comment by SHAWINGGGG – March 25, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wish everyone would get over the “disappearance” of characters like Morgan and Merle. It’s a zombie apocalypse. Think about it…with so much chaos going on, it would be perfectly normal to meet someone and then never see them again. The “zombie world” sure wouldn’t be like running into a familiar face at the grocery store from time to time….

      Comment by daniel – March 18, 2012 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 100% agree. After every episode the first thing someone says is “what about the man and his son from season 1?????” Get over it. You know how often I wonder about them? Only when some dumbass brings them up again.

        Comment by mike – March 19, 2012 01:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • People just keep complaining. Some all want zombie killing the entire show. Others want to see every single character every show. Others want to see Rick drive a tank over zombies every show. Geez just watch it and enjoy. Also they changed writers mid-season 2 I believe, so that may have changed up some things.

      Comment by JJ – March 18, 2012 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I know, I usually stay away from chatrooms after the show because people just bitch. “Not enough zombies… too many zombies… I wanted this person to get eaten, not this other person… what happened to the guy and his son from season 1??????” Dumbasses, it makes perfect sense that someone could help you, you’d split up, and never see each other again. They don’t have cell phones. don’t have e-mail. The odds of them meeting up randomly are SLIM at best. IT’S REALISTIC. I’d like to know what happens to them, sure, and we might even find out… but expecting it every episode and then being disappointed is just idiotic.

        But what do I expect from the internet, yeah? :)

        Comment by mike – March 19, 2012 01:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They come back later on. The writer’s don’t have ADHD.
      Also, like somebody here just said. It’s a zombie apocalypse. You can’t expect them to tie everything neatly together. That’s no fun.
      I don’t know what will happen about the “big” group, but the man and his son will be back.

      Comment by Fatin – March 19, 2012 04:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for Season 3…

    Comment by valerie agosto – March 18, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what happened to Morgan and his son dose anyone know?

    Comment by jeff – March 18, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • why ask this? if you don’t know then anyone else who hasn’t read the comics also doesn’t know. i could tell you, i’v read the comics, but I think it will happen similarly as it did in the comics. it may not.

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m betting that either Murl or that black guy and his kid are at the prison. But only one or the other, the show wouldn’t save that many characters. Opinions?

    on a side note, what do you guys think about the helicopter? I know they did that whole flashback on the zombies in the city to show how they got there, but the helicopter was also a huge hint.

    Comment by John Fisher – March 18, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The helicopter belongs to the Season 3 villan, his name is “The Governor” they already released casting information about him.

      Comment by Amber – March 18, 2012 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The reason shane n randall were effected was because they died. If you die by any way excluding your brain is ‘damaged’ you will come back as a zombie. I’m sure a few are immune but that has not come up yet. Thinking the prison group is randalls crew.

    Comment by rebecca – March 18, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think you are right rebecca… Randalls group is at the prison… prison is close to the farm and to bar…

      Comment by Terry – March 18, 2012 11:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad to spoil this, but morgan & his son (the black people who saved rick in the beginning) will not be back in season 3. On the talking dead, they said that their is a 33% chance (1/3 chance) that either morgan, his son, or Murel comes back. & Mural comes back, because on wikipedia it says that & on all these other websites. Also, they wouldn’t just kill off Morgan & leave his son, or kill off his son. I think if they ever come back it will have to be after season 3

    Comment by antonia – March 18, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually in the comic Morgans son has been bitten. Rick goes back to check on him and his son and finds that he’s keeping his son alive, but in the show theres no way they’re goin back there yet, so if kirkman decides to write his character back in now, Morgan might just be on his own. Chances are that Merles working with the Governor.

      Comment by Terry – March 18, 2012 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • they only turn if killed, and the brain not damaged, from what i can tell.

    Comment by Avery – March 18, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I heard Daryl is going to die….is this rumor true? Please confirm.

    Comment by Leon – March 18, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well daryl isnt even in the comic series so only the writers know what will happen with him

      Comment by Chelsea – March 18, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What Chelsea said.
      That said, if they start giving Daryl some of Tyreese’s storylines, it might be cause for concern…

      Comment by Liz – March 19, 2012 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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