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A Night With the Cast of 'The Walking Dead' at PaleyFest

Posted by Christina Cooper on March 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM


The 2011 Paleyfest kicked off last night with the cast and crew of AMC’s hit zombie show, The Walking Dead. The event took place in an almost sold out Saban Theater, and started off with a screening of the fifth episode of season one. (I’m not sure why they didn’t show the finale, but still, it was awesome to watch the episode on the big screen!) Once the screening was over, the cast and some of the crew took the stage. The panel was made up of Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Jon Bernthal (Shane), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Emma Bell (Amy), Gale Ann Hurd (Producer), Frank Darabont (Writer/Director), and Robert Kirkman (creator of the Comic Book).


Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book series, along with the director and the man who’s responsible for getting the comic book to the small screen, Frank Darabont talked about how different the show was than most things you’d see on TV. They both seem to understand just how awesome AMC is for them, and they mentioned that NBC did pass on the show. I for one, am excited that NBC passed on the show, since I can’t imagine them allowing The Walking Dead to do anything on the air. Frank and Robert discussed the differences between the comic book and the TV show, and really brought out the question, ‘what is cannon?’ They both dodged plenty of questions that resided to where exactly the cast would end up in season 2. They also didn’t comment on how close the TV show would end up in accordance to the comic book.

Possible Spoilers ahead:

The cast and crew were ecstatic and very excited about the future of the show, but when asked about the future of season two, both Frank and Robert were extremely elusive on where they planned to go. They declined to tell fans if some fan favorite character like Shane would be becoming a zombie sooner rather than later. Fans of the comic book remember that Shane died early on in the series, and was killed by Rick’s son, Karl. This hasn’t happened yet, and I’m wondering if it will anytime soon.

When Will Season 2 Pick up? Frank says he perefers to pick it up directly after the season one finale. He doesn’t feel like fast-forwarding a month or even a year and pick up from there. The writers have only been working on the new season for a week, but it seems like they’ve been getting things moving. Frank mentioned that they’ve been having the actors come in and talk about their characters. So far they’ve had Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) meet with the writers, and Frank joked that Sarah’s session ended up being a marriage counseling session.

Hershel’s Farm: Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the group will be ending up at the farm early in season 2, and will be there for most of the season. Andrew Lincoln, Rick, has stated that the second season will stick relatively close to the comic books.

Will Morgan (Lennie James) and Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) be rejoining the cast? Kirkman and Darabont declined to officially answer the question, but did say that Merle would not turn into The Governor in season 2. Kirkman did say “There’s going to be some new characters” and told fans to “look at the comics” for hints.

The Love Triangle: Andrew Lincoln joked that the one thing he wants his character to do in season two is have that chat with Lori about Shane! But what does this mean for Lori’s storyline? We’re all wondering what Jenner whispered to Rick in the CDC, and fans are wondering if it could be that he’s telling him about Lori’s pregnancy. And if this is true, who is the father? Sarah Wayne Callies commented on how hard it will be for her to keep the secret with the group constantly being on the move.

Final Thoughts: The panel reminded me a lot of comic-con, but the smallness of the theater allowed it to be much more intimate. And after the panel, the entire cast stayed after to sign autographs and take pictures. I even talked to some of the workers within the theater and they said that it was the longest they’d ever seen a cast stay to interact with fans. Robert Kirkman was a fantastic person to talk to, but personally I liked talking to Frank Darabont, who was the last person to leave the stage, even though he was sicker than a dog. Although we didn’t learn anything about the future of the show, it was still exciting to see the cast and crew interact.

If you haven’t checked out the comic book, I really encourage you go pick it up. And be sure to catch the premiere of season 2 which will be on AMC on October 11th!

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Reply heatherboer
11:26 PM on March 5, 2011 
I am glad you enjoyed your time! I am not sure if I have AMC so I will most likely be TVoing the show on your TV at home (which I am already doing with 2 seasons, right now :)) Not sure if I will check out the comic book though, I will just take your word on it that it is good. The show looks like something I would like, I mean I am a total fan of vampires and who doesn't like Zombies?
Reply Kimberly Morris
12:42 AM on March 6, 2011 
you have no idea how long it took me to understand what TVoing meant in heather's comment LOL
Reply Rachael Severtson
10:54 PM on March 13, 2011 
I'm so jealous you got to meet everyone! This looked like it was a ton of fun. and what is this about vampires?? I'm confused...but I am excited for season 2, kind of annoying that its such a long wait
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