Screen Junkies » THE WALKING DEAD http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Getting to Know Michelle MacLaren, The Newly-Named Director of ‘Wonder Woman’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/getting-to-know-michelle-maclaren-the-newly-named-director-of-wonder-woman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/getting-to-know-michelle-maclaren-the-newly-named-director-of-wonder-woman/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267635 Put your fanboy hearts at ease; this lady got skillz. And you've probably already seen her work on Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones.

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By Jared Jones

Yesterday, Warner Bros. announced that they had finally locked down a director for their upcoming Wonder Woman movie, and for some crazy reason, it’s not Brett Ratner. Instead, The Hollywood Reporter has recently confirmed that veteran television director Michelle MacLaren will not only take the helm for the upcoming blockbuster, but will be working alongside a crew of unnamed writers to draft up the script as well.

If you happen to be a Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones fan (of which 99.9% of television viewers are), chances are that you’re already familiar with some of MacLaren’s work. Since making her directorial debut in a 2002 episode of The X-Files, MacLaren has directed one-off episodes of everything from Law & Order: SVU to Hell on Wheels to The River, ABC’s found footage experiment that was sadly axed after just a season back in 2012.

Hiring a female to direct a superhero movie even one focused on a woman — is practically unheard of in the modern era, sad as it is to say. So to put all your little fanboy hearts at ease, we’ve gathered up eight clips from MacLaren’s body of work to familiarize you with one of the small screen’s hardest working directors.

The X-Files – “John Doe”

MacLaren began her career as a production manager and producer on a handful of short-lived shows and TV movies (most notable among them, Diagnosis Murder) before taking the directorial plunge in a 2002 episode of The X-Files. In the seventh episode of the ninth season, “John Doe”, MacLaren was paired with future Breaking Bad creator and collaborator Vince Gilligan, who handled writing duties, and the result, unsurprisingly, was an episode that received far better reviews than the majority of the lackluster 9th season and scored a 5.0 Nielsen rating.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — “Infected”

The twelfth episode of SVU‘s seventh season told the story of a young boy (Malcolm David Kelley) who takes the law (and possibly the order) into his own hands by killing the man who murdered his mother. A high profile case revolving around the gun violence debate soon follows, and my guess is that at some point, Ice-T pauses to recap the episode via a series of rhetorical questions.

Breaking Bad — “4 Days Out”

MacLaren’s work on “John Doe” clearly left an impression on Gilligan, who would bring her into the Breaking Bad fold some eight years later to direct the ninth episode of season two. “Four Days Out” was one of those Breaking Bad episodes — like “Fly” or “…And the Bag’s in the River” — that took place largely in one location and focused on the relationship between Walt and Jesse over any overarching plot. It’s a beautifully shot entry in the Breaking Bad canon (see above), and one that likely led to MacLaren being brought on as an executive producer at the start of the third season.

Breaking Bad — “One Minute”

Featuring two of Aaron Paul‘s greatest monologues (“What happens now?” and “Ever since I met you“) and quite possibly the most intense endings in Breaking Bad history, ”One Minute” has rightfully earned its place as a fan favorite episode. Opening with the brutal beating of Jesse Pinkman at the hands of ASAC Schrader and bringing a brutal end to the Cousins’ subplot in the episode’s final moments, MacLaren flat out crushed it here.

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With ratings bordering on outrageously high, The Walking Dead shows no sign of slowing down before awkwardly stumbling backward and lurching forward again onto its face. Unlike these folks that The Wolf of System of a Down creators Marca Blanca cast to play the zombies in their inebriated take on the zombie series, The Walking Drunk.

If this makes it to a second or third season, this lady is a shoe-in to play Drunk Michonne.

 

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The Walking Dead: The Body Count (And the Story so Far) http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/the-walking-dead-the-body-count-and-the-story-so-far/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/the-walking-dead-the-body-count-and-the-story-so-far/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:39:10 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266139 With the fifth season of the series off to a killer start, new TWD fans have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, we’re here to help.

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By Matt Sears

AMC’s The Walking Dead can be summed up in one word: grueling. At times, it’s just as brutal for the viewer as it is for the show’s characters, who are forced to deal with the collapse of civilization, and the consequences of their decisions in writing the new rules of society. Death waits at every turn in the form of undead flesh-hungry hordes as well as the other human survivors. There’s only one rule in this ruined place — nobody is safe.

With the fifth season of the series off to a killer start, new TWD fans have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, we’re here to help. Check out our full season-by-season summary below, and watch The Walking Dead online for free with Television Fanatic.

SEASON ONE

Season one begins with Rick Grimes awaking from a coma in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. A police officer wounded in the line of duty, he awakes completely alone, surrounded only by ominous clues that the dead now walk the Earth.

Eager to reunite with his wife and son, Rick sets off to his house, discovering it empty. He learns about a safe haven in Atlanta and figures that’s where his family would have headed. The former officer embarks on a mission to find them.

But he only finds trouble there. Atlanta is a war zone and its clear that the undead won the day. Rick soon finds himself surrounded by starving, blood-soaked mouths. The corpses reach and scratch at his horse, eventually pulling the animal down and tearing its guts out while Rick crawling to safety inside a stalled tank.

Rick is alone save for the sounds of the undead pushing and crushing against all sides of his hideaway and his own desperate thoughts. With hope lost, he is addressed by a voice over the tank’s radio.

The voice belongs to Glenn, a member of a small scavenging group, which includes Andrea, Jacqui, T-Dog, Morales, and most notably, the unstable redneck Merle Dixon.

Rick breaks up a rooftop fight between Merle and T-Dog. He cuffs Merle to a pipe while the group plans their exit. They are soon overrun and the key to the cuff is lost. The group flees, forced to desert Merle on the roof with the door chained shut.

The survivors bring Rick to their camp located outside the city. Here he finds his wife and son, Lori and Carl. They are shocked and elated to see him, having believed him to be dead. They found safety with the group’s de facto leader and Rick’s best friend and partner, Shane. We soon learn he provided Lori with more than safety in Rick’s absence.

This camp is rounded out by Dale, Jim, Andrea’s sister Amy, Carol, her abusive husband Ed and their daughter Sophia. But they aren’t the only ones with family ties. Rick and Shane have to break the news to Merle’s brother, Daryl, a dangerous hunter whose weapon of choice is a crossbow.

Rick decides he will lead a mission into Atlanta to rescue Merle and retrieve his dropped gun bag. Shane objects but Rick insists, reasoning they’ll need Merle to help protect the camp should the zombies (aka “walkers”) find them. However, when they return to the rooftop in Atlanta, Merle is gone. Left behind are his severed hand, bloody cuffs, and a hacksaw.

Meanwhile with Rick back in the picture, Lori wants to break off her budding relationship with Shane. The stress of this rejection and leadership of the group slowly sliding to Rick begins to consume Shane with rage.

With 70% of their muscle in Atlanta, walkers attack the camp. Amy and Wife beater Ed are both killed in the attack, with Jim bitten and dying later. It’s a tearful goodbye for Andrea, who cradles her younger sister and eventually shoots her when she reanimates.

Shane and Rick are divided further as Rick feels they should go to the CDC and Shane would rather bring everyone to the safety of an army base in the opposite direction. The two men are alone in the forest, clearing it of walkers when a frustrated Shane aims his gun at an unsuspecting Rick. Instead of shooting, he lowers the gun and finds that Dale had witnessed everything.

Shane acquiesces and gets on board with the CDC plan. Most of the group decides this is the right course and they caravan to the CDC where they meet Dr. Edwin Jenner, the only remaining scientist and lighthouse keeper of sorts.

After running blood tests on everybody, Jenner admits that the zombie virus is inexplicable and there are no known ways to treat it. He also casually mentions that the building has begun shutting itself down and will soon self-destruct as part of a decontamination protocol. That’s information that would have been helpful yesterday

Jenner and Jacqui decide to stay to accept their fates. In the final moments, Jenner grabs Rick and whispers a message into his ear. This news shocks Rick, who doesn’t have time to ask questions. The building explodes just as the survivors run from the lobby, leaving them to begin anew their search for safety.

SEASON TWO

The second season brings the survivors to Hershel Greene’s farm. The religious veterinarian allows Rick and the group to camp on his property while they search for Carol’s lost daughter, Sophia.

This season focuses heavily on the growing rift between Rick and Shane, as the former continues down a path to darkness.

Otis, the ranch foreman, accompanies Shane on a supply run and is sacrificed to the walkers by Shane when they find themselves close to danger. This action is the tipping point into darkness for Shane. His behavior grows more intense throughout the season, causing a greater rift between he and Rick.

Potentially impregnating your best friend’s wife will do that. Lori is dismayed when she learns that she is pregnant. Whether or not the baby is Rick’s or Shane’s hangs over all of their heads.

In the midst of this drama, Glenn falls for Hershel’s oldest daughter Maggie. Their secret relationship involves a lot of rendezvous. One of which, leads Glenn to the barn where he discovers Hershel has locked up his zombified wife and son as well as any other walkers found on the property in hopes that a cure would someday be found.

This news sets off Shane, who opens the barn and begins shooting all of the walkers that pour out. Over the protests of Hershel and Rick, other members of the Atlanta group join him. After the massacre, the Greene family is in hysterics. It is then that Rick hears a low moan from the barn. An undead Sophia emerges from the barn. Unbeknownst to anyone, she had been corralled and locked in there by Otis before Shane murdered him. Regretfully, Rick aims his gun and executes the little girl in front of everyone including Carol.

The stress is too much for Hershel. He orders Rick’s group to leave his property before heads to a bar in town to drown his sorrows. Rick and Glenn follow him with intentions of returning him home safely. This plan is put into jeopardy when two dangerous strangers confront the three men.

Rick kills the strangers in self-defense just moments before their friends come looking for them. A shoot-out ensues, drawing walkers from all over toward the noise. Rick, Glenn, and Hershel escape with a wounded enemy in tow.

Back at the farm, Rick and Shane can’t see eye-to-eye about what they should do with their prisoner, Randall. Rick wants to treat his wounds and then drop him to fend for himself miles away. Shane, correctly, fears that he will return to the farm to attack with his group.

Randall pleads that they can’t lead him to fend for himself. It’s at this point, he reveals that he went to school with Maggie and knows where the farm is located. This info further complicates the issue as Rick and Shane as forced to keep him as captive until they can figure out what to do with him.

After thinking the issue over, Rick admits that Randall is a threat and will need to be executed. It’s put to a vote and everybody, except Dale and Andrea, agree that he needs to be put down. Upset by this, Dale declares that the group has lost their humanity. He storms off to patrol the perimeter, wanting no part of the impending execution.

Carl’s desire to watch causes Rick to change his mind and spare Randall. A scream from the fields reveals that a walker that Carl had taunted and failed to kill earlier that day attacked Dale. With his insides torn out, Dale is a goner. Daryl takes the gun from Rick and puts the old man out of his misery.

Shane kills Randall in the forest, but sets up the ruse that the prisoner escaped. He and Rick team up as a search party when Shane tells Rick that he intends to kill him and frame Randall. Before he is able to do so, Rick plunges a knife into his heart. Carl shows up and is shocked to see what his father did to Shane. He raises his gun and fires… at a zombified Shane.

The sound of gunfire attracts a large herd of walkers who set course for the farm. It is soon overrun with everyone scrambling to escape. In the melee, a few members of Hershel’s group are killed. The group also abandons Andrea after witnessing what they thought was her demise. She’s later rescued by a mysterious hooded figure with a katana sword and leashed walker “pets.”

Rick, Lori, Carl, T-Dog, Daryl, Carol, Glenn, Hershel, Maggie and Beth set up camp for the night. Rick reveals Jenner’s secret to the group. Everyone is already infected with the zombie virus meaning that they’ll all become walkers eventually regardless of being bitten or not. He also reveals that he was forced to kill Shane. If anyone wants to remain in his group, they have to accept that they are no longer a democracy.

SEASON THREE

Season three introduces several integral aspects to the series.

The first of which is the prison, the stronghold that will eventually become home to the survivors. However, after clearing the area of walkers they discover that the prison is already home to five abandoned prisoners — Axel, Tomas, Big Tiny, Oscar, and Andrew.

While clearing out a separate cellblock for the prisoners, Big Tiny is scratched by a walker and then killed by Tomas. Shortly after, Tomas makes a few sly attempts on Rick’s life. Rick solves this by burying a machete in his skull. He then chases his cohort Andrew outside before locking the door and leaving him to the walkers. Like he said, the democracy is over.

Next we are introduced to Andrea’s strange savior. Michonne, the show’s most badass character, uses a sword as her weapon of choice. She also travels with two chained jawless and armless walkers as she’s noticed their presence makes her invisible to other walkers.

Andrea and Michonne have survived in the wild for eight months when their story picks up. While investigating the crash site of a military helicopter, they hide in the bushes as a group of men with weapons arrive. It’s then that they are discovered by none other than Merle Dixon, who is now sporting a bayonet where his had used to be.

Merle brings the women with him back to Woodbury, which is an idyllic safe haven overseen by the Governor, a sadistic madman hidden beneath a charming exterior. In addition to Merle, his muscle, Martinez, and a scientist named Milton, support him.

Michonne is skeptical of Woodbury and the Governor while Andrea is just happy for the safety provided within Woodbury’s walls. Michonne’s suspicions are confirmed when its revealed to the viewer that the Governor keeps his undead daughter, Penny, chained up in a secret room in his house as well as a macabre collection of severed zombie heads in rows of aquariums.

Rick’s inhumane actions at the prison have great consequences for the group. Andrew, the prisoner locked outside, survived and has now sabotaged the prison by attracting walkers from all over. They flood into the courtyard and corridors, separating the group from one another. It’s total mayhem resulting in T-Dog being eaten alive while protecting Carol.

Oscar proves his allegiance to Rick’s group by shooting Andrew in the head.

It’s at this point that Lori goes into labor. With Maggie and Carl by her side, she delivers a baby girl, to be named Judith, via C-section without proper medicine or equipment. The blood loss is too great and Carl is forced to kill his mother before she reanimates. This event destroys Rick, who begins to suffer from hallucinations.

Back in Woodbury, Michonne has grown more distrustful. Upon finding a collection of caged walkers, she slaughters them all before leaving. Andrea decides she will stay behind and becomes romantically involved with the Governor.

Merle leads a hunting party to kill Michonne, who expertly outmaneuvers them. With his men dead and Michonne wounded, he decides to go back to Woodbury and tell the Governor that the deed is done. Michonne then comes upon Maggie and Glenn, who are out on a run for baby formula. Before she can approach them, Merle arrives. He abducts the pair and brings them back to Woodbury in the hopes that an interrogation will lead him to his brother Daryl.

A bloodied and dazed Michonne makes her way to the prison. In an act of peace, she also brings the baby formula and informs Rick about Glenn and Maggie’s capture. A rescue team is assembled. Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Oscar infiltrate Woodbury and rescue Glenn and Maggie.

Michonne takes this opportunity to seek vengeance against the Governor. While Rick and the others search for Glenn and Maggie, she sneaks into the Governor’s house where she discovers Penny. Unchaining her, she’s shocked to discover the little girl is a walker. The Governor arrives and begs her not to hurt his daughter. She plunges her katana through her head, causing a furious Governor to attack.

While they fight, Michonne smashes the aquariums, spilling glass and zombie heads everywhere. With the Governor strangling her, Michonne plunges a shard of glass into his eye. However, Andrea arrives and pulls a gun on her before she can finish him off. Michonne flees.

There’s panic in the streets of Woodbury as Rick’s group engages in a firefight with Martinez’s crew. Oscar is killed and Daryl is captured. The others manage to escape.

Some time later, the Governor has assembled his citizens. He refers to Rick’s groups as terrorists that will need to be killed. Angry at Merle for lying to him about Michonne, the Governor accuses him of betraying the people of Woodbury. As proof of this, he reveals the “terrorist” Daryl insisting that Merle and his younger brother must fight to the death.

Before the Dixons can do one another in, Rick and Maggie return and rescue them. They return to the prison with Michonne and Merle, the group’s newest members.

During this time, Tyreese and his sister Sasha lead a group to the prison. They’ve been living on the road for a long time and have suffered great casualties. However, while negotiating their stay with Rick, he suffers another hallucination of Lori. This causes him to yell and scream at her. Knowing a bad situation when they see one, Tyreese’s crew decides to take their chances with the walkers.

The Governor and his men attack the prison, killing Axel in the process. They crash the outer gates and flood the yard with walkers before heading back to Woodbury. Andrea attempts to broker peace between the prison and Woodbury, but her attempts only upset the increasingly deranged Governor who demands he will let the prison be in exchange for Michonne.

Rick can’t bring himself to do it and tells the group that he doesn’t want to be the only one making decisions anymore. They need to think as a group. However, Merle has no problem with turning over Michonne. He kidnaps her and marches her toward a rendezvous with the Governor.

Through talking with Michonne, Merle has a change of heart and releases her. She returns to the prison while he goes on to confront the Governor. He loses the fight and is left to turn into a walker. Daryl arrives on the scene some time later and tearfully releases his zombie brother.

With no Michonne handed over, the Governor leads an assault on the prison. And gets his ass handed to him. His army retreats and questions his motivations. In a fit of rage, he guns them all down before hitting the road with his lieutenants.

Rick’s group takes their fight back to Woodbury. Only to discover the Governor has abandoned his remaining people. He also killed Milton and left him to infect a restrained Andrea. She insists on shooting herself. Michonne sits with her while the others wait outside for the lone gunshot to ring it.

The morning sees them returning to the prison with a bus full of the Woodbury survivors. The two groups will now live side by side peacefully, perfecting a new way of life while protecting themselves against the outside world.

SEASON FOUR

The security of the prison has helped day-to-day life return to a semblance of normalcy. Rick has stepped down as leader to focus on farming and raising Carl, decisions are now committee-based, and Carol is educating the children (mostly about how to handle a knife in close quarters). Everything is almost perfect.

Then a flu virus sweeps through the community. It kills quickly and its victims soon rise and attack the others. One of the victims is Ryan, a father of two who asks Carol to care for his daughters, Lizzie and Mika.

In the early days of this new nightmare, Tyreese’s girlfriend Karen becomes infected. After being placed in quarantine, she is soon found burned to a crisp after being murdered to prevent the spread of her disease.

Tyreese demands the right to kill whoever is responsible but there’s no time for revenge. His help is needed in order to find medicine for Hershel to stop any further spreading. While he’s gone, Rick confronts Carol and asks her if she killed Karen. She matter-of-factly responds that she did. Rick later decides to banish Carol for playing the role of judge, jury, and executioner.

The sickness gets worse and the quarantine area is swarming with walkers. Hershel emerges as a hero when he tends to the ill. A cure is brought back and the virus is stopped.

That’s when the Governor returns with a tank and a new army. He’s holding Hershel and Michonne hostage, demanding the prison in exchange for their lives. Rick pleads with him and lays out a plan for them all to live together in harmony. The Governor won’t hear of it and decapitates Hershel with Michonne’s sword.

A huge firefight breaks out. Once again, the Governor’s people can’t handle a direct conflict with Rick’s group and they soon all fall with the Governor himself being impaled by Michonne, and shot dead by a follower who suddenly can see him for the tyrant that he truly is.

The damage to the prison is extensive. Walkers close in and the survivors scatter in different directions. Rick and Carl come upon Judith’s carrier, which is covered in blood. Mournfully, they flee the prison without looking back.

The group remains separated for the rest of the season as they plan to meet up at Terminus, a train yard that has been refashioned to receive survivors.

Rick, Carl, and Michonne band together and encounter a rough group of marauders. To escape from them undetected, Rick is forced to kill one of these men.

Daryl and Beth survive together in the woods until a mysterious abductor grabs Beth.

Glenn teams with Tara, a young woman misguided by the Governor. She feels tremendous guilt about Hershel and vows to help Glenn find Maggie. While on the road they meet Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene — a group that is attempting to get to DC where Eugene can share vital information that will stop and cure the zombie plague.

Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika, and the believed to be dead Judith are struggling to survive. Carol tracks them down and the group settles at a small cottage. However, it soon becomes clear that Lizzie can’t process the realities of this world. She emphasizes with the walkers, and even murders her younger sister with no remorse. Her reasoning being that Mika will soon come back. Carol intervenes before she can harm Judith.

Carol and Tyreese discuss the matter and decide that Lizzie needs to be put down. Lizzie’s surrogate mother is forced to handle things when Tyreese reveals he can’t do it. She later reveals to Tyreese that she killed Karen so that the others would survive. Angry and grief-stricken, he forgives her but vows to never forget.

Alone and hungry, Daryl is picked up by the marauders. Their leader, Joe, gives Daryl a rundown of their savage “rules.” Daryl soon finds out they’re trying to track whoever killed their friend. Without knowing it was Rick, Daryl agrees to join them.

Shortly before arriving at Terminus, Joe’s group catches up to Rick, Carl, and Michonne. Daryl interferes but is over-powered. The group is dead to rights when Joe reveals they will rape Carl and Michonne before killing them all. Rick snaps and goes to a violent, dark place by biting out Joe’s throat. Carl is shocked and scared by the man his father has become.

Shortly after, Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and Carl arrive at Terminus. Rick is immediately clued in that this place is a trap. They do their best to escape but are corralled by sniper fire into a train car that’s being used as a makeshift cage. They’re they encounter Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Abraham, Rosita, Sasha, Bob, and Eugene. We’re left with a murderous glint in Rick’s eye and the promise that “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”

Things are going to get bloody during The Walking Dead‘s fifth season. You can catch up on past seasons of The Walking Dead online for free.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Limps Towards Cable Ratings Record, Eats Its Brain http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-limps-towards-cable-ratings-record-eats-its-brain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-limps-towards-cable-ratings-record-eats-its-brain/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:53:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266090 The title is a colorful way of saying that 'The Walking Dead' premiere was the highest-rated cable episode ever.

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The Walking Dead season 5 premiere handily beat The Walking Dead season 4 premiere to become the highest rated cable show ever, with 17.9 million people tuning in to see if the gang would ever find poor little Sophia (I’m a few seasons behind, forgive me.) Those numbers topped the previous season premiere which clocked in at 16.1 million people.

The show, which undoubtedly, some people still have waiting on their DVR, will climb even higher in the +7 numbers that account for reruns and DVR viewership.

None of this is anything that should come as that big a surprise. AMC put a lot of marketing behind the premiere, and the show has managed to shake many of the creative criticisms that dogged it the first couple seasons.

It’s unlikely that the season will improve on its premiere, but the 10% jump indicates that this show, five seasons in, is still growing its fan base, which you normally don’t see. I mean, even 6.9 million people watched The Talking Dead last night, and that’s just people talking about a show that just aired. If The Talking Dead is getting 6.9 million viewers, does it justify a show following IT in which people discuss the discussions on The Talking Dead.

I say: Absolutely.

(Deadline)

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Screen Junkies Show: Does The Walking Dead Suck? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-does-the-walking-dead-suck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-does-the-walking-dead-suck/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:58:46 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=265989 In honor of The Walking Dead lumbering back into your television sets this weekend, we sit down with Brock Baker and Rhett & Link to dish on whether or not TWD sucks.

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In honor of The Walking Dead lumbering back into your television sets this weekend, we sit down with Brock Baker and Rhett & Link to dish on whether or not TWD sucks.

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This Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead is phenomenal. Dolphins and apples. A turtle named Anthony. Carl dropping science on the mic. But my favorite has to be Tyreese putting dumb little girls in their place. I wouldn’t have patience for that gibberish either.

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When the survivors on The Walking Dead find themselves being hunted by another group, they must go primal to survive. But they have a solution. It’s this:

 

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The Walking Dead: Which Did it Better, The Comic or the TV Show? http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:32:02 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264604 The comic book is awesome. The show is awesome. But which is better? We take a look at seven major differences between them and break it down for all you zombie lovers. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

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The Walking Dead is justifiably one of basic cable’s most popular shows ever, and the most successful show in AMC’s history by a wide margin. It wasn’t until the success of the show that the ongoing Image Comics book on which it’s based caught fire as well.

The fantastic black-and-white title’s first issue predates the show’s first episode by four years, and the show follows the narrative of the book — albeit loosely at times. If you’re a stalwart fan of the show, which returns to the screen for Season 5 on October 12th, there’s very little excuse not to catch up with the 132 issues (at press time) of the book, which which can be easily consumed via tomes; for those of you Game of Thrones fans who don’t like to actually read, The Walking Dead has pictures!

In my opinion, the book is generally superior to the show, as is often the case with literature translated to screen. It explores the zombie apocalypse with a hard-R approach inaccessible to basic cable, so writer/creator Robert Kirkman (who also executive produces the show) has far more leeway and less meddling opinions to impede him from doing what he pleases.

Though there are numerous things big and small that the book did better with the same narrative, several of the show’s deviations — including characters and story lines — have been rock-solid and serve to make up for some aspects of the book that could never make it to the show for various reasons (e.g. the too-heinous-for-television death of Lori and her baby; the fact that Rick lost his right hand to the Governor years ago).

Here, we compare the show with the book to see which does better in what department. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD…



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The Governor vs. Michonne: Sure, David Morrissey’s Governor has some rape-y vibes, evident in how he dealt with Maggie after her capture in season 3. But the comic’s Governor, a mixture of a young Danny Trejo and Nick Fury, is a flat-out sadistic rapist. He captures Michonne, ties her up by her arms, tears off her clothes, beats her, and…well, you know the rest. Michonne later metes out her revenge, I Spit On Your Grave-style, taking way more than just the eye she took on the show. The whole thing is too much for basic cable, and even sensitive readers might have to turn away from it.

Winner: Book

 

2. Andrea: Andrea’s treatment in the show is likely the most annoying deviation from the book. Laurie Holden did just fine by the character, but her arc was ridiculous. Shacking up with the Governor and being taken in by his deception, leading to her own demise? F*** outta here, son. The book’s Andrea is a still-living badass with a scar on her face whose sniper skills are the reason a bunch of characters are still alive. As Rick’s right-hand partner inside and outside of the bedroom, the two serve as the guardians of the flock in the comic, living by the mantra “We don’t die.” For incontrovertible proof of how much more awesome comic Andrea is than show Andrea, look no further than issue 113, in which she engages in a fist-knife fight with one of Negan’s cronies and comes out on top.

WINNER: Book

3. “Days Gone Bye”: The pilot episode and the book’s first collection are likely closer in narrative than at any other point. They also remain one of the very best story lines of both. Rick waking up in the hospital, encountering the cafeteria full of zombies and stumbling out into a world that’s very different than before he was shot in the line of duty will likely remain one of the best zombie apocalypse intro stories. Frank Darabont, the man behind the greatest movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, directed that first episode with a beautifully haunting quietude; Rick’s encounter with Morgan and his son, his eventual ride into downtown Atlanta and the spectacular, nail-biting pilot-ending encounter with an unmanageable sea of city walkers established the show instant must-watch television. The book’s story arc is concurrent with Season 1′s successive episodes, including the death of Andrea’s sister Amy and the Shane-Rick-Lori triangle. The book arc, however, ended with Shane’s death at the hands of Carl, which happened much later and a bit cooler — on the show.

WINNER: Tie

4. Carl: For reasons I have been unable to properly comprehend (which means they probably aren’t that good), people have big problems with Lori on the show. But Carl is my least favorite character on the show by miles. All pre-pubescent, adolescent boys are obnoxious by nature, but Carl kinda takes it to the next level. The Season 4 episode “After,” in which he castigated his unconscious, ailing dad and wished for his death before sneaking off and running through bullets like they were rice in China made me want to dunk him in that tub of chocolate pudding, seal the top and ship him off to Abu Dhabi. He’s more centered and humble in the book, which might have something to do with the fact that he got half his head blown off and is missing an eye.

WINNER: Book

5. Daryl Dixon: The show’s shining beacon, Norman Reedus‘ Daryl Dixon doesn’t exist at all in the comic, and is perhaps the best deviation from the book. Daryl went from being a morally muddy racist to the show’s dark hero, winning the hearts and loins of women everywhere while maintaining his cool factor for the rest of us. One of my favorite scenes to date is Season 3′s reunion with and forced showdown between Daryl and his more polarizing (and even more racist) older brother Merle. Problem is, Daryl’s so beloved that the show runners are sort of locked into him; to off him would be to court fan ire. I would love to see the powers that be not go out like a bunch of scared chumps (a la The Sopranos) and kill off Daryl regardless of the fans. That alone would give the show legendary status.

WINNER: Show

6. Willingness to Off Little Girls: The comic, much like the show, is beloved for its shameless disregard for the lives of its main characters (many of the stars still alive in the show, for example, are long perished in the book). But the way the show relishes in knocking off small children is really f&$@ing awesome. The show arguably hit its stride when, after everyone spent the first half of season 2 searching for Carol’s daughter Sophia, she came hobbling out of the barn full of zombies as an undead herself, only to be put down by Rick. But the show’s most speechless moment came in season 4, when a battle-hardened Carol — unencumbered by that petty empathy that gets people killed in the zombie apocalypse — laid Lizzie down like the broken dog she was (a result of Lizzie killing her young sister Mika). “The Grove” remains one of the most controversial episodes of the series, and the last truly great one as of this writing. It’s the best reminder of the harrowing, unflinching world in which the characters exist.

WINNER: Show

7. Negan’s Reign of Terror: Though sadistic overlord Negan will allegedly show his face in the upcoming season 5 (Ed. Note – Don’t click the previous link if you don’t want a big book spoiler and potential show spoiler!), I’m going to preemptively state, sight unseen, that there’s no way he can be better on the show than the comic. The best part of Negan is the freewheeling insouciance Kirkman applies to the character’s, ahem, “colorful” language. (Perhaps no comic character has so gleefully utilized the F-bomb in every other word). I’ve been a comic reader since I was a sprout in the mid-1980s, and I’ve never encountered an easier-to-hate character so ripe for the fall. I think the show ultimately dropped the ball with the Governor, so I’m not expecting a lot from a character who basic cable simply cannot contain.

PREEMPTIVE WINNER: Book

Buy ‘The Walking Dead Compendium One and Two’ on Amazon to catch up on the first 96 issues.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Trailer Is All Action http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-season-5-trailer-is-all-action/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-season-5-trailer-is-all-action/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263492 Gross!

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The Walking Dead is back for its fifth season this October and it looks like they’ve finally got a good budget for blowing zombies up. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed the various decapitations, impalings, grinding to sludge beneath tires we’ve been treated to. It’s just nice to see a mushroom cloud of the undead every once in awhile.

It also seems like the gang doesn’t hang around Terminus for very long which makes it easy to predict who does and doesn’t make it out of there alive. Hint: if they’re walking down the tracks in bad-ass slow-motion, they’ve made it out.

 

 

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Clara The Zombie Is Back In ‘Walking Dead’ Season Five Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/clara-the-zombie-is-back-in-walking-dead-season-five-preview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/clara-the-zombie-is-back-in-walking-dead-season-five-preview/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:13:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262660 This season promises to be super gross.

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The cast and crew of The Walking Dead are sweating their nuts off in Atlanta again and couldn’t be happier. AMC released this behind-the-scenes preview of season 5 finds them on their first day back for what seems to be an action-packed season. It even looks like Clara the Zombie is back which is an intriguing surprise.

Andrew Lincoln says the season opener is “the most ambitious first episode I think we’ve attempted” while Lauren Cohan adds the premiere is “so disturbing … some of the stuff they shot yesterday, I don’t know if it’ll make it to TV.” Who knows what she’s referring to. We’ll just have to use our imaginations. Oh God. OH GOD!! THAT’S GROSS!!

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Of Course AMC Is Moving Forward With ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/of-course-amc-is-moving-forward-with-the-walking-dead-spin-off/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/of-course-amc-is-moving-forward-with-the-walking-dead-spin-off/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:45:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260635 Who will it follow?

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Today I deliver words that should surprise no one. AMC is moving forward with the untitled spin-off of The Walking Dead. They’ve brought in Dave Erickson as the braaaaaiiinnnsssss behind the development and to executive produce and co-write the series. A writer and producer for the network’s abysmal failure, Low Winter Sun, Erickson was probably given this job with the challenge, “Here, idiot. Try to screw up zombies.”

Robert Kirkman and Gale Ann Hurd will work with Erickson on the show which follows an entirely new set of survivors in a different location dealing with the same zombie apocalypse. Damn. That rules out any chance that this show follows T-Dog’s adventures before he met up with Rick’s group. Maybe they can bring that actor back and he’ll play T-Dog’s brother, C-Dog.
I could see it. (TV Guide)

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In order to kick off last night’s special Walking Dead-themed episode of Conan, Coco visited the backwoods of Georgia to show how the late night host fared during the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s incredibly well-done.

All in all, I find Zombie Conan much more enjoyable than Zombie Jay Leno.

My only qualm is that we didn’t get to see a zombified Masturbating Bear. But that’s really more of an issue for me to take up with science.

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If there were a zombie outbreak, New York City is the last place I’d want to be. There’s already enough shoving and grabbing. That’s why this zombie prank scare to promote the return of The Walking Dead has picked the perfect setting. Busy New Yorkers hey-I’m-walking-here with their blinders on, snapping out of it only as the undead burst out of the subway grates below them. I’d lose my mind. Can we stop pranking unsuspecting victims with creepy supernatural stuff like telekinesis and devil babies? Before we know it, all we’ll have is horror pranks and society will turn into that really mean-spirited Telemundo prank show.

I’d merely like to wait for the bus!

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We’ve heard and laughed at all the stories by now. Atlanta was PELTED by four inches of snow, effectively grinding the city to a halt, causing cars to explode, and families to have to sleep in the drug store. They’re standing by the defense that they never get snow and are in no way equipped. Look, I’ve eaten in Atlanta. They’ve got salt to spare.

Compare this image of the lightly blanketed Atlanta with this promotional poster for The Walking Dead. It’s eerily similar. We’re sending our prayers to Atlanta and urging them to remember, we don’t kill the living.

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Just How Bleak Are Things Going To Get On ‘The Walking Dead’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-how-bleak-are-things-going-to-get-on-the-walking-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-how-bleak-are-things-going-to-get-on-the-walking-dead/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:38:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258937 Find out in this new sneak peek.

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The stars and producers of The Walking Dead got together to create this sneak-bleak look at what we can expect in the second half of the season. After the season and a half spent in relative safety at the prison, it’s a nice reminder that Zombie Planet is a super-sucky place to live.

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Due to a rare disorder, Nick Santonastasso was born with one arm and no legs. He recently rose to Internet fame by using this condition to zombie prank people in a local grocery store. The folks who make The Walking Dead were fans of this video and reached out to Santonastasso. Their goal: scare the shit out of Norman Reedus.

Check out the video above. I’d say that’s a mission accomplished.

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Frank Darabont Is Suing AMC, Big Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/frank-darabont-is-suing-amc-big-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/frank-darabont-is-suing-amc-big-time/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:43:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258408 In legal parlance, it's what's known as a "big time" lawsuit.

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Frank Darabont, the guy famous for being showrunner of The Walking Dead, then famous for being the fired showrunner of The Walking Dead, is now a little more famous for suing AMC.

Darabont, who has been outspoken about his ousting from the show by network execs (supposedly), had been quiet until he started bombing around doing interviews for LA Noir, at which point reporters knew what people REALLY wanted to know about.

In case the point wasn’t made then, it’s being made now. With a lawsuit alleging that AMC never paid Darabont for his profits interest in the successful show, meaning that they owe him tens of millions of dollars.

More specifically, this claims that AMC uses an unrealistic licensing fee amount to show the program is barely, or not, profitable.

They should make a show about the forensic accounting we’re gonna see here!

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Rick Is A Real Sleepyhead In ‘Walking Dead’ Midseason Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rick-is-a-real-sleepyhead-in-walking-dead-midseason-preview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rick-is-a-real-sleepyhead-in-walking-dead-midseason-preview/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:06:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258192 It's not wise to sleep in during the zombie apocalypse.

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The events of The Walking Dead‘s midseason finale this past Sunday shook up the lives and safety of the characters, so read no further if you don’t want anything spoiled.

Opting not to leave us on a totally frustrating cliffhanger, the end of the episode saw the survivors scattering from the prison as it lay wasted from the war with Woodbury 2.0 and overrun with zombies. The show won’t return until February 9th, but this preview gives us a look at the new perils they find themselves in now that their home and community is no more. Will they find safety from the road? How will they reunite? It’s not like they have cellphones or other means of long distance communication.

That’s why it’s important to always have an established meeting place in the case of fire or tank assault. Now you know and knowing is half the battle.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff May Tackle The Early Zombie Outbreak http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-walking-dead-spinoff-may-tackle-the-early-zombie-outbreak/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-walking-dead-spinoff-may-tackle-the-early-zombie-outbreak/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:42:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258040 Well, it's not like it was going to tackle life after the zombie outbreak.

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The Walking Dead has enjoyed an immense amount of success, so, knowing AMC’s delight in spinning off shows and talk shows from original successes, it’s no surprise that they’re toying with another Walking Dead. If rumor is to be believed, it’s a prequel of sorts, shedding some light on the initial outbreak and the efforts to contain it.

The series won’t appear until 2015, so there’s always a chance that we could enjoy a real-life zombie outbreak before the show starts, which would render this whole endeavor moot. It would also render us all dead, which would be disappointing, but only because we wouldn’t be able to see that Walking Dead prequel that AMC was so excited about.

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George Romero Has Opinions About ‘The Walking Dead’ And ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/george-romero-has-opinions-about-the-walking-dead-and-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/george-romero-has-opinions-about-the-walking-dead-and-world-war-z/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:55:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257842 Somebody got told.

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Modern day zombie films and television owe it all to the house George A. Romero built, so what a thrill it must be to know the zombie godfather has seen your work. Except when he’s not impressed.

“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead, but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically, it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what’s happening now,” the director told The Big Issue. He also had some criticism of World War Z’s  fast-moving zombies. “I guess Zack Snyder started that with the remake of Dawn of the Dead— fast-moving zombies— but the zombies in World War Z, my God, they’re like army ants!”

His comments may seem fairly measured and not designed to be derogatory but this is the Internet and the Internet wants blood. In that spirit:




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There’s been a longstanding theory that The Walking Dead‘s Governor is essentially Toy Story 3′s villainous Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear and AMC’s zombie series has borrowed more than a few plot points from the Pixar film series. Today comes even more similarities!

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the original Toy Story film, but thanks to the Internet, you can see that The Walking Dead BLATANTLY stole its opening titles from the beloved children’s film.

Wow. Despicable. Somebody’s gonna get sued. How did we not see this sooner?!

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Honest Trailers: ‘The Walking Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/257534/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/257534/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:56:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257534 MORE ZOMBIE MURDERS.

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Ever since the INTERMINABLE expedition for Sophia in season 2, people have been clamoring to knock The Walking Dead down a peg or two. While a cable budget won’t afford the show to offer 42 minutes of zombie massacres in desolate downtown Atlanta, it certainly could have done better than the snail’s pace character development it offered.

So we address that and a about a thousand other things in yet another Honest Trailer.

Honest.

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Note that this post doesn’t reveal anything about the upcoming season of The Walking Dead (premiering October 13th) or ther recently announced spin-off series, but it’s important nonetheless. You see, it’s photos of Lauren Cohan wearing less clothes than usual. I shouldn’t have to spell this out for you.

You can see more for yourself over at Maxim.

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AMC Looooooves David Morrissey http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-looooooves-david-morrissey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-looooooves-david-morrissey/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:57:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256687 He's just been cast in another show for the network.

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We’re about to see a whole lot more of David Morrissey. The man known as The Governor has been cast as the lead in the new AMC pilot Line of Sight, a drama that centers on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, prompting him to investigate the cause of the accident.

Of course, this means we’re now free to speculate considering Morrissey already works for AMC as The Governor on The Walking Dead. The network says he’ll be able to appear on both shows, but is this a hint that the Governor’s days are numbered? It wouldn’t be the first time a major character’s fate was revealed via the trades.

This would mark the second time that a casting could potentially predict the future for a character on the top-rated drama. Word leaked during season two of the The Walking Dead that star Jon Bernthal (Shane) had landed the lead role in TNT’s Frank Darabont drama pilot, Mob City. The character ultimately perished in the second season finale and TNT confirmed his casting the following day before picking up the drama to series.

Considering keeping the Governor around for another season just feels like the show’s plot development is treading water, let’s wish him a swift, painful death and good luck on his new show. And if AMC is going to start letting actors from their programs appear on another shows, can we please get Creepy Glen from Mad Men his own show? That kid’s awesome. [THR]

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‘Walking Dead’ Featurette Promises Zombies Out The Butt http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-featurette-promises-zombies-out-the-butt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-featurette-promises-zombies-out-the-butt/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:30:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256261 Hopefully also plot development and characters making good decisions.

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This behind the scenes look at season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead catches up with the cast and producers to tease what’s to come. Here we see the prison itself has been made more liveable and bolstered against outside attack. Which is a good thing because executive producer Gale Anne Hurd promises this season brings more zombies than we’ve seen before.

The cast also hints at the new threat mentioned at Comic-Con. Here we’re told that it’s not humans and not walkers but something deadlier than anything the survivors have had to deal with so far. I’m guessing airborne virus or sharknado. Just as long as it’s not Ghost Lori because that got weird.

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It’s Hammer Time! ‘Walking Dead’ Season Four Trailer Unveiled At Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/its-hammer-time-walking-dead-season-four-trailer-unveiled-at-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/its-hammer-time-walking-dead-season-four-trailer-unveiled-at-comic-con/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:29:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255877 Thank you, Comic-Con. Thank you!!

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Say what you will about AMC’s The Walking Dead but it’s just so damn good at reviving itself. The show where nobody is safe (showrunners included) is back with a fourth season and Scott Gimple newly appointed to pull the strings. The Gimple-penned episodes from last season were easily the standouts and if this trailer is any indication, he was just getting started.

The trailer that premiered today at Comic-Con sees the prison crew acclimating to life with the Woodbury survivors. More importantly, they have to find a way to protect themselves when it’s discovered there’s a traitor in their midst. Just when I’d written the show off they go and get awesome again.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Run Through The Crappy 90′s TV Filter http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-gets-run-through-the-crappy-90s-tv-filter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-gets-run-through-the-crappy-90s-tv-filter/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:44:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=253907 This. Is. Awesome.

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Yesterday I shared YouTuber GoesToEleven’s awesome reimagining of Breaking Bad as a 1995 family dramedy. Today we’re back with GoesToEleven’s 1995 take on The Walking Dead. I’d never noticed before but Shane’s original hairstyle was totally 90′s.

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Scott Gimple To Run The Show On ‘Walking Dead’ Season Four http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/scott-gimple-to-run-the-show-on-walking-dead-season-four/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/scott-gimple-to-run-the-show-on-walking-dead-season-four/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:46:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253801 Can't wait to see what Gimple has in store.

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The Walking Dead has proved that a show about the zombie apocalypse can kill off cast members at any moment. Same holds true behind the scenes. Today there’s news that the revolving door has replaced Glen Mazzarra with Scott Gimple as showrunner and executive producer for the upcoming fourth season. At the very least.

With credits on Life and FlashForward on his resume, Gimple joined the writing team at the beginning of season two and has helped turn the show around from the sluggishness of Frank Darabont‘s early episodes. Series creator Robert Kirkman seems to like him too. “Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two,” says Kirkman. “He’s contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of The Walking Dead with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.”

No word yet when Gimple will exit the show and who his replacement will be. Vince Gilligan could be available by then. That’d be cool. (LA Times)

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AMC Developing A Monster Series That Isn’t ‘The Walking Dead’ But They Hope Is Exactly That http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-developing-a-monster-series-that-isnt-the-walking-dead-but-they-hope-is-exactly-that/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-developing-a-monster-series-that-isnt-the-walking-dead-but-they-hope-is-exactly-that/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:18:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253517 Yes, yes, but is the monster undead?

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AMC, whose had a tremendous amount of success with The Walking Dead, is back at the well of evil, soulless beasts, this time with The Terror, a series premised upon a British Royal Navy crew that gets stuck in the arctic, only to have a terrible, terrible monster attack them…IN THE SNOW!

The series is set in 1847, so it will also appeal to all those fans of English period pieces that also love watching high-budget action TV in which the protagonists get ripped to pieces. That is to say, it will appeal to everyone.

The Terror will be based on a 2007 novel of the same name, so, at the very least, this story might turn you on to a pretty cool book. If you’re the type of person that can or wants to read.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Teaser #436 http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-teaser-436/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-teaser-436/#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:06:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=253101 Save something for the show guys!

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The first half of The Walking Dead‘s third season ended with a cliffhanger that left fans on the edge of their seat. For approximately 22 seconds.

The spoiler-heavy promos campaign began immediately after the show faded to black insinuating that all of our favorites would be sticking around. The tradition continues with a brand new teaser for the show’s February 10th return. That’s the second teaser this week. Watch at your own risk if you want to save yourself at least some surprises.

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