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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Episode One: The Horror News Network Review

Like many original fans of the Walking Dead, I have problems with the current direction of the show and left Season 7 with little hope for salvation in Season 8.  My review of Season 7 was far from complimentary and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attempt another one, especially for a television program that was once a nuanced, engaging story and that has now devolved into an explosion-filled mess.

I originally planned on skipping this review, but my HNN colleague John Evans recommended that I use the same stream of consciousness method that I applied to American Horror Story: Cult earlier this fall. read more

Negan’s Origin Collected in ‘The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Just in case you don’t have enough Negan in your life, Image Comics will release a hardcover collection entitled The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! featuring the titular villain’s origin this October.

The graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard collects the original serialized Negan origin which initially ran as a bonus feature in Image+ (a Previews supplement featuring upcoming releases from the independent comic company).

The collection is set to be released one week early in comic stores on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th, right around The Walking Dead’s return to television for its 8th season. read more

Walking Dead Fans Troll United Airlines With Images of Negan as New Customer Service Director; Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Draws Attention to United’s Dress Code Policies

Although not everyone agrees on the quality of last season’s The Walking Dead, all fans can agree that using the bat-wielding villain Negan in an internet Twitter meme is an appropriate tool for trolling and reacting to a viral video that has brought much unwanted attention to United Airlines customer service policy.

USA Today is reporting that “United has been under siege since videos of Sunday night’s violent confrontation on the plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport went viral, drawing hundreds of millions of views around the world. Social media outrage rained down on the Chicago-based airline.” read more

The Walking Dead Season Seven Second Half Review and Analysis

You know what always gets in the way of bashing someone in the head with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire?  A man eating tiger.

I’m willing to chalk “the tiger save” up to a little creative license (both in the comic and in the season finale), but I’ve got to ask: Why did it take so long for that big cat to get down to business?

The second half of Season Seven was much like the first in terms of the slow pacing , but with much less violence and carnage.  Although producers Gale Anne Herd  and Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero took different stances publicly about whether or not the violence from the first half of Season Seven would be toned down, it appears that Herd was being the most truthful, as there was markedly less violence and gore than the first eight episodes. read more

WonderCon: We Are Negan

“I am Negan” was a prevalent theme among the cosplayers at WonderCon. The iconic “The Walking Dead” villain that you hate to love could be found all over the convention floor. The cosplay was not just restricted to men: women and children got in on the fun, as well. So in honor of tonight’s season finale, here is the WonderCon Negan gallery.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan to Return in The Walking Dead Season 8

In news that should surprise no one, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed during a recent Howard Stern interview that he will be returning as the controversial character, Negan, in Season Eight of AMC’s The Walking Dead. This news was further confirmed in a Yahoo News interview with showrunner, Scott Gimple. In it, Gimple confirms that the show plans to explore Negan’s backstory:

“I do believe yes, it’s in the future. You know, I’m always careful about this, [because] things can absolutely change. There’s a loose plan in place I have.” read more

TWD’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award

The Walking Dead super-villain Negan may soon be lugging some new hardware that will make even Lucille jealous.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays the charismatic skull-crusher on the hit AMC series, was nominated for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards.  After the nomination was announced, Morgan’s network employers tweeted out their support, complete with a baseball bat emoji.
Since first appearing in the final episode of season 6, Morgan’s character Negan has literally taken the undead world by storm.   Bashing brains and taking names (and Daryls), Morgan has portrayed the role with a brilliant sense of charm and cruelty, effectively blurring the lines between the television and comic versions of the Saviors’ leader.  The Broadcast Film Critics Association & the Broadcast Television Journalists Association obviously agree, as on November 14th they placed Morgan in the same company as Hollywood heavyweights Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), and Jared Harris (The Crown).
The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET (5 PM PT.)  Good luck to Mr. Morgan! read more

THE WALKING DEAD Season 7 to Debut 10/23 + Trailers

The Walking Dead will officially premiere October 23rd on AMC. You can view the new trailer below, along with the full press release.

AMC ANNOUNCES “THE WALKING DEAD” SEASON SEVEN

WILL DEBUT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT

“Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men” to Follow

International Premieres of “The Walking Dead” Season Seven to Air

Within 24 Hours of U.S. Broadcast Across All FOX Channels Outside the U.S.


SAN DIEGO, CA – July 22, 2015 – AMC announced today from Comic-Con International that “The Walking Dead” season seven will premiere Sunday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  As in previous seasons, the show’s seventh season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 23 and the final eight returning February 2017. Following “The Walking Dead” will be the season premieres of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and “Comic Book Men” at midnight ET/PT.  Internationally, “The Walking Dead” will return on FOX channels to audiences in 125+ markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere, as part of FOX’s continued commitment to broadcast the series near day-and-date globally. read more

‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Photo Sneak Peak

Entertainment Weekly has started releasing photos and info on season seven of The Walking Dead. There’s a new photo of Negan with his bat.

Producer Greg Nicotero spoke about the premiere, saying, “Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode.”

He also mentions that we will be seeing lots of Negan rants, saying “Negan is that kind of guy,” says Nicotero. “He’s the kind of guy who imagines himself on stage at a high school production and he loves every second of it. So, I don’t really see a lot of quiet contemplative moments with Negan. I feel like with Negan it’s really going to be about him gesticulating and him sort of relishing in the sound of his own voice while he commands the stage in front of whoever’s alive.” read more

The Negan and the Damage Done – Discussing the Walking Dead Finale

Neil Young song references aside, I feel that we need to discuss the season six finale that recently took place. You may have heard about it? Perhaps a quiet whisper here and there around school or in the office? Hell, maybe you even watched it yourself, like the rest of us, glued to your television eager to see who would meet the business end of Lucille. We at Horror News Network even did a story on it a few weeks ago, all of us giving our best guesses on which character(s) would fall in the season finale. read more