The Walking Dead Season 2 preview has been teased by Executive Producter Robert Kirkman in a recent interview with TV Guide. The Walking Dead is surely one of the breakout shows of the fall season; in the Sunday finale, the show had over 6 million viewers, and garnered the highest ratings in basic cable history for a drama episode.
The finale left many cliffhangers for fans of The Walking Dead, but Robert Kirkman, one of the show’s producers, was kind enough to preview (or shall we say tease) some of the plot arcs that they are considering for the show in Season 2 in an interview with Adam Bryant of TV Guide.
On the broadest level, Kirkman warned those who are fans of the comic version of The Walking Dead not to expect too much similarity. “Nothing in the show is going to go down exactly the same way it does in the comic,” cautioned Kirkman. That is not to suggest Kirkman sees errors in the original comic. Rather, the writers are intent on keeping everyone guessing, and making sure that nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen with any given character (small comic spoiler in the next paragraph).
So for those of you who think it’s a foregone conclusion that Shane, who perishes in the comic book version, will also die in the tv show, had best think again.
Kirkman did indicate that he and fellow producer Frank Darabont have identified several comic book characters that they would like to introduce sooner rather than later, possibly in the upcoming Season 2. They include:
-Maggie, who will play a love interest for the pizza delivery guy/zombie strategist extraordinaire, Glenn, who is also an early fan favorite.
-Michonne, a female African-American samurai wielding badass who has a mysterious past.
-Merle Dixon AKA The Governor? Fans of The Walking Dead comic are familiar with “The Governor,” a one handed sociopath who establishes himself as the brutal dictator of a small town and terrorizes Rick Grimes and the rest of his gang. The backstory for the Governor doesn’t quite match the story we’ve gotten with Merle, but given the way they had Merle cut his hand off, it’s all but assumed that Merle will emerge later on as this character. Kirkman assures us that we have not seen the last of Michael Rooker’s bloodthirsty racist.
Those who watch the show should also expect to see Hershel’s Farm in Season 2. Season 2 of The Walking Dead is currently booked for 13 episodes, but be prepared to endure a long wait before you get to see the next installment of Rick Grimes & Co. The first episode may not premiere until October of 2011, potentially positioned around Halloween, which served as a successful tie in to the pilot episode of Season 1.
“Walking Dead’ Finale Ratings Set Records for AMC, Basic Cable Drama Series. Tim Molloy. The Wrap. “http://www.thewrap.com/television/column-post/walking-dead-finale-ratings-set-all-time-amc-series-record-23046. Accessed 12/6/2010.
“The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman on Season 1 Finale and What’s Next.” Adam Bryant. TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Walking-Dead-Finale-Kirkman-1026436.aspx. Accessed 12/6/2010.